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Jan. 3, 2012
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Jan. 3, 2012
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CDC: Novel swine flu virus now reported in 5 states
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The number of reported cases of a novel swine influenza virus has risen to 12 since July, encompassing five states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus includes a gene from the human pandemic strain and affects mostly children. The agency is taking the influenza newcomer seriously, urging public health departments, hospitals, and clinicians engaged in influenza surveillance to consider the possibility of the virus in patients presenting with influenza-like illness. More



Genome study points to adaptation in early African-Americans
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Researchers scanning the genomes of African-Americans say they see evidence of natural selection as their ancestors adapted to the harsh conditions of their new environment in America. The scientists, led by Li Jin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, report in the journal Genome Research that certain disease-causing variant genes became more common in African-Americans after their ancestors reached American shores — perhaps because they conferred greater, offsetting benefits. More

Ventilator-associated tracheitis and antibiotic duration
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Antimicrobial use in intensive care units is a major driver for multidrug-resistant organisms. One of the most common situations in which antibiotics are misused is in patients on mechanical ventilation. In a recent study, Tamma and colleagues, asked the question, "Does the length of antibiotic therapy for ventilator-associated tracheitis in pediatric patients make a difference?" They included all patients less than 18 years of age in their neonatal intensive care unit or pediatric intensive care unit who were on ventilation for at least 48 hours. More

FDA issues final current good tissue practice guidance
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This guidance represents the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) current thinking on current good tissue practice and additional requirements for manufacturers of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products. More



Cancer tumors grown in lab
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U.S. researchers said they have discovered how to keep tumor cells alive in the lab, generating buzz in the scientific community about a potential breakthrough that could transform cancer treatment. Until now, scientists have been unable to make cancer cells thrive for very long in the laboratory in a condition that resembles the way they look and act in the body. Doctors have largely relied on biopsied tissue that is frozen or set in wax to diagnose and recommend treatment. More

H. pylori may protect against diarrhea
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People with Helicobacter pylori in their stomachs may be protected against some diarrheal diseases, suggests a new study. People with chronic H. pylori infections are known to have an increased risk of stomach cancer and related diseases, but how infection is related to diarrheal diseases and the bacteria that cause them is still up for debate. More

New diagnostic technology creates opportunities for clinical laboratories to help physicians with faster, more accurate diagnoses
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New diagnostic technologies are literally tumbling out of research laboratories and biotech development companies at an increasing pace. The sheer volume of proprietary medical laboratory tests and new molecular diagnostic assays makes it a challenge for pathologists and clinical laboratory managers to identify which new lab tests have the greatest clinical value — and will also be adequately reimbursed by payers. More

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Investigation of Cronobacter bacteria illness in infants
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The Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments continue to investigate four recent cases of Cronobacter infection in infants in four states: Florida, Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma. There is currently no evidence that indicates the Cronobacter infections in these infants are related. More

WHO 'deeply concerned' by mutant bird flu
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was "deeply concerned" about research into whether the H5N1 flu virus could be made more transmissible between humans after mutant strains were produced in labs. Two separate research teams — one in the Netherlands and the other in the United States — have found ways to alter the H5N1 avian influenza so it could pass easily between mammals. More

Many drugs, many options, little room for mistake
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Determine the best ways to test for drugs of abuse by considering motivations, models, technology capabilities, desired menus, required turnarounds, sample collection, and clinical needs. The market offers many options for drugs-of-abuse testing, but clinical laboratories can narrow them by considering which best fit their criteria. More

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Top 10 health IT predictions for 2012
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Healthcare reform, analytics, cloud computing, mobility, and social media will alter the health IT landscape over the next year, forecasts IDC Health Insights. In 2012, we will see new and successful accountable care organizations, hospital CIOs tackling increasing security risks brought on by clinicians' use of mobile technology, and a majority of providers using electronic health records. More

Study: New biomarker in blood could detect extent of heart attack
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The presence of troponin I, a biomarker protein in muscle tissue that indicates heart muscle damage, could indicate a person likely to suffer from heart attacks, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The test for troponin could make the detection of heart attacks quicker and more accurate. According to the study, higher levels of troponin could suggest the individual is at greater risk of suffering from a heart attack. More



Dead brain cells linked to elderly memory loss
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New research links "silent strokes," or small spots of dead brain cells found in about one out of four older adults, to memory loss in the elderly. According to a study — published in medical journal Neurology — a group of 658 people age 65 and older and free of dementia were given MRI brain scans. Participants underwent tests measuring their memory, language, speed at processing information and visual perception. A total of 174 of the participants had silent strokes. More

For lab mice, the medical advances keep coming
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When scientists want to test new therapies for cancer or heart disease, they frequently turn to mice for help. For most mice, this isn't the best thing that could happen to them. Being a research subject has definite disadvantages, at least for mice. But most people prefer a new therapy be tested in a rodent rather than making a human patient the guinea pig — if you'll forgive the twisted metaphor. More
CellaVision Automates and Standardizes the Manual Differential

CellaVision introduces CellAtlas®, the perfect way to learn the basics of hematology cell morphology. This App for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch compliments our digital cell morphology portfolio, and is an educational tool to assist in the recognition and classification of blood cells, by utilizing mini-lectures and cell quizzes. More
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