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September 2015 Issue of The Pathologist

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Articles featured in this issue

Diagnostics Profession

Collaborate or Crash

To fail to change is to fail patients

Outside the Lab Hematology

The Uberification of Phlebotomy

| Roisin McGuigan

Need a blood sample? There’s an app for that…

Inside the Lab Oncology

Game-Changer or Media Sensation?

| Roisin McGuigan

Predictive test shows promise in catching breast cancer relapse, but caution urged over sensationalist headlines

Subspecialties Forensics

A New Forensic Body Clock

A novel approach using muscle protein could be used to more accurately predict time of death

Inside the Lab Omics

Pregnancy Risk Predictor

| Roisin McGuigan

Will the risk of miscarriage or the promise of twins make it into at-home tests?

Diagnostics Microbiology and immunology

Molecular Testing Makes All the (C.) Diff

| Roisin McGuigan

Diagnosing Clostridium difficile infection with molecular methods alone could lead to overdiagnosis in around 50 percent of patients

Diagnostics Hematology

The Osteoporosis Oracle

What do geochemistry, biology and space science have in common? They’ve all come together to develop a new, real-time test for bone disease

Diagnostics Digital and computational pathology

The Digital View

| Guiseppe Lippi

Manual microscopic analysis is the gold standard for analyzing blood smears, but it’s time to make way for automated microscopy

Diagnostics Profession

Genomics for Pathologists

| Richard Haspel

A new approach aims to answer the urgent need for genomic pathology education

Inside the Lab Oncology

Companion Diagnostics Champions

| Roisin McGuigan

At the Poundbury Cancer Center, pathology, business and quality assurance are uniting to create a cutting-edge home for companion diagnostics.

Diagnostics Oncology

Putting Pathology at the Heart

| Corrado D’Arrigo

Poundbury Cancer Institute aims to put pathology at the forefront of cancer research, and bring industry, national healthcare service and quality assurance together to expand the use of companion diagnostics and important biological markers.

Diagnostics Oncology

Industry Insights

| Roisin McGuigan

Christopher Hudson is Director of Tissue Diagnostics UK and Ireland at Roche, the multinational life sciences company that supports the Poundbury Cancer Institute through funding and research collaboration.

Diagnostics Oncology

Quantifying Quality

| Roisin McGuigan

Keith Miller is Director and co-founder of CADQAS (Cancer Diagnostic Quality Assurance Services), a not-for-profit community interest company hosted by Poundbury Cancer Institute (PCI).

Diagnostics Training and education

The Future Is Here! But How Do We Deal With It?

| Mathew Diggle

Molecular diagnostics provide us with huge amounts of data – but, as a profession, we’re still working on the best ways of collecting and using it

Subspecialties Hematology

Bridging the Gap in Glucose Monitoring

| Timothy Warlow Jr.

Glycated serum protein testing has capabilities other blood glucose tests don’t, and may expand clinicians’ diagnostic and treatment management options

Inside the Lab Oncology

The Circle of Life

| Michael Schubert

Tumor-activated DNA minicircles offer a potential solution for cancer detection, treatment, or both

Diagnostics Oncology

A Diagnostic That’s Easy to Swallow?

| Rebecca Fitzgerald

A new device, the Cytosponge, could pair with biomarker testing to offer an effective, low-cost way to diagnose and stratify Barrett’s esophagus

Outside the Lab Profession

From Laboratory to Leadership

| Michael Schubert

How research and pathology can prepare you for a life of teaching, learning and innovating

Outside the Lab Training and education

Stepping Out From Behind the Microscope

| Roisin McGuigan

Sitting Down With… Blair Holladay, CEO of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Diagnostics Biochemistry and molecular biology

Welcome to the Molecular Diagnostic Revolution

| Fedra Pavlou

There’s a whole new world of molecular diagnostics out there. Why has innovation been restricted?

Outside the Lab Histology

Reduced Reagent Usage & Reliable Tissue Processing with Thermo Scientific Excelsior

| Fedra Pavlou

As part of the South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Torbay hospital serves a population of around 370,000 people. With such a high demand, and the associated targets for turnaround time, it is vital that tissue processing instrumentation is reliable and cost-effective.

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