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NACB - Scientific Shorts (formerly NACBLOG) publishes new posts every Tuesday morning. We invite you to read the posts and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section:

NACB - Scientific Shorts is sponsored by the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) to engage clinical laboratory professionals in discussion of contemporary laboratory issues and practice and, where possible, to present solutions and best practices. Topics for blog entries are identified by the NACB Scientific Shorts Editorial Board and content is authored by NACB Fellows or other content experts. Editorial Board members are: Patti Jones, Mary Lou Gantzer, Bill Winter, and Alison Woodworth.

Since its launch in January 2011, the NACB Scientific Shorts has received 52,951 hits. The most popular blog post so far was Jim Faix’s Jurassic Lab with 3,816 hits and 38 comments.

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The following is a list of blog posts and authors that have appeared since the blog's debut in January:

Is it Time to Apply Biological Variation in Thyroid Screening?
Martin Kroll, MD, FACB

Will a 15% Total Error Tolerance Be Safe and Effective for Hospital Use Glucose Meters?
By Brad Karon, MD, PhD

Where Did the A1c Go?
By William Winter, MD

Clinical Mass Spectrometry: A Technology That Every Clinical Laboratory Could Utilize
By Michael Bennett, PhD

Crisis Values: A Changing Landscape
By Fritz F. Parl, MD, PhD

Why Can’t We Get Our Test Results Harmonized?
By W. Greg Miller, PhD, and Gary L. Myers, PhD

What is Live Blood Analysis?
By William Winter, MD, DABCC, FACB

Procalcitonin: The Answer to the Sepsis Dilemma?
By Alison Woodworth, PhD, DABCC, FACB

Does POCT Creatinine Meet Performance Expectations?
By James H. Nichols, PhD, DABCC, FACB

Neonatal Bilirubin: Nomograms, Fractions, and Transcutaneous Measurements
By Stanley F. Lo, PhD, DABCC, FACB

K2: Second Highest Mountain in the World or Another Type of High?
By Donald L. Frederick, PhD, DABFT, FACB

Jurassic Lab: We Need a Place for Tests Whose Time Has Come (and Gone)
By Jim Faix, MD

Is Code 128 an Acceptable Bar Code Standard for Patient Identification in Today’s Health Care System?
By Corinne Fantz, PhD, DABCC, FACB

What Is Pseudohyponatremia?
By Roger Bertholf, PhD, DABCC, FACB

Is Use of Inpatient Glycemic Control Protocols Working At Your Institution?
By Stephen Kahn, PhD, DABCC, FACB

Is A1c Inferior to Plasma Glucose for Detecting Diabetes Risk?
By William E. Winter, MD, FACB

Estimating GFR: What’s Wrong With Using Serum Creatinine Alone?
By Callum Fraser, PhD

Explosive Growth of Send Out Testing: Can We Curb the Monster?
By Patti Jones, PhD, FACB, and Jason Park, MD

High Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin Assays: Benefits and Challenges
By Allan S. Jaffe, MD, FACB

Has the Time Come to Bid Adieu to Tests of Fetal Lung Maturity?
By David G. Grenache, PhD, FACB

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