March 1, 2002
Our March issue ushers in the springtime with a fresh approach to diagnostic testing for heart disease. Be sure to read Dr. Sherry Woodhouses article on C-reactive protein and its intriguing role as a potential risk factor for
cardiovascular disease. Dr. Woodhouse, chair of the Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, FL, discusses atherosclerosis as an inflammatory disease, touching on plaque rupture and instability. She explains the role of CRP in the acute phase response, its connection to
atherogenesis, the effects of statin therapy in lowering levels of CRP and reducing cardiac events, using CRP as a measure of outcome in patients with severe unstable angina, and the possibility of a connection between elevated levels of CRP and cardiac risk in women on postmenopausal hormone therapy. One of our peer reviewers described the article as, Well-written, timely subject matter, well-documented with solid references. A great paper!
Anne Pontius series of interviews with top executives in the clinical lab industry continues in this issue with Mark Smits of Abbott Laboratories. Hes the division vice president of U.S. Marketing for the Abbott Diagnostics Division. Dont miss his unique take on the future of the lab industry. Of special interest is his description of how some of Abbotts employees responded to the unprecedented challenges brought about by the events of Sept. 11.Youll also find the third installment in Suzanne Nobles Product Roundup series. Join her as she turns a cool eye on lab refrigerators and chillers.Thanks to those of you who took the time to enter a colleague in our Outstanding Laboratorian Contest. Well highlight our winners in the April issue in honor of Medical Laboratory Month.Our March issue wouldnt be complete without a tip of our hats to Doyle
DeWoody, MLOs former publisher and editorial director, whose name is missing from our masthead this month. Doyles leadership, his years of experience in the medical device industry, his management skills, and his genial Texas-sized personality have been integral to MLO since he joined the magazine last spring. We appreciate his contribution, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
As always, we encourage you to communicate with us. Many of you have, and your calls and e-mails are always welcome. Let me know what you like about
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Thanks for reading our magazine.Celia Stevens
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