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NACB - Scientific Shorts (formerly NACB Blog)
By Xuan Mu, PhD
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Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common inherited disorders, primarily caused by mutations of a single gene, CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). An estimated 1.2 million individuals are tested for CF every year in the US (1). Over 127 mutations are associated with the pathogenesis...(Read More)
By Nichole Korpi-Steiner, PhD, DABCC, FACB
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A blood lead level (BLL) threshold of > 10 mcg/dL has been in-use for over the past 20 years; however, with accruing evidence that low amounts of lead can cause deleterious effects in children, the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (ACCLPP) concluded that there is no safe...(Read More)
By Brad S. Karon, MD, PhD, FACB
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​If you are like me, about once per quarter you get a call or email from an internal medicine resident, critical care fellow, or someone else charged with leading a quality improvement project about a brilliant idea they had for improving the quality of care in the adult ICU.  “Lets draw all microt...(Read More)
By Douglas F. Stickle, PhD, DABCC, FACB
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My not-very-long experience as a POCT director is that large things can drop unexpectedly into the realm of the POCT program from great administrative heights. Such was a recent occurrence at our institution regarding startup of thromboelastography (TEG). TEG is not unknown in POCT, and educational...(Read More)
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