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2018 Issues

Clinical Pathology Abstracts, 2/18

February 2018—Restrictive or liberal approach to red blood cell transfusion for cardiac surgery: Among the largest group of recipients of red blood cell transfusions are patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Whether a restrictive approach to intraoperative and postoperative transfusion in cardiac surgery is superior to a more liberal approach with regard to patient outcomes is unclear.

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Anatomic Pathology Abstracts, 2/18

February 2018—ARTEMIS trial: quantifying pathological response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy: The Affordability and Real-World Antiplatelet Treatment Effectiveness after Myocardial Infarction Study, also known as the ARTEMIS trial, tested standard neoadjuvant chemotherapy with or without bevacizumab in the treatment of HER2-negative early breast cancer.

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Molecular Pathology Abstracts, 2/18

February 2018—Gene expression and risk of leukemic transformation in myelodysplasia: The myelodysplastic syndromes represent a group of clonal hematopoietic disorders with varying prognoses, with survival ranging from a few months to more than 10 years. Multiple laboratory measurements have been used in attempts to provide reliable prognostic assessments, including bone marrow blast counts, severity of peripheral cytopenia, cytogenetic findings, and, most recently, gene-mutation profiling.

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Newsbytes, 2/18

February 2018—The many facets of a laboratory IT budget: Creating an information technology budget for the laboratory may seem like a fairly straightforward, if painstaking, exercise. But a number of factors that can affect the laboratory’s bottom line are frequently overlooked during the budgeting process, according to two health care consultants who spoke with cap today.

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Q&A column, 2/18

February 2018—I come from a core (hematology/chemistry) background, and I would like practical, how-to guidance in developing an effective QC strategy for HIV viral load testing. What performance characteristics do you verify? How many and what type of samples do you use? What are the chosen acceptable thresholds? Do you use L-J charts? If so, what do you plot, what control rules do you select, and how do you select them?

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Put It on the Board, 2/18

February 2018—PreludeDx unveils predictive assay for DCIS: PreludeDx announced results from its oral presentation at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The results using the SweDCIS randomized trial confirmed that the DCIS­ion­RT test predicts which patients with ductal carcinoma in situ will benefit from radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery.

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Clin Lab 2.0: Add value, make patients better

Clin Lab 2.0: Add value, make patients better

January 2018—It was baseball’s Yogi Berra who said, with the unique slant that was his hallmark, “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.” More vividly, boxer Mike Tyson once summed up the same reality when asked to comment on an opponent’s strategy in an upcoming match: “Everybody has a plan—until they get hit.”

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Next-gen sequencing finds further clinical utility in oncology

January 2018—One of the plenary sessions at the 2017 meeting of the Association for Molecular Pathology—“High Impact Molecular Diagnostics for Cancer and Inherited Diseases”—was a virtual mini-course in the latest and most useful applications of next-generation sequencing to detect germline and somatic mutations in cancer. Both speakers zeroed in on the clinical utility of their innovative diagnostic techniques.

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