ASCT Viewpoint
Feb. 11, 2015

RNA test for HPV helps stratify cervical cancer risk
Cancer Network
A test for several dangerous strains of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) using messenger RNA was shown to be reliable and effective for cervical cancer risk stratification among women with atypical results of a Papanicolaou (Pap) test, according to the results of a new study.More

2015 Annual Student Interesting Case Presentation Competition
The ASCT invites all current cytotechnology students to apply for participation in the 2015 Annual Student Interesting Case Presentation Competition being held at the 2015 ASCT Conference, May 1-3, in Nashville, TN. ASCT student member conference registrations, and the awards for the top three presenters, will be sponsored by the ASCT Foundation. The submission deadline is March 6, 2015. See the guidelines for submission, submission form, and informational letter.

Conference registration is now open for the ASCT 2015 Annual Scientific Conference!
Click here for all the information you need to join this great educational and networking opportunity. More

Cervical cancer awareness campaign uses smeared lipstick selfies
Medical Daily
Selfies are uploaded by the millions every single day, but it isn't often they're posted for the purpose of saving women's lives. Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust in the United Kingdom has launched a selfie campaign like none other called #SmearForSmear. The clever campaign title is trying to spread awareness in order to get more women into doctors' offices for their routine Pap smears.More

Studies show little benefit from too-frequent Pap tests
The Huffington Post
January was Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. While annual Pap test screenings in the past 30 years have reduced the cervical cancer rate by 50 percent, it isn't the only way to detect cervical cancer. As it turns out, we only need to have one every three years. A newly released survey from the National Association of Nurse Practitioners and Healthy Women found women and their doctors resistant to change in cervical cancer screening. To help ease some of this fear, let's look at the reasoning behind the new guidelines. More

University team studying why so few Virginia girls get HPV vaccine
Daily Progress
A University of Virginia study is asking why so many Virginia girls are not getting vaccinated for human papillomavirus. About 28 percent of adolescent girls in Virginia received all three doses of the HPV vaccine last year, compared with 38 percent of girls nationally. This is a major concern because HPV is often a precursor for cervical, anal and oral cancer, said Jessica Keim-Malpass, an assistant professor in the university's School of Nursing. More

Despite CDC and doctors' recommendations, parents still wary of HPV vaccine
It's a vaccine to help prevent a deadly form of cancer that many parents are hesitant to allow their children to receive. More than 4,000 women die of cervical cancer each year. The American Cancer Society recommends women aged 30 to 65 have an HPV test with their pap smear every five years to detect cervical cancer. ACS also recommends that girls receive the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12. More

Bill would require HPV vaccine for Nevada school enrollment
The Associated Press via KLAS-TV
A bill introduced in the state Senate would require Nevada children to be vaccinated against HPV in order to enroll in public or private school or daycare. SB117 was introduced but hasn't been scheduled for a hearing. State law already requires some vaccines for enrollment, including diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, rubella and measles. Children can be excused for religious or medical reasons.More

CDC installing cameras in labs in agency-wide safety push
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has introduced camera monitoring of workers in its highest-level biosafety laboratories as it seeks to restore public faith in its procedures after a series of mishaps, agency officials tell Reuters. More

How is the measles outbreak affecting the healthcare industry?
By Danielle Wegert
Douglas Coupland once said, "Adventure without risk is Disneyland." However, he clearly wasn’t considering the health risks of high-volume amusement parks, like Disneyland. But, these places are a breeding ground for disease, as was made apparent by the recent measles outbreak stemming from the theme park. The outbreak began in December and, to date, there are 119 confirmed cases in the country. "As more people opt against vaccinating their children (or themselves), these childhood illnesses will become more prevalent again," Sarah Gaines-Hill, an infection control registered nurse in Anaheim, California, said.More

How (and why) chemists figured out how to unboil an egg
The Washington Post
You can't unscramble an egg. But you can unboil it. That's what chemists with University of California, Irvine, and South Australia's Flinders University managed to do, and their findings were published in the journal ChemBioChem. All it took was a chemical solution and a machine that spins at high speeds. No, the study wasn't intended to figure out just how to unboil eggs. These aren't precious commodities. If you accidentally boil one, just grab another. Rather, the eggs were used as a proxy for a much more serious endeavor: making cancer research more time and cost efficient.More