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A weekend of fun at the US Science & Engineering Festival
NSH participated in the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival recently in Washington D.C. There was more than 325,000 people in attendance. It was a showcase for children grades K-12, teachers and parents to highlight different types of professions available in science, technology, engineering and mathematic fields. It was a great way for us to introduce Histotechnology to people of all ages. Click here to view photos from the weekend.
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NSH Histology Leader Webinar: Hiring Process — May 5
The organization's most valuable asset is the employee. Organizations cannot afford staff whose skills or competencies do not meet the requirement to perform their job duties. Selecting the right candidate for the position requires the interviewer to be prepared to determine hiring the right person. Define steps to prepare for the interviewing process, developing questions to assess a candidate's strengths, weaknesses and suitability for the job in making the best hiring decision. A good employee is 95 percent of a leader's success, and a failure of a leader's decision costs equal one year's salary. Join NSH Region VI Director, Jan Gardner HT(ASCP) and learn the necessary steps and questions needed for the hiring process. Register here.
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May 9-10 NSH will be in Branson, Mo
NSH is happy to be partnering up with the Missouri Society to put on a terrific program at the beautiful Chateau on the Lake Resort & Convention Center. Join us for the 37th Annual Missouri Spring Symposium to network with others in the histology field, plus earn those necessary contact hours! Various types of registration's are available including one-day passes, HT readiness course only, or the full symposium. Learn more.
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Drug resistance spreads worldwide, raises future concerns
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Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published recently by the World Health Organization. In its first global survey of the resistance problem, WHO says it found very high rates of drug-resistant E. coli bacteria, which causes problems including meningitis and infections of the skin, blood and the kidneys. The agency notes there are many countries where treatment for the bug is useless in more than half of patients.
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  New Rabbit Monoclonals from Epitomics

Introducing our recently launched EP clones developed specifically for anatomical pathology. Epitomics has the largest catalogue of diagnostic grade rabbit monoclonals, with over 230 unique targets. Some of our recently launched EP clones include ARG-1, PAX-2, SOX-10, CD2, TBX21 and more. Our recent 2014 Catalogue is available here.

Cancer stem cells linked to drug resistance
UC San Diego Health System
Most drugs used to treat lung, breast and pancreatic cancers also promote drug-resistance and ultimately spur tumor growth. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a molecule, or biomarker, called CD61 on the surface of drug-resistant tumors that appears responsible for inducing tumor metastasis by enhancing the stem cell-like properties of cancer cells.
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Cloning approach makes diabetes stem cell advance
R&D Magazine
In a potential step toward new diabetes treatments, scientists used a cloning technique to make insulin-producing cells with the DNA of a diabetic woman. The approach could someday aid treatment of the Type 1 form of the illness, which is usually diagnosed in childhood and accounts for about 5 percent of diabetes cases in the U.S. The disease kills insulin-making cells in the pancreas. People with Type 1 diabetes use shots or a small pump to supply the hormone, which is needed to control blood sugar.
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    Embedded microscopes for deep-tissue imaging could see reduction in animal use in research
    India Education Diary
    Scientists are aiming to implant a tiny microscope into a rat that could monitor cellular changes and reduce the number of animals used in medical research over time.
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    Engineers grow functional human cartilage in lab
    R&D Magazine
    Researchers at Columbia Engineering announced recently that they have successfully grown fully functional human cartilage in vitro from human stem cells derived from fat tissue. Their study, which demonstrates new ways to better mimic the enormous complexity of tissue development, regeneration, and disease, is published in the April 28 Early Online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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    MIT researchers detect cancer from urine specimens by combining synthetic biomarkers with paper-based diagnostics
    Dark Daily
    Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers may soon see this innovative combination of diagnostic technologies used in developing nations There is now a technology that combines synthetic biomarkers with a paper-based urine test that can detect colorectal cancer and thrombosis in just a few minutes. Medical laboratory tests incorporating this diagnostic technology would be accurate, cheap, and simple enough to perform in developing countries.
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    Novel therapies for neuroprotection in stroke
    By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
    Stroke is the second-leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. There is considerable interest in investigating novel treatments for neuroprotection during stroke, but at present no approved treatment is available for pathological processes occurring in the brain during stroke. Minocycline, cerebrolysin, Ginsenoside-Rd, G-CSF, NA-1 and albumin are some of the drugs being researched. However, treatment methods that showed significant promise in animal models of stroke have not been successful in human trials.
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    Scientists at University of Washington discover a second language in DNA, possibly giving pathologists a new source of diagnostic information
    Dark Daily
    New insights into the human genome have led to the discovery of a second "code" or "language" within human DNA. Pathologists performing genetic testing will be particularly interested in the implications of this discovery, which the researchers have dubbed “duons.”
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