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Oral Allergy Syndrome: Unraveling IgE Allergy Cross-Reactivity

Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS), also called pollen-food allergy syndrome (PFAS), is an odd phenomenon. OAS patients present with local IgE-mediated allergic reactions to raw fruits and vegetables. The symptoms of OAS include itchy mouth, scratchy throat, or...

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Nourishing and Fueling a Happy Heart

The risk of dying from a broken heart is real. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome) presents with the weakening of the left ventricle arising from severe emotional or physical stress. This concept is captured beautifully for us clinicians is...

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The Limitations of At-Home COVID-19 Testing

The currently available at-home COVID-19 antigen tests may or may not provide accurate information if your patient has the Omicron variant, if they are testing outside the window of opportunity, or if the sample collection is insufficient. So, why bother...

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Weight Loss Safety 101 -Mitigating the Risk of Liberating ‘Fat Stored Toxins’

Weight loss may seem like a win-win pursuit. However, as naturopathic physicians and functional medicine providers, we need to be acutely aware of the risks associated with mobilizing toxins that have bio-accumulated over the months and years in adipose...

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Which is Superior, COVID-19 Antibody Testing, or T-Cell Testing?

As winter approaches, monitoring the antibody status of patients who have been vaccinated or exposed to the COVID-19 virus is imperative to patients’ health. Luckily, multiple studies have been completed providing guidance as to which testing option is...

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COVID-19 antibody assessment and delta-variant risks

With an increasing percentage of the population at least one-dose vaccinated, the expected decline in COVID-19 infections has not happened, primarily due to the presence of the COVID-19 delta variant in North America. What has changed is who gets...

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Likely reasons for unlikely low IgG results

There are many different reasons for unexpected IgG results. Pre-analytical errors, which are outside of laboratory control, are responsible for the majority of our unexpected laboratory results.

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US BioTek Laboratories to Provide COVID-19 Testing Lab Services

SHORELINE, Wash. – April 9, 2020 – US BioTek Laboratories, a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) accredited laboratory, announces that it will begin performing COVID-19 tests. Located north of Seattle in Shoreline, WA, the specialty...

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