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April 20, 2010
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National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
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An objective of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, celebrated this week, is to educate health care professionals, the public, and others about the role of the laboratory professional in patient care. In honor of medical laboratory professionals and 2010 NMLPW, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science has many items available that can be used for this effort. Some items require purchase; click here to learn more. More


CDC: E. coli illnesses on decline, but other foodborne infections increasing
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Efforts to reduce illnesses caused by one of the most dangerous foodborne bacteria, E. coli O157:H7, appear to be paying off, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, but sickness caused by other pathogens is rising. Preliminary data released by the CDC showed a 2009 drop in the incidence of infections from E. coli O157:H7, which can be lethal and is most commonly associated with ground beef but has also been detected in leafy greens and raw cookie dough. E. coli infections were the lowest since 2004, the agency said. More

Study: Deadly breast cancer had 50 mutations
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Breast tumors that killed an American woman with triple negative cancer had 50 separate mutations, including 20 that helped them spread, researchers reported. The findings may lead to new tests and new treatments for cancer, they reported in the journal Nature. Rick Wilson of Washington University in St. Louis and colleagues looked at the DNA in four samples from a 44-year-old woman who died when her triple negative cancer (negative for estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and HER-2) metastasized to her brain. This type of cancer disproportionately affects blacks and younger women. More

Blood tests may predict leukemia outcomes
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Adding a complete blood count test may help predict leukemia treatment outcomes, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at Houston's Children's Cancer Hospital at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center say combining the results of two separate blood tests — the minimal residual disease indicator and the absolute lymphocyte count — may help predict the leukemia patient outcomes. More
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CDC: Colorectal cancer screening practices need improvement
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Three fourths of primary care physicians order or perform in-office fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), despite national guidelines that support home, not office, collection for FOBT, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. In-office FOBT misses 95 percent of neoplasias and potentially cancerous polyps. More

Genome sequencing study offers clues about basal-like breast cancer metastasis
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A Washington University-led research team reported that they have sequenced a quartet of genomes originating from an African-American woman with basal-like breast cancer. By sequencing the primary breast tumor, a brain metastasis, matched normal tissue, and a mouse xenograft developed from the primary tumor, the researchers were able to identify mutations shared in all of the tumors as well as genetic changes that were enriched — or found exclusively — in metastatic tissue. The research appears online in Nature. More

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Pandemic not over, WHO flu probe hears
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Experts who planned the global drive against swine flu on warned that the pandemic was not yet over and rejected charges they had been unduly influenced by the drug companies. Their comments came at the end of the first meeting of an external review set up by World Health Organization to probe the much criticized international response to the new A(H1N1) influenza virus over the past year. More

Winco expands fresh beef recall
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WinCo Foods announced that it is issuing an expansion of a Class 1 recall of fresh ground beef products to include ground beef sold at all of its retail stores. The original recall included ground beef sold only at its Modesto, Calif., outlet. Now all fresh ground beef packed in Styrofoam trays and sold at any of its stores between March 28 and April 9, are subject to the recall. Winco says the ground beef should either be returned to the store for a refund or destroyed. More

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