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Consequences of Flint’s Water Crisis, Part 2
March 16, 2016 11:11 AM by Lindsey Nolen
A major challenge facing the Flint community in years to come will be identifying which children are at the highest risk of contamination-related problems and determining all future evidence of injury. This will be critical because, even after lead exposure Read More...
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Consequences of Flint’s Water Crisis, Part 1
February 17, 2016 4:28 PM by Lindsey Nolen
No one expects having to fear consumption of their local water supply. Yet residents of Flint, Mich., are currently experiencing just that due to the city’s self-induced water crisis. After dangerous amounts of lead were found in Flint’s drinking water, Read More...
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Vaccination Perspectives
February 17, 2015 3:35 PM by Michael Jones
A combination of the continued national debate over the connection between autism and vaccines -- despite the hypothesized link having long-since been disproved -- and events like the measles outbreak spawning from Disneyland have led to a lot of vaccination-related Read More...
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Ebola Vaccines
January 23, 2015 4:37 PM by Michael Jones
While the Ebola outbreak continues to impact much of West Africa, it appears to be starting to fade at last. According to a recent article in the New York Times , healthcare companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Merck have will be introducing vaccines for Read More...
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New NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy
December 11, 2014 5:23 PM by Michael Jones
In the age of readily available genetic sequencing, the overabundance of data has been noted around the globe. As big data solutions become more common and diverse, the concept of data sharing has been a focal point of discussions regarding the future Read More...
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Unsung Heroes
August 29, 2014 1:53 PM by Michael Jones
I’ve discussed the spread of the Zaire ebolavirus before , but as it continues to overwhelm countries in West Africa, scientists have been able to track the virus in real time. A recent article from NPR followed a team of researchers as they collected Read More...
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A Trip Down Memory Lane
May 10, 2013 12:15 PM by Michael Jones
There’s a scene in the 60s-era AMC series “Mad Men” that involves a pregnant woman smoking and drinking while her friend’s child runs around with a dry cleaning bag over her head. All of this happens in the space of about a minute, and there are so many Read More...
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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...
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Heavy Eyelids and Heavier Feet
December 12, 2012 1:12 PM by Michael Jones
Are you lost without that morning cup of coffee before starting your first set of runs? Apparently athletes are too. The use of caffeine in day-of-the-race energy supplements is common and widely accepted as helpful for athletes during endurance competitions Read More...
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Are There Any (Good) Reasons to Avoid a Flu Shot?
September 6, 2012 8:54 AM by Valerie Newitt
My cousin won't get a flu shot. No amount of urging or cajoling will get her to take what could be a life-saving step. Though post-menopausal, she also doesn't believe in mammograms or colonoscopies, so suffice it to say she is healthcare-challenged. Read More...
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‘Serious Reportable Events’ Update
December 21, 2011 9:00 AM by Lynn
The National Quality Forum (NQF) has finalized its list of Serious Reportable Events (SREs) , a compilation of serious, largely preventable and harmful clinical events designed to help the healthcare field assess, measure and report performance on providing Read More...
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Annual Resource Directory Coming Soon
November 16, 2011 9:59 AM by Lynn
As ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory is in its 20 th year of serving the clinical laboratory management community, we're so excited to bring you the latest edition of our annual resource directory. The staff has been working diligently on pulling Read More...
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Disaster Planning Strategy Shared
November 9, 2011 9:44 AM by Lynn
If you recall in the September editorial of ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory , I asked for strategies on how hospitals plan for potential disasters. Input from across the country continues to come in, so for that, I thank you! Here’s some Read More...
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Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster?
August 24, 2011 9:50 AM by Lynn
Yesterday's earthquake that shook the northeastern part of the U.S. was quite unexpected and unsettling, to say the least. While Californians may be used to tremors, those of us in the northeast initially didn't realize what was happening. Many offices Read More...
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Academy for Lab Safety Excellence
October 22, 2010 10:19 AM by Kelly Graham
ADVANCE friend Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP), aka "The Safety Lady," has great news to share about a special program to help lab staffs discover the secrets to lab safety. The Academy for Laboratory Safety Excellence will: help you navigate the complex regulations Read More...
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