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Jennifer Schneiders, PhD, Division President, Diagnostic Solutions, Hologic discusses women’s health diagnostics with MLO editor in chief Christina Wichmann

Jennifer Schneiders, PhD, was promoted to Division President, Diagnostic Solutions in April 2023. Prior to that, she served as Vice President, US Sales and Commercial Excellence...
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Disease

Existing drug shows promise as treatment for rare genetic disorder

NIH researchers find new pathways towards treatment for autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1.
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BD’s Molly Broache, Associate Director of U.S. Medical Affairs, discusses the current state of STI testing in the U.S. with MLO editor in chief, Christina Wichmann

Molly Broache serves as Associate Director, US Region, Medical Affairs for BD Diagnostic Solutions and is also licensed as a women’s health nurse practitioner in both Maryland...
Careers

Working to advance pathology practices

In the Medscape Physician Burnout & Depression Report: “We Have Much Work to Do” released earlier this year, forty-nine percent of physicians told Medscape they...
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MDX

Next-generation sequencing in laboratory medicine

Advancements in sequencing techniques and the emergence of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology have transformed laboratory medicine and clinical diagnosis. DNA sequencing...
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Management

2024 lab management best practices trend back to the basics

The results of the 2024 Medical Laboratory Observer (MLO) State of the Industry (SOI) Survey on Lab Management Best Practices reveal how many lab professionals are turning to ...
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Diagnostics

Understanding current and future uses of anti-Müllerian hormone in both clinical practice and research

As a woman ages, the consistency of ovulation and/or availability of viable oocytes (eggs) decreases, leading to difficulty in becoming pregnant. The current trend of women choosing...
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STIs/STDs

Molecular point-of-care testing offers hope to quell the STI epidemic

When expressing the breadth of the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a colleague of mine often shares the stark perspective, “If you’re having sex, you...
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Automation

Dark Labs: Illuminating the future of fully automated diagnostic laboratories

In recent years, advancements in technology and workflow automation have been revolutionizing the landscape of medical diagnostics, giving rise to the concept of "Dark Labs." ...

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Regulatory

Recent prosecutions of clinical labs for fraud: Practices to avoid

April 12, 2024
Sound management of a clinical laboratory requires an effective compliance program.  An effective compliance program, in turn, requires a thorough and nuanced understanding...
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Regulatory

Dear API Abby

It’s back! Dear API Abby is here to answer a series of commonly asked questions about laboratory quality. This time, the American Proficiency Institute (API) is offering...
Management

Lab best practices

In this issue of Medical Laboratory Observer, we are sharing the results of our State of the Industry survey on Lab Management Best Practices. The survey results provide insights...
Careers

Directing a winning lab

Avera McKennan’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine was MLO’s 2023 Lab of the Year. One thing that set your lab apart was your use of data analytics to...
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Cancer

Molecular testing supports early, effective use of ESR1-targeting therapies

A very important change in the breast cancer treatment landscape has made it necessary to expand access to routine testing for acquired genetic variants in patients: the availability...
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Careers

How addressing bullying in medical labs will improve overall retention

It is well established that medical laboratories continue to face an unprecedented staffing crisis that is putting a strain on patient care and healthcare systems across the country...
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The role of training in error prevention for clinical laboratory professionals

Every day, clinical laboratory professionals stand at the vanguard of patient safety by ensuring that errors in laboratory testing are either prevented or identified and managed...

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Continuing Education

Applying laboratory quality principles to real world point-of-care testing systems

To take the test online go HERE. For more information, visit the Continuing Education tab. LEARNING OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this article, the reader will be able to: 1. ...

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Disease

Could taking certain drugs reduce risk of ruptured brain aneurysm?

The results do not prove that these drugs reduce the risk of this type of aneurysm; they only show an association.