IQCP without agony
at the point of care

Valerie Ng, PhD, MD (left), chair of laboratory medicine and pathology at Highland Hospital in the Alameda Health System, Oakland, Calif., with laboratory operations manager Feuy Saechao. Dr. Ng’s advice for point-of-care coordinators: “Don’t overthink risk assessment.”

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Dr. Valerie Ng and Feuy Saechao

In late flu season, early signs
of new tests’ impact

The 2015–2016 influenza season is shaping up to be lighter than physician offices and hospitals have seen in recent years, with fewer flu positives reported, a lower death count, and a smaller share of flu-like illnesses among outpatients.
   “It’s been a much lighter year than in the past three years,” says Lynnette Brammer, MPH, lead for the CDC’s domestic influenza surveillance team.

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Lynnette Brammer

Next-gen sequencing workflow in full spate

With next-generation sequencing’s clear benefits—for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and trials—come its new challenges, and clinical laboratories are doing what it takes and sharing how. Two plenary speakers at last year’s meeting of the Association for Molecular Pathology spoke of variant calling in the bioinformatic pipeline and validation, and of clinical reporting.

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Dr. Colin Pritchard

Prostate pointers—PIN, ASAP,
mimics, and markers

Presenting on prostate cancer diagnosis at CAP ’15 last fall, David G. Bostwick, MD, MBA, recalled how he and Kenneth A. Iczkowski, MD, came up with the term “atypical small acinar proliferation suspicious for but not diagnostic of malignancy,” or ASAP, when they were at Mayo Clinic in 1997.

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Dr. David Bostwick

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