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February 2015

Clinical Pathology Selected Abstracts, 2/15

February 2015—Alcohol consumption relative to type of breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women: Alcohol consumption is a known risk factor for breast cancer, but it is not known which subtypes of breast cancer, if any, are more likely associated with alcohol consumption. The authors conducted a large study using the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial cohort to test for heterogeneity in alcohol-related risk by breast cancer subtypes defined by estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) status and histological type.

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Makeovers smarten core labs’ quality control

February 2015—In speaking to audiences all over the world about the intricacies of risk management through quality control, QC expert Curtis Parvin, PhD, has noticed a certain pattern over the past 10 years. Following his presentation, he’s likely to hear this reaction: “I’m not sure I totally understand that. It sounds pretty impressive, but how do you expect me to go through that process in my lab?”

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The inside track in AP automation: new product guide

February 2015—Tissue processors, tissue embedders, microtomes, slide stainers—we tackled them all in our first-ever product guide to anatomic pathology automation. (Yes, we realize most tissue embedders are largely manual but included them because they are vital to the automated process.) Zeroing in on what questions to ask the vendors—that is, knowing what you, the readers, need to know—was no simple task.

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Diagnostic perils of hematologic illness

February 2015—Like a modern-day Pericles, Tracy George, MD, had much to traverse in her overview of leukocytosis, thrombocytosis, and erythrocytosis during a course on diagnostic hematology at last year’s AACC meeting. Unlike Shakespeare’s Pericles, however, Dr. George navigated the many twists of her topic with the efficiency and near-encyclopedic knowledge of an experienced tour guide.

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Liver donor organ evaluation

February 2015—CAP Press’ new Atlas of Transplant Pathology is now out. We spoke with its editors and a contributor last month; this month we bring to you one of its 56 chapters. To order, see next page. Protocols for histologic evaluation of potential donor livers for steatosis and other pathology vary by center.

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