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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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  • "Shaping the Future of Laboratory Medicine": The Milan Experience

    Aug 02, 2013
    • Community Experience
    More than 7,000 people from 101 countries attended the 20th IFCC-EFLM European Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. EUROMEDLAB 2013 was held in the stunning new Milan Congress Centre (MiCo), which claims to be the largest in Europe. The scientific programme addressed a wide range of topics looking to the future of laboratory medicine and this was complemented by the range of new equipment and products on display from 82 companies in the very large exhibition.
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  • 30th Anniversary of the Japanese Society of TDM in Kumamoto

    Aug 01, 2013
    • Community Experience
    The Japanese Society of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring celebrated its 30th anniversary during the annual meeting in Kumamoto in May 2013. The main theme of this meeting was “TDM—new challenges.” The Congress president, Professor Sumio Hirata, and his excellent team had put together an outstanding program covering relevant recent developments in this field.
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  • Becoming Lean and Mean

    Jul 31, 2013
    • Evidence of Clinical Value

    “Health care is a political football in the United States,” said Robert L. Michel, Editor-in-Chief of The Dark Report and Founder of the Executive War College conference. “Your labs need a strategy to support clinicians and to thrive as the marketplace changes from doctors in private practice to physician employees.”

    Mr Michel launched the 18th Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management, April 30–May 1, in New Orleans, USA, by strenuously urging the lab management attendees to demonstrate the value of lab testing to physicians and patients by supporting integrated care models such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and improving patient outcomes. “Your lab needs to emulate the best hospitals, which are reducing costs, decreasing infections, and saving money,” he said. “Be the lab that delivers the best value and arrange to collaborate with other medical labs to further reduce your costs and enhance your efficiency.”

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  • Urine and Drugs of Abuse

    Jul 30, 2013
    • Drive for Innovation and 'Smarter' Diagnostics

    Some 24 million urine tests for drugs of abuse were carried out in the US in 1994 at a cost of $1.2 billion. These figures have continued to rise to the present day, highlighting this area as vital clinical lab work. But how should labs balance the challenging medical, legal, and financial factors involved in drugs of abuse screening? Gifford Lum and Barry Mushlin provide a guide for determining the drugs to test, the protocols for screening and confirmation plus the analytical methodologies to employ …

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  • Exchanging Experience in Germany

    Jul 29, 2013
    • Disease State Management | Patient Pathways

    Labs Are Vital presented three distinct visions of the future of lab medicine, at a workshop hosted at The German Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine Annual Conference in 2012. Three world-renowned experts delivered presentations on the push toward preventative medicine in Germany, the impact of sweeping changes to the NHS in the UK, and the new cycle of innovation set to revolutionize lab medicine. A lively Q&A followed, as delegates highlighted the importance of lab medicine to the future of healthcare …

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  • Arsenic, mercury, and mandrake root: The true contents of “old-world” medicines

    Jul 26, 2013
    • Ensuring Patient Safety

    Today, modern technology can precisely check the ingredients in the medicines and remedies we take. People living 300 years ago were not so fortunate. But a team of chemists in the United States has examined the ingredients of 50 “old-world” medicines, and found that these cures often contained unsavory and even poisonous ingredients …

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  • How Well Paid Are You?

    Jul 25, 2013
    • Evidence of Clinical Value

    Every two years, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) surveys the US clinical laboratory workforce to identify where the shortages in the nation’s workforce lie. In 2010, they surveyed more than 10,000 lab workers from a range of different settings to see how their pay varied. Find out how your wages compare …

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