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NSH Awards and Scholarship deadline is June 1
The NSH Awards and Scholarship program offers an economic incentive for continuing education as well as the recognition you deserve for your work in the field. We encourage professionals at all levels to apply and nominate your colleagues. Apply here.
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Advanced Mohs Technician Training – June 11-12 in Springfield, NJ
NSH has partnered with Beck Consulting to offer this unique hands-on, intense training session in a Mohs lab. During this training techs will understand the Mohs process and complete procedure of processing tissue. This will cover all necessary documentation and technical aspects in the lab. This training will assist them in preparing for an inspection process. We will start by discussing the necessary regulations expected by CLIA to have in each manual. We will be reviewing the proficiency testing, quality assurance and quality control programs required.

During the workshop techs will be allowed to review imperfect slides, discuss the stain and section quality. The tech should be able to identify thick sections, uneven staining, and poor fixation causing poor cellular structure. Freeze artifact and autolysis of tissue from poor processing and drying out of specimens. We will point out how nicks in the blade can cause tissue to compress. Upon completion, the tech will be able to trouble shoot their own slides in their lab. Produce rapid high quality Mohs sections. Come spend an enjoyable and informative 2 days with fellow technicians in a supportive and stimulating atmosphere. Thank you to AVANTIK Biogroup for providing equipment, supplies and training facilities. Register now.

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GBI Labs produces the largest selection of secondary detection kits, from single to multiple detection kits, with wide range host species. We provide FREE samples to 1st time users. Staining with our kits results in similar or better sensitivity than other detection kits on the market with 20%-30% cost less.

NSH webinar: Why Does the H&E Staining Look Different Today?
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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Stanford's new ant-sized radio could accelerate massive connectivity through the Internet of Things and enable real-time medical lab testing
Dark Daily
In the future, both in vitro diagnostics and in vivo diagnostics will utilize ever-smaller devices. The shrinking size of these analytical devices will give pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists new tools to detect disease earlier, while monitoring patient with chronic conditions in real-time in consultation with attending physicians.
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New Alzheimer's drug to enter clinical trials
Lancaster University via Medical Xpress
A new drug developed at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom that may help to prevent the early stages of Alzheimer's disease is to enter clinical trials. The number of people with dementia is steadily increasing. Currently, there are about 850,000 cases in the U.K., with numbers expected to reach over a million by 2021. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. It begins when a protein called beta-amyloid forms senile plaques that start to clump together in the brain, damaging nerve cells and leading to memory loss and confusion.
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FDA guidance outlines principles for adaptive design in device clinical trials
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society
New draft guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lays out appropriate uses of medical device clinical trial designs that allow for planned trial changes to be implemented based on accrued data while maintaining study validity and integrity.
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  Hassle Free Block Storage Cabinet

Avantik Biogroup is proud to introduce another Customer Requested Quality Innovation for Histology...the Avantik Biogroup Block Storage Cabinet! We introduced Hassle-Free Drawer Technology with Interlocking Stackability and More Clearance between the top of the blocks and the drawers to achieve the industry's first Jam-Free, Hassle-Free Block Storage Cabinet!

Lymphatic cells grown in the lab for the 1st time
Weizmann Institute of Science via Medical Xpress
For more than 100 years, scientists have debated the question of the origins of the lymphatic system — a parallel system to the blood vessels that serves as a conduit for everything from immune cells to fat molecules to cancer cells. This issue has now been resolved by Dr. Karina Yaniv of Weizmann Institute's Biological Regulation Department. In a study recently reported online in Nature, she and her team revealed how the lymphatic system develops in the embryo and for the first time managed to grow lymphatic cells in the lab.
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Has the time come for integration of radiology and pathology?
Dark Daily
For years, certain pathologists and radiologists have floated the idea that an integrated diagnostic service involving both medical specialties could improve patient safety and contribute to improved patient outcomes. Now that the United States healthcare system is encouraging tighter integration of clinical services, advocates of an integrated diagnostic service involving radiology and pathology believe that the era of integrated diagnostics may be soon upon us.
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How clinical trials help Mayo — and its patients — be on the forefront of medicine
Jacksonville Business Journal
Mayo Clinic has a multipronged mission: patient care, research and education. Its clinical trials program touches on all three. Mayo is one of a select group of research-focused institutions across the country qualified to offer government-sponsored or privately funded clinical trials at each of its three campuses, including Jacksonville. As such, the facility offers patients early access to experimental treatments and drug therapies, some of which could be life-saving.
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University of Minnesota proposes new safety, ethics oversight of research
Star Tribune
The University of Minnesota is poised to "radically redistribute" the power to investigate scientific misconduct and oversee safety in studies that use human subjects. The proposed shake-up comes 11 years to the month after a Twin Cities man died by suicide while participating in a U study of antipsychotic drugs — a case that became an ethics touchstone for the Department of Psychiatry — and two months after the department chairman stepped down.
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The life and death of beta cells
ETH Zurich via Medical Xpress
ETH researchers studying microRNA — tiny strands of ribonucleic acid — in beta cells have found a type that plays a key role in cell death under stress. Diabetes is one of the scourges of modern society, and the number of cases is rising every year. Already, there are more than 380 million diabetics around the world. The International Diabetes Foundation estimates that by 2030, over half a billion people will be suffering from type 2 diabetes. Today, Switzerland has more than 430,000 diabetics, 40,000 of them with type 1 diabetes.
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Weak oversight allows lab failures to put patients at risk
Journal Sentinel
Lab tests influence about 70 percent of medical decisions, guiding treatments big and small: How much blood thinner should a heart-attack patient receive? Does the baby need antibiotics? Should you start taking cholesterol-lowering medication? Even nonmedical tests can be life changing: employment drug screening, blood work for life insurance, paternity testing. The results need to be right.
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    Profit and greed at an embattled laboratory company (Forbes)
Pathologists watching phase II of a clinical trial for breathalyzer system that uses only breath specimen to diagnose lung cancer (Dark Daily)
Scientists are able to take immortality from cancer (Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas via Medical Xpress)
UnitedHealthcare pilot to curb lab costs draws protest (Modern Healthcare)

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