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ASCP in the News: Media Recognizes ASCP Members

Monday, June 03, 2013

ASCP reaped a bonanza of media recognition for ASCP members and its activities during May, from a research study first unveiled at the ASCP 2012 Annual Meeting about germs on babies' pacifiers to an op-ed by Steven Kroft, MD, FASCP, ASCP President Elect, about whether human genomes can be patented or not. To date, the pacifier story has generated 476 stories and reached more than 38 million people. The pacifier story was picked up by America Now, a national, daily TV newsmagazine co-hosted by Bill Rancic. Mr. Rancic and his wife, Giuliana, spoke at the ASCP 2012 Annual Meeting about Giuliana’s difficult decision to undergo a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, and they encouraged all women to be proactive about their breast health. A story titled, Harmful Bacteria Found on Pacifiers was picked up by an NBC-TV affiliate in Moselle, Mo., and Fox News ran the story, titled, “Want Tots without allergies? Try sucking on their pacifiers.” To date, the pacifier story has generated 476 stories and reached more than 38 million people.

A research study first unveiled at the ASCP 2012 Annual Meeting about germs on baby’s pacifiers has now generated 476 stories and reached more than 38 million people. 

Medical Laboratory Observer published an op-ed by Dr. Kroft about the case before the U.S. Supreme Court, "Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics," contesting whether human genes can be patented or not. ASCP is on of the original plantiffs in the long-fought case and contends that human genes are a product of nature, so they cannot be subject to patent law. The Supreme Court is expected to decide by June 30.

The Annals of Family Medicine noted ASCP’s participation in the ChoosingWisely campaign, an American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation initiative that encourages physicians to think twice about performing or ordering certain tests and treatments.

WatchList.com picked up a story, ASCP Members Rally Around Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness, about ASCP members raising more than $6,000 for Bright Pink®, the organization that empowers young women to be proactive with their breast and ovarian health.

ASCP’s advocacy on behalf of members was noted in a Newswise article, Professional Societies Delineate Concerns, Offer Recommendations Regarding Interim Pricing for Molecular Tests, which highlighted the efforts of a coalition of 120,000 medical and laboratory professionals and institutions, including ASCP, urging changes in the new Medicare prices for molecular pathology testing in the United States.

The CapeGazette.com ran a story about the Delaware winners of the 2013 Siemens–ASCP Scholarships, which supports students who are pursuing a career in laboratory medicine.


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