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January 2012 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

'The Rabbit Died!'
January 26, 2012 4:17 PM by Kerri Penno
Here in the ADVANCE office today, we got on the topic of outdated laboratory practices. From mouth pipetting (shudder!), to smoking and even eating lunch at the bench, we've heard some crazy stories from our readers about how things used to be. As we Read More...
Data on Health Improvement Goals Released
January 25, 2012 1:14 PM by Lynn
The National Priorities Partnership (NPP), a group of healthcare leaders convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF), just released case studies addressing application of priorities for improving healthcare. Specifically, the case studies explore ways Read More...
Improved Diagnostic Tools Lead Way to Better Patient Outcomes
January 24, 2012 8:49 AM by Valerie Newitt
A massive new-millennium expansion of medical arts has everything to do with technology; as capabilities race forward, so do the practical, implementable benefits to laboratorians, diagnosticians, direct care providers, and ultimately patients. Check Read More...
On the Hunt
January 19, 2012 3:49 PM by Kerri Penno
(Editor's Note: This blog post is brought to you by Managing Editor Kerri Hatt.) Are you looking for a job? Career blogger Penelope Trunk tells us nearly 75 percent of workers are. In fact, she says most people change jobs every 2 years, and it can be Read More...
Feeling Under the Weather?
January 18, 2012 10:35 AM by Lynn
There’s a reason “under the weather” describes a person’s health status: Scientists have found a link between La Nina patterns and flu epidemics. According to an article in Summit County Voice, climate patterns affect bird migrations and, therefore, genetic Read More...
Preparing for Lab Week
January 16, 2012 11:37 AM by Kelly Bocich
As supervisors, managers or directors of clinical laboratories, National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (April 22-28) is an important time to express appreciation for your laboratorians, set aside some time to celebrate and, perhaps most importantly, Read More...
New Standard Assists in Better Diagnosis of Cytomegalovirus
January 13, 2012 7:52 AM by Jill Hoffman
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a new clinical Standard Reference Material (SRM) that will help healthcare professionals more accurately diagnose and treat cytomegalovirus (CMV). Many of the antiviral agents used to moderate Read More...
Stem Cell Therapy: More Encouraging News
January 11, 2012 9:38 AM by Lynn
I’m very interested in advances with stem cell therapy. In fact, I recently blogged about the latest advances and revealed that I was a stem cell donor for my late brother, Todd. Today there’s positive news on the potential impact stem cell therapy has Read More...
New AACC President Seeks to Expand Group’s Influence on Lab Medicine
January 10, 2012 7:25 AM by Jill Hoffman
On Jan. 1, Greg Miller, PhD, assumed the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) presidency for a 12-month term. Dr. Miller has said key areas of focus during his term will be expanding AACC's member services and influence on laboratory medicine. Read More...


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