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May 2015 Issue of The Pathologist

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Articles featured in this issue

Outside the Lab Training and education

Best Choose Wisely

| Fedra Pavlou

Countries should be uniting against “wasteful medical practices” and “harmful tests”. But how realistic is change?

Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology

Measles-Induced Immune Amnesia

| Michael Schubert

The measles virus may erase immune memory, leaving patients vulnerable to other childhood infections for up to three years

Diagnostics Regulation and standards

Reflex Testing a No-No for CKD?

| Roisin McGuigan

Current tests for nephropathy may not be good enough; but research could yield new options for effective diagnosis

Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology

First HIV Home Test Kit Hits Europe

| Michael Schubert

The first HIV home testing kit to receive a CE mark may help reduce the number of patients diagnosed late or not at all

Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology

Ocular Ebola Threat

| Roisin McGuigan

Health worker’s ocular fluid tests positive for Ebola months after virus became undetectable in blood

Diagnostics Oncology

Molecular Clues to Skin Cancer

| Roisin McGuigan

A better understanding of melanoma could lead to new strategies for tackling therapy resistance

Inside the Lab Training and education

Big Push for Big Data

| Roisin McGuigan

Bioinformatics gets a boost from educational and training initiatives

Outside the Lab Histology

New Guidelines on the Block

| Roisin McGuigan

Preanalytical accuracy in surgical pathology targeted by new recommendations

Outside the Lab Genetics and epigenetics

Screening Hopes for Autism

| Roisin McGuigan

Will gene expression be the key to mass pediatric screening?

Inside the Lab Training and education

Avoiding Titanic Errors

| Ana-Maria Šimundić

The preanalytical phase is subject to more error than any other part of the testing cycle – what can we do to improve it?

Outside the Lab Regulation and standards

Members’ Musings

| Stephen Church, Michael Cornes, Pinar Eker, Kjell Grankvist, Mercè Ibarz, Gunn Berit Berge Kristensen, Edmée van Dongen-Lases, Giuseppe Lippi, Luděk Šprongl

The views of the members of the EFLM Working Group for Preanalytical Phase

Outside the Lab Regulation and standards

EFLM President Mauro Panteghini Speaks Out

| Mauro Panteghini

The objective of the EFLM executive board and the science committee was to increase the level of awareness about the importance of the preanalytical phase among healthcare professionals.

Inside the Lab Genetics and epigenetics

Tumor Genotyping – How Accurate Are You?

| Joe Whittaker

In the era of personalized medicine, the use of reference materials is more important now than ever.

Inside the Lab Training and education

Patient-Centered Laboratory Medicine

| Mike Hallworth

Helping laboratories to understand their valuable role in the overall process of clinical care and the opportunities to directly impact, and improve, patient outcomes.

Inside the Lab Training and education

Critical Thinking

| Elisa Piv, Mario Plebani

Why it is vital to define critical values and establish standard procedures for reporting them.

Inside the Lab Microbiology and immunology

Infectious Disease Detective

| Kfir Oved, Eran Eden

A blood test to quickly decide if a viral or bacterial infection is the culprit causing disease could aid the quest to cut down on antibiotic misuse

Inside the Lab Genetics and epigenetics

Supercomputer Sequencing

| Michael Schubert

The next step in cancer research may be the use of bioinformatics to analyze large amounts of RNA

Outside the Lab Oncology

A “Model” Career

| Keith Cheng

Curiosity’s road to pathology, zebrafish genetics, genomics and imaging

Outside the Lab Profession

On a Mission to Educate

| George Kontogeorgos

Sitting Down With… Professor George Kontogeorgos, President-Elect of the International Academy of Pathology and former Head of the Department of Pathology, G. Gennimatas Athens General Hospital, Greece.

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