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ASCT's Quality Assessment Center releases 1st workbench!
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The ASCT's Quality Assessment Center workbenches were created 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 Lean Cytopathology Laboratory Workbench
What could laboratory medicine possibly learn from a manufacturing model used to produce automobiles? In this workbench we will demonstrate how lean, a quality management system that is derived from the Toyota Production System, can be implemented in a cytopathology laboratory to reduce errors and waste, maximize efficiency and ensure continuous quality improvement. The module will introduce you to basic concepts and principles of lean, and through the use of case scenarios, demonstrate how lean tools can be applied in the cytopathology laboratory.
1. Define lean principles and concepts.
2. Identify lean tools that may be applied to the cytopathology laboratory.
3. Apply lean tools to develop effective solutions.
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Cervical cancer vaccine in early stages
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The most common sexually transmitted disease is often silent and invisible: human papillomavirus. But in some people HPV leads to genital warts and cancers – notably, cervical cancer. The vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix were designed as a prevention for young women who have not yet been exposed to HPV. Men up to age 26 are also eligible for Gardasil to protect against HPV. But there are a lot of people out there who still have HPV, and nothing protects against all 130 strains of the virus. More

Study: HPV vaccine won't make girls promiscuous
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Shots that protect against cervical cancer do not make girls promiscuous, according to the first study to compare medical records for vaccinated and unvaccinated girls. The researchers didn't ask girls about having sex, but instead looked at "markers" of sexual activity after vaccination against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV. More

Neural stem cells successfully implanted into the brains of 4 boys
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Scientists have performed the first successful neural stem cell transplant into the brains of four boys with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease. The disorder is a rare but tragic condition that impacts motor abilities, coordination and cognitive function. Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease does its damage by stripping away the fatty substance called myelin that surrounds brain cells. More

DNA damage response network integrates with other cell activities, opens door to new cancer therapies
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Researchers have discovered that an intricate system to repair DNA damage called the "DNA damage response" contains previously unknown components, including proteins that could be targeted as sensitizers for chemotherapy. Some of these targets may already have drugs available that have unrecognized uses in cancer therapy, said the researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and colleagues at the University of South Florida; Duke University; Johns Hopkins University; the Brazilian National Cancer Institute; and the Rio de Janeiro Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology. More

Stem cell source best decided by patient profile
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Survival rates are similar whether transplanted stem cells are from peripheral blood or bone marrow, researchers found. In a large randomized trial, there were no differences in overall survival rates at two years between groups, Claudio Anasetti, M.D., of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and colleagues reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. More

Researchers develop technology that predicts metastasis in breast cancer
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Researchers at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute and The Institute of Photonic Sciences have collaborated on the development of a diagnostic tool that identifies the metastatic ability of breast cancer cells. The analysis is based on the characterization of the lipid component of the cells, which is indicative of malignancy. More


Laboratories seek new ways to take a look inside
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In a bioengineering laboratory at Stanford University in California, Christopher Contag, a microbiologist, is designing new approaches to "virtual" pathology. He has created a variety of instruments that can travel the esophagus, stomach and intestine, allowing pathologists to probe for cancers by peering in three dimensions below the surface of the skin. More

How did steroids linked to meningitis outbreak get contaminated?
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The types of fungus believed to be responsible for the deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak are common, found indoors and outdoors, and most people harmlessly breathe them in and our lungs filter them out. What made these fungi deadly was the fact they were injected directly into the blood stream. Doctors are generally leery of using spinal steroid injections that contain preservatives because of fears the preservatives themselves can cause side effects. More

Biomarkers detected mesothelioma after asbestos exposure
Healio    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A novel blood-based proteomics assay identified malignant pleural mesothelioma in individuals exposed to asbestos, according to study findings published in PloS One. Recent studies have identified that blood-based biomarkers — including mesothelin and its proteolytic products, and osteopontin — could be used for differential diagnosis and monitoring treatment response of malignant mesothelioma. More

New blood-vessel-generating cell with therapeutic potential discovered
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Researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, believe they have discovered stem cells that play a decisive role in new blood vessel growth. If researchers learn to isolate and efficiently produce these stem cells found in blood vessel walls, the cells offer new opportunities in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and many other diseases. The study was published in the PLOS Biology journal. More

TB campaign threatened by drug resistance
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The number of people who are being infected with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis has increased significantly; too few are being diagnosed and treated, says the World Health Organization. The campaign to reduce TB infections globally by half by 2015 could be undermined by MDT-TB. More

West Nile virus outbreak now second worst
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The CDC has received reports of 4,531 cases of West Nile virus infection, the second highest total since the virus emerged in the U.S. in 1999 – but this year marks a new high in reports of severe disease. There were 4,269 cases seen in 2006. The highest total remains the 9,862 reported in 2003, although the CDC has called that number an artifact of excessive testing by one state that year. More


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