ASCLS eNewsBytes
Jul. 9, 2013

New HIV treatment guidelines to cut millions of deaths
Medscape Medical News
The World Health Organization has unveiled its much-anticipated new HIV treatment guidelines. Officials say the new approach will prevent 3 million deaths by 2025 and will stop 3.5 million new infections. An estimated 17 million people are eligible to take antiretroviral drugs, but under the new recommendations this number will increase to 26 million.More

ASCLS Student Forum Fundraiser — purchase a T-shirt
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
The ASCLS Student Forum invites you to participate in a nationwide fundraiser! Purchase a limited edition T-shirt. All funds received will go to the incoming Student Forum for 2013-2014 to use for future activities or to donate to charities of their choice.

To view the shirt and to order, go to the ASCLS Online Store. All orders MUST be received by Friday, July 12. The cost is $15 for Annual Meeting attendees and $18 for non-attendees (to cover cost of shipping). Annual Meeting attendees will pick up their T-shirts at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Houston near the ASCLS meeting registration area. More

Researchers develop MRI scan to detect cancer using sugar
Medical News Today
Researchers say they have developed a new way of detecting cancer by giving patients an injection of sugar before doing a magnetic resonance imaging scan. Scientists from University College London have developed a technique they call glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer. The work, published in the journal Nature Medicine, is based on the fact that tumors consume a higher amount of glucose compared with healthy tissues, as a way of sustaining their growth. More

Stem-cell therapy wipes out HIV in 2 patients
Two men with HIV have been off AIDS drugs for several months after receiving stem-cell transplants for cancer that appear to have cleared the virus from their bodies, researchers reported recently. Both patients, who were treated in Boston and had been on long-term drug therapy to control their HIV, received stem-cell transplants after developing lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.More

Cybersecurity for medical devices
By Rosemary Sparacio
The issue of cybersecurity in the medical and healthcare field was first discussed when it was still in its infancy in 2005. Since then, technological advances have required the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and others to be much more proactive and involved in the process. And this process must include everyone: the FDA, the medical device manufacturers, the IT users who are mostly in hospitals and doctor's offices, and the independent IT providers, such as the IBMs, Microsofts and Ciscos of the world, among a whole host of others.More

Progress to understand MERS coronavirus frustratingly slow
The Canadian Press via CTV News
Experts from around the world will begin meeting to advise the World Health Organization on the new MERS coronavirus. One of the key reasons the so-called emergency committee is being called together at this point, a senior WHO official says, is because so many questions remain unanswered about the virus that causes Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome.More

Study: Even with equal care, racial disparity persists in blood cancer
HealthDay News
Black Americans with blood cancer do not live as long as white patients with the disease, a new study finds, even when they receive equal levels of care. Researchers looked at 84 black patients and more than 1,500 non-black patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which is a rare disease in blacks. All patients received the same treatments.More

New anti-cancer compound shows promise for breast cancer
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute via Medical Xpress
Melbourne researchers have discovered that anti-cancer compounds currently in clinical trials for some types of leukemia could offer hope for treating the most common type of breast cancer. The researchers, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, found that the compounds, called BH3-mimetics, were effective in treating aggressive estrogen receptor-positive breast cancers when combined with the breast cancer drug tamoxifen in preclinical models.More

Drug action in pancreatic cancer tracked and improved by nanotechnology
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Tiny biosensors used with new advanced imaging techniques are markedly improving drug targeting of solid tumors, according to new research. These new technologies work in real time and in three dimensions. They can show how cancers spread and how active cancer cells respond to a particular drug.More

Improving 3-D printing by copying nature
National Geographic
To Janine Benyus, a biologist, author and innovation consultant, the 3-D printer revolution offers great opportunity, as well as risk. She hopes the technology can be improved by modeling it after natural processes. More

Corning working on bacteria-killing smartphone screens
All Things D
The U.S.-based glass and ceramics company behind the protective Gorilla Glass screen found on many smartphones today, is developing an anti-microbial glass cover that can kill drug-resistant bacteria and viruses. Jeff Evenson, senior vice president and operations chief of staff at Corning, gave a brief overview of the technology at the MIT Technology Review's Mobile Summit recently. He said the company began working on the technology for the health care industry, but decided to expand its reach to consumers after reading a report about the number of germs found on mobile devices.More

New understanding of cellular movement may improve treatments for complex disease
Medical Daily
A new discovery about cellular movement within the body may provide insight into the disease mechanisms of metastasizing cancer or the constriction of airways caused by asthma. Like a school of fish or molecules of water, skin cells and others forming the body barrier are propelled by internal and external forces toward any unfilled spaces they encounter, according to researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia. More

New HIV treatment guidelines to cut millions of deaths
Medscape Medical News
The World Health Organization has unveiled its much-anticipated new HIV treatment guidelines. Officials say the new approach will prevent 3 million deaths by 2025 and will stop 3.5 million new infections. More

The scariest infectious diseases right now
Fox News
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

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.More

Infectious disease research gets boost from websites, blogs, social media
Penn State University
A team that includes Penn State University biologist Marcel Salathé is developing innovative new systems and techniques to track the spread of infectious diseases, with the help of news websites, blogs and social media. An article by Salathé and colleagues from the Harvard Medical School, published recently in the online issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, describes the advantages and challenges of "digital epidemiology" — a new field of increasing importance for tracking infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics by leveraging the widespread use of the Internet and mobile phones.More

Jamaican runner won bronze in London while also dealing with breast cancer
Yahoo Sports
Jamaican runner Novlene Williams-Mills ran in the 2012 Olympics with a secret. She took fifth in the 400 meters and won a bronze with the Jamaican 400-meter relay team with information that only she, her husband, and select close friends knew. According to an interview with the Daily Mail, Williams-Mills was diagnosed with breast cancer a month before the Olympics. Days after her diagnosis, she won the 400-meter race at the Jamaican Championships and made their Olympic team.More