November 2009 Clinical Laboratory News: Volume 35, Number 11

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The Workforce Challenge
Will Simplified Credentialing Speed Change?

By Bill Malone


Educators are hopeful that the merger of two large credentialing organizations will bring a more polished image for lab professionals and make entry into the profession more streamlined.

Differential Anemia Diagnosis
What’s the Best Marker of Iron Status?
By Genna Rollins


Strategies to definitively diagnose and treat iron deficiency anemia and anemia of chronic disease have not been widely implemented, and there is disagreement about the best combination of tests and cutoff points to distinguish between the two.


Pain Management
What Role Can Pharmacogenetics Testing Play?
By Saeed A. Jortani, PhD, Gary E. Loyd, MD, and Elaine Stauble, MD


The toxic side effects of traditional pain medications have driven clinicians to look toward pharmacogenetic tests as a more effective way to facilitate pain management.


Diagnostic Tests Remain Undervalued


Contemporary Issues in Thyroid Disease Management


In this excerpt from AACC Expert Access Online, Carole A. Spencer, PhD, addresses concerns affecting thyroid disease testing.


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