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Oct. 11, 2011
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Psychiatric diagnosis in the lab: How far off are we?
Medscape Psychiatry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In this video news brief, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman of Columbia University addresses the issue of psychiatric diagnosis. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-IV — the "bible" of psychiatric nosology — is currently undergoing revisions. DSM-V promises to be the state of the art in terms of psychiatric diagnoses and when it was initiated we anticipated that this iteration of the DSM would incorporate biological markers and laboratory-based test results to augment the historical and phenomenologic criteria that traditionally are used to establish psychiatric diagnoses, Lieberman said. More

Steve Jobs' legacy will live on in healthcare
Healthcare IT News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's hard to overstate the impact Steve Jobs, who died at age 56, has had on technology for the past 30 years. In hardware, software, communications and design, Apple's contributions have been incalculable – not least in healthcare. Physicians and clinicians like smart functionality and sexy design as much as anyone. And that's a huge reason why, in barely three years, the iPhone and the iPad – and the dozens of other smartphones and tablets that have followed Apple's lead – have found such a foothold in hospitals and physician practices. More
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Troponin detected with myopathy can lead to false-positive coronary diagnosis
Heartwire via Medscape    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers in the U.S. have demonstrated that there are proteins in diseased skeletal muscle that can cause increases in circulating troponin T levels, resulting in so-called "false-positive" troponin tests and giving the impression that patients are suffering from cardiac problems when they are not. "What we have shown, at least in some patients, is that there can be constituents in skeletal muscle that can cause elevations of troponin that are not likely from the heart," lead author Dr. Allan S Jaffe, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., told Heartwire. More

The era of personalized medicine in cancer
Will companion diagnostics be the tipping point?
Clinical Laboratory News
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In the 40 years since the Nixon Administration declared the war on cancer, real inroads in terms of improving the burden of the disease have been frustratingly elusive despite an enormous investment in research, considerable gains in knowledge, and some notable treatment successes. Today's rapid advances in technology coupled with a deeper understanding of cancer biology, however, are set to transform the field and make it one of the most fertile for personalized medicine. More

New diabetes guidelines address gap in comprehensive care
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In an effort to address the dangerous comorbid conditions that often accompany diabetes, as well as the symptoms of the disease itself, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) has released new clinical practice guidelines that emphasize individualized, comprehensive healthcare for patients with diabetes. Until now, that comprehensive care has been a missing piece in the healthcare that patients with diabetes receive, said two experts at the AACE 20th Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress. More

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Reports say government to recommend against routine PSA screening for prostate cancer
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are reports that a government panel is poised to recommend against routine PSA blood tests to screen for prostate cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force analyzed previous research, and a draft report concludes there's little if any reduction in deaths from routine screening but possible harm, including unnecessary surgery and other treatment. More

After setbacks in harvesting stem cells, a new approach shows promise
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Stem cell research has had many ups and downs, but a stream of setbacks had left researchers almost back at square one. Now, researchers at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory have developed a method that may help recover the lost ground. More

In Canada, clinical pathology laboratories face growing lab test utilization and shrinking lab test budgets
Dark Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Clinical laboratory and pathology leaders from across Canada gathered recently in Toronto at the 5th Executive Edge conference to assess the state of medical laboratory testing in Canada's different provinces. One message in the provocative sessions was clear and consistent; ever more volumes of lab testing will continue to hit clinical laboratories, even as provincial health authorities squeeze lab testing budgets in coming years. More

Death toll from tainted cantaloupes rises to 21
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The number of deaths linked to cantaloupes contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria has risen to 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. At least 109 cases of listeria have been reported in 24 states, the agency said. That's nine more cases and four more states than it reported. The number of deaths has risen by three. More

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Redefining rapid in the age of superbugs
Advance for Medical Laboratory Professionals    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Having immediate access to not only information, but also the right information is a defining characteristic of our times. Use of the internet has made dissemination and integration of information incredibly facile, so much so that many of us expect immediate answers. With access to this vast ocean of information, it becomes readily apparent that the specific question one asks carries extreme importance. Ask the wrong question and one will receive a barrage of useless and even misleading information. Nowhere is this more apparent than in infectious disease diagnostic testing. More

HE4 - New Biomarker for Ovarian Cancer

Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc. introduces a HE4 EIA assay for the quantitative determination of HE4 in human serum. It is intended for use as an aid in monitoring recurrence or progressive disease in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer. MORE

Raw sewage: Home to millions of undescribed viruses
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Biologists have described only a few thousand different viruses so far, but a new study reveals a vast world of unseen viral diversity that exists right under our noses. A paper published in the online journal mBio® explores ordinary raw sewage and finds that it is home to thousands of novel, undiscovered viruses, some of which could relate to human health. More
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CellaVision Automates and Standardizes the Manual Differential

CellaVision introduces CellAtlas®, the perfect way to learn the basics of hematology cell morphology. This App for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch compliments our digital cell morphology portfolio, and is an educational tool to assist in the recognition and classification of blood cells, by utilizing mini-lectures and cell quizzes. More
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