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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

Health care-acquired infections linked to increased ICU mortality
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Health care-acquired infections greatly increase the risk for mortality in patients admitted to the intensive care unit, but antimicrobial resistance has little additional effect, according to the results of a prospective cohort study reported in Lancet Infectious Diseases. "Patients admitted to intensive-care units are at high risk of health care-associated infections, and many are caused by antimicrobial-resistant pathogens," write Marie-Laurence Lambert, MD, from the Healthcare-associated Infections Unit, Public Health and Surveillance Department, Scientific Institute for Public Health in Brussels, Belgium, and colleagues. "We aimed to assess excess mortality and length of stay in intensive-care units from bloodstream infections and pneumonia." More

Scientists find protein that may help control prostate cancer
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A protein that regulates prostate stem cell self-renewal and also plays a role in the transformation of healthy cells into prostate cancer cells has been identified by U.S. scientists. The findings, which involve the Bmi-1 protein, could prove important in efforts to find ways to control cancer growth and progression, according to the research team, from the University of California, Los Angeles. More

'Natural' HT may have less impact on breast cells
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Differences between hormone preparations make some regimens safer for women's breasts, a new study suggests. Breast cell proliferation rises in response to conjugated equine estrogens. But women in the study who used a natural percutaneous estradiol (E2) gel and a natural oral micronized progesterone tended to have fewer adverse effects, senior researcher Dr. Gunnar Soderqvist of the Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, told Reuters Health. More

Myelin damage potentially reversed using stem cells — hope for multiple sclerosis patients
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Stem cells in the brain were found to regenerate myelin sheath which protect nerve fibers. Myelin also helps conduct electrical signals, impulses; it facilitates the good flow of electricity along the nervous system from the brain. Patients with multiple sclerosis have multiple areas where the myelin has disappeared, leaving a scar. Scientists from Cambridge and Edinburgh University found a biological "switch" which helps stem cells in the brain regenerate myelin in laboratory rats. They wrote about their research in Nature Neuroscience. More

New approach to blocking malaria transmission developed
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Previous studies have shown that mosquitoes with increased oxidative stress in their midgut are resistant to Plasmodium transmission. New research hypothesize that if they can disrupt the function of a cell-surface transport protein called FLVCR that pumps heme out of the cell, it will increase the oxidative stress in the mosquito gut and hamper Plasmodium at a crucial point in the parasite's life cycle. More

Experts find brain enzyme that makes pain last
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Researchers working on mice have found an enzyme in the brain that appears to make pain last after nerve injury and they hope to use it as a new target to treat chronic pain in people. In a paper published in Science magazine, the scientists in Canada and South Korea said they managed to alleviate pain after blocking the enzyme. More

The gene-environment enigma
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Personalized medicine centers on being able to predict the risk of disease or response to a drug based on a person's genetic makeup. But a study by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that, for most common diseases, genes alone only tell part of the story. That's because the environment interacts with DNA in ways that are difficult to predict, even in simple organisms like single-celled yeast, their research shows. More

UN: Cholera-stricken Haiti could affect 650,000
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The United Nations has warned that the cholera epidemic in Haiti could affect many more people than previously believed. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that health officials now estimated that 650,000 people could become infected over the next six months. More

Infidelity might be in the genes
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Genetics might help explain why some people are more prone to infidelity and promiscuity, says a new study. Researchers analyzed the DNA of 181 young adults who provided a complete history of their sexual activity and intimate partnerships. They concluded that the dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) gene plays a major role in sexual behavior. More
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