Category: Arterial Thrombosis

Akers PIFA Kit

From Lynn Gingras, MT (ASCP), Rush-Copley Medical Center: Our institution is getting several complaints from the cardiologists as to the turnaround time of the heparin-induced platelet antibody (HIPA, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia with thrombosis, HIT, HITT) testing that we currently send out to a reference lab. Is there any value to bringing in the Akers Bioscience Particle ImmunoFiltration Assay (PIFA) heparin/PF4 rapid assay system as a quick qualitative answer for them? I do not know of any labs in my area using that technology. Please provide your input and/or suggestions.

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HRT Reduces Cardiovascular Disease

Here is some encouraging information about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) from the Danish Osteoporosis Prevention Study, published October 9, 2012.

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