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Advanced Mohs Technician Training — July 10-11
in Springfield, New Jersey

NSH has partnered with Mohs Histology Consulting to offer this unique hands-on, intense training session in a Mohs lab. This workshop is designed for both the new technician just starting out and the experienced technician who wants to brush up on advanced techniques and polish their skills. Students will cut a variety of skin samples. Come spend an enjoyable and informative two days with fellow technicians in a supportive and stimulating atmosphere. Click here for a full course outline. Thank you to AVANTIK Biogroup for providing equipment, supplies and training facilities. The first session is coming up fast, so register today online or send in the PDF Brochure!
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The 40th Annual NSH Symposium/Convention T-shirt has been chosen!
With 250 votes, the winner of the 2014 T-shirt contest is in! With 107 total votes, the Texas Theme T-Shirt#1 was the winner. Click here to view the design chosen for this year's convention. Thank you again to all of those that participated in the T-shirt contest, we look forward to seeing all of you sport this awesome design in Austin! If you haven't already, like our Facebook page to stay up to date on everything going on for the convention. More information regarding the Symposium/Convention can be found here. Special note: As a reminder, professional head shots will be taken again at this year's event. Visit the NSH booth in the exhibit hall to get your free headshots.
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The 1st healthy baby to have his genome sequenced before birth, but is it ethical?
Medical Daily
Imagine growing up and knowing exactly what diseases you were genetically predisposed to. If it was Alzheimer's, would you take all possible measures to maintain your mental health? What if you were never actually predisposed to the disease and your parents had just interpreted your genome sequence wrong? These are questions many scientists are asking when it comes to sequencing the DNA of soon-to-be-born kids. And in part, they're asking them because of people like Razib Khan, the father of the first healthy baby to be born with his entire genome sequenced before birth.
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Physicians and pathologists at Atrius Health collaborate to reduce unnecessary clinical laboratory test orders and end up saving $1 million annually
Dark Daily
Accumulating market evidence indicates that unnecessary utilization of medical laboratory tests — a problem bemoaned by pathologists for decades — may finally be addressed by an unlikely source: ordering physicians. Such a trend would have both positive and negative consequences for clinical laboratories throughout the United States.
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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.

Quick, easy, inexpensive cortisol testing should soon be available on all smartphones
Medical Xpress
Researchers have developed a device that uses any smartphone to measure the cortisol concentration in saliva. The device was presented June 24, at ICE/ENDO 2014, the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago.
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New biomarkers could mean earlier, more accurate mesothelioma diagnosis
Surviving Mesothelioma
In what could be a breakthrough in the development of a reliable diagnostic test for mesothelioma, Danish scientists have identified what they say are four key biomarkers that distinguish the asbestos cancer from non-malignant conditions. If the new research from Copenhagen University can be validated, it may dramatically shorten the time it takes to identify mesothelioma and start aggressive therapies.
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St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital improves clinical laboratory test utilization, LOS, and patient outcomes by use of cloud-based business intelligence system
Dark Daily
Does clinical use of a business intelligence system give hospitals and their clinical laboratories a way to add more value to physicians and contribute to improved outcomes? If you ask the clinical laboratory team and leadership at one specialty hospital in the Midwest, their answer is a resounding "yes!"
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Empowering Science with Color Integrity

Datacolor CHROMACAL™ standardizes color reproduction in digital brightfield images.

• Delivers a consistent, reliable basis for evaluation, communication, quantification, documentation and publication
• Includes image and monitor calibration software, along with a proprietary color calibration slide
• Integrates into existing imaging workflow
• Compatible with most microscopes, scientific cameras and acquisition software

NanoMolds™ Save Time, Energy & Money

NanoMolds produce paraffin blocks much quicker and release easier than traditional methods – without the use of messy chemical mold release.

  • Requires less cleaning
  • Easier & Faster block
  •     release
  • Faster creation of the block
  • Available in 5 popular sizes

  • Call Sakura at 800-725-8723 for more information
    ergoCentric Laboratory Seating

    Visit LabStorage System’s updated website to view details about this new laboratory seating with specially formulated Infection Control coating. Non-porous and easily disinfected, this moisture proof coating is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and stain resistant. more


    Breast cancer: Advancements in diagnosis
    By Rosemary Sparacio
    According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in U.S. women — 1 in 8 will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death among women, with more than 40,000 deaths each year. One of the most important advances in breast cancer diagnosis comes from the strides made in mammography. Phase contrast X-ray imaging, ultra-high-field MRI scanners, ultrasound and combinations of such new advances has greatly improved routine screening and patient care.
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    Japan to start clinical tests to regenerate spinal cord
    Japanese researchers are to begin conducting a series of clinical tests to try to regenerate the spinal cord of people who have suffered from injuries. The research team led by Masaya Nakamura, a professor in the Keio University in Tokyo, will try to repair lesions in the spinal cord specifically in the neck, public broadcaster NHK reported recently.
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    Ask the expert: Choosing the right option for laboratory services
    Lab Manager
    Ike Harper, director for laboratory innovation at Johnson & Johnson, talks to contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, Ph.D., about the advantages of consolidating lab services with one provider. He explains in great detail the steps taken at J&J to ensure that the right process and vendor were put in place in order to give the program the time and opportunity it needed to succeed. He emphasizes the need for external validation as well as internal communication and collaboration to get the necessary buy-in and support from the key people involved.
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    Recent developments in transdermal delivery of therapeutics
    By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
    Advances in recombinant DNA technology and protein-based therapeutics have affected several medical conditions, including diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer. There are multiple protein-drug products for these conditions that are often large polar complex macromolecules with side chains. This in turn, introduces stability issues and makes their delivery a difficult task to achieve. Therefore, the current routine route of administration is parenteral delivery, which is invasive and entails a historical low patient compliance.
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