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Dried blood spots have clear advantages over mini tubes when it comes to lab analysis of home collected samples for HIV and syphilis testing

Blood samples taken at home and sent by post to labs to screen for HIV and syphilis are more likely to be successfully processed when the collection technique used is dried blood spots rather than mini tubes, investigators from the UK report in Sexually Transmitted Infections. Close to 95% of dried blood spot samples were… Read More »

Flu rates in Canada ‘exceptionally’ low despite more testing, says report indicating possible COVID dividend

Article content continued If we can manage to control COVID, we should be able to control influenza activity According to the report for the week that ended Oct. 31, only one of the 40 or so regions it designates across country was reporting any flu — those eight cases — and there were no outbreaks.… Read More »

Coronavirus: Tackling testing delays ‘number one’ priority, says minister

Plans to put the NHS top of the list for coronavirus tests will be published in the coming days, the justice secretary has said. People in care homes would also be a priority, while schools could be considered, Robert Buckland said. Resolving delays with testing was “the number one issue”, he added. It comes as… Read More »

Six states go around federal government to boost access to rapid coronavirus testing

A bipartisan group of six governors announced a coordinated effort to improve access to rapid coronavirus testing by circumventing the federal government and going straight to test manufacturers. “With severe shortages and delays in testing and the federal administration attempting to cut funding for testing, the states are banding together to acquire millions of faster… Read More »