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Fetal red cell and platelet antigen genotyping: progress and pitfalls

Non-invasive fetal genotyping has greatly improved the care of pregnancies at risk of haemolytic disease of the newborn, with mass screening also being cost-effective for targeted anti-D prophylaxis. Edwin Massey and colleagues provide an overview.

A service that simplifies ISO15189 compliance and UKAS inspections

An introduction to a ground-breaking toolkit now available that aims to ease the burden of the many standards with which laboratories must comply, and reduce the stress associated with the regular accreditation visits

Rapid antibody testing: a tool in understanding COVID-19 prevalence

Detection of a serological response to SARS-CoV-2 is an integral part of the UK’s testing strategy. Here, Carolyne Horner considers the application of rapid SARS-CoV-2 antibody detection and how it could navigate the UK out of lockdown and beyond.

Plasma viscosity testing: an important role in COVID-19 disease

Plasma viscosity is significantly increased in patients testing positive for SARS-CoV-2. This fast, inexpensive and accurate test can aid in the identification of positive cases and potential to monitor disease progression, as Dan Gleghorn explains.

Method comparisons with quantitative data III: difference plots

In this latest article in his series on method comparisons, Stephen MacDonald moves on from covariance, correlation and regression, and the interpretation of results, to focus on difference analysis and the contribution of Bland and Altman.

COVID-19: The Infection Challenging the World – speakers and moderator

The forthcoming BSMT webinar series on COVID-19 will be held over four days (11-14 May). A total of eight presentations will be delivered by expert speakers, moderated by four members of the BSMT who will coordinate a Q&A session following each talk.

Primary warm autoimmune haemolytic anaemia: trial and case study

Jessica Johnson reports on potential findings in a virtual patient suspected of being anaemic, and investigates the process and results of a multicentre clinical trial comparing the use of monoclonal antibody treatment versus placebo.

Telomeres and telomerase: research on the genetic arrow of time

A search of the current scientific literature published in 2021 on this important element of chromosome structure, and its complementary enzyme, illustrates the diverse effects they have in health and disease.

Method comparisons with quantitative data II: a look at statistics

In this fifth article on method comparisons, Stephen MacDonald moves on from data collection and the application of basic graphing techniques, to focus this month on covariance, correlation and regression, and the interpretation of results.

How to stay out of lockdown: a personal view of the future

What does the future of healthcare’s response to pandemics look like? How can healthcare responses be changed, to avoid a repeat of the consequences experienced while trying to protect health services? Andrew Kemp considers the issues.

Tracked HbA1c: added value in diabetes diagnosis and monitoring

Improving laboratory processes for HbA1c analysis through integration within mainline haematology systems is finding favour in laboratories across Europe, as Sysmex illustrates in this overview and Danish exemplar.

Hepatitis C: looking at progress in the fight to achieve elimination

The momentum gained in tackling hepatitis C, before COVID-19, should not be lost, says Steve Ryder. Here, he provides an insight into the latest developments in the fight to eliminate hepatitis C, and issues a call to action.

Remote monitoring: saving BAME lives during COVID-19 and beyond

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has adversely affected people’s health around the world, and many have died due to complications from conditions such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Remote testing could provide an innovative solution.

Early diagnosis of HPV16 cancers: novel assay offers high specificity

The incidence of virus-related head and neck tumours is reaching epidemic proportions, particularly in the developed world. Anna Huber provides an overview and discusses the need to improve patient outcomes.

Hypercoagulability and cancer: a thrombin generation analyser role

Results of a recent clinical study using a fully automated, standardised thrombin generation analyser have shown that it is possible to identify breast cancer patients who are at high risk of disease recurrence.

Cellular pathology technique: evolution of a UK NEQAS scheme

Despite the effects of the current pandemic, continued success is key for the UK NEQAS Cellular Pathology Technique EQA scheme, as Chantell Hodgson explains.

COVID-19 – a commercial preview of BSMT webinar support

The Annual Scientific Conference of the BSMT, this year to be hosted as a four-day webinar series, is the beneficiary of support from a range of commercial colleagues, as the following preview illustrates.

COVID-19 – The Infection Challenging the World: programme preview

On behalf of the BSMT, Dr Mark Wilks provides a preview of the upcoming webinar scientific programme, to be held over four days in May (11-14 May 2021).

Non-gynaecological cytopathology: the importance of preparation

Beverley Crossley provides an overview of the techniques applicable to the various sample types encountered in routine practice.

Helicobacter pylori: research in the open-access literature

A selection of research into Helicobacter pylori, which complements the work reported by Coleman and Davies in the February 2021 issue of Pathology in Practice.

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