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In honor of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 24 - 28, the Medical Laboratory Student Association (MLSA) held a Hematology Talk with Stevenson’s own Betty Ciesla.  Mrs. Ciesla has been an educator, author and medical laboratory professional specializing in Hematology for nearly 40 years, diagnosing countless blood disorders.  For the benefit of those in the audience who are not medical laboratory professionals, Mrs. Ciesla discussed the laboratory profession as a whole and presented a case study on Iron Deficiency Anemia.    

The mission of the MLSA is to educate, inform and raise awareness of the importance of medical laboratory professionals in the role of healthcare.  Throughout the academic year, the club hosts events that are meant to engage the university community.  Please “like” our Facebook page in order to stay informed when engaging speakers, such Mrs. Ciesla, or other events take place that showcase the Medical Laboratory Science Program, its students and activities. 

On Friday, April 21st, four Medical Laboratory Science sophomores presented posters on a genetic disease or the use of genetics in technology at Johns Hopkins. ...Click here to read more.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 45 states and the District of Columbia have reported mumps cases in nearly 3,000 people.  In 2015 and 2016 these outbreaks have been primarily associated with college settings. 

Mumps can spread even in highly vaccinated populations.  Why does this occur?  A number of factors contribute to the spread of mumps, but vaccine effectiveness is of primary importance.  CDC recommends TWO doses of the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella with an average effectiveness of 88%.  Comparatively, one dose is only 78% effective.  In addition, behaviors such as kissing, sharing utensils, lipstick or cigarettes can also spread this very contagious virus. 

What can you do to prevent the spread of mumps?  Review your vaccination status with your doctor to ensure you have received two doses of the vaccine.  Limit activity that would spread the virus. 

If you believe you have symptoms of the mumps, see your doctor who will likely order lab tests to determine if you do have the mumps.  These tests are performed by highly trained Medical Laboratory Scientists who play a vital role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Laboratory tests serve as the foundation for the diagnosis and management of many conditions, including infectious diseases like the mumps.  How would you like to be a disease detective?  Click here if you would like to learn more about the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Stevenson University. 

The blood drive at Stevenson University in September was a roaring success.  Over 60 units were collected and 2 units were double red cell donations.  In total, these donations have the potential to save 180 lives. A unit of blood consists of 450 mls of fluid and when centrifuged, it can be renewed into many products:  packed red cells, plasma, platelets, clotting factors, and white cell derivatives. Students in the Medical Laboratory Science Program learn about blood types, compatibility testing (matching ABO and Rh), emergency transfusion and handling and processing components for specific patient or surgical needs. Laboratory personnel in the Blood Bank / Transfusion Medicine areas work under extraordinary pressure at times as the situation with blood needs can quickly escalate – trauma victims, blood loss during surgery, patients with anemia, leukemia or kidney disease are all reasons someone would need blood.  Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine are taught in the Medical Laboratory Science Program.  Want to explore being part of a vital medical team that provides this service to patients?  You and the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Stevenson University- a perfect match!

Wednesday, September 21 the United Nations will meet to discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”.  These bacteria are resistant to all but a very few antibiotics and some are completely resistant, even to our drugs of last resort.  Unnecessary prescriptions, overuse and the prevalence of antibiotics in farm animals are a few of the reasons for this public health emergency.  Using the latest technology available, medical laboratory scientists working in clinical microbiology labs all over the world will diagnose infection and provide information about the antibiotics that will best treat infections.  They provide this information to doctors so they can make the best choices for their patients.  This is just one of the many life-saving roles a medical laboratory scientist plays in the health care arena.  Explore being a medical laboratory scientist at Stevenson University today. 

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