Lurking Below: NIH Study Reveals Surprising New Source of Antibiotic Resistance That Will Interest Microbiologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists

Genomic analysis of pipes and sewers leading from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Care Center in Bethesda, Md., reveals the presence of carbapenem-resistant organisms; raises concern about the presence of multi-drug-resistant bacteria previously undetected in hospital settings If hospitals and medical laboratories are battlegrounds, then microbiologists and clinical laboratory professionals are frontline soldiers in the ongoing fight against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and...

Potential New Clinical Laboratory Urine Test for TB Could Speed Up Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease That Kills 1.7 Million People Each Year

Public health agencies and physicians would gain access to accurate, rapid dip-stick test that could give results similar to a pregnancy test Tuberculosis is a major killer that ranks alongside HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death worldwide. This deadly disease takes the lives of more than a million people each year. And, unfortunately, traditional medical laboratory testing using X-rays, blood/skin/sputum specimens, or the new molecular diagnostic systems can be time consuming and expensive....

Naval Medical Center Study Reveals More than One-third of Genetic Tests are Misordered; Clinical Laboratories Critical to Improving Lab Test Utilization

Pathologists and clinical lab managers can help physicians more effectively select appropriate genetic tests and better interpret results to identify the most appropriate therapies for their patients Clinical laboratories and pathology groups aren’t the only healthcare providers being scrutinized for cost cutting and workflow efficiencies. Physicians ordering genetic tests are now in the spotlight thanks to a study of genetic test misordering by one healthcare institution. In her award-winning...

Genetic Fingerprint Helps Researchers Identify Aggressive Prostate Cancer from Non-Aggressive Types and Determine if Treatment Will Be Effective

New discoveries about the genetics of prostate cancer could lead to better tools for diagnosing the disease and selecting effective therapies based on each patient’s specific physiology In recent decades, the biggest challenge for urologists, and for the pathologists who diagnosed the prostate tissue specimens they referred, has been how to accurately differentiate between non-aggressive prostate cancer, which can exist for decades with no apparent symptoms, and aggressive prostate cancer that...

Biomarker Trends Are Auspicious for Pathologists and Clinical Laboratories

Few anatomical tools hold more potential to revolutionize the science of diagnostics than biomarkers, and pathologists and medical laboratories will be first in line to put these powerful tools to use helping patients with chronic diseases There’s good news for both anatomic pathology laboratories and medical laboratories worldwide. Large numbers of clinically-useful new biomarkers continue to be validated and are in development for use in diagnostic tests and therapeutic drugs. Clinical...