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Driven by High Incidence of Nosocomial Infections, Global Hospital Acquired Disease Testing Market to Grow Exponentially

When a patient is hospitalized, their families expect them to get adequate treatment and healthcare facilities. However, the increasing morbidity rate of nosocomial infections presents a completely different picture altogether. Since hospitals are filled with sick people, the chances of getting an infection can drastically increase if proper hygiene is not maintained. Hospital authorities understand and acknowledge the seriousness of the problem. Hence, to combat the rising incidence of hospital acquired diseases, authorities have taken recourse to appropriate testing and diagnostic procedures that can help with the treatment and prevention of the disease.

High Neonatal and Geriatric Population to Drive Global Hospital Acquired Disease Testing Market

High neonatal population in developing countries and increasing geriatric population worldwide are the major factors impacting for global hospital acquired disease testing market. In addition, patients with weak immune system and those exposed to inadequate healthcare conditions are also highly vulnerable to nosocomial infections. Getting in contact with nosocomial infection prolongs the hospital stay of patients, which unduly increases the cost to the patients. To counter the growing prevalence of hospital acquired diseases, many diagnostic tests are introduced in the market, though approximately 70% of the pathogens spreading such infections have become resistant to at least one type of anti-bacterial drug commonly used in nosocomial infection treatment. This has further intensified the challenge for healthcare professionals.

As a potent solution, the healthcare industry has developed a microorganism-specific detection test, which at present is highly in demand from healthcare professionals worldwide for better assessment of disease. Some of the major techniques used in the market today for nosocomial infection diagnosis are PCR, molecular diagnostics, solid phase hybridization, and microarrays. The development of NAT or nucleic acid testing diagnostic products for accurate diagnosis of hospital acquired diseases has paved the way for several players to enter the market.

Hospital Acquired Disease Testing Market to Grow at 19.3% CAGR

According to a research report by Transparency Market Research, the global hospital acquired disease testing market was valued at US$2.2 billion in 2012 and is projected to be worth US$7.5 billion by 2019. If these estimates by research analysts are justified, the hospital acquired disease testing market is likely to grow at a strong CAGR of 19.3% between 2013 and 2019.

To reduce the high incidence of hospital acquired infections, governments across developed countries such as the U.S., Australia, and Canada, and major economies of Europe have acted to control and prevent the prevalence of nosocomial infections through several inspective and in-house initiatives. Authorities such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in the U.S. and National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia have designed rules and recommendation for hospitals and other healthcare institution to manage the numerous types of nosocomial infections.

Asia Pacific to Emerge as a Lucrative Market for HAI Diagnostics

Diagnostic methods such as quantitative PCR, blood culture tests, wound culture, tissue biopsy, and latex agglutination are performed most commonly to diagnose nosocomial infections. HAI diagnostics contributes to 64% of the total molecular diagnostic market. Advent of contemporary diagnostic tools with reduced turnaround time and greater accuracy will further propel the HAI testing market. Asia Pacific is the most lucrative market for HAI testing owing to the high incidence of hospital acquired diseases in countries such as India and China. Geographically, North America dominates the global market for hospital acquired disease testing market at present.

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Posted by ramsonagara - November 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm

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Get Mold Testing Of Your House Done And Stay Healthy

ID-10091014What is mold?

Mold is the term used for large number of fungal species, growth of which on any object results in moldy appearance, especially vegetative objects such as foods. If there is growth of mold in food or in any object, it becomes discolored.

What are the common molds?

Common molds include aspergillus, mucor, penicillium, cladosporieum, trichoderma, fusarium, rhizopus etc.

Molds, if grow in homes can lead to various health problems to the dwellers of the affected homes, such as allergy to mold, asthmatic attacks etc. Read more…

Posted by - April 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

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What You Need to Know About Ovarian Cancer

Every 23 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States. Ovarian
cancer kills 14,000 women a year, and yet, what could you tell me about ovarian cancer? What
does the majority of the population know about ovarian cancer? Not enough. Ovarian cancer is
cancer that begins in the ovaries; it can also spread to other areas of the body. It ranks 5th in
cancer deaths amongst women. Clearly, it’s time that we educated ourselves on the symptoms
of ovarian cancer and the preventative measures that we can take today to protect ourselves
and our loved ones for the future.
Let’s start with the symptoms. Bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full
quickly, feeling the need to urinate more frequently, fatigue, upset stomach, back pain, pain
during sex, constipation, and changes in your menstrual cycle are all common symptoms of
ovarian cancer. Now think back to your last period; how many of these symptoms did you
experience? Only 15% of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at stage 1, in good portion because
many women assume these symptoms are connected to their menstrual cycle. Even if they are
experiencing common menstrual symptoms irregular to their own cycle, they rarely report these
changes to their doctor.
So what can you do to reduce your risk of ovarian cancer?
1. Be conscious of your menstrual cycle and the symptoms that typically accompany your
period every month. If a major change occurs in your menstrual cycle or you start to
experience new symptoms, don’t be afraid to consult your doctor. You know your body
best, and therefore, you are the one who will be able to spot these symptoms earlier.
2. Pregnancy and breastfeeding also reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. Please note,
however, that becoming pregnant in order to reduce your risk of ovarian cancer is not
recommended. Taking oral contraceptive (birth control) actually reduces your risk of
developing ovarian cancer. The longer you take birth control consistently, the less at risk
you will be. Use of oral contraceptives for 5 years or more can reduce your risk by 50%.
Talk to your doctor today about your options for oral contraceptives.
3. Do not use products containing talcum powder on or near your genitals. Studies have
found a link between ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder that is causing a
great deal of concern. For more information, check out this page on talcum powder and
ovarian cancer.
4. Know your family’s history of both breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Genetic mutations
such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 increase your risk for both cancers. A Pap test does not
detect ovarian cancer, so if you feel that you are likely to develop ovarian cancer due to
your family’s medical history, ask your doctor to test for these genetic mutations.
September 1st marks the beginning of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Make it a priority to
see your doctor if you have concerns about your family’s medical history and the possibility of
developing ovarian cancer. Share this important information with your mother, daughters,
sisters, and friends so that they too will understand the dangers of ovarian cancer and
implement these preventative actions in their lives. Awareness is key in protecting yourself and
loved ones against the dangers of ovarian cancer!

About the author of this post: 

Caitlin Hoff uses her background in Industrial Design and her passion for health and wellness to educate consumers on a great number of health products and topics. As a Health & Safety Investigator for ConsumerSafety.org, Caitlin strives to embolden consumers with the knowledge to make smart decisions affecting their personal health and that of their families.

Posted by - August 3, 2017 at 8:05 am

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What Is Alcohol Neuropathy?

People may recognize the action of consuming an alcoholic beverage to “calm the nerves,” but people may not recognize the dangers of alcohol neuropathy. The generalized term, neuropathy is used to describe issues with the nerves. Alcohol neuropathy is more probable in those with alcoholism and can remain prevalent after an individual receives treatment for alcoholism.

Alcohol neuropathy occurs when a person drinks obsessively over a long period of time and the nerves become damaged. Once the nerves are damaged, they are then unable to transfer signals to other parts of the body.

The peripheral nervous system is the area mainly affected by alcohol neuropathy and controls the motor/sensory skills.  This nervous system consists of:

  • Nerves and ganglia
  • Other portions of the brain
  • The spinal cord

While the exact cause of alcohol neuropathy is unknown, there are two factors found to contribute to the development of it. The first factor is in the fact that alcohol poisons the nerves over time. The second factor contributing to the development of alcohol neuropathy is a vitamin and mineral deficiency from those who struggle with alcoholism.

Nearly half of all people who abuse alcohol heavily, end up with some form of neuropathy. It usually takes about 10 years of heavy alcohol abuse for an individual to develop alcohol neuropathy.  However, treatment options are available for those in need.

Identifying the symptoms

Along with being a constant and heavy drinker, there are other symptoms to identify if an individual has alcohol neuropathy. The symptoms include:

  • Numbness in the extremities
  • Abnormal sensations
  • Heat intolerance
  • Impotence (may occur)
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Muscle weakness
  • Cramping, aches and spasms

In more severe cases, the damage branches to the autonomic nerves, which control internal body functions such as urinating and bowel movements. In the severe cases, people may experience incontinence, urinary leakage, feeling like the bladder isn’t completely emptied and difficulty starting urination.

People may not realize what they are experiencing, the symptoms generally start out mild and worsen as the alcohol abuse continues. The symptoms can greatly effect one’s quality of life and cause permanent damage to the body. A diagnosis of alcohol neuropathy will involve a vitamin blood analysis, electromyography (EMG) or a thyroid function test. From the diagnosis and testing, a medical professional can develop a treatment.

Possible treatment options

While treatment for alcohol neuropathy exists, it is much more effective when the condition is caught early on. Treatment for alcohol neuropathy consists of preventing injuries, managing symptoms and maximizing abilities.

Physicians strive for non-narcotic treatments, but often prescribe the lowest dosage of narcotics possible to help control the pain; reducing the risk of dependency. People receiving treatment for alcohol neuropathy may also attend physical therapy, while using splints and compression stockings. For those with bladder problems, diuretic may be used. In the severe cases, catheterization may be needed. Vitamin and mineral supplements can be administered to correct any underlying nutritional deficiencies and prevent further degeneration.

Even though most of the symptoms are treatable, patients with alcohol neuropathy do not always respond well to treatment. For these people, the issues of alcohol neuropathy may plague them for the duration of his or her life.

Drug detox centers with a program for alcoholics can treat the alcoholism early on in order to prevent neuropathy. These centers equip the patient with the skills necessary to continue a sober life after the treatment program.

Posted by JamesJones - April 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm

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5 Easy Ways to Protect Your Child From a Dust Mite Allergy


Dust mites are microscopic creatures that are related to spiders and ticks. They thrive in house dust. The proteins found in dust mite body parts and feces are the cause of allergic reactions in children who are sensitive to dust mite protein.

 

Step 1

 

Take all of the dust collecting items out of the child’s bedroom. These include;

 

  • Piles of clothes.
  • Boxes.
  • Woolen blankets. Use cotton or synthetic blankets as they tend to be less dusty.
  • Books on book shelves.
  • Get out large house plants.

 

Step 2

Cleaning and dusting the room;

 

  • Vacuum the mattress every fortnight.
  • Place a cheese cloth over the vents in the bedroom and all around the house to catch dust.
  • Dump dust the room when cleaning.
  • Remove the carpet from all concrete floors. Seal the floor with a vapor barrier, then cover it with a washable surface like linoleum of vinyl.

 

Step 3

Maintaining a dust mite free room;

 

  • Reduce the humidity in the room by increasing ventilation.
  • Make use of a high-filtration vacuum cleaner fitted with filters with the capability of retaining a high proportion of the minute particles.
  • Use a high-temperature steam cleaner to get rid of all mites effectively.
  • When need be, use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity indoors under 50% but more than 30%.

 

Step 4

Prevention

 

  • Use allergen-impermeable covers and zippers on mattresses and pillows.
  • Put electrical or duct tape over cover zippers to double block mites from coming and going.
  • Clean the mattresses in early spring and late winter. This kills any dust mites that could have survived the winter and reduces their numbers in the summer.
  • Ensure to have a regular house inspection for any dust mites that might have been missed.

 

Step 5

Seek medical help

 

Finally, if you believe that your child has asthma or an allergy, it is always important to seek the correct medical help. Testing done by an allergist is effective and safe for kids of all ages. Allergy tests with the right knowledge give precise information about what your child is allergic to and provide a medicinal way forward.

 

Dust mites settle in draperies, stuffed animals, carpets and upholstered furniture. They also love pillows, mattresses and soft beddings. If you suspect that your child is allergic to dust mites, to protect your child from a dust mite allergy follow these steps.

 

 

Posted by delancooper - August 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm

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What Is The Western Blot Test For HIV?

ID-10015423Latest medical advances have made testing for HIV an easy and simple process. To test for HIV, antibodies to the virus or genetic material of the virus itself are searched for.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Western blot test, a laboratory test that detects antibodies specific for components of the HIV virus, is chiefly used to confirm the presence of HIV antibodies in specimens found reactive using a screening test such as the EIA (Enzyme Immunosorbent Assay). The Western blot test searches for these antibodies and is usually used as a follow-up, confirmatory test for HIV. To take the test a small blood sample is needed.

HIV Antibody Test

There are several primary tests for HIV that are confirmed with a Western blot test. For instance, an HIV Antibody test screens the blood for antibodies to the virus. On average it takes a person 25 days to develop antibodies, but sometimes it can take up to 6-12 weeks. Upon a positive HIV Antibody test diagnosis, a Western blot is conducted to confirm the presence of HIV antibodies.

ELISA Test

Although ELISA (Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay) tests are sensitive, they can produce false-positive results. They are designed to look for reactivity to the virus rather than for antibodies making them highly unreliable for early HIV diagnosis. Therefore a positive ELISA test is often confirmed with a Western blot to eliminate any false diagnosis.

HIV RNA Early Detection Test

The HIV RNA Test or HIV early detection test does not use antibodies to detect HIV. This test directly screens the blood for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). As a result, this test can be taken as early as 9-11 days after exposure to the virus. With this test there are no possibilities of receiving a false-negative result because it searches for the virus itself. If you test positive, HIV is present in your blood. If you test negative, no HIV was found.

Unlike other HIV Early Detection tests that are DNA-based, this test is RNA-based and has been FDA-approved. The RNA-based HIV Early Detection test is currently the fastest, most reliable test available for HIV in the market.

It is important to note that if you are at risk for HIV, you are also at risk of contracting other STDs. Any STD, if left untreated can lead to serious health complications. Most STDs, including HIV, are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not show symptoms and the person infected is usually unaware of their STD status. The only way a person can know if they have an STD is by getting tested.

If you have recently been exposed to blood or have had unprotected intercourse, consider getting tested for most common STDs.

 

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Posted by toni - February 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

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How To Escape From Opioid Dependence

ID-10026929Opioid dependence is a growing concern in the U.S., with the National Institute on Drug Abuse reporting that there are 1.9 million individuals in the country who have dependence on opioid prescriptions, and the unintentional deaths from overdose related to these prescriptions have surpassed deaths from cocaine and heroin combined. They have also increased by 4 times since 1999 according to the source.

And apart from patient health-related costs, opioid dependence may also translate into liability claims as well as local government and state costs from social and emergency services.

The dependence essentially impacts the portion of the brain that is responsible for the decision making process, which makes the patient’s mind and body more resistant to recovery measures. The drugs also manipulate the biochemistry and architecture of the brain over the long term, if appropriate treatment measures are not taken in early years.

Escape from opioid dependence – starting early

When a victim opts for different treatments to escape from opioid dependence, he/she won’t see instant results, and changes may cause sudden triggers even when it has been months, and in some cases years, since the opioids were discontinued. That is why it’s important to start early to minimize abuse, dependence and complications that can even result in death.

The screening process is similar as the proceedings in chronic disease cases, and consists of symptoms through physical examination and sometimes interview of the patient. The symptoms account for physical opioid overdose dependence signs, psychosocial opioid overdose dependence signs, DSM-IV criteria substance dependence and physical opioid intoxication signs. Read more…

Posted by - November 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

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Egg Donation: Atlanta GA Edition

ID-10015744Choosing to become an egg donor is an incredibly intense and personal decision. It is not something that any woman should enter into lightly, no matter how lucrative the offers you see on the Internet might make it seem. When you donate an egg, you are literally giving a part of yourself to someone else to do with what they see fit. It’s a huge decision. That said it isn’t without a plethora of rewards as well.

The first stop for most women who are considering donating their eggs is Google.  They type in “egg donation Atlanta GA” to get location specific information (including local clinic contact info) and are served up with a lengthy list of websites that promise more information for people.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during that first Google search. There’s so much information out there to process! Where do you even start? Read more…

Posted by - March 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

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How Thyroid Screening Can Help You to Manage Thyroid Disease

There are three or four readings that are assessed when you have a thyroid health screening test: TSH, TT4, FT4, and sometimes TT3. Alternatively, you can also get a combination of Thyroid Panel and TSH. In both cases, your results are assessed in the context of a range of results so you can get a good idea of how your results compare to those in the average range.

The TSH test tests of thyroid stimulating hormone, which is produced by the pituitary gland to stimulate the thyroid to create more hormones. TSH levels usually rise when the thyroid is battling to produce hormones—if your TSH levels are high, this means that your thyroid is not acting the way it should, or producing as much thyroid hormone as your bod would require in order to function properly. The average range for the test is usually between 0.3 and 3.0, and was altered from 0.5 to 5.0, which had been upheld as normal until 2002.This change evidently meant that many people in America who had believed they were in the normal range (those scoring above 3.0 but below 5.0) would now receive a hypothyroidism diagnosis. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists refers to those to whom this applies as suffering “from a mild thyroid disorder.”

Some doctors base their thyroid diagnoses solely on this test, which they believe is the only one required to determine whether thyroid activity levels are below or above the norm. However, this attitude, too, has its opponents, since interpreting this test varies widely from one doctor to another.

TT4 or total 4 is the amount of thyroid hormone you have that is bound to proteins. TT4 levels drop when the thyroid is battling. The range for this test is between 50 and 160.
FT4 or free T4 is the amount of thyroid hormone you have in your body, not bound to proteins. The range is between 10 and 24 in a healthy person.

FT3 or free T3 is produced by TT4 which is converted by the body and is the only thyroid hormone used by the body’s cells. The range for this test spans 4 to 8.3. If your body is not converting TT4 your TT3 levels will be low and, if your receptor cells are blocked your TT3 levels will be high. Everyone’s definition is different and everyone’s bodies need different amounts of hormones to function optimally. The ranges are also quite vast and someone on either end of the scale could be classed as having a normal reading. If you are not converting TT4 to TT3 then your TSH and T4 levels could still be giving a normal result, so the TT3 test is an important one.

Another important consideration is that hypothyroid sufferers tend to have low blood volume, so any blood test taken is likely to give a high reading. It is important for people who believe they suffer from ailments of the thyroid to investigate all potential issues, since treatments with T4 alone can cause further problems and complications. For instance, T4 medication such as Synthroid can at first cause low blood pressure. This, in time, will lead to high blood pressure if left improperly treated. People with low blood pressure may have problems with their kidneys, which cannot properly filter out the waste matter in the body. In turn, this will lead to the production of angiotensin, a decisive factor in raising blood pressure. The adrenal glands can also produce increased volumes of cortisol, which will yield the same effect.

The basal temperature test is also an important one although it is not taught at UK medical school. It is an important diagnostic tool as the only other conditions that present with a low basal body temperature are alcoholism, malnutrition, hypothermia and liver failure. It seeks to identify the lowest temperature of the body during sleep and can also be used to estimate women’s ovulation dates, since the process usually provokes a significant increase in body temperature, of up to 1 degree Fahrenheit. It has also been used as a way to prevent pregnancy, although many have questioned this use, since the basal body temperature test cannot predict ovulation in advance, as would be required in order to avoid pregnancy. The basal temperature test should be performed in conjunction with other tests or on occasions where blood tests have not revealed a thyroid problem but symptoms of hypo or hyperthyroidism are present.

Recent research from the Czech Republic has found that thyroid health screening in pregnant women may give an indication as to whether they are likely to develop postpartum thyroiditis. Some women carry a marker which signifies they may be at risk of developing thyroid disease and autoimmune disorders. In the study that was performed two thirds of the women had thyroid problems within two years of giving birth.

 

Posted by - October 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

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Lead Poisoning: Treatment

Clinical manifestations of lead poisoning: Abdominal pain, lethargy, anorexia, irritability, anemia, Fanconi’s syndrome, pyuria (pus in urine), azotemia in children with blood lead level of more than 80µg/100ml. Epiphyseal plate “lead lines” can be seen on X-ray of long bones. Convulsions, coma, and death can occur if blood lead level is more than 120µg/100ml. CDC Atlanta, USA recommends screening of all children at the time of crawling age (about 6 months) source identification and intervention is begun if the BPb (blood lead level) is more than 10 µg/100ml. Neurodevelopmental delays are seen at BPb of 40–80 µg/100ml. Headaches, arthralgias (joint pain), myalgias, depression, impaired short-term memory, loss of libido are common symptoms of lead poisoning. Examination may reveal a “lead line” at the gum-tooth border, pallor, wrist drop.

Diagnosis: Diagnosis is mainly by history, clinical symptoms and blood lead levels.  Laboratory tests may reveal a normocytic, normochromic anemia, an elevated blood protoporphyrin level, and motor delays on nerve conduction. In the U.S., regular testing of lead-exposed workers with removal if BPb is more than 40 µg/100ml is mandatory. K-X-ray fluorescence (KXRF) instruments have made it possible to measure bone lead levels which can diagnose a chronic lead poisoning even if it is at subclinical level.

Treatment: Source of the poisoning should be identified and corrected. Chelation is recommended with oral DMSA (succimer). Severe toxic cases should be hospitalized and IV (intravenous) or IM (intramuscular) chelation with edentate calcium disodium (CaEDTA) is administered. Dimercaprol is given to prevent worsening of encephalopathy. Correction of dietary deficiencies of iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc lower lead absorption and also can improve the toxic condition. Vitamin C is a weak and natural chelating agent.

Chelation should be done or not in children with asymptomatic lead poisoning (blood lead level 20-40 µg/100ml) are not clear.

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