February 2011 Clinical Laboratory News: Volume 37, Number 2

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COVER STORIES

Here Come High-Sensitivity cTn Assays
Why Labs Need to Gear up Now
By Genna Rollins

Next-generation high-sensitivity cardiac troponin assays are about to hit the market in the U.S. but likely will be challenging for labs to implement. Learn about these tests now and be ready to help clinicians use and interpret them.

 

Clinical Collaborations
A Pathway to Improved Patient Care?
By Bill Malone

A common refrain among laboratorians has long been that the profession does not get the respect it deserves nor the visibility it needs to fulfill its potential as an essential part of patient care. As clinical guidelines become increasingly important and clinicians find themselves less familiar with the plethora of lab tests, AACC leaders are forging collaborations with cardiologists, endocrinologists, and other specialists to ensure that critical contributions of the lab are represented.

SERIES ARTICLE

HbA1c
An Overview of Current Analytical Testing Issues
By Randie R. Little, PhD, and Curt L. Rohlfing

With the heightened attention on HbA1c for optimal diabetes treatment and diagnosis, it is imperative that clinical labs have accurate and reliable methods to measure the marker. Learn about efforts to improve HbA1c testing, as well as the analytical issues laboratories should consider for optimal assay performance.

NEWS BRIEF

U.S. Sees Drop in Tuberculosis Rates

INSIDE

Enter a Search Word, Track Its Usage
Google’s New Visualization Tool

Google has launched an amazing new tool that allows the frequency of specific words and phrases to be tracked in centuries of books.

MTs and CLSs Make List of Top Careers

In its annual survey of high-demand careers, “The 50 Best Careers of 2011,” U.S. News & World Report named medical technologists and clinical laboratory scientists among the top careers.

PROFILES

Regulatory Profiles

Industry Profiles

Diagnostic Profile

News from the FDA

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