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MonkeyPox
Newsletters - 2022-07-18

MonkeyPox

Monkeypox virus is an enveloped double-strain DNA virus of the Poxviridae family. Orthopoxvirus genus. There are 2 distinct genetic clades, called the Central Africa and West African clades, depending on where they are originally described. The Central African clade causes more severe diseases. Various animal species are the natural hosts of this virus, mainly rodents, tree squirrels and some non-human primates.

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Drug Testing
Newsletters - 2022-07-13

Drug Testing

This guide serves to inform you of the different types of Drug tests available, what type of test to choose, and under which circumstances. Drugs can be divided into legally prescribed drugs like: Benzodiazepines (E.g. Valium), Opiates and other Analgesics, and Illicit drugs like: Amphetamines, Vocaine and Marijuana. Prescription drugs are often abused and can also be obtained illicitly. Individuals who are abusing drugs display clinical signs that are associated with the drug of abuse.

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Interpretation of COVID-19 RT PCR Positive & Negative Results on Sequential Samples
Newsletters - 2022-07-13

Interpretation of COVID-19 RT PCR Positive & Negative Results on Sequential Samples

RT-PCR for SARS-CoV-2 is a diagnostic test designed for detecting the virus in respiratory samples of symptomatic individuals.

  • It is therefore very specifc, so positive results are real sensitivity however is lower and false negative results may occur in up to 20% of swabs done, especially in mild or asymptomatically infected individuals.
  • Referring doctors and patients usually have difficulty in interpreting these results, particularly when performed sequentially on patients, resulting in negative/positive or positive/negative discordances.

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Cervical Cancer
Newsletters - 2022-07-13

Cervical Cancer

'UNDERSTANDING CERVICAL CANCER?

The cervix is the lowermost part of the uterus (womb) that leads to the vagina. It connects the Vagina to the Womb.

Any of the following could be signs or symptoms of cervical cancer:

  • Blood spots or light bleeding between or following periods
  • Menstrual bleeding that is longer and heavier than usual
  • Bleeding after intercourse, douching, or a pelvic examination
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

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Prostate Specific Antigen
Newsletters - 2022-07-13

Prostate Specific Antigen

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA), is a protein secreted by the acinar cells of the Prostate, and is highly specific for the Prostate. Serum PSA levels are useful for determining the extent of Prostate Cancer, and assessing the response to therapy. However, it is NOT Prostate cancer specific and other conditions such as: Benign Prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or Prostatitis can affect PSA levels.

  • PSA is commonly used as a tool to detect Prostate Cancer, but its role in screening programmes is widely debated and controversial.

Clinical utility:

PSA has a half-life of 2.2 days. Where levels are increased by different Benign conditions, the time to return to baseline levels is variable.

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IgM and PCR Co-Testing for COVID-19 at PLK
Newsletters - 2022-06-01

IgM and PCR Co-Testing for COVID-19 at PLK

To date, Pathologists Lancet Kenya has conducted over 100,000 tests for COVID-19 since commencing testing onsite in April 2020.

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Cerba Lancet Africa Moving To New Headquarters  To Deliver Ambitious Growth Plans  For Africa
Press Releases - 2022-05-24

Cerba Lancet Africa Moving To New Headquarters To Deliver Ambitious Growth Plans For Africa

Johannesburg – March 2022 - Cerba Lancet Africa, the leading clinical pathology and medical diagnosis network in Africa, officially opened its new headquarter at 44 Stanley Studio, Milpark, Johannesburg. This is a major milestone for Cerba Lancet Africa, as the team is continuously growing and the move provides a much better workspace, as well as being more spacious and modern.

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Antibiotic Guidelines in a Nutshell
Newsletters - 2022-05-01

Antibiotic Guidelines in a Nutshell

Cloxacillin remains the drug of choice for all S. aureus infections where the isolate is deemed to be clinically significant.

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Why do you need blood testing
Newsletters - 2022-05-01

Why do you need blood testing

Lancet Laboratories is one of the leading pathology laboratories operating throughout South Africa and Africa. Lancet Laboratories operates in both the public and private healthcare environments and services business, insurance and
industry.

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Panorama Prenatal Screen
Newsletters - 2022-05-01

Panorama Prenatal Screen

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) uses a blood sample from the mother to analyse DNA from the baby that has crossed into the mother's bloodstream for certain chromosome conditions that could affect your baby's health.

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