Pathology Today
Oct. 29, 2014

'Genetic Testing Handbook' provides pathologists, lab managers with comprehensive reference for clinical genome and exome sequencing
Dark Daily
Clinical use of gene sequencing information has advanced to the point where a team of genetic experts has compiled and issued the Genetic Testing Handbook. The goal of the clinical genome and exome sequencing (CGES) handbook is to provide clinicians — including pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists — with a useful reference tool. More

Large, nationwide study links enterovirus to type 1 diabetes
Childhood infection with enterovirus increases the risk of developing type 1 diabetes, new research from Taiwan indicates. This is the first nationwide, retrospective cohort study of the association between type 1 diabetes and enterovirus infection, says Dr. Li, who with lead author Dr. Hsiao-Chuan Lin, also of China Medical University, and colleagues have published their work in Diabetologia. More

Here's what would happen if Ebola was stolen from a lab
Scientists routinely study deadly pathogens like Ebola in order to find ways to fight them and discover potential cures. But what would happen if a sample of Ebola was taken from a lab illegally? Under federal regulations, Ebola is considered a "select agent and toxin" that has the "potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety," and it's illegal to possess, use or transfer a deadly pathogen to another individual without a certificate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says John Kraemer, an expert on infectious diseases and the law at Georgetown University's Department of Health Systems Administration. More

Cigna sues Virginia clinical lab for $84 million
Hartford Courant
Two business units of Cigna Corp. are suing a Virginia-based clinical lab for $84 million, alleging the laboratory unlawfully waived out-of-pocket expenses for patients while billing the insurer at "exorbitant and unjustified 'phantom' rates." Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. and Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. filed the lawsuit against Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc., of Richmond, Va., on Oct. 15 in U.S. District Court in Connecticut. More

Google partners to create cancer genomics cloud platform
HIT Consultant
The Research at Google team is partnering with the Institute for Systems Biology and SRA International, Inc to develop a Cancer Genomics Cloud. The platform will serve as a large-scale data repository and provide the computational infrastructure necessary to carry out cancer genomics research at unprecedented scales. More

Lab technician: Intense but fulfilling job
Chicago Tribune
Denisa Mateev said her job as a hospital laboratory associate can be rewarding — and intense. Mateev, 32, works at NorthShore University Health Systems in Evanston, Illinois, where her job as a laboratory scientist involves performing sophisticated testing and analysis on different specimens, such as blood, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, nasal fluid and genital swabs to help physicians make a diagnosis. More

Understanding of genomic landscape of thyroid cancer
News Medical
A new comprehensive analysis of thyroid cancer from The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network has identified markers of aggressive tumors, which could allow for better targeting of appropriate treatments to individual patients. The finding suggests the potential to reclassify the disease based on genetic markers and moves thyroid cancer into a position to benefit more from precision medicine.More

Physician-patient email communication on rise
Health Data Management
A new study from Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) offers some early insights into the effects of increasing numbers of emailed communications on doctors, suggesting that reimbursement models and physician workflow may need to adjust to accommodate message management. More