ASCLS eNewsBytes
Mar. 10, 2015

Scientists discover new tool for detecting and destroying norovirus
German Cancer Research Center via Infection Control Today
Infection with highly contagious noroviruses, while not usually fatal, can lead to a slew of unpleasant symptoms such as excessive vomiting and diarrhea. Current treatment options are limited to rehydration of the patient.More

Researchers: New gene associated with thyroid levels
Health Canal
Thyroid hormones have important and diverse roles in human health and regulate metabolic rate. Thyroid disease is common, and synthetic thyroid hormones are one of the most common drug therapies prescribed worldwide. A new study, published in Nature Communications involving University of Bristol academics, reports a new gene called SYN2 associated with thyroid levels.More

Chromosomal rearrangement is key to progress against aggressive infant leukemia
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital via ScienceDaily
A highly aggressive form of leukemia in infants has surprisingly few mutations beyond the chromosomal rearrangement that affects the MLL gene, researchers have found. The findings suggest that targeting the alteration is likely the key to improved survival. More

March 19 webinar: Laboratory Monitoring of the New Oral Anticoagulants
ASCLS
Donna Castellone of New York Presbyterian-Columbia will be presenting an overview of these drugs, their intended use and some cases that demonstrate how laboratories can respond to this challenging need. For more information and to register, go to www.ascls.org/webinars. ASCLS members receive a discounted registration rate.More

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week — April 19-25
ASCLS
It is time to celebrate and educate others about what you do. Start planning your celebration now. Purchase official logo items, download the logo and more at www.ascls.org/MLPW. #Lab4LifeMore

2 strains of HIV cut vastly different paths
The New York Times
Thirty-four years ago, doctors in Los Angeles discovered that some of their patients were succumbing to a normally harmless fungus. It soon became clear that they belonged to a growing number of people whose immune systems were hobbled by a virus eventually known as HIV.More

Ability to repair cartilage with stem cells steps closer
Medical News Today
The day that patients with osteoarthritis can ease their painful joints by using stem cell therapy to regenerate damaged cartilage took a step closer recently when researchers reported successfully producing cartilage in rats using embryonic stem cells. The success is attributed to a new procedure or protocol fur using human embryonic stem cells, developed under strict laboratory conditions, by the researchers at the University of Manchester in the U.K.More

Simple EHR changes can significantly impact laboratory utilization
FierceEMR
Tweaking the menu in an electronic health record can have a direct impact on ordering patterns for laboratory testing, according to a new case study published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. The researchers, from the University of Iowa Hospital Clinics and elsewhere, noted concerns with laboratory testing utilization, including overutilization, underutilization and incorrect test ordering.More

As medical laboratory test utilization grows, health insurers develop programs to manage rising costs
DARK Daily
Health insurers are taking more aggressive actions to control the cost of clinical laboratory testing. For many years, clinical laboratories and pathology groups have been concerned about the strategies used by Medicare to control the utilization and costs of medical laboratory tests. Private health insurers usually follow the actions of Medicare, the nation's largest health insurer. More

Reshaping tumor cells may be new way to treat breast cancer
Medical News Today
After an extensive study of breast cancer cell shapes, scientists conclude they can influence a tumor's response to treatment — such as making it more or less vulnerable to attack by the immune system. Writing in the journal Molecular Systems Biology, researchers from the Institute of Cancer Research in London describe how they used robotic microscopy and mathematical algorithms — not unlike the algorithms Facebook uses for facial recognition — to assess shape and contextual features of hundreds of thousands of cancer cells.More

1st detailed microscopy evidence of bacteria at the lower size limit of life
Lab Manager
Scientists have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get. The research was led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley.More