Journal of Continuing Education Topics & Issues

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 1, January

Beta-Thalassemia: Orphanet J Rare Dis
Beta-thalassemias are a group of hereditary blood disorders characterized by anomalies in the synthesis of the beta chains of hemoglobin resulting in variable phenotypes ranging from severe anemia to clinically asymptomatic individuals. The total annual...
Cases in Clinical Microbiology
The case description on this page and its follow-up discussion presented elsewhere in this issue is the 21st in a series of articles presenting clinical microbiology cases that will appear in this journal. Readers should study the case description...
Cases in Clinical Microbiology
The case description on this page and its follow-up discussion presented elsewhere in this issue is the 22nd in a series of articles presenting clinical microbiology cases that will appear in this journal. Readers should study the case description...
Case Twenty One: A Case of Asymptomatic Pulmonary Nodules
Case Follow-up At the University of Texas Nocardia Laboratory, the identification was attempted utilizing PCR with a site-directed probe to the 65 kDa hsp gene. No amplification products were produced and a diagnosis of "probable aerobic actinomycetes"...
Case Twenty Two: A Disseminated Infection
Case Follow up The organism was identified as presumptive Histoplasma capsulatum. The identification was confirmed by Quest Diagnostics Laboratories using DNA probes. During treatment with liposomal amphotericin B, the patient's condition significantly...
Congenital Hypothyroidism: Orphanet J Rare Dis
Congenital hypothyroidism (CH) occurs in approximately 1:2,000 to 1:4,000 newborns. The clinical manifestations are often subtle or not present at birth. This likely is due to trans-placental passage of some maternal thyroid hormone, while many infants...
Leishmania: An Invasion (Part 1)
The Organism Leishmania is a parasitic protozoan disease that is transmitted by the bite of an infected female sand fly. The sand fly genus Phlebotomus (Old World) and Lutzomyia (New World) are largely responsible for transmission. In all, about...
President's Report
Well, it's official--we are changing the name of AMTIE from AMT Institute for Education to American Medical Technologists Institute for Excellence. We have recently updated our bylaws and mission and are currently updating our vision, strategic plan...
The Experts Speak
AMT is excited to introduce a new column--"The Experts Speak." This new addition to the Journal of Continuing Education Topics and Issues will give individuals the chance to share information in small doses (fewer than 1,000 words). The information...
The Laboratory and Kidney Disease
The kidneys are bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist. They are located near the middle of the back, just below the rib cage, one on each side of the spinal column. Every day, a person's kidneys process about 200 liters of blood to sift...