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ASCP opens 2015 wage survey
NSH
Once again, the ASCP is conducting its wage survey of laboratory professionals in the field. The wage survey will remain open until 12 p.m. PDT, June 28.

As always, the ASCP has taken special measures to ensure survey takers privacy and the privacy of your laboratory. All responses are strictly confidential. No individual level data will be revealed, and in the final survey report, all information will be aggregated.

This survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. There is a "back" button at the bottom of the page which will allow you to go back to the previous question to change your answer if necessary.
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Advanced Mohs Technician Training — only a few spots left
NSH
June 11-12, Springfield, New Jersey
NSH has partnered with Beck Consulting to offer this unique hands-on, intense training session in a Mohs lab. During this training techs will understand the Mohs process and complete procedure of processing tissue. This will cover all necessary documentation and technical aspects in the lab. This training will assist them in preparing for an inspection process. We will start by discussing the necessary regulations expected by CLIA to have in each manual. We will be reviewing the proficiency testing, quality assurance and quality control programs required.

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Webinar: 'Why Do My Medications Cost So Much Money?'
NSH
1 p.m. EDT, July 9
This webinar presented by Nigel Edgerton, Research Lab Supervisor of Pathology, Necropsy & Histology Department, The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, will cover the steps and the cost involved in bringing a drug to the pharmacy. Tips on how you can save money on your prescription drugs will be addressed. Finally and most important, we will look at things you can do to choose wellness over sickness. Register now.

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Volunteers needed at the 41st Annual NSH Symposium/Convention
NSH
The 41st Annual NSH Symposium/Convention is a large event and requires all hands on deck to be successful. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in NSH and be a part of NSH's premier educational event. NSH awards up to two contact hours per year for volunteering at NSH events or on NSH projects. Volunteers that participate in any tasks listed below will be eligible for two volunteer contact hours in 2015. Volunteers will be required to attend an orientation webinar at the beginning of August. If you are able to assist in any of the following positions please click the link and complete the sign up form. Sign up now.
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TOP STORIES


Study: Like Sleeping Beauty, some research lies dormant for decades
Lab Manager
Why do some discoveries fade into obscurity while others blaze a new trail the moment they are published? More mysteriously, why do some research papers remain dormant for years and then suddenly explode with great impact upon the scientific community?
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Sustained growth in Medicare Advantage plans threatens financial health of smaller pathology groups and local medical labs
Dark Daily
Smaller clinical laboratories and pathology group practices are facing an inauspicious trend. It is the fast growth of enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans that has reached record high numbers each year since 2010. This is not a positive development because it moves Medicare Part B patients out of the fee-for-service program and shifts them into Medicare Advantage plans. These plans tend to sign contracts with the national laboratory companies, such as Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Laboratory Corporation of America because of their lower lab test prices while excluding most local medical laboratories and pathology groups from their provider networks.
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Researchers discover a treatment to block MS progression
Drug Discovery & Development
A drug that could halt the progression of multiple sclerosis may soon be developed thanks to a discovery by a team at the CHUM Research Centre and the University of Montreal. The researchers have identified a molecule called MCAM, and they have shown that blocking this molecule could delay the onset of the disease and significantly slow its progression
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Researchers find textbook-altering link between brain, immune system
Lab Manager
In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist.
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IN THE NEWS


A world without color — researchers find gene mutation that strips color, reduces vision
University of California, San Diego via Medical Xpress
People with achromatopsia, an inherited eye disorder, see the world literally in black and white. Worse yet, their extreme sensitivity to light makes them nearly blind in bright sunlight. Now, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health System have identified a previously unknown gene mutation that underlies this disorder.
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Mayo Clinic researchers determine use of high definition optical technology enables physicians to identify precancerous polyps immediately
Dark Daily
High definition optical technology is reaching the point where gastroenterologists are able to identify pre-cancerous polyps with 96 percent accuracy during colonoscopies, according to a recent study conducted at the Mayo Clinic. Pathologists will want to pay close attention to the published findings of this study. That's because GI biopsies represent a significant proportion of specimens referred to anatomic pathologists.
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Mount Sinai Health System researchers present updates on cancer vaccine clinical trials at ASCO 2015
News-Medical.Net
Mount Sinai Health System faculty presented research updates on a lymphoma vaccine clinical trial, the best dosing for a drug against metastatic cancer, and new treatment strategies in relapsed multiple myeloma at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago. ASCO is the world's largest oncology meeting, with more than 25,000 researchers presenting their latest study results.
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Bacteria linked to hyperammonemia in lung transplant patients
By Chelsea Adams
New research shows a rare but often fatal complication among lung transplant patients is likely caused by bacteria normally found in the urinary tract. Dr. Ankit Bharat, a thoracic surgeon and surgical director at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, found elevated levels of ammonia in a 44-year-old double lung transplant patient a week after transplant surgery. Reasons for the patient's hyperammonemia weren't clear.
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Patients in clinical trials: 50 shades of hay
Medical Marketing & Media
Hunting for qualified clinical research subjects can be like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. Until, that is, you find where the needled haystacks are. That's where "Fifty Shades of Grey" comes in. Sandra Shpilberg explains her ­successful online approach.
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