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Nov. 30, 2010
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                Legislative Symposium 2011

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ASCLS is proud to work with CLMA, ASCP, and AMT on the 2011 Legislative Symposium. Joining an ASCLS tradition since 1989, CLMA, ASCP and AMT members will meet with their Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill as a unified front on behalf of our profession. We need you!! – committed laboratory professionals and leaders – to come to Washington to provide a visible and informed voice and make our concerns known inside Congress! More

Promising HIV prevention
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The recent announcement that a pill currently used to treat HIV infection can also help prevent it was an important milestone in the effort to keep people from getting the virus. The breakthrough utilizes a strategy known as pre-exposure prophylaxis. At-risk people take a drug in advance of exposure to the pathogen that makes it less likely they will become infected. More

High alpha-carotene blood levels linked with reduced all-cause mortality
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Higher blood levels of α-carotene are associated with a lowered risk for death, according to an article in the Archives of Internal Medicine, published online on Nov. 22. The study suggests that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, which produce α-carotene and carotenoids, could be an effective strategy to reduce the odds of premature death. More

Significant racial differences seen in rate of progression
of chronic kidney disease

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African-Americans and some Hispanic people have significantly faster rates of decline in kidney function prior to the onset of chronic kidney disease, according to research presented at Renal Week 2010: American Society of Nephrology 43rd Annual Meeting. Researchers evaluating data on 5179 patients in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), a nationwide study of heart disease risk factors, found that kidney function in African-Americans declined at a rate that was approximately 60 percent faster than white participants over a five-year period. More

Assume skin and soft tissue infection to be MRSA
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Clinicians should assume community-acquired skin and soft tissue infections are due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection unless proved otherwise, according to Dr. Paul D. Holtom. For years, most hospital-associated S. aureus infections have been resistant to methicillin, and now the same has been found for community-acquired S. aureus in studies done mostly in adults, Holtom added. More

Gene therapy prevents memory problems in mice with Alzheimer's disease
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Scientists at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease n San Francisco have discovered a new strategy to prevent memory deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. Humans with AD and mice genetically engineered to simulate the disease have abnormally low levels of an enzyme called EphB2 in memory centers of the brain. Improving EphB2 levels in such mice by gene therapy completely fixed their memory problems. More

Bird flu falls off the radar, but cases show it's still a threat
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In the wake of last year's pandemic of H1N1 swine flu — which turned into far less of a global threat than had been feared — the world has largely forgotten about the H5N1 bird flu. But that flu has not disappeared. Nor does it seem any less lethal. In contrast to the swine flu, which killed only one out of every 2,000 people who got it, the avian flu kills about three out of five. More

Secondhand smoke kills 600,000 a year worldwide
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Secondhand smoke sickens millions and kills more than 600,000 people worldwide each year, including more than 165,000 children under 5, according to the first report to estimate the worldwide burden of disease and death from tobacco. The World Health Organization's report on 192 countries appeared in The Lancet and found more than half of the deaths are from heart disease, followed by deaths from cancer, lung infections, asthma and other ailments. More

Study: Beware E. coli when drinking raw milk
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A government investigation published this month has tied raw milk consumption to a 2008 outbreak of E. coli in Connecticut, which landed four people in the hospital with life-threatening illnesses. It also puts a price tag on the outbreak: $413,402. And it hints the infection spread beyond those who drank the allegedly tainted milk. More
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