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March 2012 - Posts

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Peanuts, Cracker Jacks & Blood Donations
March 30, 2012 2:40 PM by Kelly Bocich
The office building behind mine used to hold a blood drive every three months or so, and I would take a long lunch and go donate just about every time. They stopped holding them a year or so ago (at least, I stopped hearing about them), and now I don't Read More...
Three Questions
March 29, 2012 3:33 PM by Kerri Penno
Career expert Steve Langerud, director of professional opportunities at DePauw University and workplace consultant ( ) tells ADVANCE interviewers should ask themselves three simple questions about candidates for their facility: Read More...
Would You Get YOUR Genome Sequenced?
March 28, 2012 12:16 PM by Valerie Newitt
If you could have your genome sequenced and unlock all of the secrets your DNA holds, would you? I asked that question of Dr. Robert Daber, technical director of Clinical Genomics at the Center for Personalized Diagnostics, and Dr. Jennifer Morrissette, Read More...
Dreaming of a Summer Without Poison Ivy
March 27, 2012 9:18 AM by Valerie Newitt
Here on the East Coast we've had the earliest spring in recent memory - cherry blossoms have bloomed more than a month early, and already the magnolia trees are dropping their colorful blooms across already-in-need-of-mowing lawns. With showy flora a Read More...
State Slogans, State Flowers, State... Microbes?
March 23, 2012 12:28 PM by Kelly Bocich
I got a kick out of this from the Dark Daily this morning. Hawaii's House of Representatives passed a bill that would recognize the bacterium Nesiotobacter exalbescens as the state's official microbe. We've seen how clever our readers are, so when I saw Read More...
Fungal Infections On the Rise?
March 22, 2012 2:24 PM by Kelly Bocich
I was catching up on recent coverage from some of our sister publications today, when this article from ADVANCE for Nurses caught my attention. Advances in medicine have, undoubtedly, extended our longevity. In ICUs, this means fungal infections may have Read More...
Work/Life Balance Advice
March 21, 2012 2:45 PM by Lynn
The majority of us are finding it more difficult to keep our heads above water with professional and personal responsibilities piling up. Years ago I heard such a strong time management-related advice from clinical laboratory consultant Christopher Frings, Read More...
His and Hers: Rare Genetic Disorders Lead to Love
March 20, 2012 9:48 AM by Valerie Newitt
If ever there was a rose among the thorns, this is it. Loyola University Health System recently issued a news release about husband and wife Thomas and Laureen Lash, both born with rare genetic disorders that have prevented them from growing taller than Read More...
Get Your Name Out: Contribute to ADVANCE
March 16, 2012 8:34 AM by Kelly Bocich
The online edition of ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory is seeking new bloggers and columnists. Do you have a particular area of expertise or interest as well as a desire to share your ideas and communicate with colleagues? If you specialize Read More...
March 15, 2012 4:28 PM by Kerri Penno
In a recent article sent to ADVANCE , Sean Belanger, chief executive officer of CSDVRS, the parent company of Stratus Video, expounded upon the amazing advances in healthcare due to telemedicine. "Many illnesses defy diagnosis and ingenious specialists Read More...
Penn’s Amazing Achievements
March 14, 2012 10:44 AM by Lynn
The ADVANCE team toured the wonderful laboratories at University of Pennsylvania/Penn Medicine last week. I wanted to help spread the word of some of their significant achievements. For example, a new treatment for leukemia, called CART 19, has proven Read More...
Holy Flu Virus, Batman!
March 13, 2012 8:23 AM by Valerie Newitt
It's enough to make you go batty. A never-before-seen strain of influenza A virus has been discovered, this time in bats. Its risk to humans, if any, has not been ascertained. While Russian virologists claimed to have discovered just such a virus half Read More...
Happy International Women's Day
March 8, 2012 3:48 PM by Kerri Penno
In honor of International Women's Day, we've gathered the latest features and resources on women's health issues. In a profession with so many strong female leaders, which has such an impact on the lives and health of women everywhere, let's commemorat Read More...
Diagnostic Imperfection Could Land You in Court
March 6, 2012 9:40 AM by Valerie Newitt
This ABC News commentary by Kim Carolla tells about parents suing over the prenatal misdiagnosis of their child's Down syndrome. This gives me pause. It begs the question as to whether there is a legal responsibility for diagnostic proclamations. It seems Read More...
Useful Apps for Laboratorians
March 2, 2012 12:18 PM by Kelly Bocich
I recently asked our Facebook followers about lab or science related apps they use on their smartphones or tablets. Turns out, there are quite a few valuable apps that laboratorians use as part of their professional lives. Here are a few our readers pointed Read More...
Spring Cleaning
March 1, 2012 12:12 PM by Kerri Penno
Here in southeastern Pennsylvania, we're experiencing one of the mildest winters I've ever seen. Whereas last year, we were getting hammered with snowstorm after snowstorm, this year--knock on wood--with the exception of one early storm in October, we've Read More...


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