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Archive for June, 2012

M.E. vs Pathology

What would the difference be between being a
pathologist and being a medical examiner?
(education requred, employment opportunities,
wages, etc..)
Thank you in advance :)


Sara Lou :-)
"I really screwed up this time…"
-Jeffrey Dahmer

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Appeal to Rafael…

Hi Rafael (I never got the chance to copy your last name)…a while back, I
posted a question regarding my mother’s suicide to which you responded on
this ng…unfortunately, my server told me that your message was ‘no longer
available’, so I’m trying again, in an attempt to get your reply. You can
send it to me by e-mail, if you want. Hopefully, you’ll read this. I’ll
refresh your memory by giving you the story again (I’m sorry for anyone who
has to read this again). My mother committed suicide 14 years ago and no
authopsies were performed. She was found lying in bed, with her arms at her
side, and a plastic bag over her head that was wrapped and tied at the neck
very thightly. My brother, who found her, noticed an empty bottle of
Halcion by the bed. My question was ‘Is it possible for her to have taken
those pills (I don’t know how many there were), then laid down and wrap her
head in this plastic bag, without any trauma or obvious force being used?
Remember that the bag was very tight against her neck. There was no
question in our minds that it was a suicide…she left a note dated four
days prior…but my brother has a hard time figuring out how she could do
something like that, all by herself, without fighting. Wouldn’t she have
‘naturally’ fought to breathe? I was just trying to find some answers for
him and your reply (again…sorry) would be greatly appreciated. France

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PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY FOR CANCER/BARRETTS ESOPHAGUS

I have, for years, had Barretts esophagus.  In May of 1997 I was diagnosed as
having cancer  of the esophagus.  To make a long story short, I went to Dr.
Bergin F.Overholt in Knoxville,  Tennessee.  There I was treated with
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).  As of this writing I am cancer free and the
Barretts is gone.  I will be happy to discuss my case with anyone needing
information.  R. T. Rogers ; PO Box 66 ; Hiwasse, Arkansas 72739-0066 ; phone
501-787-5542; e-mail rtr5…@aol.com. If you wish to contact Dr. Overholt
directly ; call the voice mail number 423-588-5121 and describe your ondition
and leave your name and number.  They will get back to you.Kindest Regards.
Tony Rogers
Kindest Regards.  Tony Rogers

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Web page on Treatment of Prolactinoma has PCO links

There is a new web page on  Treatment of Prolactinomas.  A
prolactinoma is a type of pituitary tumor that causes increased
levels of the hormone prolactin.   If not treated this causes loss
of periods and infertility (usually temporary, reversed by
treatment) in the female due to the high prolactin switching off
the ovaries.  It may also be associated with a type of polycystic
ovarian disease where the natural estrogen is low instead of high.

If you are a patient with high prolactin you may wish to take a
look.  If you have a web page that covers infertility, pituitary
tumors,  or polycystic ovarian disease you may wish to add this
link to your page.

URL:
http://www.rose.com/~chrisa/prolact.html

TITLE:
Treatment of Prolactinomas

LONG DESCRIPTION:
This site provides extensive information on the treatment of
prolactinomas.  Most is from selected abstracts from medical
journals, some from personal knowledge learned as a relative of a
prolactinoma patient.  There are some links to external sites.  
Intended to provide accurate information to patients but might
also be of interest to doctors, particularly those treating this
condition infrequently.

SHORTER DESCRIPTION:
Extensive information on treatment of prolactinomas.  Most from
selected medical journal abstracts, some from personal knowledge.  
Also external links.

KEYWORDS:
prolactinoma, pituitary, tumour, tumor, prolactin, adenoma,
macroadenoma, microadenoma, cabergoline, quinagolide

Christopher Anthistle

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External QC evaluation

Windows based program for evaluation of data recieved from EQA schemes:

Rapid data entry,

User definable template of tests/methods for each scheme,

Single or multiple samples,

Results referenced by any comination of Scheme, Distribution, Method,
Test, date range or all of these,

Traffic light colour coding of results,

Modified Westgard analysis,

Numerous high res plots including Shewhart, Cusum, Histogram, Bias
index, Target Index, Conc

Compare methods facility,

Wall charts,

Summary charts,

Trouble shooter,

For more information check out the downloadable demo at:
http://www.kitesoft.demon.co.uk

Kitesoft Ltd
Email : sa…@kitesoft.demon.co.uk
Web : http://www.kitesoft.demon.co.uk

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Qualifications

Just a question.  What are the requirements to being a pathologist?
Thank you

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I Need Your Advice

I’m praying someone can help me with this.  I have always wanted to follow a
career in thanatology, and/or the death related sciences such as embalming,
organ and tissue harvesting for donors, forensic/criminal pathology…
Paying for school never came easy and I was in and out of colleges with
scattered classes.  I have collected about 30 credits experience in Mortuary
Science at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and worked for the
better part of a year in a cryonics/tissue and skin center until they had to
downsize, and I was out.  I have fallen off the path of school having taken
on a full time job.  I need to work in my field – its in my heart and I cant
waste anymore time off  the path to my career.  My question is, can anyone
here point me in the right direction to get back on the path?  Does anyone
have knowledge of any entry level jobs or anything I can do to get back to
this field, in any manner?  Talk to me, help point me in the right
direction, because I dont have a support system around me or much guidance
for this.

Can anyone assist?  I live on Long Island, New York, and am willing to
relocate anywhere on the east coast for the right oppurtunity.

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CAP, re: LGL

Our most recent CAP hematology proficiency challenge included several
ungraded projection slides for differentiation of normal, atypical, and
large granular lymphocytes as well as plasmacytes and monocytes.

Over the past several years I have occasionally run across brief sections of
hematology texts concerning large granular lymphs.  Anyone routinely
performing WBC differentials has seen a few in clinical specimens.
Descriptions of both LGL’s themselves and a "Large Granular Lymphocytosis
(Syndrome)" vary from reference to reference.

I’m wondering if there is recent information pertaining to the clinical
signifigance of an occasional LGL in a "normal" blood or perhaps if new
information exists as to the pathology of the syndrome.  Any insight would
be appreciated.

Thanks,
Lee

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Kaytron's Newsletter

This month’s issue of the Koncepts newsletter may be downloaded, at your
convenience, by clicking the link, or by from typing in:
http://home.att.net/~rplous/kaytron_newsletters.html

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Laymen's question about pathology

I noticed this blurb from an AP story today:

" Scientists who examined brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients after
 autopsy found that a bacterium called Chlamydia pneumoniae had
 invaded brain cells in regions where Alzheimer’s damage can be
 detected. "

It went on to say that this was found in the affected brain tissues
of 17 of 19 Alzheimer’s pateints, and not in 18 of 19 controls.
This may be opportunistic infection because of other factors,
but it looks like something to investigate.

My question:  Surely hundreds if not thousands of researchers
have viewed areas of brain affected by Alzheimer’s.  Why didn’t
they notice this before?

This is also a general question as I have seen a couple
stories come out like this – that in some incurable chronic illness
that a previously unsuspected pathogen is found in the majority
of cases.  Do pathologists not notice these pathogens unless they
happen to be looking for them or just not know what they are
and suspect it is human tissure somehow transformed by the
disease?

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