Recent Outbreaks of Drug-Resistant Shigella Underscore Need for Rapid Testingrecent-outbreaks-drug-resistant-shigella-underscore-need-rapid-testing

A strain of a highly contagious Shigella has caused more than 200 gastrointestinal illnesses in the United States since last May, with large outbreaks recently occurring in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and California. Outbreaks of Shigella, the bacteria that causes shigellosis, are not uncommon, but health officials are concerned about the spread of this particular strain due […]

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White Paper: Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges for Mycoplasma genitalium

Molecular testing has the potential to provide better sensitivity and improve public health Mycoplasma genitalium is a pathogen responsible for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but its prevalence is widely underestimated. There is a major need to educate clinicians about the pathogen, especially because of the documented emergence of antimicrobial-resistant M. genitalium. A new white paper […]

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Treat Me Right: CDC’s Message for STD Awareness Month

Diagnostic developers have an important role in fighting the spread of STDs April is STD Awareness Month — a particularly important milestone in recent years as STD transmissions are higher than ever, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This year, CDC has a new theme for STD Awareness Month: “Treat […]

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In Study, NxTAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel Yields Strong Data and Clinical Utility

Scientists in Hong Kong recently published a clinical evaluation of the new high-throughput Luminex® NxTAG® Respiratory Pathogen Panel assay for multiplex respiratory pathogen detection by comparison with BioFire FilmArray Respiratory Panel (FA-RP) or singleplex real-time PCR as reference. […]

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September Is Sepsis Awareness Month

Verigene diagnostics help doctors respond quickly to life-threatening condition You may associate September with Labor Day and No. 2 pencils, but it’s also Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis occurs when a body’s response to infection triggers a massive inflammatory reaction that can rapidly become life-threatening. Sepsis is commonly caused by bacterial or viral infections, but can […]

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METHODS Special Issue: An Overview of xMAP® Technology

The remarkable history and latest applications of bead-based multiplexing We’re excited that Elsevier’s METHODS journal just released an entire issue dedicated to new areas of innovation related to bead-based biomarker detection. The issue demonstrates the diverse applications of the xMAP® Technology as a research tool and as the platform for clinical diagnostics. The Luminex team […]

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Reimbursement Advice for Labs Running Molecular Diagnostics

CLP Magazine article offers pro tips and a look at the current landscape If you work with molecular diagnostics, you probably also spend a good amount of time thinking about reimbursement. A new article in the March issue of CLP Magazine from Luminex’s resident reimbursement expert, Stephanie Ibbotson, offers practical advice and education about how […]

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Preparing for Flu Testing Season? Consider Lessons Learned from Last Year

Lab directors describe use of VERIGENE® RP Flex, plus practical tips for meeting demand The 2017-2018 flu season was one for the record books, and it served to impart several key lessons for clinical labs offering respiratory testing. That was the theme of a recent CAP Today webinar featuring speakers from leading laboratories at Cedars-Sinai […]

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Multiplex Tests Assess Immunogenicity for Vaccine Development Efforts

A look at human papillomavirus and Staphylococcus aureus vaccine studies by the numbers As the majority of novel vaccines are now combination or multivalent, precise characterization of the individual components with minimal or no interference from other antigens is becoming increasingly challenging. Accurately characterizing the polyclonal response to vaccination is critical, particularly monitoring type-specific neutralizing […]

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In Dublin, Reference Lab Ramps Up Respiratory Testing with NxTAG® RPP

Multiplex assay meets throughput, turnaround time demands of a high-volume lab University College Dublin’s National Virus Reference Laboratory (UCD NVRL) isn’t just a reference lab — it also provides a primary diagnostic virology service to hospitals and general practitioners nationally. It is also a World Health Organization-designated National Influenza Centre. Each winter, testing for respiratory […]

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