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Alere Webinar Spotlights Optimal Flu Diagnostics to Keep Your Lab Ahead of the Curve

(PRWEB) September 30, 2014

Influenza is a significant clinical and public health issue, and rapid, accurate diagnostics can improve the efficacy of therapy, minimize overuse of antibiotics, conserve resources, and diminish the spread of the disease in healthcare settings. Diagnostic tests available today vary widely in terms of complexity, sensitivity, specificity, and cost. The decision your laboratory makes in selecting the correct test, along with appropriate interpretation of the test by providers, is key to effective use of influenza diagnostics.

Alere is sponsoring a new webinar, What to Do About Flu in 2014, which will survey influenza disease, diagnostic approaches, and currently-available methods, placing them in the context of the clinical questions to be addressed, and assisting participants in selecting and utilizing influenza diagnostic tests. The speaker will be Sheldon Campbell MD, PhD, FCAP, associate professor of laboratory medicine at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn, and director of clinical laboratories for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, which encompasses facilities in West Haven and Newington, Conn, and six primary care community-based outpatient clinics.

The webinar will be presented on October 24, 2014, at 3 pm Eastern/2 pm Central/12 noon Pacific Time. The webinar and Q&A session that follows will provide essential information and insights for pathologists, microbiology laboratory directors, medical technologists, and other lab professionals; and physicians and nurses involved in the care of patients who potentially have influenza.

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to describe the clinical impact of influenza, recognize the importance of getting the flu vaccine, describe the properties of available influenza diagnostic methods, assess different platforms for molecular detection of flu and other respiratory viruses, and interpret the results of influenza diagnostics in a clinical context.

Sheldon Campbell, MD, is board certified in clinical pathology and medical microbiology by the American Board of Pathology. He serves as director of clinical laboratories, and medical director for chemistry, microbiology, mycobacteriology, and point-of-care testing for VA Connecticut, and has a role in microbiology and chemistry specialty areas for the New England Veterans Integrated Service Network laboratories. Dr. Campbell is the director of the Yale Medical School Medical microbiology and Infectious Diseases course, and the Yale Winchester Medical Microbiology Fellowship Program.

The free webinar, hosted by LabRoots, will allow participants to interact with the speaker and network with each other. A live Q&A session will follow the presentation, giving you the opportunity to pose questions to the expert panelist.

For full details, agenda, and free registration, click here.

About Alere:

Alere is committed to delivering high-quality products and services that patients and providers can rely on for consistently accurate and actionable information. The company deploys unique innovative technologies that transform diagnostic products and expand into new platforms and solutions with proven health and economic outcomes. The companys socially-conscious business approach focuses on creating breakthrough, cost-effective diagnostic solutions that address the most intractable diseases for all populations in all corners of the world including infectious disease, toxicology, cardiology, and diabetes.

About LabRoots:

LabRoots is the leading professional networking website designed to connect all science verticals. Founded in March 2008, LabRoots vision was to connect the scientific world leveraging a myriad of unique features and tools, discovering meaningful collaborations across geographic boundaries and fields of expertise. LabRoots is the owner and producer of BioConference Live which has grown into the worlds largest series of virtual events within the Life Sciences and Clinical Diagnostics community.

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The world is getting smaller, and the global community needs more English speakers to improve communication and understanding. With China being one of the fastest-growing economies and a major player in world politics, there are still very few fluent English speakers in that country. Language Bridge Technology has a vision for implementation of a whole-brain approach to the acquisition of foreign language skills that is equally beneficial for self-directed acquisition and for guided learning using offline or online classes.

The company is applying for an opportunity to receive a grant from Chase bank. This grant would allow to commercialize a mobile application for learning English as a Foreign Language. This patented approach is quicker and more efficient than the conventional methods for learning English. Learners will be able to pick up English phrases quickly and start communicating with ease and fluency.

Please help the company to make this vision possible by voting for this project. It’s a small step that will help bringing world communities together. The company needs 250 votes to be eligible for the Grant.

Vote for the Language Bridge Technology at

Any person with a Facebook account may vote for the company’s plan to commercialize a new application for learning English. Your account security will not be compromised. Voting is open until October 17, so now is the time to cast the vote!

Dr. Arkady Zilberman, Founder of Language Bridge Technology said, The patented Language Bridge Technology restores the innate ability of adults to learn English as a Foreign Language by turning off cross-translation, and activating learners’ capacity for subconscious learning. This application is the first application in the language market for self-directed acquisition of language skills. This application could be used for integrated learning too, thus changing the way the English is learned in the world.

The Language Bridge Technology application delivers the tool that turns off the natural habit of thinking in the native language. It allows learners start speaking before they have learned English. In the process of self-teaching, the learners acquire language patterns that ensure thinking in a foreign language.

In the conventional language class, a student has about a minute to participate in interaction; the remaining time is passive listening, which seldom results in communication skills. Language Bridge Technology uses the patented method, based on speech shadowing, and language training in pairs, which increases multifold the time of active speaking. This type of training leads to acquisition of language skills much faster than conventional grammar-translation learning methods.

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Autism Advocates, Steinberg Praise States First-In-The-Nation Decision to Expand Medicaid Coverage for Low-Income Kids

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As many as 75,000 primarily low-income California children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will become eligible for a life-altering form of treatment through Medi-Cal starting Monday September 15th, when California becomes the first state to implement a federal directive to step up Medicaid coverage for children with autism. Up to 12,000 of these children are expected to utilize the new benefits, according to a coalition of California and national advocacy groups. They have joined with Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg in praising the states move.

Through this decision we have achieved and cemented the original vision of SB-946, which is full coverage under both private and public health plans for behavioral health treatment, Steinberg said, referring to the autism insurance reform law he authored in 2011. This important milestone will ensure that all children in California, regardless of their insurance or economic status, will have access to life-changing treatments for autism spectrum disorders.

On Monday, the state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will issue an All-Plan Letter to Californias Medi-Cal managed care plans directing them to start covering behavioral health treatment, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), for individuals with autism up to age 21. Medi-Cal insures more than 5 million children, approximately half of the children in California. Until now, autism treatment has not been available to low-income Californians with ASD who are Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

While 75,000 children could be eligible, experience in California and other states has shown about 1 in 6 will ultimately utilize behavioral health treatment based on medical necessity and other factors. Approximately 4,000 to 6,000 of the affected children currently receive no treatment, including children who lost these critical services last year in the Healthy Families to Medi-Cal transition. Another 6,000 to 7,000 of the affected children now receive behavioral health treatment through the Regional Centers; that will continue until a transition plan is developed for transfer into Medi-Cal plans.

This is a landmark moment for Californias autism community and positions the state as a national leader in delivering meaningful coverage to treat autism, the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, said Dan Unumb, executive director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center. Behavioral health treatment can dramatically improve the lives of many people with autism, enabling them to mainstream into our schools and society while reducing taxpayer costs for special education and longterm support services. This is a huge step in our ongoing efforts to ensure that all families across the country have access to essential healthcare.

After years of having to inform children and families on Medi-Cal who desperately needed treatment for autism that the state had no help for them, its incredible to be able to tell families we can help connect them to this life-altering treatment, right away, said Kristin Jacobson, president of Autism Deserves Equal Coverage. We commend the California Department of Health Care Services for moving quickly to ensure that all California children get the behavioral health therapy they are entitled to, thereby making a difference in the lives of thousands of vulnerable California families.

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I am delighted that my daughter will be able to get the treatment she so desperately needs, Cruz said. Everywhere I have gone so far the door has been shut in my face. Now our lives can get better.

In April, Maria traveled 14 hours round trip by bus from Los Angeles to Sacramento for the autism awareness rally to ask legislators to help her daughter. I asked them please to help my daughter and now they are. I am so happy!

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I have seen the benefits of ABA, both for Timothy and Joshua, said Wilson. I cant let what happened to Timothy happen to Joshua. I lost services once for Timothy and it took me almost three years to get them back. He cant lose them again.

Our family wouldnt survive, Wilson said. I am so relieved that I will be able to get treatment from Medi-Cal for Timothy and Joshua. I can sleep again at night.

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