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NSH Educator Training Webinar Series
The NSH Educator Training Webinar Series is designed for program directors and instructors of NAACLS-accredited HT/HTL programs, lab supervisors and histology professionals who present topics throughout the year. Our goal is to help improve the quality of teaching and to give you teaching resources to use throughout the year. This year we will be featuring three webinars presented by program directors, Debra Wood, MS,HT(ASCP) and Jerry Santiago, MS,HT(ASCP)QIHC. The three topics include, Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs), Tips for Using Student Evaluations to Assess Teaching Effectiveness, and iClicker in the Classroom. Click here for dates and full descriptions of each webinar.
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Smartphone HIV test tracks disease on the go in research trial
A $34 smartphone attachment to test for HIV and syphilis works almost as well as expensive lab equipment and could be used to make fast diagnoses in poor countries, researchers said. The "diagnostic dongle" developed by New York's Columbia University attaches to a smartphone through the audio jack and is thousands of dollars cheaper than top-of-the-line lab-based testing equipment that cost about $18,450.
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Chimerix withdrawing from Ebola clinical trials
News & Observer
Durham biopharmaceutical company Chimerix — whose experimental anti-viral brincidofovir was seen as a lead candidate against Ebola virus disease — said recently it is withdrawing from all global clinical trials of its drug for Ebola as the deadly epidemic is running its course and subsiding.
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Why too many clinical trials fail — and a simple solution that could increase returns on pharma R&D
The rate of late stage clinical trial failures is the single biggest determinant of returns on pharmaceutical R&D. The lion's share of discovery and development costs come at the end of the process, and if those trials fail (whether for safety or lack of efficacy), all the capital invested up to that point is lost.
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Bacteria may help battle cancer, study suggests
Bacteria may offer a new way to treat cancer, a small, preliminary study suggests. Researchers injected a weakened strain of Clostridium novyi-NT bacteria spores into tumors in six patients. The bacteria grew in the tumors and killed cancer cells, the investigators reported. C. novyi-NT, which lives in soil, is a close relative of the bacteria that causes botulism. Before injecting C. novyi-NT into the patients, the researchers weakened it by removing its dangerous toxin.
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What's the role of virtues in the lab?
The evolution of science and engineering in the 21st century has transformed the role of these professions in profound ways that affect research, scholarship and the practice of teaching in the university setting.
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    Baptist Health School of Histotechnology

    The Baptist Health School of Histotechnology has an one-year online program that may be the program for you! A non-residential student must have access to an accredited Histology lab and completed 1080 hours of Histology lab experience prior to starting the program. Classes begin in July each year, so call today!

    How to measure a medical treatment's potential for harm
    The New York Times
    Fewer people benefit from medical therapies than we tend to think. This fact is quantified in a therapy's Number Needed to Treat, or N.N.T., which tells you the number of people who would need to receive a medical therapy in order for one person to benefit. N.N.T.s well above 10 or even 100 are common. But knowing the potential for benefit is not enough. We must also consider potential harms. Not every person who takes a medication will suffer a side effect, just as not every person will see a benefit. This fact can be expressed by Number Needed to Harm (N.N.H.), which is the opposite of N.N.T.
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    Scientists find new target for most aggressive breast cancer
    Medical News Today
    A new study has linked deficiency in a gene that controls autophagy — a process that recycles cell waste — with triple-negative breast cancer. The researchers suggest increasing activity of the gene could be an effective way to treat patients with this most aggressive and stubborn cancer.
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    In the UK, medical lab professionals gather to explore disruptive diagnostic technology, ISO 15189, and how labs can add value
    Dark Daily
    Recently, in the industrial heartland of the United Kingdom, pathologists and medical laboratory professionals gathered for the 13th Annual Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine conference. The hot topics were new quality management standards for labs in the United Kingdom, innovative ways to improve utilization of clinical laboratory tests, and how first mover laboratories in the United Kingdom are using such disruptive technologies as digital pathology and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.
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    Is it time for precision/personalized medicine?
    Dr. Len's Cancer Blog
    Dr. J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MACP, writes: "Are we prepared for the genomics revolution? President Barack Obama's proposed Precision Medicine Initiative as mentioned in his recent State of the Union address suggests it's probably time to get ready for some changes in our daily routines as health professionals. I'm not talking about the incredible information that has already been produced by researchers examining the human genome. Nor am I referring to the work that is going on in major cancer centers and elsewhere exploring how to better match patients with genomic analyses of their cancers, for example."
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    Thymic carcinoma recurrence can be determined with existing uterine cervix pathology test (Oncology Nurse Advisor)

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