Archive for October, 2007

Breath Testing May Help Detect Lung Cancer

| October 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

Exhaled volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can give much information about the body, and lung cancer-associated VOCs may be of use in diagnosis, according to Chinese researchers. As they report in the August 15th issue of Cancer, Dr. Ping Wang of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou and colleagues used solid-phase microextraction combined with gas chromatography to identify VOCs […]

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Medical Laboratory Informatics

| October 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

Recent paper by leaders in pathology informatics.  Abstract and reference below.  Available on Science Direct among other providers. Medical Laboratory Informatics Liron Pantanowitz MDa, Walter H. Henricks MDb and Bruce A. Beckwith MDc aDepartment of Pathology, Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199, USAbCenter for Pathology Informatics, Pathology […]

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Virtual pathology at the University of Leeds

| October 29, 2007 | 0 Comments

Virtual pathology at the University of Leeds Virtual slides can be made available for commercial users. For details please email with your requirements. All slides on this site are the property of the University of Leeds and no commercial use is sanctioned without prior permission. Available on this site are the following: Virtual slides of […]

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Municipal WiFi Fading

| October 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

I had a previous post dealing with municipal wireless networks and associated problems.  Here is a related article: The city of Chicago is abandoning its plan to build a municipal WiFi network. Negotiations with the two providers who had offered to run the network were not fruitful. The development is typical of changes in the […]

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Thoughts on Pathology Visions 2007 Conference

| October 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

Recently attended Pathology Visions 2007 co-hosted by Aperio and the California Society of Pathologists held this week in San Diego.  In its third year of existence, Aperio sought to make the conference and industry meeting with other vendors in attendance including Apollo, CRI, Nikon, Olympus and McKesson.  Information about the Keynote speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Hammond […]

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Registration for the NCI Biospecimen Best Practices Forums is Open

| October 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

From API Listserve: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is holding a series of public forums about the NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources, which outlines technical, operational, ethical, legal and policy principles for biospecimen resources. The purpose of these forums is to educate and obtain feedback about the NCI Best Practices from a broad range […]

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Human Protein Atlas

| October 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

The human protein atlas displays expression and localization of proteins in a large variety of normal human tissues and cancer cells. The data is publically available and presented as high resolution images of immunohistochemically stained tissues and cell lines. Available proteins can be reached through searches for specific genes or by browsing individual chromosomes. The […]

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Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge 2007

| October 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

In the journal’s 28 September 2007 issue, Science, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, is pleased to present the winners and honorable mentions in the fifth annual Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The articles linked on this page describe the accomplishments of the creative and gifted scientists, artists, and others who put the winning […]

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The Digitation of Your Medical Records

| October 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

There is widespread agreement that it’s beneficial and that it could improve all aspects of medicine, but there is also much standing in the way of electronic medical records. Computerizing medical data is an old and obvious idea. The upsides in terms of efficiency and cost have always been enormous. And yet mountains of paper […]

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Purdue researchers develop technology to detect cancer by scanning surface veins

| October 19, 2007 | 0 Comments

A new technology for cancer detection that eliminates the need for drawing blood has been developed by Purdue University researchers. Researchers from Purdue’s Cancer Center, Department of Chemistry and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering collaborated with cancer and biotechnology experts from the Mayo Clinic to develop technology to detect tumor cells within the human body. […]

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California Says No To Human RFID Tagging

| October 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) announced today that Governor Schwarzenegger signed his Senate Bill 362, which would prohibit employers and others from forcing anyone to have a radio frequency identification (RFID) device implanted under their skin. The bill will go into effect on January 1, 2008. RFID “tags” are tiny chips with miniature antennae […]

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Doctors click to networking?

| October 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

I do not understand what Sermo.com really does or why it receives the amount of press it does.  Below is a recent story that appeared in Financial Times and reported by the Associated Press.  After sometime I was able to register on the site and use it infrequently.  For pathology I find it offers little more […]

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Objectivepathology.com

| October 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

I recently met Dr. Doug Tkachuk at CAP ’07.  He runs a new Canadian pathology informatics organization, focused on enhancing and accelerating educational and diagnostic pathology workflows. Objective Pathology is building an innovative and highly capable new telepathology service. We support a growing repository of personal, peer-reviewed, institutional, and government-sponsored image collections, hosted on a […]

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Aperio Receives FDA Approval for HER2 Image Analysis Application

| October 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Press release from Aperio: Aperio Technologies, Inc., (Aperio), a global leader in digital pathology for the healthcare and life sciences industry, has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the HER2 image analysis application available through its patented ScanScope® slide scanning system. The FDA-cleared immunohistochemistry (IHC) image analysis application is […]

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