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Why is HPV so expensive to treat?
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Most strains of HPV clear from the body safely within a couple of years. Routine checkups catch aggressive forms of the virus early. So why does it cost so much to treat HPV? Part of it is the sheer will of the virus — HPV is the most common of those 20 million STIs. But it's also because, as costly as treatment is, prevention isn't cheap, either. More

ASCT Quality Assessment Center
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The ASCT Quality Assessment Center is open for business! This new Web-based educational resource center is organized by "workbenches," which are topics developed by cytotechnologists for cytotechnologists. They are designed to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to manage the day-to-day operations of a modern cytology laboratory. The first workbench, The Lean Cytopathology Laboratory, is now available for purchase. Coming soon: Document Control for Cytopathology. Visit for more information and to register.


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ASCT Webinar
Principles of Fixation and Staining for Cytopreparation
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2 p.m. EST
March 19
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North Carolina Society of Cytology
Spring 2013 Annual Meeting
Durham, N.C.    

 April 5-6
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ASCT Annual Conference Hotel Valley Ho
Scottsdale, Ariz.

April 19-20
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McGill Cytopathology Review Course Montreal, Quebec, Canada    

April 27-30
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Less frequent Pap smears may miss cancer precursors
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Certain types of cervical abnormalities that can lead to cancer may be missed when young women go years between Pap smears, a new study suggests. Dr. Lisa Barroilhet, from the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, and her colleagues reviewed the records of 242 women with adenocarcinoma in situ, or AIS — cervical abnormalities that can lead to adenocarcinoma, one form of cervical cancer. More

Kentucky researchers' video helps increase numbers of HPV vaccinations
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University of Kentucky health behavior researchers Elisia Cohen, an associate professor of communication, and Robin C. Vanderpool, an assistant professor in the department of public health, decided to look in to why women 18-26 weren't getting the full series of HPV shots. Their findings were included in an article in the academic publication Journal of Communication. More

Targeting cancer with new microscopy technique
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For scientists to improve cancer treatments with targeted therapeutic drugs, they need to be able to see proteins prevalent in the cancer cells. This has been impossible, until now. Thanks to a new microscopy technique, University of Akron researcher Dr. Adam Smith, assistant professor of chemistry, has observed how clusters of epidermal growth factor receptor — a protein abundant in lung and colon cancers, glioblastoma and others — malfunctions in cancer cells. More

Everything illuminated: New method to light up pieces of cancer puzzle
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Doctors have gotten better at diagnosing cancer, but they still struggle to pick the right weapon for a patient to fight cancer's aggressive behavior. "Cancer is very complicated and very different from patient to patient," says Michael Gerdes, cancer researcher at GE Global Research in New York. "We really have not done an adequate job matching patients to therapies." But new breakthroughs in molecular diagnostics are starting to change the picture. More


HIV 'cure' in toddler offers 'global hope'
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VideoBriefThe case of the first toddler ever to be "functionally cured" of HIV could have wide-ranging effects on the global fight to end the AIDS epidemic. "If we can replicate this in other infants ... this has huge implications for the burden of infection that's occurring globally," said Dr. Deborah Persaud, a pediatrician at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. More

Bone marrow niches nurture blood stem cells
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In research that could one day improve the success of stem cell transplants and chemotherapy, scientists have found that distinct niches exist in bone marrow to nurture different types of blood stem cells. Stem cells in the blood are the precursors to infection-fighting white blood cells and oxygen-carrying red blood cells. More

Study: Bee venom kills HIV
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Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that melittin, a toxin found in bee venom, physically destroys the HIV virus, a breakthrough that could potentially lead to drugs that are immune to HIV resistance. The toxin rips holes in the virus' outer layer, destroying it, but the particles aren't large enough to damage body cells. More

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Personalized medicine experts call on pathology profession to create a new breed of pathologist
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Pathologists are being urged to seize the high ground as the unfolding revolutions in genomics and bioinformatics create unprecedented capabilities to more accurately diagnose patients and guide the selection of appropriate therapies. Two experts in these fields have come together to issue a call to action for the pathology profession, stating that pathologists need to be prepared for the sequencing revolution. More

Sequester: Medical researchers should panic, medical providers shouldn't
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It is not hard to find sequester panic in Washington these days. Legislators are panicked. The president is panicked. So, how panicked should various health care sectors be right now? It all depends on their role in the health care industry. More

Computer-based HIV drug-adherence program cuts costs
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Developing a computer-based intervention to improve medication adherence among HIV patients becomes more cost-effective the longer patients stay on track and as the number of users grows, according to a paper published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. Researchers sought to determine whether the initial high costs of development of such an intervention are offset by its benefits over time. More

How cells optimize the functioning of their power plants
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Mitochondria, which are probably derived from distant bacterial ancestors incorporated into our cells, have their own DNA. However, we know little about how these organelles, which convert oxygen and consumed nutrients into energy, regulate the expression of their own genes. More


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