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Aug. 30, 2011
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ASCLS and CLMA to merge?
ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Boards of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) are excited to announce their mutual support for the concept of merging the two organizations. Both boards are entering into a period of final due diligence. More



Scientists man bioterror front lines
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For decades, federal research labs had served as the government's Cold War research and development division. After Sept. 11, those same labs transformed themselves to invent new lines of defense against new terror threats, developing a nationwide system to sniff the air for germs such as anthrax and smallpox. More

Mercury madness
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Lab managers know how dangerous mercury can be and that proper safety measures must always be taken when working with equipment or compounds that may contain this substance. Being aware of the way mercury enters the system and what it can do is a good first step to lab managers in keeping themselves and their workers safe from this element. More



Why pathology labs need to keep pace with big changes unfolding in the field of pathology informatics
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One respected expert in pathology informatics says that a "major sea change" is underway in pathology informatics. The pace of this transformation is steady and pathology groups should be responsive to these developments. "Right now all of the action in the field revolves around digital pathology," said Bruce Friedman, M.D., active emeritus professor of pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School and president of the Pathology Education Consortium. More

Incremental sampling methodology
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Incremental Sampling Methodology is a technique designed to statistically reduce or limit variability associated with discrete sampling. It provides unbiased, representative and reproducible estimates of the mean concentration of analytes in a specific area of interest, called a "decision unit." More

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Repeat HPV test improves specificity of cervical screening
Medscape Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Repeat testing for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) using self-sampling of vaginal fluid may increase specificity of cervical cancer screening and reduce unnecessary treatment in women aged 30 to 65 years. The study goal was to assess the improvement in specificity for detecting histologically confirmed CIN2+ lesions associated with short-time repeat testing for high-risk HPV in women aged 30 to 65 years, using self-sampling to obtain the primary sample for HPV analysis More

Mosquito research feels bite of budget cuts
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State laboratories around the country are testing mosquitoes to warn people about the presence of the West Nile virus, but federal and state budget cuts are threatening some of those labs. Since West Nile was first found in the U.S. in 1999, the virus has spread and established itself as an annual concern. Last year, 57 people in the U.S. died from the virus. It causes a mild illness in most healthy adults, but the elderly are particularly vulnerable. So far this year, three people have died. More



New NIH rules for conflict of interest
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is tightening up its conflict-of-interest rules for researchers, scientists, and physicians, but such financial conflicts will not be made available immediately to the public. Instead, the academic institutions are given the option to disclose industry ties and post them on the internet, with all financial conflicts of interest disclosed on a request-only basis. The finalized reporting rules of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the HHS, were released Aug. 23, and affect more than 40,000 federally funded researchers who also receive payment or stock from drug and medical-device companies. More

New drug cures multiple viruses in human cells
National Geographic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's no cure for the common cold — yet. A new drug can scout out and kill numerous types of viruses infecting human and animal cells, researchers have announced. It's the first time a single drug has been shown to work against a range of viruses, from those that cause seasonal sniffles to more fatal diseases. More

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Gene therapy for immune disorder lasts 9 years
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Fourteen of 16 children with the rare immune disorder sometimes called "bubble boy disease" were well enough to attend school from two to nine years after they were treated, showing the benefit is maintained over time. The rare illness, affecting about 40 to 100 babies each year, leaves them unable to fight germs, making any infection potentially deadly. Researchers corrected genetic flaws in the children’s bone marrow to enable their immune systems to function, and have followed the children's progress since. More

1st Test Kit Cleared to Monitor Lung Cancer

Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc. introduces the first FDA cleared test to be used as an aid in monitoring disease progression during the course of disease and treatment in lung cancer patients. MORE


New imaging method sheds light on cell growth
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University of Illinois researchers are giving a light answer to the heavy question of cell growth. Led by electrical and computer engineering professor Gabriel Popescu, the research team developed a new imaging method called spatial light interference microscopy that can measure cell mass using two beams of light. More
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