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HemaSpot-HF Automation is Here!

HemaSpot-HF automation is here! Spot On Sciences’ automated robot allows for easy sample processing from the HemaSpot-HF blood collection device.

DBS Solutions: HemaSpot HF

Which DBS Research Made our Top 10 list for 2016?

HemaSpot, A Novel Blood Storage Device for HIV-1 Drug Resistance Testing: HemaSpot, a novel dried-blood storage filter device, was used for HIV-1 pol resistance testing in 30 fresh United States blood samples and 54 previously frozen Kenyan blood samples. Genotyping succeeded in 79% and 58% of samples, respectively, improved with shorter storage and higher viral …

World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day 2016

As 2016 comes to a close and we observe another Word AIDS Day, I reflect on the words I posted last year (2015).  My blog referred to the “bitter sweet” news regarding the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Now, a year later, I find myself once again using the phrase “bitter sweet” as a summation of 2016. …

Happy 100th Bday Robert Guthrie!

Happy 100th to Creator of Guthrie Cards!

This month marks the 100 th birth anniversary of Robert Guthrie the acknowledged “father” of newborn screening and inventor of the “Guthrie cards.” Dr. Guthrie’s development of specially designed filter paper allowed for easy collection, transport and testing of blood samples. His scientific legacy includes the development of the bacterial inhibition assay used to screen infants for phenylketonuria (PKU). …

Cholesterol

Are You Heart Healthy? It’s Cholesterol Education Month!

September is National Cholesterol Education Month and I was asked to look into whether this heart health marker can be measured from dried blood spots.  But first I needed to understand what is actually measured when cholesterol levels are reported. Everyone knows LDL cholesterol, often referred to as the “bad” cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol, referred …

Ebola virus

HemaSpot Poised to Tackle the Ebola Crisis and Disaster Medicine

Early in 2014, the Spot On Sciences’ team was asked to contribute content for a book with a pretty serious title —Global Point of Care: Strategies for Disasters, Emergencies, and Public Health Resilience.  This soon-to-be-released publication addresses point-of-care testing (POCT) needs in global emergency and disaster settings.  The subject being tackled by respected experts in …