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Jan. 24, 2012
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Jan. 24, 2012
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Absolute accuracy
Explore the value of reporting CBCs as absolutes instead of percentage differentials
ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals
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A white cell differential performed with a complete blood count (CBC) is a common test order. Doctors diagnose and track infections, leukemia and other conditions by interpreting cell lines reported as relative and/or absolute numbers. If your laboratory reports percentage numbers and your instrument reports absolutes, it may be time to upgrade your CBC to reflect your technology. More



Study hints that statins might fight breast cancer
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Amid hints that statins — cholesterol-lowering drugs — might also play a role in preventing or treating certain types of cancer, new research sheds some light on how these drugs may help stop breast cancer in its tracks among certain women. The p53 tumor suppressor gene stops the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells, but some women with breast cancer have mutant forms of this gene. More

Aptamer-based blood protein detection technology may soon be used by medical laboratories in tests for cancer, diabetes and other diseases
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New diagnostic technology has been developed that has the potential to accurately detect such diseases as cancer and diabetes, even when the patient is presymptomatic. Not only would medical laboratory tests using this technology be low cost and portable, but some experts think that diagnostic assays using this technology could make it through the regulatory process and be cleared for clinical use in just five years or less. More

How protein in teardrops annihilates harmful bacteria
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A disease-fighting protein in our teardrops has been tethered to a tiny transistor, enabling University of California, Irvine scientists to discover exactly how it destroys dangerous bacteria. The research could prove critical to long-term work aimed at diagnosing cancers and other illnesses in their very early stages. More



The mosaic of diabetes
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Many organs beyond the pancreas are involved in the pathophysiology of diabetes. How does this view of the "mosaic" of diabetes change the affect of clinical practice. More

High levels of MRSA bacteria found in retail meat products
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Retail pork products in the United States have a higher prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA) than previously identified, according to new research by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. MRSA can occur in the environment and in raw meat products, and is estimated to cause around 185,000 cases of food poisoning each year. More

Mineral quashes deadly bacterial poisons
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simple mineral supplement — manganese — holds promise as the first successful treatment for hemorrhage-inducing infections caused by some food- and waterborne germs. The mineral helps detoxify Shiga toxin, which is produced by a host of bacteria, including the type of E. coli that killed scores and sickened more than 3,700 people in Europe last year. The new work, by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, appears in Science. More

STA Coag ConneXion

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H5N1 flu investigators agree to stop research for 60 days
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Two teams of H5N1 influenza virus researchers who were recently asked to limit the amount of information they published for security reasons have agreed to halt their studies for 60 days to give governments and others time to develop a plan for handling the information that has come from their research. Ron Fouchier, MD, from the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, M.D., from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and 37 other investigators involved with similar research discussed their decision in a letter jointly published by the journals Science and Nature. More

New in vivo implant device monitors tumor growth remotely
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Clinical laboratory directors and pathologists will see threats and opportunities as microelectronic devices offer new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. In vivo clinical diagnostic testing just took a giant step forward. A team of medical engineers at the Technical University of Munich have developed a prototype microchip sensor implant designed to continuously monitor tumors remotely. More

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Unveiling malaria's 'cloak of invisibility'
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The discovery by researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of a molecule that is key to malaria's "invisibility cloak" will help to better understand how the parasite causes disease and escapes from the defenses mounted by the immune system. The research team has identified one of the crucial molecules that instructs the parasite to employ its invisibility cloak to hide from the immune system, and helps its offspring to remember how to "make" the cloak. More

IBM develops miniaturized silicon probe for disease diagnostics
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Based upon the binding specificity of antibodies to target molecules, immunohistochemistry has been used in labs for decades to research protein expression, or lack thereof, in tissue samples. The technique may have just gotten more sensitive thanks to IBM researchers. The team has developed an ultra-miniaturized probe for immunohistochemistry. More



Scientists to pause research on deadly strain of bird flu
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The scientists who altered a deadly flu virus to make it more contagious have agreed to suspend their research for 60 days to give other international experts time to discuss the work and determine how it can proceed without putting the world at risk of a potentially catastrophic pandemic. Suspensions of biomedical research are almost unheard of; the only other one in the United States was a moratorium from 1974 to 1976 on some types of recombinant DNA research, because of safety concerns. More

Genes and menopause timing
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An international team of researchers has discovered 13 new regions of the genome associated with the timing of menopause. These genes shed light on the biological pathways involved in reproductive lifespan and will provide insights into conditions connected to menopause, such as breast cancer and heart disease. 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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