American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
May 2008 Clinical Laboratory News: Volume 34, Number 5

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COVER STORY

The Worsening Shortage of Lab Staff
What’s Being Done to Turn it Around?
By Phil Kibak

 

With the need for medical technologists predicted to grow and more reaching retirement age, labs can expect continued shortages until efforts to recruit young people to the profession take hold.  

Stuck in the Middleware
Labs Look for Answers as New Consortium Aims to Untangle the Mess
By Deborah Levenson

 

A new consortium takes on middleware headaches with a forthcoming standard that aims to improve connectivity.

SERIES ARTICLE

Toxic Metals
Why Hair Analysis Deserves Another Look
By Erlo Roth, MD and David W. Quig, PhD

 

When used in conjunction with patient symptoms and other laboratory tests, elemental analysis of hair is a reasonably accurate and precise technology that can determine long-term exposure to various toxic elements.

NEWS BRIEF

Report Details Factors in Rising CKD Rates 

INSIDE

More on MRSA Testing 

 

Some institutions are now new molecular tests for MRSA to screen all patients, but two recent studies have come to different conclusions about this universal screening strategy.

PROFILES

Diagnostic Profiles
Regulatory Profiles
Industry Profiles
New Products
News from the FDA


ALT: A New Look at an Old Test

CDC’s Review of PT Services