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NSH Laboratory Webinar: Why Does the H&E Staining Look Different Today?
1-2 p.m. EDT, May 27
Presented by Ada Feldman, MS, HT/HTL(ASCP), Anatech, Ltd., Battle Creek, Michigan

Sections too blue? No nuclear detail? Eosin bleeding? Some slides acceptable, but most are not? Are these complaints all too familiar? This webinar will discuss how modifications in the tissue processing and staining can alter the expected appearance of the stained tissue. Examples of aberrant staining and the corrective actions will be shown. Register now.
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NSH Educator Webinar Wednesday: Tips for Using Student Evaluations to Assess Teaching Effectiveness
1-2 p.m. EDT, June 3
Presented by Debra Wood, MSEd,HT(ASCP), Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis

The purpose of this webinar is to provide instructors with information concerning the utility and biases associated with Student Evaluations of Teaching. Use SET Ratings to Estimate overall teaching effectiveness and to provide general feedback so that instructors can use results to make positive changes in their teaching practice. We will also look at potential biases, as well as validity and reliability of the instruments themselves, so that the instruments can be improved over time. Register now.

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NSH offers one-day forum on Immunohistochemistry
This all-day forum, developed by Dr. Richard Cartun in conjunction with the NSH IHC Committee, features advanced topics in the field of clinical immunohistochemistry and molecular diagnostics. The course is designed to maximize attendee networking through General Sessions and access to expert instructors throughout the day during Q&A sessions following each topic. Learn more.
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TOP STORIES


Profit and greed at an embattled laboratory company
Forbes
How does a clinical laboratory company grow in a few short years from nothing to more than $400 million in revenue and over $100 million in profit? Since the same company just settled with the DOJ for as much as $100 million, it's reasonable to suspect that growth was probably not entirely legitimate. Now new information, gleaned from documents containing previously unreported details about the company, provides an inside look at the inner workings of the company and its rampant growth, fueled by greed and a massive disregard for law and industry standards.
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Pathologists watching phase II of a clinical trial for breathalyzer system that uses only breath specimen to diagnose lung cancer
Dark Daily
For almost a decade, pathologists have seen a regular stream of news stories about technologies that utilize a sample of human breath to diagnose a disease or health condition. Now comes news that just such a diagnostic test for lung cancer is beginning clinical trials in the United Kingdom.
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UnitedHealthcare pilot to curb lab costs draws protest
Modern Healthcare
A UnitedHealthcare pilot to control rising clinical laboratory costs in Florida has sparked an uprising among physicians and lab companies who say the program is burdensome and unfairly limits competition. After a delay caused by physician complaints, in mid-April UnitedHealthcare started requiring doctors in its Florida provider network to give prior notice when ordering one of 79 lab tests. The new lab benefit-management program is run by Beacon Laboratory Benefit Solutions, a subsidiary of Laboratory Corporation of America.
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Molecular switch that promotes heart cell maturation discovered
R&D Magazine
A molecular switch that seems to be essential for embryonic heart cells to grow into more mature, adult-like heart cells has been discovered. The discovery should help scientist better understand how human hearts mature. Of particular interest to stem cell and regenerative medicine researchers, the finding may lead to laboratory methods to create heart cells that function more like those found in adult hearts.
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IN THE NEWS


The importance of animal models in defeating aging
Humanity+
Using model animals in gerontological studies has yielded an enormous wealth of useful information about the mechanisms of human aging and longevity. Animal models were crucial in identifying the conserved pathways that regulate human aging. Model organisms are fundamental for aging research, because there are serious limitations of using human subjects, such as the length of lifespan, genetic heterogeneity and vast differences in environmental influences. The shape of survival curves represents the health of the organism over time. Model organisms display significantly different lifespans, however the survival curves resemble those of humans quite remarkably.
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Novel biomarkers may provide guide to personalized hepatitis C therapy
American Gastroenterological Association via Medical Xpress
A simple blood test can be used to predict which chronic hepatitis C patients will respond to interferon-based therapy, according to a report in the May issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the basic science journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. "While highly effective direct-acting antivirals have become the new standard of care for patients with hepatitis C, these treatments come with a hefty price tag," said lead study author Dr. Philipp Solbach from Hannover Medical School, Niedersachsen, Germany. "There may still be a role for the more affordable interferon-based therapies, and with this new information, we can better assess which patients will respond to this less-expensive treatment."
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New point of care test for anemia that patients can administer themselves has potential to impact pathology groups and clinical labs
Dark Daily
New diagnostic technology may shift some hemoglobin testing for anemia out of clinical laboratories and into near-patient settings. It may also be possible to use this new diagnostic device for patient self-testing. The developers describe this as a new, easy, inexpensive point-of-care test that detects anemia. The device may be available as early as 2016. It is possible for the test to be used in situations where resources are low and illiteracy is high.
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3-D printing of living tissues is easier and cheaper with BioBots
Gizmag
Had bioprinting been around in Vincent van Gogh's day, he would have had to do something more dramatic to express his inner torment than cutting off his ear — American startup BioBots has been demonstrating that he could have easily just 3-D-printed a new one. Building living tissues nearly from scratch isn't a brand new science. Researchers have used lab animals as hosts to grow functioning organs for people in need of transplants and yes, even human ears. Even 3-D printing artificial biological material has been around for a few years, using experimental "bio-inks" and designs for printable skin grafts, just for starters.
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Scientists are able to take immortality from cancer
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas via Medical Xpress
Scientists from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre have discovered a new strategy to fight cancer, which is very different from those described to date. Their work shows for the first time that telomeres — the structures protecting the ends of the chromosomes — may represent an effective anti-cancer target: by blocking the TRF1 gene, which is essential for the telomeres, they have shown dramatic improvements in mice with lung cancer.
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