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NSH Molecular Pathology Technology & Methods Forum
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NSH has partnered with Targos Inc and AKESOgen Inc to design this unique three-day forum focused on molecular pathology methods and techniques utilizing expert faculty from both the United States and Europe. In-situ hybridization, microarrays and next-generation sequencing techniques are indispensable tools in molecular pathology and clinical diagnostics. This forum is designed to provide participants a theoretical foundation and practical application into the methods and technology involved in localizing DNA sequences and gene transcripts within the interphase nuclei or on whole chromosomes, as well as rapid gene sequencing and expression analyses of a large numbers of target genes simultaneously. This course is directed toward practicing histotechnologists, pathology assistants and medical technologists, both in academic and private practice institutions, as well as in the pharmaceutical industry, who wish to broaden and/or update their understanding of the technology and the methods involved. Register nowfor this three-day forum Oct. 26-28 at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta.
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Advanced Mohs Technician Training Sessions Oct. 22-23 in Springfield, NJ
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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.

During the workshop techs will be allowed to review imperfect slides, discuss the stain and section quality. The tech should be able to identify thick sections, uneven staining and poor fixation causing poor cellular structure. Freeze artifact and autolysis of tissue from poor processing and drying out of specimens. We will point out how nicks in the blade can cause tissue to compress. Upon completion, the tech will be able to trouble shoot their own slides in their lab. Produce rapid high quality Mohs sections. Come spend an enjoyable and informative two days with fellow technicians in a supportive and stimulating atmosphere. Thank you to AVANTIK Biogroup for providing equipment, supplies and training facilities. Register now.

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As ICD-10 deadline approaches, labs wonder if providers, payers will make a smooth transition
Dark Daily
Oct. 1 will be a delicate time for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups, since labs must rely on physicians to provide accurate ICD codes that labs must submit on test claims in order to be reimbursed by payers. When clocks strike midnight, years of debate over whether the conversion will create a financial hardship on physicians — and in turn disrupt payments to clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups — will begin to be answered.
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Drug treatment hope for dengue fever after research breakthrough
The Guardian
Existing drugs could be repurposed to create a world-first treatment for dengue fever, according to scientists. Researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia have found the body reacts to dengue fever and bacterial infections in a similar way. They say a drug being trialed to treat sepsis — a type of blood poisoning — could be better used to combat the mosquito-borne virus.
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Clinical pathology labs add value to pharmacogenomic test reports
Dark Daily
Personalized medicine is the good news story in healthcare and clinical laboratory medicine today. Armed with new understanding about the human genome, physicians are able to customize therapies for patients that will produce the best outcomes while avoiding or minimizing the negative side effects associated with many common prescription drugs.
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Study shows intensive blood pressure management may save lives
National Institutes of Health
More intensive management of high blood pressure, below a commonly recommended blood pressure target, significantly reduces rates of cardiovascular disease, and lowers risk of death in a group of adults 50 years and older with high blood pressure. This is according to the initial results of a landmark clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health called the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial.
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IN THE NEWS


Mouse brain map may provide new insights into origins of mental illnesses
The Medical News
Scientists at Duke University have released a highly detailed model of connections in the mouse brain that could provide generations of neuroscientists new insights into brain circuits and origins of mental illness, such as depression and schizophrenia. The findings are published in the journal Cerebral Cortex.
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New research confirms how to take better workday breaks
Lab Manager
Most people take breaks during their workdays. Coffee breaks. Lunch breaks. Short chats with coworkers. Maybe late afternoon walks around the building. But are they taking the best type of breaks? Breaks that boost energy, concentration and motivation?
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Study shows protein creates tumor-fighting cells
Medical Xpress
Revealing a biological combat strategy worthy of a five-star general, researchers have shown how a cell surface receptor — a specialized protein which communicates signals between a cell and the outside world — can mobilize immune cells to attack, rather than protect, malignant tumors. The researchers report their findings in the journal Nature Communications.
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Nearly 300 drugs being studied with wearable gadgets in clinical trials
P&T Community
Nearly 300 ongoing clinical trials are using wearables such as Fitbits to help gather data, according to National Institutes of Health records. Pharmaceutical companies are using such gadgets in conjunction with drugs as a way to bring their products to market faster.
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Out-of-network billing fuels provider-payer friction
MedPage Today
One of the most contentious clashes between providers and payers is over billing for out-of-network medical services. This year, legislatures in at least seven states have considered creating laws to set firm ground rules for how much money physicians and hospitals can charge when they are not included in a payer's provider network. Charges above the in-network rate are called balance billing.
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Scientists reawaken sleeping HIV in patient cells to eliminate virus
R&D Magazine
A consortium of investigators have found that a new class of drugs may be used to purge pockets of dormant HIV from a patient's body, eliminating the virus once and for all. Since these agents are already being explored in clinical trials for treating cancer, the route to approval for treating HIV may be significantly shorter than usual.
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