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October 2016 Issue of The Pathologist

“Welcome to our October issue. This month, we focus our Upfront articles on superbugs in humans, hens and hogs. In My View authors comment on the value of quality control, immunophenotyping, and sampling serous effusions for cancer diagnosis. Our Feature faces the challenge of antimicrobial resistance and stewardship head-on. In Practice tells us about social media’s rising role in diagnostics and epidemiology, and NextGen discusses virtual reality in surgical pathology education and a potential breath test for IBS. Profession shows how art can forge connections between patients and pathologists, and we Sit Down With John Gurdon, Nobel Prize-winning biologist at the University of Cambridge.”

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Articles featured in this issue

Inside the Lab Profession

The Times They Are A-Changin’

| Fedra Pavlou

Pathology's value often goes unrecognized. Our 2016 Power List aims to change that.

Subspecialties Clinical care

An Enduring Epidemic

| Michael Schubert

To end the global tuberculosis epidemic by 2030, we need to close the resource gap

Outside the Lab Microbiology and immunology

Playing Chicken With Chicken

| Michael Schubert

Antibiotic resistance is on the rise in Campylobacter species, but why? What can we do?

Outside the Lab Microbiology and immunology

A Pig In a Poke

| Michael Schubert

Importing livestock for food or breeding may inadvertently invite in superbugs as well

Outside the Lab Microbiology and immunology

Sneaky Superbugs

| Michael Schubert

Livestock-associated MRSA may escape screening and cross borders via human farm workers

Outside the Lab Microbiology and immunology

Resisting Resistance

| Michael Schubert

Rapid, affordable tests for bacterial infections could reduce overprescription

Diagnostics Microbiology and immunology

Diving Into Diagnostics

| Hashem Etayash

A new microfluidic cantilever device can trap bacteria and test their drug resistance

Inside the Lab Microbiology and immunology

A SNAPPy Solution

| Eric Reynolds

Structurally nano-engineered star-shaped polymers have potent antimicrobial effects

Diagnostics Microscopy and imaging

Image of the Month

Mouse cerebellum stained to reveal a Purkinje neuron

Outside the Lab Profession

Questions of Quality

| James Westgard

Do current standards and guidelines for quality control lead to effective implementation?

Diagnostics Laboratory management

Improving Cancer Survival

| Ben Davidson

Malignant effusions are increasingly relevant specimens in the era of targeted therapy

Diagnostics Cytology

Breaking with Tradition

| Areej Khatib

Can immunophenotyping challenge classical approaches to cytology in cancer diagnosis?

Inside the Lab Microbiology and immunology

The Slow Tsunami Is Coming

| Michael Schubert

Antimicrobial resistance is a critical issue worldwide, but how can we stem the tide?

Outside the Lab Profession

Open-Access Education

| Dilip Nathwani

Affordable education with a global overview encourages antimicrobial stewardship

Subspecialties Regulation and standards

A Call for Collaboration

| Elizabeth Tayler

The Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System promotes global standardization

Subspecialties Training and education

A Nudge in the Right Direction

| Brad Langford and Larissa Matukas

Selective reporting can influence prescribing patterns and improve stewardship

Diagnostics Training and education

The Hollywood Approach

| Roy Kishony and Michael Baym

The beautiful world of pathology seen through a gallery of laboratory medicine images.

Subspecialties Technology and innovation

(Virtual) Reality Check

| Shyam Prajapati and Emilio Madrigal

Virtual reality is an effective instructional tool for surgical pathology education

Diagnostics Screening and monitoring

A Breath Test for the Bowel

| Frederik-Jan van Schooten and Zlatan Mujagic

Biomarkers present in exhaled breath may offer a reliable, noninvasive way to diagnose IBS

Inside the Lab Profession

Going Viral

| Santhosh Nadipuram

Social media posts can provide doctors with a new diagnostic and epidemiological tool

Inside the Lab Profession

An Outbreak of Misinformation

| David Broniatowski

How do misconceptions spread, and what strategies can health experts use to combat them?

Outside the Lab Technology and innovation

Communicating With the Public

| David Broniatowski

Tips for communicating effectively with non-experts about medicine and health

Outside the Lab Profession

Art From the Heart

| Marilyn Bui and Katherine Galagan

Images created by pathologists and patients can improve awareness and communication

Outside the Lab Profession

More Than a Cluster of Cells

| Ray Paul

A patient speaks out about his pathologist's role in his care and recovery

Outside the Lab Training and education

Challenging Dogma

| Michael Schubert

John Gurdon, Emeritus Professor of Zoology and Distinguished Group Leader, University of Cambridge

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