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October 2015 Issue of The Pathologist

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Articles featured in this issue

Subspecialties Forensics

Coming to a Cinema Near You…

| Fedra Pavlou

…the story of the pathologist who rattled the US sporting world

Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology

One-Stop-Shop for Virus Detection

| Roisin McGuigan

Could a technique that detects all known human viruses take the guesswork out of ordering lab tests?

Subspecialties Genetics and epigenetics

PSA Accuracy Boost

| Roisin McGuigan

A genetic test for prostate cancer risk could be used in screening, and improve the diagnostic value of PSA

Diagnostics Neurology

A Crystal Clear View

| Roisin McGuigan

Liquid crystal displays are ubiquitous, but could the technology be used to detect early-stage amyloid fibril formation?

Diagnostics Oncology

21 Questions

| Roisin McGuigan

Gene expression panel could help breast cancer patients with a low risk of recurrence avoid unnecessary chemotherapy

Inside the Lab Regulation and standards

The IoM Takes on Diagnostic Error

| Roisin McGuigan

New recommendations on improving the diagnostic process focus on errors, communication, and putting the patient at the center of healthcare

Inside the Lab Hematology

“Lab in a Needle” a Not Too Distant Reality?

| Roisin McGuigan

Researchers hope to create a device that can draw, process and test blood in just 30 minutes

Subspecialties Oncology

The Promise of Pembrolizumab

| Michael Schubert

But what does the recent approval of this immunotherapy mean for pathology labs?

Inside the Lab Digital and computational pathology

Tissue Cartography

| Roisin McGuigan

A new imaging modality could make it possible to navigate tissue specimens with the speed and detail of Google Maps

Outside the Lab Hematology

Testing Times for POC

| Kathie Hermayer, Yusheng Zhu

The accuracy of point-of-care glucose testing and its impact on the management of critically ill patients is raising concerns. What are the alternatives?

Diagnostics Histology

Barcode Tracking Simplified

| Tim Morken

What you need to think about before choosing the best system for your lab

Inside the Lab Hematology

Let’s Fast in Harmony

| Mads Nybo

Why we need to harmonize fasting definitions for blood sampling

Inside the Lab Profession

Education for the Gamer Generation

| Judy Gnarpe, Michael Schubert

Learning games are underused, but offer an effective way to engage students and could help them understand and retain knowledge.

Subspecialties Histology

Benchmarking Dermatopathology

| Roisin McGuigan

What does analysis of the last five years of the literature on dermatopathology tell us about the priorities of this field and the major contributors to it?

Diagnostics Microbiology and immunology

Time for a Culture Change

| Eshwar Mahenthiralingam

Molecular techniques can offer rapid, accurate diagnosis of lung infections in cystic fibrosis, but most labs feel the technologies are out of reach. What if there was an affordable alternative?

Inside the Lab Neurology

Removing Margins of Error

| Babar Vaqas

New approaches to tissue analysis using Raman spectroscopy and mass spectrometry could deliver fast diagnoses in brain cancer – but no matter how sophisticated the technology, you can’t replace histopathology

Outside the Lab Profession

Modern Day Telemachus

| Chelsea Maedler

As the pathology profession evolves and transitioning to work becomes more challenging, the importance of mentoring becomes greater than ever.

Outside the Lab Profession

The Invisible Doctor

| José I. López

Pathologists have regressed from eminence to anonymity – how did it happen and what should we do about it?

Outside the Lab Training and education

Giving Visibility to the Faceless Profession

| Roisin McGuigan

Sitting Down With… Mauro Panteghini, Professor, Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences “Luigi Sacco”, University of Milan Medical School, Italy, and President of the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM).

Inside the Lab Neurology

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Diagnostics Digital and computational pathology

Living the Molecular Revolution

| Patrick Pauwels

New technologies and molecular discoveries are changing the way diagnoses are made. But how will already burdened molecular pathology labs cope with more cases and restricted budgets?

Diagnostics Profession

Launching in January 2016… The Translational Scientist

| Roisin McGuigan

Texere’s new magazine – The Translational Scientist – celebrates the people, processes and vision that translate scientific discoveries into improved health for all.

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