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November 2012 - Posts

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Belly Button Biodiversity
November 30, 2012 2:01 PM by Kelly Bocich
Ah, the belly button - that quirky, funny-looking and often-ignored portal that once connected each of us to our mothers. I shouldn't have been surprised to see a project called " Belly Button Biodiversity ," but it sure did make me giggle. Researchers, Read More...
Obese-but-Happy Gene: Santa's Secret?
November 27, 2012 8:58 AM by Valerie Newitt
Could the timing be any better? Just as we've launched the season of eggnog, cookies, and all things fattening, we have reason to be jolly. Researchers at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, have discovered new genetic evidence about those who pack Read More...
Health Reform Offers the Potential for Access to Life-Saving Tests
November 20, 2012 8:32 AM by Valerie Newitt
After more than enough pre-presidential election vitriol about the Affordable Care Act and whether it should be the rule of the land or booted out of existence, finally comes some intelligent discourse. Healthcare reform stands poised to save lives, according Read More...
Genetics Influence Pressure to Be Thin
November 16, 2012 2:44 PM by Kelly Bocich
We know that certain genes can mean a predisposition for obesity, but a new study from Michigan State University researchers found that genes may also impact the vulnerability women feel to pressure to be thin. To explore the role of genetic factors in Read More...
Success in Patient Care
November 15, 2012 3:56 PM by Kerri Penno
As he takes the helm as the 2012-2013 President of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Joel M. Shilling, MD, FASCP, compares the collaboration needed for the patient care team to that required in the sport of dragon boating. Dragon boats Read More...
Singing on Pitch May Be in the Genes
November 13, 2012 8:42 AM by Valerie Newitt
Wondering how you'd fare as a contestant on "American Idol" or "The Voice"? Maybe gene sequencing could give you a clue. While research can't predict who viewers will cast votes for in the course of pop TV competitions, it has brought a little more clarity Read More...
Predicting Aggressive Cancers
November 8, 2012 2:32 PM by Kerri Penno
Doctors can best determine whether a woman has an aggressive or slow-growing form of breast cancer by testing the level of a protein in tumors that have spread outside the breast, suggests preliminary research presented at the 2012 American Society for Read More...
Have You Voted Yet?
November 6, 2012 8:44 AM by Valerie Newitt
There were already long lines at the polls as I made my way to work just after 7 a.m. And that's a great thing -- especially at the end of a contentious election season capping off a run for votes by the most philosophically opposed presidential candidates Read More...
COLA Offers Tips to Restore Ops Post-Storm
November 5, 2012 10:05 AM by Kelly Bocich
COLA, a leading laboratory accreditor, released five key tips for laboratories affected by Hurricane Sandy to assist with their recovery efforts. "Hurricane Sandy may well go down as the costliest, most disruptive disaster in the nation's history," said Read More...
Free Education Events
November 2, 2012 1:29 PM by Kelly Bocich
Have you checked out our free webinars schedule lately? Upcoming topics include histology workflow, vitamin D testing, preanalytic quality control, and top trends for the coming year. Workflow Consulting for the Histology Lab Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Read More...
New Direction
November 1, 2012 5:12 PM by Kerri Penno
As 2,000 experts in pathology and laboratory medicine from around the world converge in Boston this week for stimulating presentations, education sessions, and lively discussions on scientific research, trends, and issues facing the pathology and medical Read More...


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