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January 2013 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

Meetings on the Move
January 30, 2013 10:59 AM by Michael Jones
I recently ran the Disney marathon -- It was magical. Also, long. After the race, I proceeded to consume my weight in fried food and chocolate for about a week until I finally evened out and started eating like a normal person again. Of course, I’ve written Read More...
Baby Steps
January 25, 2013 11:46 AM by Michael Jones
Every day, the study of genetics is changing the face of medicine. The more we have come to understand about the human genome, the more we understand when it comes to diagnosis and treatment of our diseases. In a recent story on Medical News Today, a Read More...
Insurance and Genetic Testing
January 23, 2013 5:15 PM by Michael Jones
I've discussed the possibility of genetic discrimination before . As a matter of fact, there’s even a federal law prohibiting health insurers from denying coverage based on an applicant’s genetic code -- the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), Read More...
Sniffing Out C. Diff
January 18, 2013 5:19 PM by Michael Jones
Meet Cliff, a beagle who can do a very interesting trick. In a recent news briefing , some canines like Cliff the Beagle have reportedly been specially trained to detect Clostridum difficile ( C. diff ), a highly contagious infection in healthcare facilities. Read More...
The Never-Ending Influenza
January 16, 2013 4:57 PM by Michael Jones
Despite an effective vaccination to combat an abnormally early start to flu season, hospitals continue to fill. According to an NPR article , this year’s particularly long outbreak has quickly become cause for concern, affecting people of all ages including Read More...
Sick at Work
January 15, 2013 2:32 PM by Valerie Newitt
The Pennsylvania Medical Society just issued the following alert to their physician members and decided to share it with ADVANCE. Herein they suggest 12 things to do to decrease flu transmission in a healthcare setting: The 2013 flu season appears to Read More...
Better Late Than Never
January 11, 2013 11:52 AM by Michael Jones
Everything is louder on my mother’s side of the family. I love it. Before she passed away, my grandmother could be characterized with one word: “Huh?” She would say it like we were perpetually standing next to each other at an ACDC concert. My favorite Read More...
Information Overload
January 9, 2013 12:30 PM by Michael Jones
As medical technology becomes more precise and continues to deliver growing quantities of data, the process of analyzing such large figures can be overwhelming. A recent news briefing from DarkDaily reported unstructured medical laboratory data as “one Read More...
In Print or Online? It's Up to You.
January 7, 2013 1:10 PM by Kelly Bocich
Editor's note: This is a guest blog from Elizabeth Rosto Sitko, managing editor of our sister publication, ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management. Recently, Newsweek published its final print issue . As a magazine enthusiast (I subscribe to many, I've Read More...
Cystic Fibrosis and the Cost of Medicine
January 4, 2013 1:21 PM by Michael Jones
It’s difficult not to get excited about the prospect of genetic medicine, but as the results of research into genetics and personalized medicine continue to soar, so do the prices of disease-treating drugs. A recent story on NPR detailed the history behind Read More...
Jack of All Tests
January 2, 2013 2:26 PM by Michael Jones
In an ever-expanding medical field, advancements in technology aid research to keep up with the changing times. A DarkDaily news release recently discussed the potential impact of computational medicine in a laboratory setting – noting the work of researchers Read More...


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