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May 12, 2009
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Laboratory Workforce Shortage Reaches Crisis
from the American Society for Clinical Pathology
Half of all laboratories nationwide struggle to hire laboratory personnel. Increased competition for qualified staff and lower compensation for laboratory work were cited as major issues among others. Published recently in the LabMedicine, the American Society for Clinical Pathology's Wage & Vacancy survey provides current wage data and information about the distribution of personnel within the nation's clinical laboratory workforce and is conducted every two years. More    E-mail article

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Obama says Health Overhaul Could Save Trillions
from Reuters
A coalition of U.S. health care groups pledged to help President Barack Obama rein in the growth in costs and save about $2 trillion over the next decade, a step the administration hopes will build support to reform the system this year. Obama, who has made health care reform a cornerstone of his political agenda, plans to use the announcement by trade groups representing doctors, hospitals, drug manufacturers, insurers and others to push for legislative changes that could help save trillions of dollars by making the system more efficient. More    E-mail article

FDA Approves Expanded Age Indication for Tdap Booster Vaccine
from Medscape Medical News
The tetanus toxoid/reduced diphtheria toxoid/acellular pertussis single-dose booster vaccine was approved for an expanded age indication (10 64 years) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on Dec. 4, 2008, according to an article published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The vaccine was initially licensed only for persons aged 10 to 18 years.More    E-mail article

Risk of HIV Transmission Not Reduced by Herpes Medication
from Medical News Today
A recently completed international multi-center clinical trial has found that acyclovir, a drug widely used as a safe and effective treatment to suppress herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), which is the most common cause of genital herpes, does not reduce the risk of HIV transmission when taken by people infected with both HIV and HSV-2. More    E-mail article

CDC: 2,618 Cases of New Flu in U.S.
from Reuters
The United States now has 2,618 cases of the new H1N1 influenza across 44 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The outbreak of swine flu has been mostly mild in the United States, with three deaths, the CDC said in a statement that the U.S. figure stood at 2,532 cases. More    E-mail article


Tight Glycemic Control May Not Be Best in Type 2 Diabetes
from Medscape Medical News
Tight glycemic control may not be best in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to the results of a review and critique of recent large randomized trials reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In addition to summarizing findings from trials that evaluated tight glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes, the article offers practical, evidence-based suggestions for management. More    E-mail article

Engineered Moss Can Produce Human Proteins
from Science Daily
Researchers have shown that mosses and humans share unexpected common characteristics. These evolutionary relics could be useful in the production of therapeutic proteins. More    E-mail article

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Do Not Prevent Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease
from Medscape Medical News
Contrary to previous reports, a new study suggests that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs do not prevent dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, but may simply delay disease onset. The study showed that compared with nonuse of NSAIDs, heavy use of these drugs was associated with a 66 percent increased risk for dementia. More     E-mail article

Study: Protein May be Key to Preventing Aneurysms
from Reuters
There may be a way to prevent abdominal aortic aneurysms, dangerous bulges in the body's main artery that can kill suddenly and unexpectedly, U.S. scientists report. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York said removing the gene that makes the protein cyclophilin A protected mice genetically predisposed to developing aneurysms. More    E-mail article

Scientists Identify How Key Protein Keeps Chronic Infection in Check
from Infection Control Today
Why is the immune system able to fight off some viruses but not others, leading to chronic, life-threatening infections like HIV and hepatitis C? A new UCLA AIDS Institute study suggests the answer lies in a protein called interleukin-21 (IL-21), a powerful molecule released by immune cells during chronic infection. Tthe finding could explain how the immune system limits viral replication, restricting a virus's spread through the body. More    E-mail article

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