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1st trial of vaccine to treat Parkinson's disease begins
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Funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, an Austrian company is testing the safety and tolerability of PD01A, the vaccine for Parkinson's disease. There are already treatments for Parkinson's; however, this is the first to actually target the disease process itself. More

FDA delays decision on 1st drug to prevent HIV
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Federal health regulators have delayed a decision on whether to approve the first pill shown to prevent HIV infection, the drug's manufacturer says. Gilead Sciences said the Food and Drug Administration will take three more months to review its application for Truvada, after the company recently submitted additional materials to the agency. More

Introducing Antibody Cocktails by Epitomics

Introducing rabbit monoclonal antibody (RabMAb®) cocktails from Epitomics. The CK5/CK6/ERG cocktail was introduced this year along with four other varieties targeting breast cancers and prostate cancers. Antibody cocktails represent an important tool in IHC applications by increasing staining sensitivity and/or permitting multiplexing. For more information about these antibodies, click here.

Freezer failure at brain bank hampers autism research
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Massachusetts' McLean Hospital had the world's largest collection of autism brain samples. The freezer had two alarms and was checked twice a day to make sure of its security. However, the freezer managed to get shut off without the alarms going off, and no one noticed until too late. One third of the samples were destroyed by the malfunction, which sets back researchers many years. More

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NSH headquarters is moving down the street
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We are pleased to announce that the National Society for Histotechnology will be relocating on June 19. Our new address is:

8850 Stanford Blvd, Suite 2900, Columbia, MD 21045

All other contact information such as phone/fax numbers will stay the same, so if you have any questions/concerns please don't hesitate to contact us. You may experience some difficulty reaching us by phone on Monday and Tuesday. Please feel free to send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Fat stem cells grow bones faster and better
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UCLA stem cell scientists purified a subset of stem cells found in fat tissue and made from them bone that was formed faster and was of higher quality than bone grown using traditional methods, a finding that may one day eliminate the need for painful bone grafts that use material taken from the patient during invasive procedures. More

New survival factor for immune cells identified
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An international team of researchers has discovered that many of the body's infection-fighting immune cells require a cell survival protein, called A1, to develop and function. Their finding could lead to a better understanding of conditions including leukemia, allergy and autoimmunity. More

Hidden epidemic: Tapeworms living inside people's brains
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Parasitic worms leave millions of victims paralyzed, epileptic or worse. So why isn't anyone mobilizing to eradicate them? "Nobody knows exactly how many people there are with it in the United States," says Theodore Nash, chief of the Gastrointestinal Parasites Section at the National Institutes of Health. His best estimate is 1,500 to 2,000. More

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Should patients be told about incidental findings from clinical lab tests?
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When a genetic test for a certain type of cancer provides additional information that could affect the patient's health, what is the ethical course of action for pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists? Should this information be disclosed to the physician who ordered that cancer test? In turn, should that physician inform his or her patient about these "incidental findings?" More

Histoffin™ Infiltrating & Embedding Medium

LabStorage is pleased to offer this revolutionary new blend of paraffin and polymers. Designed for both infiltrating and embedding, Histoffin™ is suitable for use with all types of tissue. Smaller pellets and finer cuts allow for faster melting, resulting in increased productivity and efficiency. MORE

Microscope catches individual cells moving, dividing
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The transformation of a fertilized egg into a functioning animal requires thousands of cell divisions and intricate rearrangements of those cells. That process is captured with unprecedented speed and precision by a new imaging technology developed at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which lets users track each cell in an embryo as it takes shape over hours or days. More

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Mossberg Labs Launches Special Stains

Mossberg Labs introduces a system approach to Special Staining. A series of complete Special Stains and Rinses that function together as a system. Available as convenient, ready to use kits or as individual components.
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Microscopy technique offers better tissue view
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Research from North Carolina State University demonstrates that a relatively new microscopy technique can be used to improve our understanding of human tissues and other biomedical materials. The study focused specifically on eye tissues, which are damaged by scarring in diabetic patients. More

Fetal genome deduced from parental DNA
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Heralding a future in which a child's genetic blueprint can be safely scanned for traits and defects long before birth, researchers have announced that they have reconstructed the genome of a fetus using a blood sample from its mother and a saliva sample from its father. More

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Scientists identify new molecules important for vision, brain function
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In a pair of related studies, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have identified several proteins that help regulate cells' response to light — and the development of night blindness, a rare disease that abolishes the ability to see in dim light. More

No cardiovascular or cancer risk with insulin
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The longest trial to study insulin has concluded it has a neutral effect on cardiovascular outcomes and cancer incidence, researchers said. The six-year trial involving more than 12,000 patients found patients with cardiovascular risk factors plus impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance, or early type 2 diabetes who were randomized to insulin glargine had an incidence rate of cardiovascular outcomes of 2.94 per 100 person-years compared with 2.85 for those receiving standard care, researchers said. More
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