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HHS bolsters public health, disease-prevention initiatives
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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will invest nearly $50 million in initiatives aimed at strengthening the public health workforce and preventing disease. In making the funding announcement, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the investments will promote public health and help "fight disease and illness before they happen." More

High demand, low supply
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Medical laboratories across the country perform more than 7 billion tests a year and must hire 12,000 employees annually to keep up with the growing volume of tests ordered by physicians. The problem: only 5,000 lab professionals graduate each year More

New approach needed to tackle emerging zoonotic diseases
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A more coordinated approach to surveillance is required if emerging diseases, which can spread from animals to humans are to be tackled, say scientists. Writing in Philosophical Transactions B of The Royal Society, researchers at the University of Glasgow are calling for a shift in focus of surveillance for zoonoses to build systems that tackle both emerging global threats and endemic zoonoses in developing countries. More

Mutations linked to rare tumors
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Two novel mutations appear to play a role in paragangliomas and somatostatinomas, researchers reported. Case studies of two women led to the discovery that both had gain-of-function mutations in the gene encoding hypoxia-inducible factor 2α, or HIF2A, according to Karel Pacak, M.D., Ph.D., of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md., and colleagues. More

Viral loads have decreased in US patients with HIV
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The largest monitoring system for North American patients with HIV showed a 9 percent increase in the number of patients treated with highly active antiretroviral therapy from 2000 to 2008, and a 26 percent increase in the number of patients with HIV who had a reduced viral load, in what may be the first report of national trends in antiretroviral treatment, according to findings published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. More

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Tularemia is easily missed
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Tularemia, a potentially fatal bacterial infection, remained undiagnosed in a majority of their cases in Missouri until cultures returned positive, researchers say. It is difficult to include tularemia in the differential diagnosis because "infection is widespread but rare, exposures diverse, and the clinical spectrum is exceedingly broad," Dr. Ingrid Weber from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and colleagues pointed out online in Clinical Infectious Diseases. More

West Nile infections rise as outbreak spreads to northern states
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The worst-ever U.S. outbreak of West Nile virus is spreading across the U.S. with a 25 percent increase in the number of people infected by the mosquito-borne disease, health officials said. There were 87 deaths among 1,993 cases of the disease reported this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The cases have increased the most in the northern U.S., with 44 states having at least one human infection, said Lyle Petersen, director of the division of vector-borne infectious disease at the CDC. More

Genetic testing used at University of Florida to deliver personalized medicine to cardiac patients
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Genetic tests will be part of the regular care protocols for some cardiology patients at both the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Stanford University Medical Center. Among other factors, it is faster time-to-answer and the lower cost of certain genetic technologies that make it feasible to use genetic tests in this care setting. In particular, the genetic tests will be used to guide cardiologists as they make therapeutic decisions. Assisting in the interpretation of these tests will be pathologists and clinical laboratory professionals. More

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IOM: Healthcare system wasted $750 billion in 2009
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An inefficient, extraordinarily complex, and slow-to-change U.S. healthcare system wasted more than $750 billion in 2009, according to a new study from the Institute of Medicine that calls for a drastic overhaul. In the healthcare system envisioned by the IOM, electronic health records would bring the research contained in more than 750,000 journal articles published each year to the point of care, and quickly. In addition, researchers would mine EHRs for useful data generated in everyday patient care. More

FDA issues proposed rule on medical device UDI system that will also apply to clinical pathology
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Under a proposed rule published by the Food and Drug Administration, medical devices will soon have UDIs – universal device identifiers. Now a system is coming to medical devices, including the lab analyzers, reagents and other products used by medical laboratories and pathology. The government's new product identifier system is an effort to improve patient safety and efficiency. More

Bits of mystery DNA, far from 'junk,' play crucial role
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Among the many mysteries of human biology is why complex diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and psychiatric disorders are so difficult to predict and, often, to treat. An equally perplexing puzzle is why one individual gets a disease like cancer or depression, while an identical twin remains perfectly healthy. Now scientists have discovered a vital clue to unraveling these riddles. More

Study reports flaws in design, analysis, interpretation of Lyme disease
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Most doctors treat Lyme disease with antibiotics for two to four weeks after diagnosis, but if symptoms persist after that, medical guidelines recommend against antibiotic retreatment. That recommendation may not be warranted. A newly published statistical review of the four studies upon which those guidelines are based reports flaws in design, analysis and interpretation that call into question the strength of the evidence against re-treatment. More

High school student develops diagnostic pathology testing application that increases sensitivity of FNA testing for breast cancer
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For the second time in recent weeks, a teenager has made national news for developing a medical laboratory test that can more accurately diagnose disease when compared to methodologies currently used by clinical laboratories and pathology groups. A 17-year-old girl from Sarasota, Fla., developed a computer application that detects breast cancer with 99 percent accuracy. More

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Anthracycline, trastuzumab for breast cancer up heart failure risk
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For women with incident, invasive breast cancer, treatment with anthracycline and trastuzumab is associated with an increased risk of heart failure and/or cardiomyopathy, compared to having no chemotherapy, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. More

'Fortunate to be alive': Girl, 7, contracts bubonic plague at Colorado campground
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A 7-year-old girl is recovering at a Denver hospital from a rare case of bubonic plague she likely contracted from fleas from a dead squirrel at a southwestern Colorado campground, hospital officials said. Sierra Jane Downing is "fortunate to be alive," but is on the road to recovery after her near-fatal bout with the disease, the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children said in a statement. It is the first confirmed case of bubonic plague in Colorado since 2006, the hospital said. More

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