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HHS, CMS propose giving patients direct access to test results
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Big changes lie ahead in how clinical laboratories and pathology groups must give patients access to their medical laboratory test results. The Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a draft rule that specifies how patients or their authorized representatives are to be given direct access to their medical laboratory test results. More

Contagion: A nice nod to lab community
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Glen McDaniel, a veteran laboratorian, says he is pretty impressed with the blockbuster film. McDaniel says the biohazard room, research facilities, equipment and departments like Epidemic Intelligence Service are all authentic. The audience is educated with terms like fomite and R0 (R nought) without being entirely condescending. More

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 NSH News

Board of Directors approves complimentary student membership
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The Board of Directors recently met to discuss various aspects of NSH business. One notable change that will be in effect for 2012 is the investment in membership for students enrolled in an appropriately accredited NAACLS or Canadian histology program. Students with the appropriate verification are eligible for a two-year complimentary membership from NSH. More

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 In the News

Why carbon nanotubes spell trouble for cells
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Through molecular simulations and experiments, researchers report that certain nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, enter cells tip-first and almost always at a 90-degree angle. The orientation ends up fooling the cell; by taking in the rounded tip first, the cell mistakes the particle for a sphere, rather than a long cylinder. By the time the cell realizes the material is too long to be fully ingested, it's too late. More

Genotyping HCV patients for HLA-C and IL28B improves ability to predict treatment response
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Genotyping chronic HCV type 1 patients for variants in HLA-C and KIR genes as well as IL28B can more accurately predict response to therapy using pegylated interferon-alpha and ribavirin than IL28B genotyping alone, researchers claim. Their results suggest that evaluating HLA-C genotype as well as IL28B improved the ability to predict treatment failure from 66 percent to 88 percent. More

Gene sequencers face government budget squeeze
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Companies that make the gene-sequencing devices used in scientific research face a tough few years as potential cuts to the U.S. federal budget squeeze funding to its main academic and research customers. As the high cost of sequencing deters commercial use, the $1.5 billion market for gene-sequencers is dominated by genomic research centers, academic institutions and government laboratories that specialize in everything from finding causes for diseases to mapping the genetic make-up of crops. More

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N-terminal pro-atrial natriuretic peptide measurement in plasma suggests covalent modification
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The N-terminal fragment of cardiac-derived pro–B-type natriuretic peptide is a glycosylated polypeptide. It is unknown whether N-terminal pro–atrial natriuretic peptide (proANP) fragments are also covalently modified. The researchers in this study evaluated the clinical performance of two distinctly different proANP assays on clinical outcome. More

Calgary Laboratory Services represents model of regional consolidation of labs
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Calgary Laboratory Services is a single, integrated clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology testing organization that is the product of at least three major laboratory consolidation initiatives since the mid-1990s. The lab is the result of one of the most comprehensive consolidation comprised of hospital laboratories, academic center laboratories and anatomic pathology laboratories seen anywhere in the world. More

New type of spinal cord stem cell discovered
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A group of scientists has discovered a type of spinal cord cell that could function as a stem cell, with the ability to regenerate portions of the central nervous system in people with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease. The radial glial cells, which are marked by long projections that can forge through brain tissue, had never previously been found in an adult spinal cord. More

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Siemens assay offers clinically-validated PE exclusion claim in the POC setting
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The Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics D-Dimer assay for the company's Stratus CS Acute Care Diagnostic System has recently been cleared by the FDA to exclude pulmonary embolism in conjunction with a non-high clinical pretest probability assessment model in point of care. ADVANCE spoke with David Stein, of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics about the assay. More

Stem cell's shape determines its fate
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New research reinforces the idea that stem cells can be induced to develop into specific types of cells solely by controlling their shape. The results may be important to the design of materials to induce the regeneration of lost or damaged tissues in the body. More


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Glucose disturbances appear years before diabetes diagnosis
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New research shows that in patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, elevations in blood levels of glucose and glycated hemoglobin can be seen as much as 10 years earlier. The study shows that after moderate increases, the levels rise rapidly during the few years leading up to the diagnosis, often with an increase glycated hemoglobin in preceding a rise in glucose. More

Drug combo active in recurrent endometrial cancer
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Half of patients with recurrent endometrial cancer benefited from treatment with hormonal therapy plus an mTOR inhibitor, results of a small clinical trial showed. In the subgroup of patients with endometrioid tumors, two-thirds had objective responses or stable disease with the combination of letrozole (Femara) and everolimus (Afinitor). More

Lab notes: Fighting fat in the brain
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The war on brain cancer could gain a new and unexpected weapon: Fat-fighting drugs that block cholesterol uptake Studies involving cell lines, mouse models, and human tissue specimens of glioblastoma have shown that mutant epidermal growth factor receptor blocks normal cholesterol processing in the brain, allowing cancer cells to absorb large amounts of lipid. By upregulating and activating LDL receptor, mutant EGFR disrupts the three key components of cholesterol production and metabolism: synthesis, import and efflux. More

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