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Coming soon! 2011 ASCT Wage and Employment
Survey results

American Society for Cytotechnology    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The annual ASCT Cytotechnology Wage and Employment Survey Report will soon be on its way to our members! Since 1983, the ASCT has surveyed individual cytotechnologists to monitor employment trends in our profession. This year, in addition to the wage and employment data you have come to expect from ASCT, we have included information regarding daily job functions and workload. Our goal for this survey is to support cytotechnologists by providing them with data that highlights current and future workforce issues. With this in mind, we are evaluating ways we can enhance our survey so that we can continue to provide you with relevant, timely information on our profession. We appreciate your continued participation in our survey, and we look forward to sharing the results with you. All ASCT members will receive an advanced copy of the Wage and Employment Survey Results via email. The survey will also be posted on our website.


Event       Location     Dates Notes

California Association of Cytotechnologists
Annual Seminar/Workshop
      Crowne Plaza,
      Irvine, Calif.
   Sept. 15 For more information contact Matt Riding at

Pathology Update 2012
“New Roles for Pathologists in the Era of Health Care Reform”
      University of
      Allen Health Care,
      Burlington, Vt.
   Sept. 22 For more information, contact Lisa Kapoor at

SOP: An Important Form of Laboratory Communication       Your PC    Sept. 25
   2 p.m. EST
Debora A. Smith, CT (ASCP)
Cytology Supervisor, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas
More details | Register

The ASCT 2012-2013 membership year has started! Renew your membership Here.


Imiquimod promising in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
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In a preliminary study, imiquimod suppositories helped clear high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. If the findings can be confirmed, topical imiquimod could be a valuable alternative to surgery, said Dr. Christoph Grimm of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria in an email to Reuters Health. More

Cervical cancer risk no higher in women with HIV
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The five-year risk of developing cervical cancer was similar in women with and without HIV infection as long as they were HPV negative and had normal cervical cytology, researchers said in Washington, D.C. In 145 women without HIV infection, six cases of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia were detected compared with nine cases of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia found in 219 HIV-infected women, for a cumulative incidence of 5 percent in both groups, reported Marla Keller, M.D., from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, and colleagues. More

Researchers connect two viruses to prostate cancer
Private MD    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A team of scientists found possible links between prostate cancer and both the human papillomavirus and Epstein Barr virus. These results may have implications for men who, with the help of a lab test, discover that they have this malignant disease. Both HPV and EBV have been associated with cancer. In order to elucidate any possible relationships with prostate malignancies, researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia studied 100 prostate samples that were collected from men who had malignant or benign disease, as well as healthy males. More

Targeted radiation for lung cancer may carry risks
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A woman with early-stage lung cancer died recently after highly targeted radiation therapy zapped not just her tumor, but surrounding tissue, fatally damaging her airway. Though just a single case report of an apparently deadly complication, the authors warn that targeted radiation therapy – specifically, stereotactic body-radiation therapy – has inherent risks, even when done properly and using an even lower dose of radiation than is considered safe. More

New evidence points to cancer-causing stem cells
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For a decade, it has been one of the most hotly debated questions in cancer: Do ­tumors return despite powerful treatments because they harbor a small number of stem cells that evade drugs? If these rare, resilient cells are seeding new tumors, it would suggest a radical change in strategy for fighting cancer: drugs should primarily target these rare stem cells, rather than aiming to shrink a tumor. But research has produced conflicting results about the existence and importance of such cancer stem cells. More


Pelvic exams: New guidelines for asymptomatic women
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued updated guidelines for annual "Well Woman" assessments with specific recommendations on when to perform pelvic exams in asymptomatic women and when to begin clinical breast exams. The opinion supplements ACOG's physical exam recommendations, which were updated in 2011 and recommend exam requirements including schedules for vaccinations and screening such as Papanicolaou smears and bone mineral density tests. More

Trichomonas vaginalis antimicrobial drug resistance in 6 US cities
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Nitroimidazoles (metronidazole and tinidazole) are the only recommended drugs for treating Trichomonas vaginalis infection, and previous samples that assessed resistance of such isolates have been limited in geographic scope. Researchers assessed the prevalence of in vitro aerobic metronidazole and tinidazole resistance among T. vaginalis isolates from multiple geographic sites in the United States. More

Researchers invent new tool to study single biological molecules    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By blending optical and atomic force microscope technologies, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have found a way to complete 3-D measurements of single biological molecules with unprecedented accuracy and precision. More

US infectious disease chief urges flu scientists to 'engage,' support H5N1 research moratorium
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A voluntary moratorium on potentially dangerous experiments aimed at understanding highly virulent strains of the H5N1 influenza virus should continue for the time being, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci told a meeting of flu scientists in New York City. But, he added, scientists should redouble their efforts to engage with the larger public to gain support for the vital but risky work. More

Experts fear whooping cough vaccine's shield is 'waning'
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Whooping cough is getting a foothold once again in the U.S., and it seems to be getting stronger. More than 20,000 cases have been reported so far this year, compared with only about 8,500 last year, and Washington State has already declared a whooping cough epidemic. Now there's fresh evidence that the current vaccine against whooping cough may be less reliable than an older version. More

Michigan woman with flesh-eating infection necrotizing fasciitis dies
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A Farmington Hills, Mich. woman has died after battling the flesh-eating bacterial infection necrotizing fasciitis. Thirty three-year-old Crystal Spencer died in Commerce Township, Michigan, according to the Detroit Free Press. She passed away about one month after she had originally been admitted to the hospital for the disease, CBS Detroit reported. More

Substance implicated in Alzheimer's might help combat multiple sclerosis
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Research conducted by scientists at Stanford University makes the remarkable finding that a substance whose build-up in the brain is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease might actually offer protection against multiple sclerosis. A team led by Lawrence Steinman, professor of neurology at Stanford and a major researcher in the MS field, knew that the substance known as A-beta (beta-amyloid), causes damaging inflammation when it's inside the brain. More

Cases of novel swine influenza surging
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The number of individuals sickened by a novel swine influenza virus since July 2011 has surged to 29, with 12 new cases reported in a recent week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced. Direct or indirect contact with pigs explains how most of the 29 individuals, predominantly children, caught the virus. However, the CDC has identified a few cases of human-to-human transmission, and the agency is closely monitoring the virus to see whether it mutates into a version more easily spread among humans. More


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