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Shutdown alarms health officials amid MERS, flu threat
USA Today
More than 11,000 U.S. Muslims are expected to join millions of other pilgrims in Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. When the Americans return home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health departments will be watching for any sign of the MERS virus that has caused severe acute respiratory illness in 140 people since 2012, killing about half of them. But because of the shutdown of the federal government, about 9,000 of the CDC's 15,000 workers have been furloughed.
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Federal Government and Health Care Reform Update — Register for the Nov. 14 ASCLS-APHL webinar
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In this 1-hour webinar, you will learn the latest about the impact of regulations, proficiency testing, reimbursement and health care reform on the laboratory profession. For more information and to register your site, go to www.ascls.org/webinars. ASCLS members register at a discount with code FDC13.
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What if a flu breaks out when CDC can't track it?
Bloomberg
As a consequence of the current government shutdown, the Centers for Disease Control has been required to furlough two-thirds of its staff, leaving only 4,000 people to conduct vital public-health responsibilities. This translates into reduced protection for Americans.
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Why scientists held back details on a unique botulinum toxin
NPR via WABE-FM
Scientists have discovered the first new form of botulinum toxin in over 40 years, but they're taking the unusual step of keeping key details about it secret. That's because botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances known. It causes botulism, and the newly identified form of it can't be neutralized by any available treatment.
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Pneumococcal vaccine works on virulent strains
Medscape Medical News
The introduction of a vaccine targeting some of the most virulent pneumococcal serotypes has reduced the proportion of children infected with invasive pneumococcal disease caused by those serotypes, according to a new study. After the introduction of a 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in the United States in early 2000, the rate of invasive pneumococcal disease in young children dropped about 70 percent.
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New guidelines issued on job-related HIV exposure
Infectious Disease Special Edition
The United States Public Health Service has released new guidelines on the management of occupational exposures to HIV and postexposure prophylaxis. Updated for the first time since 2005, the new guidelines include several important changes, most notably a recommendation that PEP regimens contain three or more antiretroviral drugs, as opposed to the two or three previously recommended, and that the regimen make use of newer, better tolerated medications.
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Rise in HPV cancers blamed on American cultural evolution
The Medical Daily
A quickly rising incidence of throat and mouth cancers among young American adults may be caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus. An analysis of U.S. government health data shows that cancers of the base of the tongue, tonsils, soft palate, and pharynx rose by 60 percent among adults 45 years of age and younger during the past couple of generations.
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Childhood factors may predispose adults to clostridium difficile infection
American College of Gastroenterology via Infection Control Today
Childhood and infancy factors have been linked to a predisposition to developing Clostridium difficile infection, the leading cause of health care-associated diarrhea, according to new research. According to a survey, data suggests that being born at home, avoiding antibiotics during infancy and childhood, and being breast fed appear to be protective against C. difficile in adulthood.
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Blood pressure drug may enhance cancer treatment
Medical News Today
A new study reveals that a common class of drug used to control high blood pressure could enhance cancer treatment by improving delivery of chemotherapy drugs and oxygen through tumors. Writing about their work in the online journal Nature Communications, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, describe how the angiotensin inhibitor losartan increased blood flow and improved chemotherapy drug outcomes in mice with breast and pancreatic cancer.
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Lab professionals can help providers meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 objectives
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Laboratory professionals are well-versed in how lab analyses are performed, how test results are reported, and the interpretation of test results, in providing quality patient care.
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Experts: Vendors charge excessive fees to interface EHRs
Dark Daily
It won't surprise pathologists and clinical laboratory managers to learn that vendors of electronic health record systems are milking physicians and other healthcare providers with excessive fees above and beyond the EHR cost. Vendors are socking it to providers — including medical laboratories — in the pricing they charge to create the mandatory interfaces required for the EHRs to connect with outside networks. These excessive fees were the subject of a story published by Modern Healthcare.
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Researchers: Cheap Alzheimer's test made from peanut butter and ruler
CBS News
Alzheimer's disease is difficult to diagnose before symptoms start showing up, because there is no single test that can definitively determine whether a person has the degenerative brain disease. Could a scoop of peanut butter and a ruler become that elusive test?
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5 reasons every employer should have job descriptions
By D. Albert Brannen
No state or federal law requires job descriptions. However, job descriptions can be helpful tools for employers for both practical and legal reasons. If you do not have accurate and up-to-date job descriptions in place for all of your employees, you should get them as soon as practical. This article will outline five of the many ways in which job descriptions can benefit employers.
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Shutdown alarms health officials amid MERS, flu threat
USA Today
More than 11,000 U.S. Muslims are expected to join millions of other pilgrims in Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. When the Americans return home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health departments will be watching for any sign of the MERS virus.

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Report: Holy water contaminated with human waste
Reuters via The Guardian
Holy water at religious shrines and churches in Austria is often contaminated with fecal matter and bacteria, researchers have found. Scientists came to the conclusion after analyzing the water quality at 21 "holy" springs and 18 fonts at churches and chapels at various times of year.

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New test rapidly distinguishes viral, bacterial infections
Medscape Medical News
A new test that analyzes patients' immune responses, rather than the pathogens themselves, can rapidly distinguish viral infections from bacterial infections, according to an article published in a recent issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Preventing superbugs by deactivating antibiotics with a flash of light
Popular Science
The popularity of antibiotics has led to mutations in bacteria that make the little buggers stronger than ever. But what if we could shut down antibiotics as soon as they're no longer needed?
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Woman founds breast cancer organization from waiting room
ABC News
Rochelle Shoretz founded a national breast cancer support organization in the waiting room of her oncologist's office when she was 28 years old, armed with just a spiral notebook and the drive to give young women with cancer a network of their own. That was 2001. Since then, her organization, Sharsheret, which is Hebrew for "chain," has grown to serve more than 20,000 women, families and health care professionals who have been touched by breast cancer in some way.
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