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Microbiology and immunology

Outside the Lab

Pre-Empting Relapse

| Luke Turner

A new DNA test that can detect treatment-resistant mutations could prove crucial for patients with acute myeloid leukemia, providing an early indication that targeted therapeutic intervention is needed

Subspecialties

An Untrustworthy Myeloma Assay?

The serum free light chain assay for myeloma may miss as many as one in four cases of lambda chain-associated disease, so additional testing is advised

Diagnostics

Bioarcheology: Peopling the Past

| Jane Buikstra

Where did paleopathology come from? Where is it going next? And, most importantly, how can clinical and paleopathologists work together to benefit both fields?

Outside the Lab

Antibiotic Test Results – Done Right

| Sponsored by Beckman Coulter

An advanced system can identify pathogens and detect broad-ranging resistance, allowing pathologists to select the most appropriate drugs with accuracy and speed

Outside the Lab

Fighting Resistance in Bloodstream Infections

| Luke Turner

When bacteria become resistant to the last line of defense, rapid detection and treatment is more important than ever. A new assay can help with treatment selection for carbapenem-resistant infections

Inside the Lab

Fluid Evidence

Liquid biopsy can help us appropriately treat patients with anti-PD-L1 immunotherapies, and ddPCR enables ongoing monitoring and adjustment of treatment

Outside the Lab

Recognizing and Reacting to PID

| Tayiba Sulaiman

On their 10th anniversary, the UK Primary Immunodeficiency registry (UKPID) have released their second report to raise awareness and improve care

Subspecialties

Resigned to Resistance?

| Steve Conly

Technology-based microbiology solutions such as automation and integrated informatics can help reduce time to diagnosis

Outside the Lab

Faster Fibrosis Diagnosis

| William Aryitey

An immunosensing technique that detects liver fibrosis in 45 minutes

Outside the Lab

A Septic Shock

Many sepsis patients’ lactate levels aren’t measured according to recommendations – but why not, and how might doing so change patient outcomes?


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