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Tracking helps, but Quality is Mental

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Pathology labs need to keep pace with big changes in pathology informatics
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One respected expert in pathology informatics says that a major sea change is underway in pathology informatics. The pace of this transformation is steady and pathology groups should be responsive to these developments. Bruce Friedman, active emeritus professor of pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School, recommends that anatomic pathology laboratories need to step up and respond to remain competitive. More

Scientists reveal how Ebola infects cells
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Two teams of scientists revealed how Ebola infects cells and how to potentially stop the virus. Researchers found that a protein that ordinarily is involved in the transport of cholesterol is essential for infection to occur. Researchers took cells from patients with a rare, genetic disease called Niemann-Pick type C1, who have a defective form of that protein, and found that the virus could not infect those cells in a laboratory dish. More

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Symposium/Conference attendees can earn Certificate of Completion in IHC, management or safety
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Not only can NSH Symposium/Conference attendees earn necessary continuing education hours but they can also earn the NSH Certificate of Completion in immunohistochemistry, management or safety. Participants who attend the required hours of training are provided a certificate with practical, applicable skill documentation that can be used to enhance marketability within your organization or in the job market.

To receive a Certificate of Completion, attendees must accrue a minimum of nine credit hours (three, half-day workshops) in one of the three subject areas. The certificate is provided to all who qualify at no cost.

For complete information on the program and to see which workshops qualify, please visit the NSH website.

To register for the Symposium/Convention, click here.

Quality Management for the Histology Lab Forum to be held in Austin, Texas
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Are you controlling, ensuring and improving Quality? Do you have a process that encompasses and links every aspect of your lab? Do you struggle with the constant attention needed? What specific tools are needed to ensure each employee can create the highest quality, consistently, for each task? Do you understand why Quality Management is crucial to success in today’s laboratory?

Attend the NSH Quality Management Forum on Oct. 22 in Austin, Texas, to answer these questions and more. Topics will include Standardization: Start to Finish, Method & Process Validation, Creating the Quality Chain and The Histology Lab and ISO15189.

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Human female prostate-immunohistochemical study
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The constitution of glands surrounding the human female urethra has been under debate; especially regarding as to what extent they equal the male prostate. Defining their composition may help to understand the development of neoplasms arising from this tissue. The aim of this study was to define the existence, structure and arrangement of a possible human female prostate. More

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Starting in September, save 10% off DuraEdge® Blades and Histoffin™ Paraffiin. Combine the two and receive 15% off both items (no minimum)! Also, save 10% on all Tissue Storage Units in September (minimum 3 cases).

Imaging method sheds light on cell growth
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Researchers have developed a novel imaging technique that can quantitatively measure cell mass with light. Spatial light interference microscopy is extremely sensitive, quantitatively measuring mass with femtogram accuracy. By comparison, a micron-sized droplet of water weighs 1,000 femtograms. It can measure the growth of a single cell, and even mass transport within the cell. Yet, the technique is broadly applicable. More

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Streptococcus pneumoniae type determination by multiplex polymerase chain reaction
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The purpose of this study was to develop pneumococcal typing by multiplex PCR and compare it with conventional serotyping by quellung reaction. Pneumococcal strains used in this study included 77 isolates from specimens collected from children from 2006 to 2010. These strains were selected as they represented 26 different serotypes previously determined by quellung reaction. Molecular type was determined by eight sequential multiplex PCR assays. More

Pathology lab concern: Slow turnaround time
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Time is of the essence when it comes to getting tissue biopsy results back to patients. But pathology labs face obstacles that can impede the delivery of fast, accurate results, including manual "dip and dunk" staining can compromise the integrity of tissue samples; and a lack of sample tracking can lead to lost samples. Fully automated, integrated systems streamline the testing process with error reduction and efficiency monitoring capabilities. More

Examining specimens of mesotheliomas, lung adenocarcinomas
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Immunohistochemistry provides an important indicator for differential diagnosis between pleural malignant mesothelioma and lung adenocarcinoma, which have complex therapeutic and medicolegal implications. To pinpoint a reliable, restricted panel of markers, the authors evaluated the efficacy of select commercial antibodies in a series of patients with confirmed clinicopathologic diagnosis of mesothelioma or lung adenocarcinoma with the aid of multiple logistic classification tables. More

Evidence for an auditory fovea in the New Zealand Kiwi
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Kiwi are rare and strictly protected birds of iconic status in New Zealand. Yet surprisingly little is known about their behaviour or physiology. In the present study, researchers exploited known correlations between morphology and physiology in the avian inner ear and brainstem to predict the frequency range of best hearing in the North Island brown kiwi. More

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Differential toll-like receptor 3 expression and apoptotic response to TLR3 agonist in neuroblastoma cells
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Toll-like receptor-3 is a critical component of innate immune system against dsRNA viruses and is expressed in the central nervous system. However, it remains unknown whether TLR3 may serve as a therapeutic target in human neuroblastoma. The present study demonstrates that TLR3 is expressed in a subset of NB cells. More

Clinical pathology laboratory tests to be included in Medicare's reimbursement initiative
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Medicare officials have taken the first steps to implement a program for bundled Medicare payments by issuing documents which describe how this program would work. At least two of the four models for bundled reimbursement will include clinical pathology laboratory tests as part of the bundled care arrangement. More

Fluorescence microtomography looks deep
Medical Physics Web (free registration required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fluorescence microscopy offers noninvasive, cost-effective imaging of optical molecular probes and, as such, is employed in both pre-clinical and clinical applications. However, fluorescence light diffuses after propagating a few hundred micrometres in tissue, making the technique unsuitable for imaging biological samples thicker than 1 mm. More

Efficiency in anatomic pathology: Histology webinar
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Every histology lab faces the challenge of transforming itself to address personalized medicine. 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 during this period of growth. Continuous Process Improvement is a critical tool to drive transformation and patient-demanded efficiency. Is your lab prepared? More

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Stem-cell therapy could help cat beat arthritis
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Emelia Toosay is the first cat at Camboro Veterinary Hospital, near Edinboro, Penn., to undergo stem-cell therapy. Stem cells from her own body were extracted, mixed with white blood cells and injected into her inflamed joints. "We expect these cells to build new, normal cartilage in her joints," said Jim Rummel, a Camboro veterinarian. "We also expect to see the joints get rid of arthritic spurs to some degree." More

G protein-coupled receptors in human fat taste perception
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In contrast to carbohydrates and proteins, which are detected by specialized taste receptors in the forms of their respective building blocks, sugars and L-amino acids, the third macronutrient, lipids, has until now not been associated with gustatory receptors. Instead, the recognition of fat stimuli was believed to rely mostly on textural, olfactory and postingestive cues. However, research has revealed an additional gustatory component for the detection of long-chain fatty acids. More

Test may detect alzheimer's before symptoms start
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Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy can identify early changes linked to Alzheimer's disease in people who display no cognitive deficits, report researchers. The researchers found that 33 percent of apparently healthy study participants had significantly high levels of amyloid-beta deposits in their brains. Those with more amyloid-beta also tended to have high myoinositol-to-creatine and choline-to-creatine brain metabolite ratios. More

The EXAKT Cutting/Grinding System
EXAKT Technologies, Inc. began importing the EXAKT Cutting/Grinding System in 1988. Since then the EXAKT System has become the gold standard for the preparation of out-of-the-ordinary samples in many types of industries. And at the NSH in September we’ll be adding something new. Until then visit us at
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