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  • More Than Just a Number

    To work in the clinical laboratory profession is to be someone that upholds the highest standards of quality and patient safety, right? I think the majority of my colleagues would agree with that. Working in our profession, we do have the ability to say honestly that we save lives every day, but there is something about that statement ...
    Posted to New to the Lab (Weblog) on May 2, 2016
  • Consequences of Flint’s Water Crisis, Part 2

    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 stops, the effects could last for years—or can even become permanent. Making future ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 16, 2016
  • Consequences of Flint’s Water Crisis, Part 1

    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, a state of emergency for the area was declared. This water crisis stems from the city ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on February 17, 2016
  • Genetics and Litigation

    In recent months, there has been a lot of litigation and government influence regarding companies offering genetic sequencing services. Following the memorable SCOTUS ruling against Myriad Genetics in June and the company’s subsequent law suit involving Ambry Genetics, the FDA joined in on further regulatory disputes with a cease-and-desist ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on December 11, 2013
  • Generic OxyContin Not Approved By FDA

    The idea of making a potentially dangerous drug less prone to abuse is something that stands out in the effort to stop prescription drug misuse in the United States. Many companies have incorporated time release capsules to curb the possibility of abuse, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. According to a recent New York Times piece, Purdue ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on April 19, 2013
  • "Bedless Hospitals"

    The introduction of two new hospital facilities in the US marks the beginning of a shift in the healthcare industry. According to a recent news release from Dark Daily, a nationwide change from inpatient- to outpatient-based treatment approaches has resulted in the construction of “bedless hospitals.” In preparation for changes due to the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on April 3, 2013
  • In the Genes

    The ethical implications of genetic sequencing are really only just beginning to be fully realized, and these questions continue to contribute to the growing debate over information provided by the human genome.  A recent story from NPR chronicled Henrietta Lacks and the surprisingly indefinite life of her cells. In the article, Rebecca ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 27, 2013
  • Real Life Gattaca?

    I remember studying genetics in high school biology and watching Gattaca (1997), which genuinely blew my mind. On its own, genome sequencing seemed like a concept that science ripped directly from the pages of fiction.  I could barely wrap my mind around it -- let alone the ethics of its practice. As technology continues to advance, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on December 7, 2012