Journal of Continuing Education Topics & Issues

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 1, January

Case Fourteen: Full of Slime
Case Follow-up With the identification of this isolate being in doubt, a Trypticase Soy Agar slant of this organism was forwarded to a reference laboratory, which identified the isolate as Inquilinus limosus using a polymerase chain reaction assay....
Diabetes Care. Improvement in Glycemic Excursions with a Transcutaneous, Real-Time Continuous Glucose Sensor: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Hypoglycemia and wide glucose excursions continue to be major obstacles to achieving target HbA(1c) values and the associated reductions in long-term complications (and economic costs) in people with insulin-treated diabetes. In this study we evaluated...
Phenylketonuria
Introduction Inherited metabolic diseases are the result of inborn errors in genes that result in alterations in the structure and function of enzymes or proteins. There are over 250 different genetic disorders that have been identified where there...
President's Report
Well, Christmas and New Year's holidays have come and gone. By the time that my message reaches you, the holidays will be history. However, I do want to wish all of you a very HAPPY, HOLY, HEALTHY and PROSPEROUS 2007. Let us hope and pray that 2007...
Scientific American: Obesity: An Overblown Epidemic?
Could it be, Gibbs asks, that excess fat is not, by itself, a serious health risk? Is it possible, he wonders, that urging us to cut calories and lose weight may do more harm than good? An increasing number of scholars have begun to suggest even...
Serum Cardiac Markers and Their Role in the Evaluation of the Patient with Chest Pain
The use of serum markers in the patient with chest pain (CP) was first demonstrated in the 1950s, first the SGOT (now referred to as AST) and then LDH (LD). Both these assays measured the amount of enzyme in the serum that had been released from tissue....
Spirometry Essentials for Medical Assistants Part III: Standards for the Test Procedure
Introduction While results from certain lab tests require only a biological specimen to gain results, spirometry testing results require a high degree of patient understanding and cooperation. Getting results that accurately reflect the patient...
Spirometry Essentials for Medical Assistants Part II: The Important Test Variables and Predicted Values
Introduction: While results from certain lab tests require only a biological specimen to gain results, spirometry testing results require a high degree of patient understanding and cooperation. Getting results that accurately reflect the patient...
Spirometry Essentials for Medical Assistants Part I: The Rationale for Testing
Introduction While results from certain lab tests require only a biological specimen to gain results, spirometry testing results require a high degree of patient understanding and cooperation. Getting results that accurately reflect the patient...
The D-Dimer Assays and Their Utility in the Detection of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism
Introduction Our amazing bodies have evolved to a series of homeostatic mechanisms for maintaining the body in a dynamic equilibrium. One of these mechanisms is forming and dissolving clots (Fig. 1). [FIGURE 1 OMITTED] What Are the D-Dimers?...