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by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP) 

Strep tests are used to determine if a person with a sore throat (pharyngitis) has strep throat, an infection of the throat and tonsils caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, also called Group A Streptococcus (GAS), or if the sore throat is caused by a virus.  The majority of sore throats (70%-85%)1 are actually viral in nature, and will resolve without treatment within a few days.  

Painless and rather instant Results

Laser Lipo, Ltd with headquarters in England has developed an advanced body contouring device which directly targets the adipocyte cells leaving the other cells unaffected. Laser diodes using a wavelength of 660 nm creates a photo-chemical reaction in the cell membrane stimulating the cells to temporarily open a pore, and very naturally to release water, glycerol, and free fatty acids. The fat cells then shrink in size. The excess fat is then removed safely through the lymphatic system and the body’s natural metabolic process, thus creating a similar reaction as if the person was exercising. This device allows practitioners to target the areas where patients want the fat gone without any discomfort or downtime. 

by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP) 

It has been one of the primary goals in the reformation of our healthcare system to have patients more involved in managing their own health. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) promotes the shift from curative to preventive medicine by focusing on early detection and management of chronic disease, along with a more patient-centered approach to health care. POCT promotes these goals with rapid test results that providers can use to immediately inform patients of their condition or progress, and modify their treatment on-site. This provides a face-to-face opportunity to ensure understanding and discussion of future goals, thus more directly involving the patient in their own care.