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HT/HTL Certification prep study weekend Oct. 3-4
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This study weekend is designed to help HT and HTL candidates prepare for the ASCP Board of Certification Exam. Every topic needed will be covered including tissue identification. This study weekend is designed and presented by Sarah Britton, BS, HTL(ASCP)cm, program director at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.
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NSH Educator Training Webinar Series — Aug. 5
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iClicker in the Classroom presented by Jerry Santiago, M.S.Ed.,HTL(ASCP)QIHC, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Florida. Register now.
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NSH 41st Annual Symposium/Convention Aug. 28 - Sept. 2
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New this year, free workshops for Symposium/Convention attendees on "Emerging Technologies." These workshops are a great opportunity to get an in depth look into the future of histology laboratories. Register now.
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Hair samples may offer new insights into the relationship between asthma, cortisol, and complications in pregnancy
American Association for Clinical Chemistry via Medical Xpress
Hair samples can be used to measure the effects of asthma on the cortisol levels of women during pregnancy, according to research presented recently at the 2015 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta. This research also shows that levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone, tend to be lower among pregnant women with asthma than among pregnant women without the chronic, inflammatory lung disease.
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New drug for blood cancers now in 5 phase II clinical trials
University of California - San Diego via Medical Xpress
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have established the safety and dosing of a new drug for treating blood cancers. The findings were published online July 27 in The Lancet Haematology. The drug is a small molecule inhibitor that suppresses the activity of a signaling pathway believed to contribute to a variety of blood cancers' eventual resistance to standard chemotherapy treatments. More specifically, preclinical research, funded in part by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, has shown that the drug coaxes dormant cancer stem cells, residing in the bone marrow, to begin differentiating and exit into the blood stream, where they can be destroyed by chemotherapy agents targeting dividing cells.
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FDA signals willingness to relax clinical trial requirements
Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry
Here's a message to those in the medical device industry who don't think the FDA regulatory process is too complicated: FDA is already streamlining requirements. That was the word from Ben Fisher, Ph.D., director of the Division of Reproductive, Gastro-Renal, and Urological Devices in the Office of Device Evaluation at CDRH. Fisher wrote in a recent FDA Voice blog post that the agency recently determined that it would be possible to evaluate future global endometrial ablation devices using clinical trials that don't have a control group.
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IN THE NEWS


Clinical pathology labs take note: Death march for fee-for-service payment model continues as support for change gathers steam
Dark Daily
Today there is wide recognition in healthcare that the days of fee-for-service medicine are numbered. But what is less certain is how fast government and private payers will introduce other reimbursement models, such as bundled payments and budgeted payments. Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups likely will be the most impacted by this payment shift since their economics are driven by high volumes and FFS payment.
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Small study affirms accuracy of free mobile app that screens for liver disease in newborns
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine via Medical Xpress
In a small study, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center report they have verified the ability of a free smartphone app to accurately read, interpret and record the color of a newborn's poop as a possible early symptom of biliary atresia — a rare disorder that accounts for nearly half of pediatric end-stage liver disease in the United States.
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Teaching an old drug to maintain its tricks
Lab Manager
With the decline of the development of new antibiotics due to the complexity and expense of discovering them, there has been a rapid growth of antibiotic resistant pathogens that is one of the leading causes of death. With the help of a nearly $4.9 million, five-year grant from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers are leading a landmark multi-center, international study that will provide essential information to clinicians for use of polymoxin B in critically ill patients where no other treatments will work.
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2 lab leaders present different ways to help physicians get greater value from clinical pathology lab testing
Dark Daily
In response to healthcare's transformation, a pathologist and a lab CEO describe two powerful ways that medical laboratories can collaborate with physicians, patients, health systems and health insurers to deliver more value.
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