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COVID-19 Testing by LabFlorida

On June 13, 2020 CDC released new safety advice saying “the pandemic is not over” as states reopen. Florida has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks. Regular testing is still critical. LabFlorida is fully equipped for SARS-CoV-2 testing both: Viral (swab, current active infection) and Antibody Testing (for past infection and immune response) Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for… Continue reading

LabFlorida Now Offers Antibody Test for COVID-19

Demand for COVID-19 testing has been extraordinary and continues to escalate as the virus spreads across the United States. In response, we have worked tirelessly to make this testing accessible for those who need it most and provide test results as quickly as possible.

LabFlorida will be launching our new COVID-19 Antibody test on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Order Test Code: 2019

About SARS-CoV-2 IgG Assay
This is not a POC rapid kit test. This is a highly accurate test of intravenous blood sample processed in our lab and resulted on a Beckman Coulter instrument. Sensitivity: 100%, Specificity: 99.8%.

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy calls on physicians to screen for addictions

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy today released a landmark report on the country’s addiction crisis, which he says is a bigger health problem than cancer.

In the report, “Facing Addition in America,” Murthy calls for a shift in the way the country addresses substance addiction. “Addiction is a chronic but treatable brain disease that requires medical intervention, not moral judgement,” he writes.

While one in seven Americans will face substance use disorders, the report says only about 10 percent of those with addictions will receive any type of specialty treatment.

Murthy, who earlier this year wrote a letter to America’s… Continue reading

C. Diff Provides Insight Into Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Risks

Exposure to specific antibiotics is linked to the development of certain strains of antibiotic-resistant C. difficile, one of the fastest growing bacteria superbugs, according to a new study published by Stuart Johnson, MD, of Loyola University Health System (LUHS), Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) and the Hines VA Medical Hospital.

C. diff has been associated with multiple healthcare facility outbreaks and high national rates of C. difficile infection (CDI) since 2001 and now rivals Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in both frequency and severity.

Several infectious diseases, including MRSA and C. diff, have become resistant to antibiotics. As… Continue reading

Understanding Occult Blood Test

The fecal occult blood test (FOBT), aka Stool Hemoglobin or Stool Blood, is a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) that qualitatively detects human hemoglobin from blood in fecal samples. It is often referred to as FIT.

This is a useful screening aid for detecting primarily lower gastrointestinal (G.I.) disorders that may be related to iron deficiency anemia, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, polyps, adenomas, colorectal cancers or other G.I. lesions that can bleed. It is recommended for use by health professionals as part of routine physical examinations and in screening for colorectal cancer or other sources of lower G.I. bleeding.

Colorectal cancer is… Continue reading

Fasting Before Lipid Panel Unnecessary

Requiring patients to fast for 8 to 12 hours before a lipid panel blood draw is common practice, but fasting adds no clinical value and is an unnecessary burden on patients, researchers said.

Analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey III (NHANES-III) revealed no significant difference between fasting and nonfasting LDL cholesterol levels when it came to predicting all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, New York University associate professor of medicine Sripal Bangalore, MD, and colleagues wrote in Circulation.

The study is not the first to find no benefit for fasting prior to a lipid panel blood draw. Another… Continue reading

Arthritis Infographic

Arthritis affects one out of every five Americans – an estimated 52.5 million people – and is the leading cause of disability in the nation. The condition itself can make it difficult and painful to conduct even the most mundane daily tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, using a computer, or brushing your teeth. The term “arthritis” encompasses over 100 rheumatic conditions that impact the body’s joints, causing pain and inflammation to those who suffer with it.

Arthritis Fact Sheet

Arthritis facts, statistics, and warning signs of this disease, as well as practical methods of treatment and exercise to stay limber and reduce… Continue reading

Cholesterol Levels Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

High cholesterol levels may increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, a large new British study reports (HealthDay News).

The findings suggest that keeping tight control over cholesterol through medication could help prevent breast cancer, said lead author Rahul Potluri, a researcher at the Aston University School of Medical Sciences in Birmingham, England.

Researchers reviewed the medical records of over 660,000 female patients in Birmingham and Manchester between 2000 and 2013, using a statistical model to study the association between high cholesterol and breast cancer.

The investigators determined that high cholesterol increases a woman’s risk of developing… Continue reading

AHCA Secretary and FALA CEO Visit LabFlorida

On July 1, 2014 we had the honor of giving a tour of LabFlorida to AHCA Secretary Elizabeth Dudek and the CEO of Florida Assisted Living Association Shaddrick A. Haston, Esq.

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From left to right: Shaddrick Haston, CEO of FALA; Andrei Leonov, President/CEO of LabFlorida; Elizabeth Dudek, AHCA Secretary; and Roberto Rodriguez, VP Operations and Marketing of LabFlorida.

LabFlorida is a leading provider of diagnostic laboratory services to ALFs and home health agencies in Tampa Bay and Central Florida. As an active FALA member we are committed to enhancing the quality of healthcare for ALF residents and our patients by… Continue reading

Low Vitamin D and High Blood Pressure

Low levels of vitamin D may be a cause of high blood pressure, according to a new study published on June 25, 2014 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Vitamin D is nicknamed the sunshine vitamin because the body produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. People also get vitamin D through foods such as eggs, milk, yogurt, tuna, salmon, cereal and orange juice.

In the new study, researchers analyzed genetic data from more than 146,500 people of European descent in Europe and North America. For each 10 percent increase in vitamin D levels, there was an 8 percent decrease… Continue reading