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Dec. 28, 2010
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As 2010 comes to a close, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ASCLS eNewsBytes, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. The news brief will resume publication on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

Laboratory technician: One of the 50 best careers of 2010
U.S.News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Clinical lab technicians and technologists are very much the unsung heroes of the health care industry. You'll be behind the scenes, generating the critical data that physicians will use to make their diagnoses. You'll perform tests or prepare tissue specimens for examination. More

First US stem cells transplanted into spinal cord
CNN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the first time in the United States, stem cells have been directly injected into the spinal cord of a patient, researchers announced. Doctors injected stem cells from 8-week-old fetal tissue into the spine of a man in his early 60s who has advanced ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It was part of a clinical trial designed to determine whether it is safe to inject stem cells into the spinal cord and whether the cells themselves are safe. More

MRSA found in 4 percent of health care workers; most are health care related strains
Medscape Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Approximately 4 percent of health care workers tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a large screening effort, a new analysis reports. Carlos Guerra, MD, from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., presented the findings here at the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections 2010. The researchers sought to determine the prevalence and genotypes of MRSA isolates from various groups of health care workers, and to evaluate the effectiveness of eradication therapy with nasal mupirocin. More

Lab medicine outlook
Clinical Laboratory News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The first decade of the 21st Century by any measure has been transformative for lab medicine. Pharmacogenetics (PGx), point-of-care testing (POCT), lab automation, and LEAN went beyond buzzwords to become mainstream realities. Evidence mounted about certain biomarkers and pushed them into the limelight, while others fell out of favor. Still others that showed great promise have yet to make their mark on clinical practice. The field of lab medicine also sharpened its focus on standardizing and improving the analytical performance of assays, and on the methods used to report lab-related research. More

Paper diagnostic for instantaneous blood typing
American Chemical Society    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Agglutinated blood transports differently onto paper than stable blood with well dispersed red cells. This difference was investigated to develop instantaneous blood typing tests using specific antibody−antigen interactions to trigger blood agglutination. Two series of experiments were performed. The first related the level of agglutination and the fluidic properties of blood on its transport in paper. More

More physicians using smart phones to access lab test results and other clinical information
Dark Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the advent of data-capable smart phones, disease management is taking a giant step forward. That has important implications for pathologists and clinical laboratory manager, who need to ensure that their medical laboratory information systems are ready for access by smart phones and other wireless devices used by clinicians. Recent surveys show that physicians increasingly use their smart phones and other mobile devices to view test results and communicate with patients. More

Diagnosis and management of H. pylori infection
MedscapeCME    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A clinical review in the April 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine provides information on how to detect, diagnose, treat, and manage Helicobacter pylori infection. "Infection with H. pylori is a cofactor in the development of three important upper gastrointestinal diseases: duodenal or gastric ulcers (reported to develop in one to 10 percent of infected patients), gastric cancer (in 0.1 to 3 percent) and gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid-tissue (MALT) lymphoma (in <0.01 percen)," writes Kenneth E. L. McColl, MD, from the Division of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, Gardiner Institute, Glasgow, United Kingdom. "The risk of these disease outcomes in infected patients varies widely among populations. The great majority of patients with H. pylori infection will not have any clinically significant complications." More

Human trial for leukemia vaccine
CBS News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new treatment for leukemia to stop the disease from returning following chemotherapy treatment or a bone marrow transplant has been developed by British researchers and will be now be available for patients in a clinical trial at King's College London. The new vaccine, as reported in the London Telegraph, is for the most common form of adult leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia (or acute myelogenous leukemia), which usually recurs in half of all cases even after aggressive treatment. More

Rising threat of infections unfazed by antibiotics
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A minor-league pitcher in his younger days, Richard Armbruster kept playing baseball recreationally into his 70s, until his right hip started bothering him. Last February he went to a St. Louis hospital for what was to be a routine hip replacement. By late March, Armbruster, then 78, was dead. After a series of postsurgical complications, the final blow was a bloodstream infection that sent him into shock and resisted treatment with antibiotics. Not until the day Armbruster died did a laboratory culture identify the organism that had infected him: Acinetobacter baumannii. More

The transformation of medicine: Labs key to new paradigm
Clinical Laboratory News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tackling an emotionally, financially, and physically draining disease poised to exact a huge toll on society in the coming decade. Harnessing the power of the most sophisticated biological, analytical, and mathematical constructs to understand wellness and disease parameters for individual patients. Using cutting-edge molecular science to reprogram cells and bring personalized and regenerative medicine closer to reality. More
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