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HPV vaccine protects even those who skip it
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The vaccine against the human papilloma virus is not only effective in decreasing the rate of high-risk types of HPV infections in girls and women, but it also shows evidence of bestowing what is known as "herd immunity" – an indirect protection against the virus for those who have not been vaccinated – in a community at large, researchers said. Researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center compared HPV infection rates in women who received the HPV vaccine to infection rates in those who had not. More



UPCOMING EVENTS





Event       Location     Dates Notes

The Cytology Association
of Alabama
      Birmingham, Ala.    July 28 More details

ASCT Educational Webinar:
New Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines: What do they mean for me?
      Your PC    July 31, 2 p.m. EST Ann T. Moriarty M.D., Co-Chairman,
Work Group 6 Looking to the Future - Potential Impact of Molecular Screening
More details  |  Register

California Association of Cytotechnologists
Annual Seminar/Workshop
      Crowne Plaza,
      Irvine, Calif.
   Sept. 15 For more information contact Matt Riding at president@cacstate.org

Pathology Update 2012
“New Roles for Pathologists in the Era of Health Care Reform”
      University of
      Vermont/Fletcher
      Allen Health Care,
      Burlington, Vt.
   Sept. 22 For more information, contact Lisa Kapoor at lisa.kapoor@vtmednet.org

The ASCT 2012-2013 membership year has started! Renew your membership here.




High school student develops diagnostic test to detect early-stage pancreatic cancer
Dark Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In Maryland, a 15-year-old high school freshman developed a diagnostic assay that experts say can be developed into medical laboratory test for the detection of pancreatic cancer. The teen's prize-winning breakthrough test could change how cancer and other fatal diseases are diagnosed and treated. More

CAP/ASCCP lower anogenital squamous terminology for HPV-associated lesions
College of American Pathologists    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A unified histopathological nomenclature with a single set of diagnostic terms is recommended for all HPV-associated preinvasive squamous lesions of the lower anogenital tract. A two-tiered nomenclature is recommended for noninvasive HPV-associated squamous proliferations of the LAT, which may be further qualified with the appropriate –IN terminology. The recommended terminology for HPV-associated squamous lesions of the LAT is low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion and high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, which may be further classified by the applicable –IN subcategorization. More

INDUSTRY NEWS


Preoperative diagnosis of benign thyroid nodules with indeterminate cytology
The New England Journal of Medicine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Approximately 15 to 30 percent of thyroid nodules evaluated by means of fine-needle aspiration are not clearly benign or malignant. Patients with cytologically indeterminate nodules are often referred for diagnostic surgery, though most of these nodules prove to be benign. A novel diagnostic test that measures the expression of 167 genes has shown promise in improving preoperative risk assessment. More

New study maps hot spots of human-animal infectious diseases, emerging disease outbreaks
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A new global study mapping human-animal diseases like tuberculosis and Rift Valley fever finds that an "unlucky" 13 zoonoses are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths per year. The vast majority occur in low- and middle-income countries. The report, which was conducted by the International Livestock Research Institute, the Institute of Zoology and the Hanoi School of Public Health in Vietnam, maps poverty, livestock-keeping and the diseases humans get from animals, and presents a "top 20" list of geographical hot spots. More

Researchers have discovered a new gene target for leukemia therapy
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Findings slated for the July 26 print issue of Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology, could lead to cellular targets for a patient population that otherwise may not have desirable outcomes and could potentially stop the onset of leukemia before it begins. A team led by Jose Cancelas, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine and director of the research division at Hoxworth Blood Center, found that by inhibiting in animal models the protein Vav3, which controls cell signaling, the development of this leukemia - known as BCR-ABL lymphoid leukemia - is delayed. More

NGS & RNA-Seq form dynamic duo
Genetic Engineering & Science News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) allows the interrogation of genomes and transcriptomes at unparalleled resolution. NGS is becoming a powerful tool to identify cancer mutations that will eventually be translated to the clinic. Further, second-generation RNA-Seq technology permits the simultaneous evaluation of gene expression and transcript structure at a high level of accuracy and at a single-nucleotide level. RNA-Seq has been called a revolutionary tool for transcriptomics. More

MORE NEWS


International survey on laboratory safety launched
Nature (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The death of Sheharbano Sangji in 2008, following a fire in the chemistry department at UCLA triggered calls to improve academia's safety standards not just at UCLA, but across the United States. Similar concerns were voiced last year when a young undergraduate student, Michele Dufault, died at Yale University. And when the U.S. Chemical Safety Board reviewed the state of academic lab safety after a non-fatal accident at Texas Tech University in Lubbock in 2009, it concluded that "Safety practices at U.S. universities leave a lot to be desired." More

Officials make break in baffling disease killing Cambodian children
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Health officials say they have made an important discovery in the mystery surrounding the deaths of 64 children in Cambodia. The Institut Pasteur in Cambodia tested samples taken from 24 patients and found 15 had tested positive for Enterovirus Type 71 – a common cause of hand, foot and mouth disease that can also cause severe neurologic complications, mainly in children. More

HPV vaccine loss $32,000 after fridge fails
Hamilton Spectator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 240 doses of HPV vaccine worth a total of $32,000 were lost after a refrigerator at a Hamilton, Ontario immunization clinic broke down this spring. The backup battery was not replaced during the fridge maintenance company's annual inspection in February, the city said. More

Final risk assessment released for Boston University biolab
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The National Institutes of Health issued a final risk assessment for a controversial high-security Boston University laboratory where researchers hope to study some of the world's deadliest infectious diseases. The report triggers a 30-day comment period before the agency issues a decision on whether the risk posed by the lab is acceptable. More


 

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