Keeping an active eye
on prostate cancer

Dr. Jonathan Epstein (right) and Dr. H. Ballentine Carter were two members of the group that wrote the consensus statement on the role of pathologists in determining eligibility for active surveillance. Dr. Epstein and others are also proposing a new five-level grading system.

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Dr. Jonathan Epstein (right)
and Dr. H. Ballentine Carter

Critical stressors in the
microbiology lab: four Cs

Microbiology laboratory directors think about keeping the most deadly and the most expensive diseases treated in the hospital under control. So you’re likely to hear mention of at least three Cs: Clostridium difficile, Candida, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, and perhaps a fourth, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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Audrey Schuetz, MD, MPH

Pressing questions in
POC glucose testing

Sometimes major changes to a health care organization’s point-of-care testing system come from powerful regulatory agencies in Washington, DC. Or they may arise when a child with diabetes objects to frequent venipuncture. In either kind of case, experts say, pathologists and laboratory professionals must form strong relationships with clinicians and build structural foundations to help them meet these and other demands.

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Deborah A. Perry, MD

Workflow, regulatory unknowns tax molecular IT

For molecular diagnostics laboratories, “LISs are really not where they should be,” says Dr. Alexis Carter (left), at Emory with Jordan Magee Owens, MLS (center), and molecular diagnostics supervisor Heather Jones, MB, CHS.

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April 2015 Issue

Keeping an active eye on prostate cancer | Critical stressors in the microbiology lab: four Cs | Pressing questions in POC glucose testing

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