NACB - Scientific Shorts


NACB - Scientific Shorts (formerly NACB Blog)

 The NACBlog’s name has changed to NACB Scientific Shorts!


Our new name better reflects the valuable, evidence-based, and engaging content intended to stimulate discussion and member feedback.

If you would like to suggest a topic and/or author, please email Alison Woodworth, Chair of the Scientific Shorts editorial board, We look forward to hearing from you!

Suggested citation for NACB Scientific Shorts:
Author’s last name, first and middle initials. Title of report. NACB Scientific Shorts. Date of publication.  
Available from (specific web URL of posting)

Fraga, OR. Should Cardiac Biomarkers Play a Role in Evaluating Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy?
NACB Scientific Shorts. January 24, 2014. Available from:           

By Elizabeth Selvin
​It is well known that diabetes increases the risk of clinical cardiovascular events. We also know that persons who have hyperglycemia below the threshold for a diagnosis of diabetes (often called “prediabetes”) also have an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease. Much less is known about how pre-...(Read More)
By Darci Block, PhD, DABCC
It is well recognized that a majority of lab testing errors occur in the preanalytical phase prior to the blood sample being placed onto the laboratory analyzer (1).  The frequency at which such errors have been reported is summarized in the following figure, adapted from Cararro et. al. (2). Th...(Read More)
By Dina Greene, PhD
​This post is part of an ongoing NACB Scientific Shorts series on professional development.  The series addresses issues relevant to early, mid-career, and experienced clinical laboratorians, with a focus on the people side of the job.    There is little that I value more in life than the develo...(Read More)
By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)
Time and time again natural and man-made disasters are affecting hospitals and laboratories throughout the country. In just the past few years news headlines have been littered with tragic hospital scenarios. Some examples include Superstorm Sandy in New York City, devastating tornadoes in Tuscaloo...(Read More)
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