How to Boost your Immune System

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Conscientious Health Measures

Maintaining your health requires you to be steadily fastidious. You must avoid certain foods, and increase your intake of others. Additionally, remaining physically active and reducing vice intake is very wise. Doing these things will substantively decrease your risk of contracting influenza, and cultivating healthy habits will also help reduce the severity and length of flu systems. Following are several direct suggestions to help you boost your immune system:
  • Fruits/Vegetables
  • Vitamin D/Zinc
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Spicy Foods
  • Regular Exercise
  • Cut Back on Vices
  • Healthy Cold Immersion
  • Vaccination When Healthy

Fruits, Vegetables, Vitamins, and Apple Cider Vinegar

So we all know fruits and veggies have high quotients of vitamin C, as well as other specific qualities which recommend them as healthy. Additional vitamins that both strengthen the immune system, prevent the spread of influenza, and decrease its symptoms/severity include zinc and vitamin D. Traditionally, vitamin D only comes from the sun; but it can be purchased in concentrated form at the grocery store. Still, getting some good old fashioned sunlight when you’re sick isn’t a bad thing, provided you don’t let yourself get burnt. What surprises people in this list of food items is the last one–apple cider vinegar. This substance alkalizes your body and helps fight off the flu as well as prevent it.

Spicy Foods

This one comes as a bit of a surprise to some, but others are familiar with “clearing their sinuses”, as they might call it. Cayenne pepper, horseradish, and garlic can all help during the flu. Certain spicy peppers and onions are also recommendable; but you’ve got to be careful. Just because there are a lot of Scoville Units associated with a pepper doesn’t mean it’ll help you prevent the flu any better. Sometimes all that extra spice actually taxes your body’s immune system, or can induce some form of allergic response. The goal is to support the immune system, not tax it. So know your limits.

Regular Exercise

Find a way to get twenty minutes of sweat-inducing exercise at least three times a week. You don’t necessarily have to run every other day; you could play tennis, or bicycle, or hike. Generally, finding an activity you genuinely enjoy which makes you sweat is the best way to keep your body in shape, as you’re in congruence mentally and physically. The gym is okay, but running for the sake of running can get tiresome, as can lifting for the sake of lifting. But building something with your hands, designing something, or wallpapering a room, or playing a game of paintball that requires running–these things add joy to exercise, and so make it more effective and entertaining.

Curtail Vices

Smoking, drinking, certain pharmaceutical drugs, and a variety of fetishes all compromise your immune system. The more of these you quit, the better your body will function in general, and the less susceptible it will be to the flu and other illnesses over time.

Swimming In Cold Water When Healthy

Be careful with this one; you can get yourself in trouble quick. But when you jump into cold water, it forces your body into a kind of hyperventilation which saturates your blood with oxygen. In the laboratory, breathing in this way has been shown to reduce environmental contaminants and disease. But if you’re in poor health when you attempt learning this breathing method, or the water is too cold, you could hurt yourself.

Vaccination When Fully Healthy

Vaccinations also can help strengthen your immune system, though they must be administered when you’re healthy, not sick, as they introduce an inert form of the pathogen.

The Worst Flu Symptoms for Those with Heart Disease

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Why do Chronic Heart Disease Patients Experience the Worst Flu Symptoms?

If you have heart disease, you will have a more difficult time fighting off the viruses that cause the flu. In fact, cardiac patients are more likely to come down with the flu than folks who have any other type of chronic illness. The added stress the flu puts on your body can affect your heart rate, blood pressure, and overall heart function. As a result, your odds of experiencing a heart attack or stroke are greater.

Staying Well

Fortunately, the flu is easy to prevent. You can take some precautions now that will save you a whole lot of trouble later on.
  • Get a flu shot as soon as they come out in the fall; this is usually in September. The flu season lasts from October to May, and the earlier you get your shot the better.
  • Be sure to get the shot, not the mist. People with heart disease cannot tolerate the live virus that is in the mist.
  • Wash your hands often, and do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Recognize the Symptoms

Be sure to see your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms during flu season:
  • High fever
  • Warm, flushed skin
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Watery nasal discharge
  • Headache
  • Generalized weakness
  • Severe pain in the muscles around the eye

Make a Safe Medicine Choice

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before choosing any over-the-counter (OTC) medication. When you are shopping for an OTC medication, look for a product that is decongestant-free and/or made for people with high blood pressure. Decongestants can interfere with your other medications or make your blood pressure go up. Be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist about every OTC and prescription medication you are already taking. Notify your doctor as soon as you begin experiencing flu symptoms. He or she may want you to come into the office for an exam and to run some tests. If you are diagnosed with the flu, he or she will give you an antiviral drug. This will shorten your illness and lessen your symptoms if you take it right away. Call your doctor immediately if you experience:
  • Worsening symptoms into the third and fourth day of illness
  • Starting to feel a little bit better, then suddenly much worse
  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing up thick yellow-green mucus
  • Chest pain
If your symptoms worsen, you may need immediate medical care. If you have trouble breathing or experience any other health emergency, call 911 immediately. If you have heart disease and the flu, don’t wait to go to the ER or call 911. It is safer to get a quick medical exam instead of waiting until you think the symptoms will go away on their own.

What are the Alternatives to Flu Mist?

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Different Kinds Of Inoculations

There are several different kinds of inoculations available on the market today. Beyond the flu mist, there is the flu shot. There are also orally-ingested vaccination options, but these are subject to the body’s digestive system, which is an old hand when it comes to dissolving toxic entities. One of the reasons such options are so sparse is that they don’t generally work. Before the body’s immune system can latch onto an orally ingested vaccine, it’s already been digested. That’s not the case with all vaccines, however. With polio, they used to put a solution of the inoculation substance on a sugar cube. With influenza, though, the most success has come either from the injection, or the mist.

Pros And Cons Of The Flu Mist

This is a tough topic to explore. You’d think the mist’s better, and this option has a number of very noteworthy advantages:
  • Painless
  • Convenient
  • Simple
  • Easy
  • Non-Threatening
It also has some disadvantages, but the primary one is this: flu vaccines administered via flu mist are steadily becoming ineffective. This likely has to do with influenza itself. People don’t usually realize this, but consider the facts. Every year, a new flu shot is necessary for proper inoculation against the coming flu season. Why would that happen if influenza itself wasn’t in continuous transition? Think of the flu not as a tiny microscopic insect that afflicts the “good bugs” that’ are called white blood cells in your immune system. Think of the flu like a worldwide software program with an AI (artificial intelligence) designed to adapt as it’s defended against. That’s more like the flu. It’s not becoming non-flu. It just adapts as people do.

Transitioning Ailments

Diseases in general do this kind of thing. This is why physicians aren’t handing out antibiotics as wantonly as they did in the past. Microbiological organisms became inured to them, and they ceased to be effective. In the same way, influenza is steadily outmoding the flu mist, which is predicating the use of injections. An injection can more securely deposit the vaccine into the bloodstream. And, to be clear, an injection isn’t always a “shot”. Sometimes it’s just a prick from a needle dipped in the inoculation solution. It depends on what you get, and where you get it. Oftentimes you can pick up your own flu mist or flu shot at Walgreens. This year it might be best to get one of each and see if the flu mist takes on. It’s not completely ineffective, that’s just the case in many instances. Another reason things like antibiotics and influenza inoculations lose effectiveness from previously used avenues of administration is the body’s own ability to learn. If your body gets sick through the nose regularly, it’s possible you’ll get additional immune system support there, which will in turn make administration of inoculation more difficult from this direction.

How To Know A Vaccine Has Been Effective

You get sick, plain and simple. A vaccine, or inoculation, is going to induce an immune system response which bears the same symptoms of the illness against which the inoculation has been delivered. The difference is severity. Whereas encountering the sickness in actuality could result in weeks of uncomfortable, life-threatening illness, with inoculations the effects are only a few hours to a few days in duration, and usually pass quickly. Your body gets a “refresher” course in the disease category, and as a result you don’t get as sick when you actually encounter it “in the wild”, to be tongue-in-cheek. A vaccine is like a buffer, or shield, or bullet-proof vest.

What Foods Keep You Healthy During Flu Season

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Eating Right To Stay Healthy

Flu season is here, and if you want to keep from being railroaded by the flu, you are going to need the right kinds of food. Depending on how you eat, you could prolong or shorten your time with this sometimes debilitating sickness.

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables contain vital vitamins and minerals that your body needs. From Vitamin C to fiber, there are definitely things in common fruits that can help you ward off the flu. Apples, bananas, pears, tomatoes, cucumbers, salad, fruit-salad–provided you haven’t inundated these food items with dairy-rich salad dressing or lots of sugar, these will all help your body out when you’re sick. Additionally, a strong diet rich in fruits and vegetables is generally going to help maintain your health. You’ve heard the old saying; “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. It happens to be rooted in truth. And, while apples are very good for you, other fruits have vital goodness that strengthens your body’s immune system as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Believe it or not, taking a cap full of this stuff every day or so can have some astonishing health benefits. And you don’t have to take it straight, either; you can put it in a salad dressing or mix it with something. Basically, apple cider vinegar alkalizes your body and helps fight off viruses that cause not just influenza, but the common cold as well. While taking it on a regular basis is a good idea, it’s not necessary; getting a few cap fulls in you at the onset of flu symptoms will definitely help a great deal. Still, the more alkaline your body is in a biologically healthy way, the less susceptible it will be to influenza.

A Diet of Liquids

You’ve got mucous coming out all over the place when influenza has you in its clutches. Your body is going to be draining a lot of fluids. That means you want to have a mostly liquid diet, and consume lots of water. Chicken Soup is an old and well-known remedy. The broth contains essential nutritional elements, and the protein in the chicken is good for your body, but isn’t usually in exceptional quantities, meaning your immune system gets the benefit without having to deal with breaking down a thick portion. Still, keeping healthy, strong foods in you does serve to strengthen your immune system. It’s just that when the flu’s got you, remaining properly hydrated soon becomes essential–especially if you run into a bout of nausea.

Zinc and Vitamin D

Vitamin D comes from the sun, and will enter your body most effectively this way; though supplementing isn’t a bad idea either. Zinc is also a great warrior against influenza, and you can get cough drops with zinc on the cold and flu aisle of practically any pharmacy or grocery store, as well as in most gas stations/convenience stores.

Certain Spicy Foods

Garlic, horse radish, cayenne pepper, and other spicy foods help your body fight off influenza and refrain from catching it in the first place. The spices which heat up your mouth also tend to KO microorganisms that cause the flu.

Staying Strong

In brief review, some food strategies for maintaining your health during the flu, and preventing it, include:
  • A Diet Rich in Fruits and Vegetables
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • A Diet High in Liquids
  • Zinc and Vitamin D
  • Certain Spicy Foods
Make these foods staples of your diet (but you don’t have to stay on primarily liquids unless you’ve contracted influenza), and you’ll be able to fight off the flu more quickly.

Flu Shot vs. FluMist for Children

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150202-kohn-vaccine-kids-tease_fmlskq   Influenza (flu) is actually a respiratory infection that is caused by influenza virus. Flu outbreaks always happen each year. Indeed, influenza vaccine is good for anybody who is aged 6 months and older. This will protect you and anybody around you from influenza and the complications associated with it. Here are 2 types of flu vaccines for children.

1. Flu shot

All children who are more than 6 months of age should be given flu shot every year. This vaccine is particularly crucial for kids and teenagers who are at a higher risk for flu complications, including those who:
  • Have diabetes, or any other metabolic disease
  • Are between six (6) months and five (5) years old
  • Have chronic lung or heart disorders (like asthma, cystic fibrosis, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia) serious enough to require regular medical check-up
  • Have chronic kidney illness
  • Have hemoglobin disorder or chronic anemia
  • Have any chronic condition that weakens the immune system, like cancer, HIV, immune deficiencies, or treatment that cause immune suppression
  • Have chronic neurological disorders
  • Are seriously obese
  • Live in Inuit or First Nation communities
  • Live in chronic care facilities
  • Have been taking acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin or ASA) daily
  • Are pregnant
  • Live with an adult or another child who is at risk of flu complications
For sure, children who are below 5 years of age are at high risk for flu complications, such as convulsions, pneumonia, and high fever. In case you have kids who are below 5 years of age or who have flu complications, then you should ensure that everyone in your home is given a flu shot. This is particularly vital in case you have children below 6 months of age, or you have a family member who is pregnant. Ensure that all pregnant women in your home are immunized. An infant who is born during flu season to a mother who got a flu shot is normally protected against influenza for some few months compared to that of a mother who didn’t receive. Also, the flu shot is highly recommended and safe for all breastfeeding women. This is because infants who are below six (6) months old can`t get the vaccine (flu shot). Therefore, the antibodies against influenza will be transferred through the breast milk.   The following should not get the flu shot.  
  • Babies who are below six (6) months old. The vaccine doesn’t work though isn’t harmful
  • Children who have serious allergies to thimerosal

2. Nasal flu vaccine (FluMist)

This flu vaccine type is given to an individual as a nose spray instead of an injection. All healthy kids who are 2 years of age can be given the nasal flu vaccine. However, in case your kid has a chronic illness or condition, it is important to talk to your physician to determine if the vaccine is appropriate. This vaccine is always given in one or two doses. In case your child is below 9 years old and has been given a particular flu vaccine before, then he or she should receive only one dose. But, if your kid is below 9 years old and has never received any flu vaccine before, then he or she should receive 2 doses, and should be given at least four (4) weeks apart. The following should not receive the nasal flu vaccine.
  • Children who are below 2 years of age
  • And those who have weakened immune system among others

How Do You Know You Have the Flu?

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How Do You Know You Have the Flu?

While many people start to worry about the flu during the flu season, there are a handful of things that you need to be aware of. Not only are there many misconceptions about the flu in and of itself, but there are also a lot of questions that are related to the flu but that do not actually encompass it. When it comes to doing whatever is necessary in order to protect yourself from the flu, you have to take all precautions. However, when you start to experience the following symptoms and issues, then you know you could have the actual flu.

Miserable

While a very vague description of the flu will not actually tell you if you have it or not officially or scientifically, the first step of knowing if you have the flu or not is to realize if what you do have makes you feel miserable. People with the flu or flu like symptoms don’t just have a single problem or a set of problems. The people who suffer from the flu are actually beat up and feeling achy all over their entire body, both on the inside and on the outside. If you can’t stop from feeling the symptoms and feeling the pain throughout your entire body, the flu could be your culprit.

Specific Symptoms

When you feel things such as muscle aches, tight and hurting joints, and even painful pressure around your eyes then you could have the flu. In addition, you will feel an additional amount weakness and fatigue all over the place, and weakness just staying awake throughout the day could be even more of a general problem to fight off if you have the flu. Throw in the symptoms of having a headache, dry cough, and then a sore throat and a runny nose, and you can see why the general symptoms are such a powerful thing to keep people down. It also makes sense why so many are seeking out things like the flu shot.

False Symptoms

Too many people associate the flu with a high fever, chills, and even vomiting. And while those are all potential signs of the flu, you also need to be aware of the fact that those symptoms could occur in and of themselves, and they could also be in a position where they never present themselves even if you do have the flu. Make sure you don’t rely just on a single indicator and understand the big picture of everything.

Serious Issues

Some of the most important symptoms that you will not only want to be aware of, but that you will need to be extremely cautious of as well are the ones that if they do happen then you should seek immediate medical attention. Things like having trouble breathing or experiencing shortness of breath, having dizziness, confusion, or general disorientation are also major problems. And, if you have chest or belly pain or continue to vomit severely then you should be extremely cautious.

What To Do

When you start to develop any of the systems that are listed previously, you should consider seeking professional medical attention. The only way you can actually confirm whether or not you do in fact have a strain of the flu virus is to be checked by a professional. That is why you need to do whatever it takes to be able to find out what you do have as soon as the symptoms do develop. Once you know completely that you are able to verify if you do have the flu, then you can start the healing process.

What Type of Injection is a Flu Shot?

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How Do Flu Injections Work?

The flu shot, or flu vaccine, can be administered nasally, but is primarily injected. At a basic level, the shot is what’s called an “IM” or “IntraMuscular” injection. An alcohol swab sterilizes your skin, and the needle goes through into your muscle tissue. Injected this way, the inactivated vaccine can more directly encounter your immune system, which facilitates an immune system response. When you get right down to it, a flu shot basically allows your body to “learn” what is necessary to ward off seasonal variations of the influenza virus. It is a principle similar to taking honey sourced locally to help ward off allergic reaction. Allergies happen because your immune system is too reactive. It sees foreign objects like pollen, animal dander, and other allergens as potentially toxic, and so initiates a response to keep your body safe. When you take local honey, it allows your body to get used to inert portions of local allergens so that it’s used to them, and doesn’t have such a violent reaction when such allergens are encountered “naturally”. When it comes to vaccines containing inert antigens, or at the very least damaged/weakened antigens, it’s basically the same principle. The body gets a chance to deal with viral components that aren’t likely to cause full-blown influenza symptoms. To that end, there are multiple flu shots available; such as:
  • Quadrivalent
  • Trivalent

Flu Types Further Explored

A quadrivalent flu vaccine injects multiple antigens into the body, four to be exact. A trivalent vaccine injects three separate antigens. This is because there are more than one kind of influenza virus out there, such as:
  • Influenza Type A
  • Influenza Type B
  • Influenza Type C
Now there are multiple variations in each of these categories. For example, the H1N1 virus, or “Swine Flu”, is Influenza A. The “bird flu” is also influenza type A. A trivalent flu shot may incorporate combinations of type “A”, “B”, and “C” influenza, as well as sub-strains which are seen to be trending. What that means is that you’ll have multiple inert antigens directly injected into your body, and as a result–like when you have an allergic reaction–you will likely experience an immune system response.

When To Get The Flu Vaccine

There are quite a few misconceptions when it comes to flu shots. People think if they get one, they won’t get sick. People are also confused when it seems as though they’ve become sick from the flu shot. Well, these misunderstandings make sense when you get down to the details. See, the influenza vaccine doesn’t provide your body with immunity from flu, it gives your body more information when it comes to encountering the same virus in the “real world”, as it were. Basically it’s the difference between having football pads on, and playing the game without them. If you do take a hit, it won’t be as damaging–but it’s still going to knock you down. Since an inert, or weakened, antigen is required in a vaccine to be effective, your body will feel sick after you’ve had an inoculation like the flu vaccine. Usually it won’t be a feeling of illness that lasts as long, or is as debilitating, because your body is only fighting off an inert or weakened antigen. That said, when you do decide to take a flu shot, you should be in a prime state of health. If you’re already sick, getting a vaccine could stress your immune system unnecessarily, and facilitate more severe infirmity. If you’re going the trivalent or quadrivalent route, you should definitely be in your best health beforehand.

Common Symptoms of the Stomach Flu

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The Ninja Of The Influenza World

The stomach incarnation of influenza comes on like a freight train, and seems to emanate from absolutely nowhere. You’ll be feeling just fine, and then suddenly the gut-bug backhands you into aches, fevers, headaches, chills, and fluid loss from both ends. This is an extremely uncomfortable illness, but the good news is that commonly it only lasts 24 to 72 hours. That said, just as the common cold or traditional influenza leave phlegm residing in your lungs like squatting microbial indigents for several weeks, of stomach flu, expect your bowel movements to be cattywampus for as long as three weeks.

How To Recognize Stomach Bug

When you get the common cold or flu, it is common to feel:
  • Very slightly tired
  • An itch or tickle at the back of your throat
Generally, this means you’ve got the flu and it’s a matter of time before you are knocked into the couch. Taking a shot of apple cider vinegar can actually help decrease the severity of traditional influenza symptoms. You’ll additionally want:
  • Lots of fluid
  • Vitamin-C
  • Other foodstuffs designed to increase your body’s immune system strength
However, with stomach flu, you’ll be just fine until a wave of weariness knocks your feet out from under you and comes on like a hangover. Lights and sounds may begin to give you a headache. Your headache will start to make you nauseous, you’ll get the chills. You’ll get those aches that seem to go right through the bone, and your keenest instinct will be to rest. What’s going on at this stage is your immune system is waging a full-on war against the stomach flu, and collateral damage includes knocking you out of commission. Your body at this time needs all the energy reserves it can handle. So it’s going to make it such that you’re physically unfit to do much more than lie around until the bug has been knocked out of commission. Now, you may not necessarily expurgate out the back or front end. It’s possible that your body will be able to fight off the infection before it progresses so far. It’s more likely, though, that you’re going to get violently ill for a little while. A great way to recognize you’ve acquired stomach flu is cramps. Conventional influenza doesn’t commonly include any cramping or excessive wind.

What To Do If You’ve Got It

Rest in a low-light room with a damp washcloth on your head to ease the headache. Painkillers can help, but they often contain caffeine, which can increase your system’s metabolic rate, leading to increased expurgation. Take these at your own risk. Citrus soft-drinks aren’t all that bad, actually; though they don’t have much health benefit besides taking away the vomit flavor. Sucking on gatorade frozen in an ice-cube tray can gently keep you hydrated while being low-impact enough to make it so you don’t “bring it back up”, as the saying goes. You’re going to get dehydrated, so you need to keep fluids nearby; but a severe enough case of this bug could make it so that your body won’t hold down water. If it gets bad enough, you may require hospitalization–though generally things don’t progress so far.

Avoiding Stomach-bug Contraction

If you are a mother, father, brother or sister in a house where the bug is making rounds, drink a lot of fluid, eat a lot of Vitamin C and zinc, be sure to get plenty of vitamin D, and buff up your own immune system with healthy foods. Immune system strength is the best prevention.

Overview of TOSOH Immunoassay Platforms

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ll   xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx The primary purpose of the automated immunoassay analyzers is to serve the laboratories now and in the future. They are flexible, advanced and compatible with open laboratory automation systems. Tosoh products generate accurate and reliable results, which enhances growth and success. Tosoh is a combination of authentic instruments and exclusive reagents. Therefore, the products produce high quality, precise and accurate clinical diagnostics. AIA and AIA-CL are the two series immunoassays and tools. They both have dedicated assay reagents. AIA instruments use fluorescence kinetics to detect responses. The one cup one test principle is the core. One cup contains all the materials needed for the reaction. Here are some of the Tosoh immunoassay Analyzers;

AIA-PACK Assays

The technology is based on single test cups each cup contains lyophilized and ready to use reagents. The packs use fluorescent kinetics to measure. The entire process takes place in the test cup that is; sample pipetting, reaction of the antibody and the detection of the signal

Advantages

  • High assay sensitivity
  • Long shelf life
  • Calibration stability
  • Easy to use
  • Saves time and money
  • 1cup=1 test
  • Cup format that curbs wastage
  • Long permanence of reagents and sub reagents
  • Up to 90 days calibration stability
  • Risk of contamination controlled since there is no transfer of reagents
  • High analytical all assays
  • Functional sensitivity for all assays
  • Proper labeling of all test cups and trays.

Bench top Immunoassay Analyzer

Bench top Immunoassay Analyzer is also referred to as the AIA-360’S. It is suitable for POLs and small hospitals due to its size and affordability. It can additionally be applied as a backup analyzer and specialty tester.

Reliability

  • AIA-PACK principle
  • Positive classification of samples and reagents
  • Fibrin, sample, clot and air bubble detection
  • Sample level sensing

Operational Simplicity

  • Less than 10 minutes start-up.
  • Limited maintenance.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Place the samples, the AIA-PACKs and press START.

Flexibility

  • One system can be used in the entire AIA franchise.
  • Combined features.

AIA-900 Analyzer

The device has three configurations which allow the practitioners to choose the ideal fit for the laboratory workload. It is the latest Immunoassay analyzer among the Tosohs.

Reliability

  • AIA-PACK principle.
  • Identification of samples and reagents.
  • Fibrin, sample, clot and air bubble detection.
  • Sample level sensing

Operational Simplicity

  • It starts up in less than 6 minutes.
  • Limited maintenance.

Flexibility

  • Three different configurations.
  • One reagent system can be used across the whole AIA franchise.

AIA-2000 Analyzer

It uses the AIA-Pack format just like the other Tosoh analyzers. It has an output of over 200 results hourly and 10-minute incubation. The system has a capability of handling even the most demanding workload speedily.

Reliability;

  • AIA-PACK principle.
  • Positive sample and reagent identification.
  • Fibrin, sample, clot and air bubble detection.
  • Sample level sensing.

Operational Simplicity;

  • Enhanced walk away time.
  • Automated maintenance.
  • Full QC package onboard
  • Levey-Jennings charts.
  • Three simple steps.
  • Place the sample, the AIA-PACKs and press START.

Flexibility;

  • The entire AIA franchise can use the same reagent system.
  • Stand-alone unit.
  • Connected to Lab Automation.

CL AIA-PACK Assays

It goes by the original concept of individual test cups and ready to use lyophilized reagents. It is advisable to use standardized test cups for consistent performance. The measuring process provides;
  • A wide dynamic range.
  • High assay sensitivity.
  • Low sample volumes.
  • Long shelf life.
  • Calibration stability.

Advantages

  • Saves time.
  • Saves money.
  • No contamination.
  • More traceability.
  • One reagent is enough for all.
The above mentioned are the common types of immunoassay analyzers. The systems are most suitable for laboratories worldwide. Tosoh Immunoassay analyzers are fast, accurate and easy to use.

Tosoh 360 Overview

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What is the Tosoh 360?

  • The Tosoh 360 is an automated enzyme immunoassay analyzer that is compact, efficient, reliable, and extremely user friendly. With features like throughput of up to 36 results per hour, random access, and a compactness of 16 inches by 21 inches, the Tosoh 360 is very user friendly.
  • Weighing a mere 61 pounds, the Tosoh 360 is a great option for hospitals, cardiac units, specialty units, and physician office laboratories. You might even consider purchasing the Tosoh 360 as a replacement for larger immunoassay analyzers from Tosoh. But note that the Tosoh 360 is an automated immunoassay analyzer with its own unique set of features.

Features of the Tosoh 360

  • The icon-driven touchscreen is considered intuitively simple to use right out of the box by physicians and lab technicians alike. Sample progress and assay performance can be checked in real time with the Tosoh 360’s assay monitoring. The Tosoh 360 can be linked up with any LIS system, and sample IDs are manually programmable.
  • That comes in handy when you’re analyzing specimens without a barcode. Another wonderful feature of the Tosoh 360 is that you can save as many as 300 assay results thanks to Tosoh 360’s onboard memory. You can get your first result in as little as twenty minutes and print patient results right away so that nobody is kept waiting. That puts your clinic at a competitive advantage.
  • You can also avoid manual worklist entry thanks to Tosoh 360’s barcode sample ID, which provides you with extremely accurate patient identification. The carousel on the Tosoh 360 that holds all of these samples can hold samples from more than two dozen patients at a time. The operator of the Tosoh 360 can load primary and sample cups directly onto the system without any problems.
  • You can add samples at any time during the assay process without interrupting the processing of your samples. The Tosoh 360 comes with easy reagent access too. You can now conveniently access everything from a removable reagent tray and use reagent level sensors to find out which reagents are low. Sometimes waste needs to be removed, and the Tosoh 360’s sensors will enable you to know when it’s time to do that.
  • The unit dose test cup doesn’t require any internal refrigeration. The nice thing about using the Tosoh 360 is that there’s no mixing or measuring requiring prior. The reagents used with the Tosoh 360 also have a shelf life of one year from that date that the reagents were manufactured. With a 90-day calibration curve stability for the vast majority of assays generated with the Tosoh 360, you’re going to wind up saving both time and energy.
  • You’ll also benefit from a complete test menu that runs the gamut from cardiac, tumor, and thyroid through reproductive, metabolic, and anemia. The compact size of the Tosoh 360 coupled with the fact that you’re getting a fully automated device that’s lightweight and easy to use make the Tosoh 360 a must-have device for clinical and lab assays.
  • The average incubation time for most assays is around 10 minutes, and the single unitized cups that the Tosoh 360 uses require no measuring or pre-mixing. That saves a lot of hassle. In addition, the Tosoh 360 can do four tests per sample and has a capacity of 25 samples. As a fluorescence enzyme immunoassay analyzer that’s hard to beat.
  • Reaction time for antigen antibody reactions is ten minutes. The Tosoh 360 runs at 240 volts, 50/60 Hz, and works best with a temperature of 15-30 degrees celsius. The Tosoh 360’s fixed probe with clot detection function is another handy feature.