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The 40th Annual NSH Symposium/Convention event mobile app is now ready for download! If you are joining us in Austin, don't forget to have this application on your phone to help make your experience the best yet. Visit http://nsh2014.quickmobile.mobi/ and select the platform for your mobile device and you are ready to download, or simply search "NSH Symposium/Convention" in the Apple or Google Play store and download today! Your login is your email from your registration and the password is nsh.
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NSH Laboratory Webinar: Rapid and Efficient Tissue Processing with Microwave Technology
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Join Zoe Ann Durkin, HT(ASCP) Wednesday, July 23 to discuss the fast and easy use of microwave technology to process tissue without the use of xylene as the clearing agent. Participants will review fixation factors, reagents used in tissue processing, concepts and schedules. This presentation incorporates the use of a microwave for processing anything from rush biopsies to routine work in a reduced time frame and in some cases, the potential of eliminating longer overnight runs. A comparison of microwave processing and traditional tissue processing schedules will be made demonstrating how microwaves have the ability to speed up processing times in the histology laboratory without the loss of quality. Register now.
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Lawmakers look to exempt Medicare labs from e-health records
The Hill
House lawmakers are pressing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to remove penalties on Medicare diagnostic labs that don't use electronic medical records. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires Medicare providers to upgrade to Electronic Health Record systems or receive less in reimbursements. The College of American Pathologists, though, says the requirement puts too much of a financial burden on labs that do clinical tests for Medicare patients, and is seeking an exemption from the rule.
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Ticking viral bombs, left in boxes
The New York Times
After the Sept. 11 attacks, fears that terrorists or the regime in Iraq might unleash a secret stash of the smallpox virus led Vice President Dick Cheney to call for a mass vaccination of the American public, an action President George W. Bush rejected. No such stash was ever found. But it turns out the Bush administration was looking too far afield.
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New plastic artificial cell with working organelles could be adapted to deliver diagnostic biomarkers directly into living cells
Dark Daily
For the first time, researchers have used polymers to produce an artificial eukaryotic cell with working organelles. Like a living cell, it successfully performed multiple chemical reactions. The importance for pathologists and clinical laboratory professionals is that the same technology could allow scientists to develop different ways to deliver biomarkers into cells to reveal diagnostic information—and perhaps even track a patient’s progress in therapy.
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New study helps scientists understand melanoma development
Medical Xpress
A new study by University of Kentucky researchers shows how a genetic defect in a specific hormonal pathway may make people more susceptible to developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.
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New test makes diabetes diagnosis cheaper and faster
health24
An inexpensive, portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type 1 diabetes could improve patient care worldwide and help researchers better understand the disease, according to the device's inventors at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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    Is NanoString the next Illumina in cancer diagnostics?
    Seeking Alpha
    Illumina truly revolutionized the approach to DNA sequencing. As a company, Illumina was able to shift from selling large bulky sequencing machines to rare specialized genomic laboratories, and started developing sleek and easy-to-operate sequencers that can be used in any hospital laboratory. Illumina sequencers now represent the standard in the field of genomics. While the revolution in DNA sequencing was going on, very few people paid attention to the Illumina stock.
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    New combination drug controls tumor growth and metastasis in mice
    Medical Xpress
    Researchers at UC Davis, University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School have created a combination drug that controls both tumor growth and metastasis. By combining a COX-2 inhibitor, similar to Celebrex, and an epoxide hydrolase inhibitor, the drug controls angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), limiting a tumor's ability to grow and spread.
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    Technology could screen for emerging viral diseases
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory via R&D Magazine
    A microbe detection array technology developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists could provide a new rapid method for public health authorities to conduct surveillance for emerging viral diseases. This possible use of the Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array was studied by an international team of researchers from eight nations in a paper published in the PLOS ONE. With the use of the LLMDA, combined with a DNA amplification technique developed by researchers from Denmark, the team was able to correctly identify 29 different emerging viruses in both clinical and non-clinical samples.
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    Capturing cancer: A powerful, new technique for early diagnosis
    Arizona State University via R&D Magazine
    Despite impressive medical strides, cancer remains a leading killer and overwhelming burden to healthcare systems, causing well over a half million fatalities per year with a projected cost of $174 billion by 2020, according to the National Cancer Institute. Reducing the human and economic toll will require diagnosis and intervention at early stages of illness, when the best prognosis for a cure exists.
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    Large study of stem cells for autism draws criticism
    Seeking Alpha
    A team at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is set to launch a $40 million clinical trial to explore stem cells from umbilical cord blood as a treatment for autism. But experts caution that the trial is premature.
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