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Become an Agile Environmental Lab: Part II, Cloud Computing

Environmental testing labs are under enormous pressure to reduce the cost and turnaround time for analytical services-and to help, technologies such as cloud computing should be rapidly adopted. Advances in remote communications technologies have been successfully implemented to facilitate communication with and between personnel and customers, maintain instrument operations, and critical data flow and manage …

Reflections from the 74th World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), is the highest health policy setting body in the world and is composed of 194 ministers of health. The policies agreed upon during this important event inform funding decisions at country levels that affect the health and wellbeing of billions of people around the …

Improving Productivity and Relevance in Early Drug Discovery

Drug discovery is an expensive, slow, and risky endeavor, with many clinical trials failing at the final hurdle. Maintaining R&D productivity at a sustainable level is therefore one of the main challenges faced by the pharmaceutical industry. Clinical trials can fail for many reasons, but the two main causes of high failure rates are issues …

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

PerkinElmer is proud to support Sickle Cell Awareness Day: June 19, 2021 Sickle cell anemia, a beta-hemoglobinopathy characterized by red blood cells with a crescent or sickle shape, is the most common inherited genetic disease in the world. The abnormally shaped blood cells tend not to be flexible enough to efficiently move around the body …

Antidepressant Shows Potential for Treating COVID-19

The speed at which researchers developed effective vaccines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 required unprecedented international cooperation on a scale never seen before. Rollout of approved vaccines is underway in many countries across the globe, giving people hope that the end to the pandemic is finally in sight. Meanwhile, researchers are continuing to investigate …

Become an Agile Environmental Lab: Automation

As environmental testing laboratories innovate and evolve, the regulations that govern sampling methods also adapt—new and stricter detection limits are established, and emerging contaminants are added to screening lists. These laboratories are constantly under enormous pressure to reduce the cost and turnaround time for analytical services—and any technologies that can help should be rapidly adopted. …

SETAC EU Conference Review

In 2019, 81.8 million tons of environmentally hazardous chemicals and 208 million tons of chemicals hazardous to human health were produced.1 To mitigate the effects of these contaminants and prevent health risks, governments continuously run risk assessments to keep regulations up to date. At the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s annual meeting for Europe …

What Food Integrity Experts Agree On

At the end of April 2021, the European Union (EU) food scientific community met virtually for the Food Integrity conference—and its outcomes showed that every sector of the industry are involved in food safety and fraud. The panel discussions and presentations at the conference, originally funded by the EU FoodIntegrity project and now organized by …

Subset-Specific Treatment Options to Overcome Cancer Resistance

Targeted cancer therapy has been a game changer in cancer treatment, significantly improving the survival and quality of life of many patients. Unlike chemotherapy, which acts on both cancer and normal cells, targeted therapy affects only the specific oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, or pathways involved in tumor progression. Despite the success of targeted cancer therapy, …

The opioid crisis has become extremely deadly. In the United States, the misuse of pharmaceutical opioids, coupled with an increase in heroin and fentanyl use has resulted in the death rate tripling from 16,849 to 52,404 annually from 1999 to 2015.1 Novel psychoactive substances (NPSs) are synthetically derived compounds developed to mimic the effects of …

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