Thursday, November 19, 2015

19 November 2015: We have posted updates of the following topics

19 November 2015: 2nd Highest Traffic Day on November 18th

We are pleased that we had our second highest traffic day yesterday, November 18th, of 28,619 visits. Thanks to everyone who uses our website!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

19 November 2015: Wrapping fix now complete

We have now completed the new "wrapping" changes, so the Table of Contents of all chapters and other pages should wrap correctly with all browsers, as well as with Mobile.  Please email natpernick@gmail.com with any comments / questions / problems.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

17 November 2015: New Editorial Board Members

We welcome to our Editorial Board: Dr. Maria Martinez-Lage, Assistant Professor in Neuropathology and Surgical Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Carlos Parra-Herran, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, Canada with expertise in Gynecological pathology.

Monday, November 16, 2015

16 November 2015: New Mobile Home Page, better Wrapping

We are pleased to announce a new Home Page for mobile.  It has much less text, and makes navigation easier.  Instead of 80 chapters with separate links on the Home Page, we have divided the chapters into 17 categories, which link first to the most popular chapter in that category, which then has links to related chapters.  There is a link in the footer to return to the old format.

Every page on mobile (except the Home Page) has a menu button (3 horizontal lines, in upper right), which will return you to the Home Page if you hit it once, and return to the current page if you hit it twice.  

Let us know what you think, or if you have any questions.

We are cleaning up the "wrapping" of the table of contents of the chapters and other pages, so they display better in all browsers (they didn't always wrap properly in Safari and Chrome) and will work better with our Mobile format.  This should be completed by the end of November.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sign up for our Emails!

We have four different newsletters/emails you can sign up for and unsubscribe at any time. Click here to sign up!
  • Case of the Week: Sent 3 weeks each month. Contains an interesting pathology related case with images and a short discussion that can be reviewed in 5-10 minutes.
  • Jobs, fellowship and conference email: Sent biweekly. Lists new postings for Pathologist, PhD and other Laboratory Jobs, pathology related Fellowships, pathology related Conferences, CME, Webinars and New Products.
  • Website news and new books: Sent monthly. Lists new and updated features of the website and new books added to the Books pages. 
  • Promotions / commercial: The Promotions email is sent before USCAP and CAP/ASCP meetings, and lists special offers for our visitors. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

10 November 2015: Website slow

The website has been slow this afternoon due to problems with our hosting company.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but they are working on it.  Overall, we are pleased with our host GoDaddy.com, because performance has been very good over the past 14 years.  During the process of tracking the problem, we have learned of some minor inefficiencies with our website, and we will be fixing them to keep the website operating as smoothly as possible.  Let us know if you have any questions.

10 November 2015: Featured Article

Consumable Lab Products / Clinical Lab Analyzers Featured Article for November 
By Jaleh Mansouri, M.D.

LABORATORY CONSUMABLES: CYTOLOGY SOLUTIONS  

As in the case of histologic tissue preparation, the process of preparing and preserving cells for cytologic interpretation is of paramount  importance in achieving an accurate pathologic diagnosis. During the last couple of decades, conventional cytology preparations / smears have been largely replaced by liquid based cytology (LBC) such as the SurePath and Thin-Prep systems.  Both of these LBC systems incorporate multiple steps comprised of cell collection and preservation, filtration, and the creation of a cell monolayer enclosed within a 13 mm (SurePath) or 20 mm (ThinPrep) diameter circle.  This process allows for optimal cell morphology as well as the preservation of representative cytologic material.  LBC systems utilize cytologic methanol-based solutions such as CytoLyt and PreservCyt for the preservation of cells during collection and transport, and the lysis of blood and other materials that may obscure cellular detail.

The advent of LBC systems has facilitated the implementation of other innovations in cytology. One example is the use of automated imaging technology in the pathologic evaluation of the standardized cell monolayers. Improvements in cell preservation have also enabled the adaptation of a wide array of molecular testing kits such as UroVysion. The UroVysion Bladder Cancer Kit screens for aneuploidy in bladder cells present in urine to aid in the detection of urothelial carcinoma.  

To view more featured articles of the month by Dr. Jaleh Mansouri, visit our latest Feature page.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Recent Webinars, New Product Information and Management Page Article Posted

We recently posted a couple new webinars, from CAP and Leica Biosystems and, since the end of October, have posted New Product Announcements from Hamamatsu, Symbiodx, Kubtec and Optronics.

We also have a new Management Page article posted: "Medicare Learning Network Update: New & Revised Codes for Outpatient Hospitals", by John Berry, Vachette Pathology.

Friday, November 6, 2015

6 November 2015: Blocking of Images by Nature

The publisher Nature is still blocking many of the images from Modern Pathology or other Nature publications that we are linking to.  To get around this issue, cut and paste the URL of the image into a new tab.  This works because the image will now be loaded from your server, not ours.  We are also:

* Attempting to resolve this issue with Nature, although we have been unsuccessful for several years.  For the first year, they denied that they were blocking us at all.  Then they indicated that the block was because we were driving too much traffic to their websites.

* Asking authors to contribute their own images, which we will post on our server. 

* Posting more images on our server from other sources, such as the AFIP Third Series (not subject to copyright since published by the US Government), images contributed by Dr. Mark R. Wick, and images contributed by others who are not necessarily authors.

* As topics are updated, rearranging images in this order with labels for each section: (1) images posted on our server (not blocked, links will not go bad), (2) images from "trusted websites" unlikely to go bad, such as WebPath, WebPathology, PathoPics, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and PMC (free pubmed) journals, (3) images from other sources, (4) images from Nature publications (to warn you that they may be blocked).

* As topics are updated, removing bad links, and removing Nature links if they are being blocked and the images are not needed.

We appreciate your feedback.
  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

5 November 2015: We have posted updates of the following topics:

5 November 2015: Notice of Pricing Increase as of January 1, 2016

Please note that we will be raising our pricing on Jobs, Fellowships and Conference ads by $25 starting January 1st.  We still give a 20% discount if you pre-pay for a package of 6 or more ads of the same type.

5 November 2015: High Daily Traffic

We are pleased that we had our second highest traffic day yesterday, November 4th, of 28,555 visits.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

4 November 2015: Charitable donations from Amazon sales

We have decided to donate 10% of our Amazon.com revenue to Pathology related charities, and will announce the donations at the beginning of each quarter for the prior 3 months.  Although we will make the decision about the charities, let us know your suggestions.  They should be bona fide charities, related to Pathology in some way, and not be political.  The Amazon.com revenue derives from clicking on any Amazon.com links on our website, and then making a purchase of any type.

4 November 2015: Home Page changes

We have changed the Home Page by combining the Clinical and Anatomic Pathology sections into one section, now titled Textbook Chapters.  The aim was to make this page simpler, since both sections contained some of the same chapters, and some chapters (Drugs, Forensics) didn't readily fit into either section.

4 November 2015: Authors Needed

We are looking for Authors to write or update about 5 or more immunostains, routine stains or CD Markers.  The benefits are:

* Help pathologists throughout the world do a better job by reading your work, seen on the world's most popular pathology website.
* Add to your CV, and get your name better known in the pathology community.

Requirements include experience writing, and a commitment to excellence in writing.  Senior residents and fellows are welcome to write, but must have a staff supervisor.  Please do NOT contact us if money is your primary motivation, as we provide only a modest honorarium.

Click here for an example of a well written topic.

If interested, please send your CV, any preferences on topics and any questions to NatPernick@gmail.com or call 248/646-0325.

Monday, November 2, 2015

October Website Statistics

For October 2015, we averaged a record 22,688 visits per day (up 6% from last year), and had a record 703,355 total visits.  Our Jobs pages received a record 46,934 visits, the Fellowship pages received 6,800 visits and the Conference page received 10,180 visits.  We posted 48 Pathologist job ads in October. Thanks to everyone for your continued support and to those who stopped at our booths at CAP '15 and ASCP '15 to give us feedback.

2 November 2015: Combining of Jobs and Jobs-Other pages

We have now combined the Jobs and Jobs-Other pages into one page.  The Jobs-Other advertisements are listed by date and location, and also under the category Related.

We are also highlighting the main description for each Job ad in the summary sections, to make it easier for visitors.