Are Transfusions a Barrier to High-Quality End-of-Life Care in Hematology?
Dr. LeBlanc and Dr. Litzow take a look at an issue within the field consisting of hematologists referring their patients to hospice late or not at all even when there are s
Remission: More Than Meets the Eye
Dr. Teachey reviews a study that suggests that patients in morphologic remission but with high minimal residual disease have inferior outcomes.
Dr. Nancy Berliner reflects on her career; former protégé Dr. Elisabeth Battinelli pays tribute to her mentor.
Dr. Cynthia Dunbar, Dr. Janis Abkowitz, Dr. Nancy Berliner, and Dr.
Susan Shurin discuss the concerted grassroots effort to nominate women
for ASH awards.
Have you made your travel arrangements for the annual meeting - the 51st ASH Annual Meeting being held in New Orleans, LA, on December 5-8, 2009? This is a meeting you will not want to miss - we have new awards and new sessions that will capture your attention, and we also celebrate the continuing recovery from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina that prevented our previous meeting in New Orleans.
As this issue of
goes to press, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are preparing for votes on health reform legislation. The legislation to overhaul the nation's health-care system is constantly evolving: key congressional committees are advancing proposals, but battle lines continue to sharpen between Democrats and Republicans.
The recent release of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report on "Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice" has once again thrust the issues surrounding actual or potential conflicts of interest (COI) between the pharmaceutical industry and medical societies such as ASH into the spotlight of public scrutiny and debate.
As some of you may know, last summer the state of Louisiana passed the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows teachers to "use supplemental textbooks" in the classroom to "help students critique and review scientific theories." Scientists denounced the law as a back-door effort to sneak creationism into the classrooms. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and 94 to 3 in the House, and Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law last June - despite warnings that it could harm the state's reputation.
I hope that by this time in the New Year your resolutions have not completely waned and that you are still inspired by the possibilities for great things in 2009. I continue to bask in the glow of our historical inauguration and its promise for renewed collaboration and civil discourse. The unprecedented national and international media coverage of the inauguration underscores again how small our world has become, and so it seems especially appropriate that this year at ASH should be marked by new global initiatives that will strengthen our ties with the international hematology community.
July-August 2018Volume 15, Issue 4
A new Compendium providing updated clinical information to "Ask the Hematologist" articles published in The Hematologist from 2010 to 2015 is now available.
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