Under the Microscope
Dec. 28, 2011

Health of pathology laboratory technicians at risk from common solvents
Dark Daily
July 13, 2011: Researchers determined that medical laboratory technicians who handle common solvents develop auto-immune connective tissue diseases in increased numbers. The study was published in the Journal of Rheumatology. It offers credible evidence that clinical laboratory technicians, pathologists, and scientists who work with toluene and xylene double their chances of developing a vascular condition known as Raynaud's phenomenon.More

Moving anatomic pathology closer to patient yields benefits, opportunities for professionals
ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals
July 13, 2011: Laboratory medicine is constantly evolving. Recently, anatomic pathology laboratories have been installed in the offices of specialty practice physician groups. While some controversy exists surrounding this trend, movement of labs closer to the patient yields benefits for the patient and opportunities for technologists, histologists and pathologists.More

Pathology labs need to keep pace with big changes in pathology informatics
Dark Daily
Aug. 31, 2011: One respected expert in pathology informatics says that a major sea change is underway in pathology informatics. The pace of this transformation is steady and pathology groups should be responsive to these developments. Bruce Friedman, active emeritus professor of pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School, recommends that anatomic pathology laboratories need to step up and respond to remain competitive.More

Histologist creates jewelry with lab stains
NSH
Aug. 3, 2011: Mequita Praet, an NSH member and former board member, has combined histology and jewelry. On her blog, she showcases jewelry that she colors with items such as plasma stain and connective tissue stain. See some of her jewelry featured in her blog.More

HHS, CMS propose giving patients direct access to test results
Dark Daily
Sept. 21, 2011: Big changes lie ahead in how clinical laboratories and pathology groups must give patients access to their medical laboratory test results. The Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a draft rule that specifies how patients or their authorized representatives are to be given direct access to their medical laboratory test results.More

Gene therapy wipes out leukemia in study
The Associated Press via R&D Magazine
Aug. 17, 2011: Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia — turning the patients' own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells. Scientists are already preparing to try the same gene therapy technique for other kinds of cancer.More

Method lights up beta amyloid for Alzheimer's research
MedGadget
July, 20, 2011: Rice University researchers have developed a method of illuminating amyloid-b peptides, which are related to the onset of Alzheimer's, by using metallic complexes of dipyridophenazine ruthenium. These complexes naturally stick to beta amyloid proteins called fibrils and the combination becomes highly photoluminescent. The technique should allow for better pathophysiologic studies and tracking of effectiveness of anti-Alzheimer's drugs in laboratory experiments.More

'Multi-touch' technology socializes microscopes
Forbes Dante's Soma Blog
July 7, 2011: A few researchers in Finland are changing microscopy from a single-user experience into a shared experience. The multi-touch microscope — think iPad's finger-swipe control technology — promises a harmonization and standardization of microscopy diagnostic impact on the quality of all image-based diagnostics, such as assessment of protein expression in tissue samples, classification of tissue samples based on morphology, etc.More

Chemical agent turns tissue transparent
Wired
Sept. 14, 2011: Japanese researchers have developed a chemical agent that turns biological tissue transparent, allowing for vivid imaging of neurons and blood vessels deep inside mouse brains. The aqueous reagent — referred to as Scale — offers a way of analyzing complex organs and networks in tissue samples, without having to dissect them into smaller pieces.More

New technique identifies 1st events in tumor development
Bioscience Technology
Oct. 5, 2011: A novel technique that enables scientists to measure and document tumor-inducing changes in DNA is providing new insight into the earliest events involved in the formation of leukemias, lymphomas and sarcomas, and could potentially lead to the discovery of ways to stop those events. The technology focuses on chromosomal rearrangements known as translocations. Translocations occur when a broken strand of DNA from one chromosome is erroneously joined with that of another chromosome. Sometimes these irregularities can be beneficial in that they enable the immune system to respond to a vast number of microorganisms and viruses. However, translocations can also result in tumors.More