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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 EFLM President weighs in on preanalytical phase errors and what can be done about them.

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

Helpings labs to understand their role in clinical care, and to 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

We Sit Down With George Kontogeorgos, President-Elect of the International Academy of Pathology.

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