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Hot topics in microbiology: an ideal opportunity to join the BSMT grapevine

Hot topics in microbiology: an ideal opportunity to join the BSMT grapevine

The committee of the British Society for Microbial Technology reports from its annual scientific meeting, held earlier in the year at PHE Colindale in London.
Biomedical Science Congress: an exhibition of excellence

Biomedical Science Congress: an exhibition of excellence

Next month, the International Convention Centre in Birmingham will host one of the largest gatherings of biomedical and life science companies held anywhere in the world. The following selection of brief exhibitor previews provides a taste of what IBMS Biomedical Science Congress delegates and visitors may find to interest them on individual stands in the exhibition.
Inoculum standardisation device for the EUCAST disk-diffusion method

Inoculum standardisation device for the EUCAST disk-diffusion method

Support for antimicrobial susceptibility methodology is changing, and laboratories face testing times in this important area of practice. Here, Andrew Ferguson and Rahila Chaudhry assess different approaches.
OXA-48-, KPC- & NDM-type  carbapenemase-producing organism detection

OXA-48-, KPC- & NDM-type carbapenemase-producing organism detection

Multidrug resistance exhibited by a range of microorganisms is a growing problem, a prime example being that resulting from carbapenemase production. Here, Gemma Vanstone and colleagues assess the value of the RESIST-3 O.K.N. lateral-flow immunochromatography assay.
Clinical benefits of IgE antibody profiling with ImmunoCAP ISAC

Clinical benefits of IgE antibody profiling with ImmunoCAP ISAC

Since the introduction of the ISAC microarray more than a decade ago, an increasing number of allergist and other specialists have made use of its broad and detailed sensitisation profiles, as this overview from Thermo Fisher Scientific illustrates.
Harnessing the potential offered by digital pathology: an update

Harnessing the potential offered by digital pathology: an update

Pathology and cancer leaders from the UK and across Europe met in London in May at a Philips Digital Pathology Workshop to learn how a Lean-based business tool can be used to build the case for digital pathology.
Point-of care testing and EQA: a look in the current literature

Point-of care testing and EQA: a look in the current literature

The external quality assessment of point-of-care testing (POCT) has not been a prominent feature of coverage in the literature over the past decade or more, as the examples highlighted below demonstrate. However, with the ever-increasing application of POCT in modern clinical medicine, this is an area of quality management that requires attention.
Faecal immunochemical testing: introducing the service at NHS Tayside

Faecal immunochemical testing: introducing the service at NHS Tayside

Faecal immunochemical testing is a fairly recent advance in the screening of patients for inflammatory bowel disease or colorectal cancer. Success in Scotland has shown that implementation of FIT can reduce the number of unnecessary colonoscopies, as Judith Strachan explains.
New approach to D-dimer testing for the elderly in the emergency setting

New approach to D-dimer testing for the elderly in the emergency setting

With publication of the final part of Stago’s DiET study into venous thromboembolism, Laurence Loï considers the role of D-dimer testing when clinicians are faced with elderly patients in the emergency setting.
Congress: science, the profession and industry

Congress: science, the profession and industry

Next month the twelfth in the biennial Congress series will return to the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, and the focus once again will be on the very best that biomedical science and commercial colleagues have to offer. Here, Pathology in Practice provides a brief overview of the four-day event.
Antibiotic stewardship: good news, bad news and the latest updates

Antibiotic stewardship: good news, bad news and the latest updates

Although the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has issued a warning that the last line of antibiotics is failing, there are encouraging signs that antibiotic stewardship is improving, with healthcare and veterinary professionals making positive changes in prescribing practice.
Laboratory medicine: service consolidation is not the answer

Laboratory medicine: service consolidation is not the answer

Pathology services will become strategically more, not less, important as healthcare continues to embrace the world of preventative medicine. Here, Paul Lindsell argues against the case for consolidation and calls for increased investment.
Haemoglobinopathies: screening using capillary electrophoresis

Haemoglobinopathies: screening using capillary electrophoresis

Beth Mytton talks with laboratory staff to gain an insight into the experiences of four hospital sites now using capillary electrophoresis as a front-line method in the diagnosis of haemoglobinopathies.
Standard uncertainty, the building block of measurement uncertainty

Standard uncertainty, the building block of measurement uncertainty

The third in this series of articles on individual aspects of the assessment of uncertainty of measurement sees Stephen MacDonald consider the common currency of standard uncertainty, and provide some examples.
Turbocharging calprotectin testing for various intestinal inflammatory conditions

Turbocharging calprotectin testing for various intestinal inflammatory conditions

Meeting the demand for increasing faecal calprotectin assay requests has seen testing for this biomarker increase significantly over the past several years. Here, Amanda Appleton explains how use of a turbidimetric immunoassay is meeting the challenge.
Congress promises an exhibition of expertise

Congress promises an exhibition of expertise

In September the twelfth in the biennial Congress series will return to the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, the focus this year being on linking learning to the laboratory. Here, Pathology in Practice provides an early taster of the event and associated exhibition.
Assay modelling: the next step in measurement uncertainty evaluation

Assay modelling: the next step in measurement uncertainty evaluation

In this second in a series of articles on individual aspects of the assessment of uncertainty of measurement, Stephen MacDonald continues with an assessment of the impact of assay modelling.
Ovarian cancer: update on serum biomarkers

Ovarian cancer: update on serum biomarkers

A review of the NICE guideline on ovarian cancer has identified new evidence related to the diagnostic accuracy of serum tumour marker HE4 and the ROMA score, resulting in a decision to update advice on what serum tumour marker tests should be carried out routinely to aid diagnosis.
Shedding new light on the humble glass slide

Shedding new light on the humble glass slide

Pathology in Practice looks into a simple but effective solution to stop tissue sections becoming detached and floating away when faced with the processing conditions typical of techniques such immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridisation.
Coverslipping for high-quality immunohistochemistry: an automated experience

Coverslipping for high-quality immunohistochemistry: an automated experience

Quality, convenience and timely support when needed are some of the reasons why staff in histopathology at Bath are reaping the benefits of automated ClearVue coverslipping from Thermo Scientific.

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