10 Years After the Human Genome ProjectWill the DTC Genetic Test Debate Shape the Future of Genomics?By Bill MaloneAs scientists celebrate the 10-year milestone for the genomic era, a controversial debate is being played out between direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies and federal regulators. In the past several years, these firms have pushed the genomic era right into the public’s hands via the Internet; however, the medical community remains highly skeptical of these new testing services.
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New Paradigms in Carrier and Prenatal ScreeningHow Soon Will They be in Use Clinically?By Genna RollinsSo far few findings from the Human Genome Project have made their way into routine patient care. However, two research groups expect their carrier and prenatal genetic tests to be available by the end of this year, bringing some exciting advancements to the field.
Online Extra - Additional References on Carrier and Prenatal Screening Studies
Platelet FunctionLaboratory Methods for Evaluating Effectiveness of Anti-platelet TherapyBy Bradley Karon, MD, PhD and Elizabeth Jaben, MDWhether or not clinical labs should measure the effects of aspirin and clopidogrel on platelet function has become a hot topic. Find out what tests are available to measure the effects of these antiplatelet medications.
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PATIENT SAFETY FOCUS
Improving Patient Safety and Satisfaction via Patient Portals Why It's Important to Provide Patients Access to their Electronic Medical RecordBy Corinne R. Fantz, PhDPatient portals incorporate information from all healthcare providers and bundle it in an easy-to-use format that boosts patients’ understanding of and confidence in the healthcare system. Find out why this trend is good news for clinical laboratories.
The 2011 Joint Commission National Patient Safety GoalsWhy Laboratories Need to Pay Close AttentionBy Teresa Darcy, MD, MMLearn how the 2011 national patient safety goals set by the Joint Commission could affect your lab’s day-to-day operations.
LAB SAFETY CONCEPTS
The Paradox of Learning from Errors Why Laboratories Should Embrace Errors as Learning OpportunitiesBy James S. Hernandez, MD, MSAll medical systems are laced with flaws and errors. Laboratorians should strive to confront errors as learning tools, thereby preventing their recurrence.
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