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February 2017 Issue of The Pathologist

Welcome to our February issue. After the success of its inaugural appearance, we’re presenting another new Case of the Month… are your diagnostic capabilities up to snuff? Our Upfront articles cover improved metrics for NAFLD prediction, and why screening for herpes in asymptomatic individuals may not be the best course of action. Patrick Myles writes an In My View article suggesting that pathologists take a look outside biomedicine for digital inspiration. Our Feature looks at the ethics of genomic data collection – and learning to deal with both its benefits and complexities. In Practice explains the importance of standardized diagnostics, NextGen covers the secrets of cellular senescence, and Profession focuses on humanitarian initiatives in pathology. We Sit Down With Jerad Gardner, social media aficionado and Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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Articles featured in this issue

Subspecialties Neurology

Home of the Brave

| Fedra Pavlou

The USA's favourite pastime comes under scrutiny for its implication in neurodegenerative diseases

Diagnostics Histology

Case of the Month

| William Aryitey

Can you diagnose this soft tissue tumor from three stains and a brief synopsis?

Outside the Lab Screening and monitoring

Bad to the Bone

| William Aryitey

Adherence for osteroporosis therapy is poor, but how can doctors tell if patients skip their meds?

Subspecialties Screening and monitoring

Subpar Screening

| William Aryitey

Is screening for herpes in asymptomatic people really worth the deficits?

Subspecialties Microscopy and imaging

Prostate Protection

| William Aryitey

Superfluous prostate biopsies may be a thing of the past thanks to MP-MRI

Subspecialties Liquid biopsy

Venerated Vesicles

| William Aryitey

How can gold and extracellular vesicles help diagnose pancreatic cancer?

Subspecialties Genetics and epigenetics

Forecasting Fatalities

| William Aryitey

Transcriptomic analysis may help predict the survival rate of Ebola patients

Diagnostics Microbiology and immunology

Protecting the Last Resort

| William Aryitey

There may be a way to detect resistance to the emergency antibiotic colistin

Outside the Lab Clinical care

FLI on the Wall

| William Aryitey

Predicting NAFLD has become a lot more effective with the extended FLI

Inside the Lab Bioinformatics

Digital is Inevitable. What Now?

| Patrick Myles

Here’s how pathology can draw inspiration from the digital realm outside medicine

Diagnostics Bioinformatics

Drowning in Data

| Harriet Feilotter

How can we best utilize the sea of data that surrounds us?

Diagnostics Bioinformatics

Genetic Panel Testing: Points of View (Steven Ralston)

| Steven Ralston

Steven Ralston discusses the ups and downs of genetic panel testing

Diagnostics Bioinformatics

Genetic Panel Testing: Points of View (Marilyn Bui)

| Marilyn Bui

Marilyn Bui gives her take on the benefits and deficits of genetic panel testing

Diagnostics Bioinformatics

The Power of Pedigree

| Leigh Stott

How important is family pedigree in genetic panel testing counseling?

Diagnostics Bioinformatics

Is More Always Better?

| Jessica Mozersky

Does the old axiom hold up when talking about genetic panel testing?

Diagnostics Bioinformatics

Justice Prevails?

| William Aryitey

Key points in genetic testing history haven't just occur in the lab. Courtrooms have also been highly influential

Outside the Lab Quality assurance and quality control

Toward Higher Standards in Viral Diagnostics

| Neil Almond

Standardization has a vital role in making sure tests stay accurate and reliable

Inside the Lab Bioinformatics

Hotline to Predictive Healthcare

| William Aryitey

In Punjab, a dengue fever hotline has evolved into a sophisticated forecasting tool

Subspecialties Cytology

The Secrets of Senescence

| Vassilis Gorgoulis

A new method for detecting cell senescence originates in an old technique

Outside the Lab Profession

A Plan Without Money is Tragic…

| Dan A. Milner, Jr, Fedra Pavlou

What can be done to assist labs and patients in resource-limited countries?

Subspecialties Clinical care

Industry Insights In…

| Mark Miller

Awareness of infectious disease disagnostics have increased with the prevalence of high-profile outbreaks

Outside the Lab Profession

Social Superstar

| Fedra Pavlou

Jerad Gardner, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Dermatology, University of Arkansas

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