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NSH Webinar: Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)
CATs are spot checks for understanding what is quick, easy and effective. Students benefit from the opportunity to check their own comprehension and reorganize their ideas if necessary. This webinar will look at activities that are appropriate for initiating, clarifying and summarizing information at any point in a given class session. Join Debra Wood, M.S.ED., HT(ASCP) from Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 4 to learn more. Register today.
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NSH Histotechnology Professionals Webinar Special
Attention all NSH Members: In the spirit of #histoday, we are offering a free webinar that will be available starting March 10 and last through lab week! The webinar is being presented by Lois Anderson, CM and lab manager of Johns Hopkins University and she will discuss interpersonal skills for laboratory professionals. More will be available in the next coming weeks, so keep a look out!
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SLU researchers halt fatty liver disease in animal model
Doctors believe that up to 30 percent of the U.S. population may have fat accumulation in the liver, known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, that can lead to a range of damaging health consequences. In a study published in Molecular Metabolism, Saint Louis University researchers have tested in an animal model a promising drug candidate that stopped fatty liver disease from progressing to the stage that causes severe liver damage.
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Tuberculosis drug candidate begins clinical safety trial
The first clinical safety trial on a tuberculosis drug since 2009 is now under way. The phase I trial of TBA-354 will involve 50 volunteers from the United States, according to the TB Alliance, the not-for-profit product development partnership sponsoring the trial.
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Researchers find link between inflammation, tissue regeneration and wound repair response
Medical Xpress
Almost all injuries, even minor skin scratches, trigger an inflammatory response, which provides protection against invading microbes but also turns on regenerative signals needed for healing and injury repair — a process that is generally understood but remains mysterious in its particulars. Writing in the recent online issue of Nature, an international team of scientists, headed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, report finding new links between inflammation and regeneration: signaling pathways that are activated by a receptor protein called gp130.
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New trend in use of real-time management dashboards gives clinical labs ability to achieve improved quality and faster test TAT
Dark Daily
Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are information-rich environments. Yet, there is irony in the fact that — in response to financial pressures and incentives to improve the quality of medical laboratory testing services — most of the nation's clinical labs cannot tap that rich vein of information to support performance improvement goals.
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Innovations in cell culture technology drive drug discovery studies
R&D Magazine
Scientists around the world make use of cell culture techniques on a daily basis. Whether they happen to be working with primary cell cultures, secondary cultures or cell lines, they all face many of the same problems: slow growth, spontaneous differentiation, evaporation, contamination and a host of other issues that require troubleshooting.
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    Virus-cutting enzyme helps bacteria remember a threat
    Lab Manager
    Bacteria may not have brains, but they do have memories, at least when it comes to viruses that attack them. Many bacteria have a molecular immune system that allows these microbes to capture and retain pieces of viral DNA they have encountered in the past, in order to recognize and destroy it when it shows up again.
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    Epigenomics of Alzheimer's disease progression
    Our susceptibility to disease depends both on the genes that we inherit from our parents and on our lifetime experiences. These two components — nature and nurture — seem to affect very different processes in the context of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study published recently in the journal Nature. The researchers analyzed changes that occur in genes and in regions that regulate genes as Alzheimer's disease progresses, using a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease that Tsai's lab originally developed several years ago.
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    At Yale, participating in clinical research just got easier
    Yale News
    Yale University is launching a series of initiatives that will increase access to its clinical trials program and make it easier for people to participate in clinical research. The aim is to recruit volunteers to participate in clinical trials to help speed the development of new medical treatments that can help countless patients. Volunteers will be able to find out about clinical trials directly through MyChart, the patient portal that is connected to Yale's electronic medical record.
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    Researchers create nanoparticle that targets cancer to optimize MRI scanning; new technology has potential to reduce number of tissue biopsies, pathology testing
    Dark Daily
    Even as pathologists are working to develop more sensitive and accurate diagnostic tests for cancer, similar efforts are underway in radiology and imaging. In fact, one research team has developed a self-assembling nanoparticle that can adhere to cancer cells, thus making them visible in MRI scans and possibly eliminate the need for invasive tissue biopsies.
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