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FDA clears lysosomal storage disorder test

September 2018—PerkinElmer has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its NeoLSD MSMS kit, an in vitro diagnostic that uses tandem mass spectrometry to screen for six lysosomal storage disorders in newborns via a single dried blood spot sample. The kit is intended for the quantitative measurement of the activity of the enzymes acid β-glucocerebrosidase, acid sphingomyelinase, acid α-glucosidase, β-galactocerebrosidase, α-galactosidase A, ...

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MU School of Medicine, Roche team up

September 2018—Roche announced the result of a collaboration with the University of Missouri School of Medicine to implement the company’s Navify tumor board solution, cloud-based clinical workflow and decision-support software to assist with cancer patient case reviews in tumor board and multidisciplinary team meetings.

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Molecular ‘bucket list’ for renal cancer

September 2018—Leo Tolstoy is not listed as a coauthor on the most recent iteration of The Cancer Genome Atlas on renal cell carcinoma, which focuses on molecular characterization of RCC. But the topic is as rich and complex as a Russian novel, and the authors’ approach is so comprehensive, it’s tempting to picture them at least holding forth at a certain soirée in Saint Petersburg (minus the after-party drunkenness and the bit with a bear, of course). The project may not be as sprawling as War and Peace, which marches 559 characters, speaking two languages, over four volumes, 15 parts, and 333 chapters. It’s a heroic effort nonetheless. There is much to keep track of in renal cell carcinoma, both generally and in this latest document, which evaluates 843 RCCs from three major histologic subtypes, including 488 clear cell RCC, 274 papillary RCC, and 81 chromophobe RCC.

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From the President’s Desk: Policies to protect and preserve

September 2018—CAP leadership presents a gamut of responsibilities, including the enforcement of policies adopted to protect members and staff. What I am about to discuss is relevant to all organizations and work settings. As you read on, I hope you will reflect on how tolerance for inappropriate behavior could have an impact on your own workplace and what steps you can take to protect yourself, your colleagues, and by extension your patients.

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‘We wanted to be the best we could possibly be’: CAP ISO 15189-accredited labs on the difference it makes

September 2018—Ten years ago, Richard J. Zarbo, MD, was feeling pretty proud of his laboratory. As system chairman of pathology and laboratory medicine at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System, over the previous few years he’d seen his team rigorously implement Lean practices, practices that had paid off in greater safety and efficiency. “Setting the bar higher was important because that’s the culture here,” he says. “This is what we do.”

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