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Workflow Analysis webinar presented by Olga Kochar, MS, GWU Hospital — July 10
In today's demanding world of healthcare and laboratory business, every histology lab faces the challenge of increasing efficiency and decreasing costs while dealing with the pressures of increasing workload. As you evaluate your laboratory for potential efficiencies to be gained and process improvements to be made, many factors must be taken into consideration and lessons learned to ensure the highest quality results are produced in the most cost-effective and efficient way. What are the best tools to evaluate your workflow? How do you decide what is important and what can be put into a "parking lot"? Continuous Process Improvement is a critical tool to drive transformation and patient-demanded efficiency. Are you prepared? We will provide you with some tools and some "food for thought" so you can start this exciting process in your laboratory! Register today.
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Dr. Beck Weathers — miracle on Everest
The 40th Annual NSH Symposium/Convention keynote lecture series will be kicked off by Dr. Beck Weathers, Anatomic Pathologist at Columbia Hospital to talk about his truly inspiring journey through the Mt. Everest Disaster featured in the best-selling book, "Into Thin Air." This disaster was one of the deadliest days in history of expeditions on the world's highest mountains. Weathers miraculously found himself alive the morning after the tragedy, but barely. This incredible story of survival has all the elements of a great adventure: heroism, bravery, a successful human struggle against forces of nature, the surmounting of great physical and psychological challenges, and a triumph of the human spirit. He has come back from his ordeal to speak about his experience, and to enlighten us with the invaluable lessons he learned. We now have the rare opportunity to hear from someone who has faced his own death — and lived to tell about it.
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It's not too late to join NSH in Vegas!
July 21-22 join the National Society for Histotechnology for its 6th Annual IHC/Molecular Forum. This event features a program of both clinical and research topics available to choose from presented by top experts. View the full schedule here. Earn up to 12 continuing education credits, network with other histology professionals, plus enjoy a couple of days in sin city! Register now.
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Whole-exome sequencing in clinical practice
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Although whole-exome sequencing has its limitations, particularly with respect to secondary or incidental findings, it may still shine in routine clinical care, particularly if testing is contingent on specific indications and focuses on primary findings. That is, WES, applied judiciously and with circumspection, may prove invaluable in a number of scenarios.
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Cancer therapy: Targeting in the field of metabolic rewiring
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Of more than 100,000 carcinogen point mutations, 350 are known to influence cancer phenotype. However, 30 years of intensive research on cancer biology and large amounts of grant money invested have translated into few novel treatments. This raises many questions regarding the true value of development of multiple potential new therapeutics just to prove they cannot provide effective treatment for cancer. Perhaps we have missed the point. Metabolic reprograming of cancer cells could be yet another key to a more effective treatment for cancer.
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Evolving role of genomic testing in RCC
Kidney cancer is not a single disease, but rather is made up of several different types of cancer, including, for example, clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC), type 1 and type 2 papillary RCC, chromophobe RCC, and oncocytoma, notes Robert Figlin, MD. The role of genomic testing in kidney cancer is evolving, and Figlin questions whether molecular testing is useful in RCC to help identify actionable mutations and guide treatment selection.
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Mayo Clinic and Whole Biome announce collaboration to research the role of the human microbiome in women's diseases using unique medical lab tests
Dark Daily
Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is about to commence clinical trials utilizing innovative clinical laboratory tests that target the human microbiome. Women's health is the initial focus for these clinical studies. Mayo Clinic is collaborating with San Francisco-based Whole Biome Inc. to conduct these clinical trials. Whole Biome developed the diagnostic tests to be used in the clinical study.
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Empowering Science with Color Integrity

Datacolor CHROMACAL™ standardizes color reproduction in digital brightfield images.

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    Researchers seeking 'biomarkers' that could help prevent Alzheimer's
    The Spokesman-Review
    Diagnosis day is life-changing for Alzheimer's disease patients and their families. But Alzheimer's actually begins years before its progressed far enough to produce the symptoms — memory problems, disorientation, trouble speaking and writing — that lead to a diagnosis.
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    OIG issues fraud alert for physician-lab relationships
    By Jessica Belle
    The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General recently issued a special fraud alert that singles out the laboratory-referring physician relationship for its focused attention. The OIG has repeatedly emphasized that a lab providing free or below-market goods or services to a physician who is a source of referrals, or paying a physician more than fair market value for his or her services, could constitute illegal remuneration under the federal anti-kickback statute. In light of this special fraud alert, physicians and laboratories should review their compensation arrangements.
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    Ongoing shift from inpatient to outpatient care shows up as revenue loss in Boston's Partners Healthcare's Q2 report and includes decline in outpatient clinical lab services
    Dark Daily
    What does it mean when a prominent healthcare system like Partners HealthCare of Boston, reports a decline in revenue and operating profit? After all, as one of the nation's premier academic health centers, it is reasonable to expect that it would enjoy strong demand for its inpatient and outpatient services.
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    Shared decision-making in cancer screenings falls short
    HealthDay News via Clinical Advisor
    The majority of patients report that shared decision-making is lacking when it comes to cancer screening decisions, according to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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    Don't forget eye health and safety in your workplace wellness program
    When you review your wellness program, it is also a good time to refocus attention on your company's eye protection program. As the National Safety Council points out, "All it takes is a tiny sliver of metal, particle of dust, or splash of chemical to cause significant and permanent eye damage."
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