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Pharmacogenomics: What We Know About Genetic Testing for Mental Illness

May 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM


If you haven't yet heard of pharmacogenomics, you will soon enough.

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Topics: DNA, Genetics, mental health, genomics

Top Stops to Make at the 2016 Clinical Virology Symposium

May 16, 2016 11:54:06 AM

In a few short days we are off to Daytona Beach for the 32nd annual Clinical Virology Symposium. This meeting is hosted by the American Society for Microbiology and features the latest research on viral infections. From May 19 to 22, laboratorians, physicians, biomedical researchers, and medical product manufacturers will take in sessions and make connections at networking events. We hope to see you there!

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Topics: ASM, opti-tranz, puritan events, clinical virology symposium

How to Swab for MRSA

May 11, 2016 10:22:15 AM

Healthcare swabs are one of our specialties as a company. Through our research and interactions with many different types of healthcare providers, we have come to know how incredibly difficult and important their work is. Our goal is to make sure our swabs provide the end user with exactly what they need so they can always perform at the highest level.

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Topics: Specimen Collection, Media Transport Systems, Swabs, Liquid Amies, Sterile Swabs, Diagnostic, OptiSwab, MRSA

Protein Test Swabs: How to Verify Allergen Control

May 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM


When 2015's FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law, a key requirement stated that covered facilities must establish and implement a food safety system that includes analysis of hazards and risk-based preventive controls. One of the top hazards requiring preventative controls? Food allergens.

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Topics: Food Safety, Swabs, Environmental, allergen testing, allergens

Food Handlers Swabs: How To Choose the Right Swab for Food Safety

Apr 26, 2016 12:51:06 PM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die every year from foodborne illness. Some of the culprits are disease-causing microbes or pathogens, such as the norovirus, Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli. Poisonous chemicals and other substances are also guilty of causing foodborne diseases—of which there are more than 250. 

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Topics: Foam Tipped Swab, Food Safety, Environmental Sampling, Swabs, EnviroMax, EnviroMax Plus, ESK, PurFlock Ultra, Environmental

Swabs for Cosmetics: Why Your Spa or Salon Could Use a Little Puritan

Apr 20, 2016 9:21:43 AM

Puritan manufactures high-quality swabs and other single-use products for industries such as healthcare, forensics, and food safety. But these same medical-grade swabs and other products also have fantastic beauty and wellness applications. From cotton swabs to cuticle sticks, Puritan can help spa and salon owners keep clients looking their best.

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Topics: Cotton Tipped Applicators, Health and Beauty, Wooden Scrapers

Join the Flock Q&A: What Flocked Swabs Are, Why You Need Them, and Where to Get Them

Apr 7, 2016 11:13:28 AM

If you’re reading this, you probably have a good idea of what swabs are, and what they might be used for. But you can always stand to know more. Here are a few popular questions about the world of flocked swabs.

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Topics: Specimen Collection, Flocked Swabs, Diagnostic

Swab Central: The Foam Tipped Applicators' Industrial Uses

Mar 30, 2016 11:30:00 AM

In critical environments of industrial and manufacturing, if you're in the market for swab that hits hard-to-reach places, the foam tipped swab might be the tool for you.

Foam tipped swabs come in many different configurations, including Puritan’s PurSwab® foam-tipped applicators. Good for a variety of industrial uses, these are especially effective as general cleaning applicators

Foam swabs are far superior to cotton swabs when it comes to cleaning. When precision cleaning and cleanliness is your end game, our swabs and devices have you covered.

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Topics: Critical Environments, Industrial

Why Should Pets get a DNA Test?

Mar 24, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Most people understand that there are situations where human DNA needs to be collected and analyzed. DNA analysis can be used to place someone at a crime scene, to check for predisposition to diseases, or predict response to certain medications. But did you know the same can be done for pets?

The world of DNA testing for pets has expanded since the first tests became available in 2007. Veterinary offices have been the main source for these tests but in more recent years websites such as DNA My Dog and Cat Ancestry have been gaining popularity.

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Topics: Specimen Collection, Veterinary, Diagnostic

Before You Say AHH... Learn More About Swabbing for Strep Throat

Mar 4, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Do you have a sore throat? headache? fever, chills, and muscle pains? These can be early signs of  influenza, strep throat and other winter illnesses.

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Topics: Specimen Collection, Diagnostic

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