Tag: Columns

ASCLS Voice: Transparency Ensures Patient Safety in Clinical Labs

The Thernos scandal highlights the importance of clinical laboratory professionals in providing safe testing information. Over the past couple of years, there have been numerous articles about Theranos in scientific literature as well as mainstream media. Articles in scientific journals have questioned the lack…

How to deal with Workplace Stress

Managing workplace stress in the clinical laboratory Stress comes in many shades and affects all of us differently-in different ways, times and places. Stress in one environment could be different than it is in another. Workplace stress is typically approached more objectively than other…

MLP Workforce Report

An expected 40% vacancy rate in labs sounds promising for new lab recruits Donning gloves, a protective mask and goggles, they operate microscopes, study blood samples and analyze tissue samples for normal or abnormal findings, some even analyzing cells for an indication of a…

IQCP: The Critical First-Year Findings

A year ago, laboratory journals, professional meetings and in-house planning were all about the pending deadline for implementation of the new CMS quality control option, the Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP), which was replacing the Equivalent Quality Control (EQC) testing already in place. With…

The Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Study finds talcum powder use may increase carcinogenic outcomes, including ovarian cancer. Talc, the mineral used in Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby powder (or talcum powder), has been used for a number of different reasons in various products and for numerous years; however, some…

ASCLS Voice: How to Avoid Burnout

Retirees still have a vital role in the laboratory profession despite no longer working in the field. Particularly with providing advice on how to avoid burnout in the Lab. Let me introduce myself. I am a medical technologist, clinical laboratory scientist or medical laboratory…

7 Types of Listening Styles and How to Approach Them

Tips for successful communication to different listening styles in the clinical laboratory. Those who have developed or grown up in an environment where a specific concept is the norm must remember that communication fails without a base understanding. Effective communication requires that one never…

Epigenetics and Cancer Treatment

The article explores the impact of genetic research, epigenetics research and their applications for cancer treatments. While epigenetics research is relativity new, applications in genetic medicine are the future, and the future is now. Following the introduction of the $1000 genome project in the…

Key Components of a Successful PPE Program

PPE programs are an important component in laboratory safety, but not all are created equal. Laboratory accidents can have tragic results, particularly if proper safety precautions are not taken. For instance, in 2008, a research assistant was working in a UCLA laboratory when an…

The Theranos Collapse

An industry professional explains how Theranos’ collapse saved lives and improved an industry. The black cloud hanging over Elizabeth Homes, founder of Theranos and the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, just became a thunderstorm. A July 8th Wall Street Journal article detailed the collapse…

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