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  • No Practice Standards for Medical Training of Laboratory Medicine Directors

    Sep 03, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    There are no international standards regarding the medical training of those directing laboratory medicine (LM) laboratories. With a severe lack of congruence amongst laboratories across the globe as to the direction of LM, we must try to come to a conclusion regarding the necessity for physicians to be taking the reins in laboratories.
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  • ASCP 2013 Chicago Examines Best Practices to Obtain and Diagnose High Quality Biopsy Specimens

    Aug 28, 2013
    • Community Experience
    A single broken link in the gathering and testing of a high quality biopsy can significantly affect the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with cancer. The challenges of gathering, processing, and transporting a high quality biopsy for determining a diagnosis of breast cancer will be the focus of a special three-part educational series at ASCP 2013 Chicago, Sept. 18–21.
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  • Upcoming Conference in Croatia

    Aug 14, 2013
    • Community Experience
    Interested in laboratory diagnostics? Check out the upcoming 5th Croatian Congress of Laboratory Diagnostics (with international participation) running over Sept. 22–25, 2013, at the Solaris Beach Resort, Sibenik, Croatia.
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  • Reducing Blood Draw with Automated Sampling

    Aug 13, 2013
    • Drive for Innovation and 'Smarter' Diagnostics
    With ICU patients expecting to lose over a litre of blood to clinical sampling over the course of a single stay, reducing the volume of blood draw for clinical tests can have a significant impact on patient welfare. A recent article ‘Blood Sample Processing: Clinical Perspectives on Recent Developments in Technology and Laboratory Operations’ addresses the issue of how automated sampling can help maintain accurate analysis while reducing blood sample volume.
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  • Motivations for Entering Public Health

    Aug 12, 2013
    • Work Culture and Career Choices
    How do you make the decision to go into public health? For Royden Saah the events of the September 11 attacks on New York made the decision for him.
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  • New Clinical Lung Cancer Program Rolled Out Across Europe

    Aug 09, 2013
    • Community Experience
    Pharmaceutical company Pfizer are to fund a new non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) clinical program, “EnGAging, an Interdisciplinary Team for NSCLC Diagnosis, Personalized Assessment and Treatment (GAIN): A European Initiative,” within Europe following a successful year’s trial in the United States. The program, a collaboration among several clinical groups including the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), aims to identify the best methods to evaluate patients suspected to have NSCLC and apply them within the Europe Union.
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  • Gram Stain Identification for the non-Microbiologist

    Aug 08, 2013
    • Drive for Innovation and 'Smarter' Diagnostics
    For the untrained, non-microbiologist Gram stain identification can be notoriously difficult. Traditionally, the multiple observations and judgements required to derive an accurate reading are developed over years of training and professional experience. However with pressure for laboratories to increase output, untrained laboratory technologists are increasingly being asked to undertake Gram stain analysis
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  • The Ageing American Workforce

    Aug 07, 2013
    • Work Culture and Career Choices
    Did you know the national average age of a medical laboratory scientist in the USA is 47 to 49? It’s a slightly alarming statistic, especially when you consider that in some US laboratories the average retirement age is only 57. With a large proportion of trained clinicians closer to the end of their career than the beginning, there is a clear need to cultivate a new generation of medical laboratory scientists to maintain the health care provision required to ensure high quality patient care.
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  • Detecting Infant HIV in Developing Countries

    Aug 06, 2013
    • Drive for Innovation and 'Smarter' Diagnostics
    Without treatment, 52% of infants infected with HIV will die by the age of two. Diagnosing the infection in young children presents serious challenges in developing countries, as the tests require complex instrumentation, a reliable electrical supply, and skilled lab technicians. Families from rural areas frequently need to travel long distances and often fail to return for their child’s results. To address this issue, a method has been developed to test infants at the point of care in health clinics, delivering results in less than 20 minutes without intricate equipment. Read more here
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  • Save the Date: EuroLabFocus 2014

    Aug 05, 2013
    • Community Experience
    Next year will see Europe’s most exciting laboratory medicine meeting come to the UK. EuroLabFocus 2014 will be hosted by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ACB) in Liverpool, from 7 to 10 October.
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