The Perils of Fatty Liver DiseaseCan Biomarkers Replace Biopsy?By Genna Rollins
Liver biopsy is an imperfect gold standard for diagnosing, staging, and monitoring nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, but do any serum markers perform better?
The Path to Success for Early Career LaboratoriansHow to Survive Publish or PerishBy Bill Malone
While not usually a part of formal education and training for laboratorians, there is a fairly predictable path to publishing success that involves trial and error, mentorship, effective networking, and a strategic approach to holding together the many threads of a demanding profession.
PorphyriasA Guide to Laboratory AssessmentBy M. Laura Parnas, PhD, and Elizabeth L. Frank, PhD
The array of general skin and neurological symptoms caused by porphyrias increases difficulties in correctly identifying and providing treatment for those possessing the defective enzymes characteristic of these metabolic disorders.
Colorectal Cancer Screening Still Inadequate
PATIENT SAFETY FOCUS
Patient-and Family-Centered CarePutting the Patient in Patient SafetyAn Interview with Hollis Guill-Ryan
How can healthcare professionals encourage values that focus on open communication and respect for the voice of the patient? The patient- and family-centered care model offers some solutions.
Letters to the EditorThe Benefits of Lab VisitsFrom Cathy Groen, MT, and Corinne Fantz, PhD
Lab staff often feel disconnected from patients. This lab at Emory University decided to make the connection.
I knew her just enoughA poem by Thomas Cantolini, Medical Technologist
The Scarcity of Peer-Reviewed Literature on QI in Laboratory MedicineCan the Bias Against Publishing be Broken?By Frederick Strathmann, PhD
The lack of literature about specimen loss negates encouragement to pay attention to this quality improvement issue.
Lab Safety ConceptsHow Can Labs Benefit From Implementing ‘Forcing Functions’?By Karen Appold
Forcing functions in the lab can be applied to use of devices and computers to prevent such things as data loss.
How Executive Walk Rounds Can Improve Your Lab’s Safety CultureBy Karen Appold
Walk rounds by executives allow for more open discussion and immediate problem-solving with lab workers concerning safety issues.
News from the FDA
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Blood Glucose Meter Controversy
New Recommendations for Diagnosis and Classification of Gestational Diabetes