Pathology Today
Nov. 26, 2014

Real-time genome sequencing helps control hospital outbreak
Medical Xpress
Pioneering use of whole genome sequencing in real time to help control a hospital outbreak is reported in an article published in the open access journal Genome Medicine. The research corroborates the use of the technique as a rapid and cost-effective way of tracking and controlling the spread of drug-resistant hospital pathogens. More

Whistleblower lawsuits at US clinical pathology laboratories are rising
Dark Daily
Whistleblower activity across the medical laboratory industry seems to be increasing. This can be both a positive and a negative trend for pathologists and clinical laboratory managers. On the positive side, a whistleblower lawsuit that is joined by the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorney generals is one way to curb the illegal marketing and business practices of those medical lab companies willing to gain a competitive market advantage by pushing their interpretation of federal and state laws beyond legal limits. More

Why are drug costs so high in the United States?
The United States has the dubious honor of paying the highest costs for drugs in the world, even compared with other wealthy nations, such as Canada, Germany, and Japan. The difference in price can often be substantial, especially among the newer and very costly agents that have recently come on the market. In this in-depth feature, Medscape Medical News examines the reasons for this. The story starts at a "watershed" moment two years ago.More

New biomarker detects and treats cancer tumors at same time
Scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have created a new biological marker for cancer patients that lights up tumor cells and treats disease with drugs at the same time. The breakthrough biomarker is a nanophosphor particle ten thousand times smaller than a grain of sand, which lights up when it detects tumor cells to allow scientists to take a better look.More

Report: Florida has worst physician shortage
Fierce Healthcare
Despite recent suggestions that concerns about the primary care physician shortage may be overblown, the problem is especially pronounced at the state level, with Florida coming up shortest, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.More

Changing the culture to one of safety
Laboratory Equipment
The frequency of both serious and fatal lab accidents in academic chemistry labs in the past few years has become increasingly alarming. Recent high-profile incidents have thrust lab safety into the mainstream spotlight, and have illustrated the fact that many current university safety guidelines and systems are inadequate. Both the National Research Council and U.S. government have responded to the crisis — one with a report and recommended action steps, and the other with a new policy to take effect September 2015. More

'Blind spots' in DNA may conceal cancer genes
Medical News Today
Although gene-reading technology is advanced and sophisticated, there are certain parts of DNA that it does not cope with perfectly; for instance, there are repetitive areas of DNA that cause the machinery to "stutter." But there is a way to examine these "blind spots" and discover if they conceal cancer genes. More

Medicare price cuts may slow total overall hospital spending growth
Dark Daily
Contrary to the predictions of some analysts, a recent study suggests that slowing Medicare price growth by lowering hospital reimbursements will slow hospital utilization and spending for all age groups. For pathologists and clinical laboratory managers, the study represents credible evidence that cuts in Medicare prices cause a measurable and linked decrease in hospital utilization for both the elderly and the non-elderly.More