ASCLS eNewsBytes
Jul. 2, 2013

Survey: Children most likely to transmit infectious disease
University of Liverpool via HealthCanal
Researchers at the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick have shown that children in the U.K. have the highest number and longest duration of social contact, making them most at-risk for catching and transmitting infection. The team has for the first time, mapped the daily contact networks of thousands of individuals to shed light on which groups may be at highest risk of contracting and spreading respiratory diseases.More

Download the ASCLS Annual Meeting Mobile Meeting app
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
Download the ASCLS Annual Meeting Mobile Meeting app, sponsored by Bio-Rad Laboratories! With the Mobile App, view session descriptions and speakers, create your schedule, get alerts about important meeting news and more — all from your smartphone or iPad! Free download!More

UK takes step toward '3-parent babies'
The United Kingdom took a step toward being the first country in the world to allow a pioneering in vitro fertilization technique using DNA from three people that could prevent mitochondrial diseases but that also raises significant ethical issues. Problems with mitochondria, the "powerhouse" cells of the body, are inherited from the mother, so the proposed IVF treatment would mean an affected woman could have a baby without passing on mitochondrial disease.More

Study: Rural women less likely to get preferred breast cancer treatment
HealthDay News
Breast cancer patients in rural areas of the United States are less likely than those in cities to receive recommended radiation therapy after having a lumpectomy, a new study finds. The analysis of data from nearly 350,000 California breast cancer patients treated between 1996 and 2008 revealed other differences in diagnosis and treatment between rural and urban patients, the researchers said.More

Online interactive course on good laboratory practices for molecular genetic testing
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
Ongoing advances in biomedical research and laboratory technology have led to increased needs for both quality laboratory services as well as competent laboratory professionals in the area of molecular genetic testing. Continuing education activities have been effective means for laboratory professionals to expand knowledge, improve technical skills, and maintain competency to deliver recommended, quality laboratory services. More

Task force: Baby boomers should be tested for hepatitis C
The Wall Street Journal
Physicians should offer hepatitis-C testing to all U.S. baby boomers, an influential medical-guidelines body said. The recommendation could result in hundreds of thousands more diagnoses of the liver disease, greater numbers of insurers covering the tests and greater sales for drug makers poised to introduce new treatment options. More

Breaking the seal on drug research
The New York Times
Dr. Peter Doshi's renown comes not from solving the puzzles of cancer or discovering the next blockbuster drug, but from pushing the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies to open their records to outsiders in an effort to better understand the benefits and potential harms of the drugs that billions of people take every day. Together with a band of far-flung researchers and activists, he is trying to unearth data from clinical trials and make it public. More

Unbelievably detailed map tracks AIDS in US
Popular Science
You can look at AIDS and HIV statistics as numbers in a table, but that doesn't quite tell the story of how one of the deadliest diseases of our time spreads. Here in the United States, infection rates are intimately tied to race, education, geography, and more. So reveals a new interactive map from researchers at Emory University and the data-mappers MapLarge. More

The scariest infectious diseases right now
Fox News
Between the emergence of the deadly MERS and H7N9 viruses, it's easy to be nervous about potentially dangerous germs and bacteria lurking around on surfaces and in the air. Dr. Daniel Caplivski, director of the Travel Medicine Program and associate professor in the division of infectious diseases at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, detailed some of the most worrisome infectious diseases out there right now — and what's being done about them.More

Tiny robots are taking over medical technology
New Statesman
As nano-scale technology advances, the idea of tiny machines, barely visible to the human eye, travelling through our bodies and attacking uninvited guests, is not nearly as out there as it seems. Nearly invisible nanorobots, which are capable of swimming through the bloodstream and reaching places existing devices that are too cumbersome to reach to either deliver drugs or destroy diseased tissues are becoming a reality. More

Fish habit may reduce breast cancer risk, study suggests
HealthDay News
Regularly eating oily fish such as salmon, tuna or sardines may help reduce the risk of breast cancer, a new report suggests. These fish contain a type of fatty acid known as n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.More

HIV/AIDS drugs: WHO to recommend earlier treatment
BBC News
New guidelines for HIV treatment could see millions more people in developing countries getting life-saving medicine. The World Health Organization is recommending that patients start taking medication at a much earlier stage of the disease.More

Survey: Children most likely to transmit infectious disease
University of Liverpool via HealthCanal
Researchers at the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick have shown that children in the U.K. have the highest number and longest duration of social contact, making them most at-risk for catching and transmitting infection.More

Silver, the secret ingredient for fighting bacterial infections
Counsel & Heal
In a new study, researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University revisited the use of silver in combatting bacteria that have grown resistant to the current antibiotic treatments today. The researchers used a silver compound and were able to boost antibiotics strength in killing off bacteria.More

Norovirus outbreak at Yellowstone highlights camping health hazards
ABC News
After 200 park employees and visitors reported bouts of gastrointestinal illness at Yellowstone National Park and nearby Grand Teton National Park recently, national park officials have warned visitors to be vigilant about hygiene. More

Clinical pathology labs file petition against threat of regulation of laboratory-developed tests
Dark Daily
While admitting that advanced diagnostics are the cornerstone of personalized medicine, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said of laboratory-developed tests, "not all complex diagnostics used in cancer diagnosis or treatment have been developed to perform at the same demonstrated standards." In response to Hamburg's challenge, the American Clinical Laboratory Association filed a citizen petition on June 4 challenging the FDA's authority to regulate LDTs as medical devices under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. More

Could mole rats help us cure cancer?
The Telegraph
Uncommonly among mammals, mole rats do not get cancer, and recently, scientists announced that they have finally discovered why. They hope the "gloop" that they have identified in the animal could, in due time, form the basis of a host of new medicines to treat not only cancer but diseases ranging from atherosclerosis to arthritis.More

US to retire most chimpanzees from medical research
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
The U.S. National Institutes of Health said it is reducing the number of chimpanzees it uses in biomedical research and will retire most of them to sanctuaries, a decision applauded by animal rights groups. The decision followed a recommendation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in January. More