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ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

Labs Help Limit Olympic Cheating
July 31, 2012 1:03 PM by Valerie Newitt
Olympians have provided more than the thrill of competition to an international audience. They have also provided job security for those laboratorians in the UK charged with carrying out drug testing on the athletes. Drug scandals have made headlines Read More...
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Today is World Hepatitis Day
July 27, 2012 8:23 AM by Kelly Bocich
July 27th marks World Hepatitis Day, an annual day founded by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness for people living with hepatitis and promote the importance for testing and treatment. Hepatitis C (HCV) continues to be a growing concern Read More...
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CAP Program Recognized
July 26, 2012 1:28 PM by Kerri Penno
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) recently was recognized by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) with a 2011 Excellence in Practice Award for the Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration (USFNA) AP3 program and an Excellence Read More...
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The Things You Hear Flying Home from AACC
July 24, 2012 8:41 AM by Valerie Newitt
Just when you think you've picked the bone bare, another meaty morsel turns up... After spending the best part of a week in Los Angeles at the information-packed 2012 AACC/ASCLS, I was strapped into my US Airways seat only to hear bad news - the flight Read More...
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At AACC/ASCLS: Tweets of the Week
July 20, 2012 1:06 PM by Kelly Bocich
Following a conference hashtag (e.g., #AACC2012) is a great way for both attendees and those unable to make it to keep up with the happenings in sessions and the exhibit hall. We've enjoyed following along all week during the AACC/ASCLS Annual Meetings. Read More...
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At AACC/ASCLS: Honoring 2012 Award Winners
July 19, 2012 11:12 AM by Kelly Bocich
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) honored nine scientists for their outstanding achievements at its annual awards ceremony today. AACC President Greg Miller, PhD, presented the awards. Eric D. Green, MD, PhD received the Wallace H. Read More...
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At AACC/ASCLS: Siemens Offers Information and Iron Man, Too
July 16, 2012 9:37 AM by Valerie Newitt
In pre-conference literature, Seimens Healthcare Diagnostics proclaimed, "The heart of a hero beats in every lab professional." Nice. But where is that sentiment really going? It's making a beeline for Siemens booth 1701 where attendees can meet ... (drum Read More...
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At AACC/ASCLS: So Much to Learn, So Little Time
July 16, 2012 9:31 AM by Valerie Newitt
Hollywood is but a stone's throw away, but tinseltown can't hold a candle to the glow of opportunity right here at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the goings-on at AACC-ACLS 2012. With endless chances for learning and discovery, the biggest dilemma Read More...
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At AACC/ASCLS: Film Array and Blood Culture Panels... with Breakfast
July 16, 2012 9:19 AM by Valerie Newitt
FilmArray's respiratory panel - a simultaneous multiplex PCR detection system -- made a positive stir with its 15-target panel. But Idaho Technology has gone a step further and has announced a 20-target Film Array respiratory panel, now FDA approved. Read More...
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Excellence in Practice
July 12, 2012 4:08 PM by Kerri Penno
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) was recently recognized by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) with a 2011 Excellence in Practice Award for the Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration (USFNA) AP3 program and an Excellence Read More...
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The Safety Lady Is Headed to L.A.
July 10, 2012 9:13 AM by Valerie Newitt
Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP), MAed, known to many as The Safety Lady, has often been sighted (and cited) in the pages of ADVANCE . Her expertise in lab safety has been translated into published articles, books, DVD and webinars. If you happen to be attending Read More...
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19% Unhappy with LIS
July 9, 2012 4:04 PM by Kelly Bocich
This item from Healthcare IT News caught my eye today-19% of hospitals are unhappy with their current laboratory information system and plan to replace them, citing mostly the need for EHR integration and improved efficiency. The report, by healthcare Read More...
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Healthcare Cost Differentials: Sickening
July 3, 2012 9:05 AM by Valerie Newitt
If medical consumers knew the costs of various tests upfront, would they still have them? According to a provocative new UCSF analysis, patients are all too often left in the dark about how and what hospitals charge for their medical care - even in the Read More...
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