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Viral Transport Media: The Unsung Hero Supporting Accurate Diagnosis
2023-09-22
Viral Transport Media: The Unsung Hero Supporting Accurate Diagnosis
Viral Transport Media: The Unsung Hero of Clinical Diagnostics Behind every accurate medical diagnosis is a multi-step process that starts with proper clinical sample collection and transportation to the laboratory. The journey from patient to lab is fraught with challenges that can impact the integrity of the sample. Delicate viral particles can rapidly degrade without th...
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How Can We Preserve The Antimicrobial Activity of Nasal Secretions?
2023-09-22
How Can We Preserve The Antimicrobial Activity of Nasal Secretions?
How Can We Preserve The Antimicrobial Activity of Nasal Secretions? Do nasal secretions have antibacterial effects? A study in 1999 found that nasal fluid itself has the ability to kill bacteria. But the antibacterial strength varies between people, and depends on the type of bacteria. Some people's nasal fluid can gradually kill the bacteria already present in the ...
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Oral Swabs for Pigs: A Great Alternative for PRRSV Surveillance
2023-09-14
Oral Swabs for Pigs: A Great Alternative for PRRSV Surveillance
Oral Swabs for Pigs: A Great Alternative for PRRSV Surveillance Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) remains a major threat to swine health and causes significant economic losses worldwide. Effective surveillance and monitoring are crucial for PRRSV control in breeding herds. Serum is the gold standard sample for PRRSV RNA detection, but colle...
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Use Immunofluorescence to Characterize Nasal Mucosa Models
2023-09-14
Use Immunofluorescence to Characterize Nasal Mucosa Models
Use Immunofluorescence to Characterize Nasal Mucosa Models The nasal mucosa is comprised of different types of epithelial cells that act as a barrier for inhaled substances. The olfactory and respiratory epithelia are thought to be the main sites for drug absorption in the nose. Thus, there is great interest in studying drug transport across nasal epithelial cell layers. S...
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A Simple Guide to Cortisol Saliva Test Instructions
2023-09-13
A Simple Guide to Cortisol Saliva Test Instructions
A Simple Guide to Cortisol Saliva Test Instructions Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that helps regulate metabolism and stress response. A cortisol saliva test measures the level of cortisol in saliva, which corresponds to the amount of free cortisol circulating in your bloodstream. When collecting a saliva sample for a cortisol test, it is important to...
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The Essentials of Cortisol Saliva Test You Must Know
2023-09-13
The Essentials of Cortisol Saliva Test You Must Know
The Essentials of Cortisol Saliva Test You Must Know What is cortisol and why is it important to test it? Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands that plays a vital role in regulating metabolism, immune function, blood pressure, and the body's response to stress. It is often referred to as the "stress hormone" since levels fluctuate in response t...
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HPV Test Sampling Swabs: Pros, Cons and Guidance
2023-09-11
HPV Test Sampling Swabs: Pros, Cons and Guidance
HPV Test Sampling Swabs: Pros, Cons and Guidance What are the benefits and challenges of using swabs for HPV self-sampling? Self-sampling for HPV testing has emerged as an important strategy to improve participation and access to cervical cancer screening. Allowing women to collect their own vaginal sample rather than needing a pelvic exam by a clinician can help ov...
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Buccal Swabs: A Complete Guide to Collecting & Analyzing DNA
2023-09-11
Buccal Swabs: A Complete Guide to Collecting & Analyzing DNA
Buccal Swabs: A Complete Guide to Collecting & Analyzing DNA What are buccal swabs and how are they collected? Buccal swabs, also known as buccal smears, are a method of collecting DNA from the cells on the inside of a person's cheek. The word "buccal" refers to the cheek or mouth area. To perform a buccal swab, a healthcare provider gently rubs a small sponge o...
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A Comprehensive Overview of Saliva Collection Sticks
2023-09-09
A Comprehensive Overview of Saliva Collection Sticks
A Comprehensive Overview of Saliva Collection Sticks What are saliva collection sticks and how are they used? Saliva collection sticks are devices used to obtain saliva samples for diagnostic testing. They consist of an absorbent material, like cotton or synthetic fibers, attached to a handle. The absorbent tip is placed in the mouth to collect saliva by absorption....
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The Essential Guide to Understanding OP Swabs
2023-09-09
The Essential Guide to Understanding OP Swabs
The Essential Guide to Understanding OP Swabs What are OP Swabs and How Effective are They for COVID-19 Testing? Oropharyngeal (OP) swabs refer to swabs taken from the back of the throat and tonsillar areas to collect respiratory secretions for detecting respiratory viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. With the COVID-19 pandemic, OP swabs have be...
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Everything You Need To Know About Flocked Swabs
2023-09-08
Everything You Need To Know About Flocked Swabs
Everything You Need To Know About Flocked Swabs What are flocked swabs? Flocked swabs are a specialized type of swab with an applicator tip coated in ultra-short nylon fibers arranged perpendicularly. This innovative design creates a velvet-like texture on the tip that maximizes sample collection and release. Unlike traditional spun swabs, flocked swabs use a thin a...
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The Superiority of Flocked Swabs for Respiratory Sample Collection
2023-09-08
The Superiority of Flocked Swabs for Respiratory Sample Collection
The Superiority of Flocked Swabs for Respiratory Sample Collection What is a flocked swab? A flocked swab is a type of medical swab used for collecting biological samples, consisting of short nylon fiber strands attached perpendicularly to a plastic applicator. Unlike traditional wound fiber swabs, flocked swabs have no internal core that can entrap biological mat...
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