ASCLS eNewsBytes
April 26, 2011

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, recognized April 24 to 30, provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel. Read about fun ideas to celebrate.More

Update on Clostridium difficile infection
Medscape
This review summarizes the most recent epidemiological data and advances in research into the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). The epidemiology of CDI has changed with the emergence of hypervirulent strains. CDI rates have increased in the community, in children and in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. More

Toward new medications for chronic brain diseases
ScienceDaily
A needle-in-the-haystack search through nearly 390,000 chemical compounds had led scientists to a substance that can sneak through the protective barrier surrounding the brain with effects promising for new drugs for Parkinson's and Huntington's disease. They report on the substance, which blocks formation of cholesterol in the brain, in the journal, ACS Chemical Biology.More

Revisiting the clinical pathology lab's problem of floaters and other contaminates
Dark Daily
As automation transforms the manual work processes in the histopathology laboratory, "floaters" may become a thing of the past.More

Phlebotomy myth busters
Phlebotomy Today-STAT via Advance newsmagazine
This article investigates some of the more notorious phlebotomy myths and misinformation haunting health care facilities around the globe. It's goal is to exterminate the ill-conceived notions and bad techniques that have the power to harm you or your patients. More

Study uncovers genes that aid malarial resistance
Reuters
U.S. researchers have identified 11 genes that malaria parasites use to defend themselves against standard treatments, a finding that could prolong the life of current drugs or help find better ones. A team at Harvard University and the Broad Institute in Boston used advanced gene-hunting technology to search the genetic code of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. More

FDA: Hand sanitizers do not prevent MRSA infection
ABC News
You can't always believe what you see on a label. The FDA accused four hand sanitizer and antiseptic companies Wednesday with making false claims that their products prevent the potentially-lethal MRSA infection. More

Synthetic cells
MIT Technology Review
The bacteria growing on stacks of petri dishes in Daniel Gibson's lab are the first living creatures with a completely artificial genome. The microbes' entire collection of genes was edited on a computer and assembled by machines that create genetic fragments from chemicals and by helper cells that pieced those fragments together. Gibson hopes that being able to design and create entire genomes, instead of just short lengths of DNA, will dramatically speed up the process of engineering microbes that can carry out tasks such as efficiently producing biofuels or vaccines. More

Bacterial ecosystems divide people into 3 groups
The New York Times
In the early 1900s, scientists discovered that each person belonged to one of four blood types. Now they have discovered a new way to classify humanity: by bacteria. Each human being is host to thousands of different species of microbes. Yet a group of scientists now report just three distinct ecosystems in the guts of people they have studied. Blood type, meet bug type.More