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Mysterious polio-like illness affects kids in California
USA Today
A mysterious polio-like syndrome has affected as many as 25 California children, leaving them with paralyzed limbs and little hope of recovery. California is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to see if there are cases outside California. So far none have been reported.
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March 6 webinar: Quality Indicators for Pre- & Post-analytical Lab Processes
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
In this one-hour webinar you will learn an approach for selecting and developing pre-analytic and post-analytic process indicators so that your laboratory can assess and control key activities that contribute to quality laboratory results. For more information and to register your site, go to www.ascls.org/webinars. ASCLS members register at a discount with code wsdc14.
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Medical Laboratory Professionals Week — April 20-26
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
It is time to celebrate and educate others about what YOU do! Start planning your celebration now. Purchase official logo items and more. For more information go to www.ascls.org/MLPW.
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Dramatic results with CARs in B-cell leukemia
Medscape Medical News
More dramatic clinical results with engineered T-cell therapy have been reported, this time from a trial showing that 14 of 16 patients (88 percent) with advanced adult B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia achieved complete remission. The findings were published in a recent issue of Science Translational Medicine.
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Starving melanoma cells may slow tumor growth
Medical News Today
New research suggests melanoma skin cancer may be controllable by starving its cells. Building on previous success with prostate cancer cells, scientists in Australia showed they could stop cell growth by blocking the pumps that melanoma cells use to acquire an essential cell nutrient.
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New Canadian lab to serve as hub for HIV research
CTV Winnipeg
Already a world-class force in infectious disease research, Winnipeg, Manitoba, now has another lab aimed at fighting deadly diseases Named after Dr. John Charles Wilt, a medical doctor and microbiology professor in Manitoba for more than 40 years, the $42 million federal project will be associated with the National Microbiology Laboratory. It will serve as a hub for HIV and AIDS research in North America and will also combat anti-microbial resistant organisms that cause food related illnesses.
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Coping with infectious disease
The New York Times
The list of infectious diseases that could leap from remote areas of the world to strike countries thousands of miles away is growing. It made good sense, then, when the Obama administration, after meeting with representatives of three United Nations agencies and 26 countries recently, announced an ambitious plan to improve the surveillance and treatment of infectious diseases over the next five years in up to 30 countries.
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British researchers discover revolutionary therapy but are left fighting red tape
The Daily Telegraph via The Province
Ian Hampson is finding it hard to contain his excitement. A molecular virologist with a passionate interest in understanding the relationship between viruses and cancer, he thinks that he and his wife, Lynne, may — he stresses the word may — have found a revolutionary therapy for women with pre-cancerous cell changes in the cervix.
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Biomarker may identify benign pancreatic cysts
Medscape Medical News
Vascular endothelial growth factor A levels in pancreatic fluid may distinguish serous cystic neoplasms from premalignant or malignant pancreatic cysts, according to a prospective study published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. If the findings are confirmed, use of this biomarker could potentially reduce the costs and risks associated with monitoring and surgical intervention.
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Gene test useful in head, neck cancer diagnosis
MedPage Today
A test to determine mutant-allele tumor heterogeneity accurately distinguished patients with high- and low-risk head and neck cancers, according to a study reported here. A high MATH score more than doubled the hazard ratio for survival among patients with various types of squamous carcinoma of the head and neck. The relationship between MATH score and outcome held up regardless of a patient's human papillomavirus status or other prognostic factors.
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Infection control at the doorstep
Medscape Medical News
Researchers reported the findings of an observational study investigating the relationship between methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus importation, transmission, and clinical disease at 112 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the United States. This was made possible by the new coded national microbiology database, resulting in access to individual hospital-level discrete data that were interrogated for trends in admission prevalence (importation), new colonization acquisition (transmission), and nosocomial clinical culture rates (clinical disease) for a 3-year period.
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Mysterious polio-like illness affects kids in California
USA Today
A mysterious polio-like syndrome has affected as many as 25 California children, leaving them with paralyzed limbs and little hope of recovery. California is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to see if there are cases outside California. So far none have been reported.

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US launches global initiative to stem infectious disease threats
The Washington Post
Faced with what they describe as a perfect storm of converging threats from infectious-disease epidemics, U.S. officials launched a global effort with more than two dozen countries and international organizations to prevent deadly outbreaks from spreading.

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30 years later: Are we any closer to a cure for AIDS?
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. But are researchers any closer to finding a cure now than when the HIV/AIDS connection was established 30 years ago?

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Special glasses help surgeons 'see' cancer
Washington University in St. Louis
High-tech glasses developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed through the eyewear. The wearable technology, so new it's yet unnamed, was used during surgery for the first time recently at Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
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Federal government amends patient access to laboratory test results
By Jessica Belle
Soon patients and patients' personal representatives will be able to obtain copies of completed laboratory test reports directly from laboratories. The Department of Health and Human Services recently released new rules amending the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. This article explains the current rules governing patients' direct access to test results and what will change under the new rules.
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Can stem cells heal broken hearts?
CNN
The biggest ever stem cell trial involving heart attack patients has gotten underway in London. The study, which will involve 3,000 patients in 11 European countries, should show whether the treatment can cut death rates and repair damaged tissue after a heart attack.
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