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THE CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS For Laboratory Professionals Newsletter: Volume 2, Issue 2 Anguilla

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Councillor Spring Report

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Dietary Supplements

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Creating a Healthy Working

Distributed: September 2012

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Environment

Lyndelle Joseph

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Test Your Knowledge

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The Bulletin Board

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Distributed July, 2013

CONTRIBUTORS FOR JUNE:

Chris Seay (USA) Shannon Newman (USA) Helpguide.org Delphia Theophane (St. Lucia) Jamin Hanley (St. Kitts) Janice Wissart (Jamaica) Bonaventia Culmer (The Bahamas)

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Word from the Liaison: Chis Seay (AMT)

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Greetings to all,

As my first year as the CASMET Liaison winds up, I must admit that the year has been a learning and growing experience. I love the communication and camaraderie between the regions and the people, and I want to thank everyone for making me feel that I am a part of the CASMET family. Through it all, I have learned that the commonality of it all is the desire that CASMET and AMT grow and represent the field of Medical Technology in the Caribbean region.

I am looking forward to the AMT national meeting in July. Next will be the BGM in October and AMT will be present at the BGM. AMT has a yearly meeting, whilst CASMET has a meeting every two years.

I would like to stress the importance of attending these meetings. This is a time of business and fellowship. Business is what keeps these organizations operating. Fellowship is what keeps the organizations functioning as cohesive units. Be supportive. A lot of hard work goes into making these meetings a success. Because healthcare is rapidly growing and changing, it is important that all medical personnel maintain proficiency in their fields. Hope to see many friends and colleagues in Pittsburgh and Nassau.

However, one issue that has surfaced is that some members have stated that they have not been receiving communications from AMT. If you are an active AMT member and have not been receiving correspondence and magazines from AMT, please contact Diane Powell at dpowell@americanmedtech.org. Diane is working and will

work to get you correspondence that you have may not have received.

Thanks,

Chris

A QUOTE OF NOTE:

“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.

Don't walk in front of me; I may not

follow.

Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

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The Councillor Comments: Spring 2013

The AMT Council held our Spring meeting February 28 and March 1, 2013. It was a very busy and productive meeting.

Make plans to attend this year's National meeting. The upcoming National Meeting and Educational Seminar to be held in Pittsburgh, PA on July 8th - 12th was the focus of much of our meeting. This year's seminar continues our effort to provide you with a more concise meeting that maintains the high quality educational opportunities to which we have become accustomed.

This year's meeting will be held in the Omni William Penn Hotel. This hotel chain has some wonderful guest perks available to those who sign up for their Omni Select Program. This can be done when making your reservations on their web site at your leisure. (Complimentary Wi-Fi service, Complimentary Morning Beverage Delivery, (coffee, tea, or soft drink), Complimentary Pressing of 2 items, Choice of Free Nights or Airline Miles, Complimentary Bottled Water Night of Arrival, Complimentary Shoeshine, Complimentary Newspaper of Your Choice Daily, Evening Housekeeping Service, Including Turndown, Customized Room Preferences) Remember, you must register for the Omni Select Guest program beforehand in order to receive the above-mentioned amenities. So when you make your hotel reservation, do take the time to register for the Omni Select Guest program as well. Members and their family and friends who join them on this trip will find many cultural and sightseeing opportunities to enjoy in the Pittsburgh area before and after the meeting and during their free time. Room rate is $119.00 a night plus 14% taxes valid from July 2- July 15th.

It was announced at our meeting that the 2014 meeting will be held July 7th - 11th, 2014 in Chicago, IL at the Drake Hotel. For those of you who have been wishing for an exotic meeting location, your wishes have been granted for 2015. We will be meeting in late June, 2015 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel in Kohala Coast, Hawaii. Now, is the time to start saving and plan for what will prove to be a wonderful time.

Another focus of our Spring Council meeting was the final selection of AMT members who will be receiving national awards at the meeting in Pittsburgh. Notices to the winners will be sent out from the AMT National office in the near future.

I would like to remind you of the North Carolina AMT State Society's storyboard challenge at this year's national meeting.

A flyer about this challenge has been forwarded to your state presidents. I would challenge the entire Southern District to accept this challenge.

Finally, don't forget to celebrate Laboratory Professionals Week, April 22 - 28, 2013.

I wish for all of you a wonderful spring meeting. I am looking forward to seeing many of you this summer in Pittsburg.

Shannon H. Newman, BSMT AMT Southern District Councillor

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HELPGUIDE.org

What are dietary supplements?

Primitive and ancient civilizations relied on herbs for healing,

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) defines a dietary supplement as a product that:

supplements the food you eat;

contains one or more dietary ingredient (including vitamins; minerals; herbs or other botanicals; amino acids, and other substances);

comes in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form; and

is labeled as a dietary supplement.

There are different types of dietary, or nutritional, supplements. Vitamin and mineral supplements are types of dietary supplements containing micronutrients meant to help a healthy body function smoothly. Herbal (or botanical) supplements are dietary supplements that have a medicinal purpose. Herbal supplements generally support a specific area of the body’s health, such as the liver, bones or skin.

Health benefits of vitamin and mineral supplements

Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients that serve a specific purpose and benefit the body in a unique way. For example, vitamin A supports vision and bone growth, whereas vitamin

E strengthens the immune system and helps repair DNA.

Vitamin and mineral deficiency can impair the body’s ability

to heal and protect itself.

Taking vitamins does not make up for an unhealthy diet, and vitamins are an insufficient substitute for nutrients from fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. However, a general multivitamin and mineral supplement can be a good safeguard against periodic vitamin shortfalls in your diet.

Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements are different from vitamin and mineral supplements in that they are considered to have medicinal value. Herbs, also known as botanicals, are one of humanity's oldest health care tools, and the basis of many modern medicines.

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as do many contemporary cultures throughout the world. In fact, the World Health Organization has estimated that 80% of the world's population continues to use traditional therapies, a major part of which are derived from plants.

If you are taking other medications, refrain from taking herbal supplements without first checking with your doctor. Herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs can combine to cause adverse side effects. Just because an herbal supplement is extracted from a “natural” source does not render it any less potent than any other chemicals you may ingest.

Who can benefit from vitamin and mineral supplements?

In general, children and adults might benefit from taking one multivitamin per day. A multivitamin helps provide a consistent source of the necessary vitamins and micronutrients. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, "a daily multivitamin, and maybe an extra vitamin D supplement, is a great way to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need to be healthy."

However, the very first consideration is to eat a healthy diet. Even the best supplement is no substitute for good nutrition. In many Western countries, people tend to consume foods that are high in calories, but lack nutrients that are vital for good health. Some groups of people, because of distinct nutritional needs, benefit most from taking a vitamin and mineral supplement:

Women of childbearing age (need extra calcium and iron)

Pregnant or lactating women

Children and teenagers with irregular eating habits

Seniors

Vegetarians or vegans (may be deficient in key nutrients)

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Dieters or people avoiding certain food groups (may be deficient in key nutrients)

People with eating disorders or medical conditions (deficiency diseases, absorption problems, lactose intolerance, etc.)

People who often eat processed and fast food

Ensuring smart supplementation

The word “supplement” means something added. In this case, you’re “adding” to a basic healthy diet and lifestyle, or to a prescription medication or therapy to treat a medical condition. An herbal supplement or vitamin regimen on its own will not necessarily cure or treat your condition or heath problem. It’s also important to remember that not all supplements are beneficial, especially when taken in toxic doses or combined with other medications.

The media loves exciting headlines, so the moment an herb or vitamin is tentatively shown to be beneficial in some way; it is touted as the next miracle cure. Advertising can be misleading as well, promising us “totally safe”, “natural”, and “quick and effective” solutions to many health problems. You can keep yourself from falling prey to false promises by researching any product you are considering taking. Make sure there is good scientific research that supports the claims of the supplement’s marketers.

Before you decide to take a dietary supplement, ask yourself:

1. Do I need this supplement?

2. Do I know that this supplement is safe?

3. Does this supplement interact with any drug or food I am consuming?

4. Do I know that this supplement works?

5. Can I afford this supplement?

6. Do I know enough about this supplement?

Dietary supplement safety

Homeopathic vs. Herbal Supplements: What’s in a name?

Homeopathy uses natural substances derived from botanical, animal, or mineral sources in micro doses to assist the body's natural mechanisms for protecting and healing itself. In the U.S., homeopathic medicines are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but in different ways than other drugs. Manufacturers of homeopathic drugs are deferred from submitting new drug applications to FDA and their products are exempt from good manufacturing practice requirements. However, homeopathic drugs in solid oral dosage form must have an imprint that identifies the manufacturer, the active ingredient, and dosage strength, and indicates that the drug is homeopathic. Herbal remedies are made from parts of whole plants. Herbal supplements are not regulated as medicines by the FDA and thus can make unsubstantiated health claims.

Dietary supplements may not be risk-free under certain circumstances. Be sure to consult your health practitioner before purchasing or taking any supplement if you are pregnant, nursing a baby, or have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease. Also, while vitamin and mineral supplements are generally considered safe for children, you may wish to check with your doctor before giving these or any other dietary supplements to your child.

In many cases dietary supplements and homeopathic remedies can be marketed without providing evidence of safety or efficacy. In order for a product to get removed from the shelves in the United States, for example, the FDA must prove that it is dangerous and that is often to the detriment of the consumer.

Supplement manufacturers are allowed to make claims regarding health, nutritional content, and structure/function, subject only to limited restrictions.

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Health claims describe a relationship between a dietary supplement ingredient and reducing the risk of a disease or health-related condition. For example, the label on a bottle of Evening Primrose Oil capsules might claim that the product, "Provides relief from symptoms associated with PMS and menopause such as cramps, hot flashes, breast tenderness, and moodiness."

When selecting a nutritional, dietary, or herbal supplement, keep in mind the following:

Nutritional, dietary, and herbal supplement manufactures are not are required to run studies to determine product safety or efficacy.

In the U.S., the FDA does not analyze the contents of dietary supplements.

Dietary supplement manufacturers in the U.S. must meet the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for food, but some companies also follow the GMP for drugs on a voluntary basis.

Specific health claims on dietary supplement labels in the U.S. are not approved by the FDA and must also include a disclaimer that states the nutritional supplement is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

Daily Value (DV) describes the recommended daily intake of a particular nutritional supplement, if one is established.

In addition, keep in mind the following safety concerns when taking vitamin or mineral supplements:

Don't substitute dietary supplements for medication

If you’re considering using a dietary supplement in place of drugs, consult your health care provider first. And remember, just because it is “natural” doesn’t mean it’s gentler or more beneficial to your body. Many supplements contain active ingredients that have strong biological effects and their safety is not assured.

. Caution: Interactions with other medications

Some dietary supplements may interact with other supplements or prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Taking a combination of supplements or using the products with medications (whether prescription or OTC drugs) can cause dangerous interactions which could be life-threatening.

Some common negative interactions:

Calcium can interact with heart medicine, certain diuretics, and aluminum and magnesium-containing antacids.

Magnesium can interact with certain diuretics, some cancer drugs, and magnesium-containing antacids.

Vitamin K can interact with blood thinners like Coumadin.

St. John's Wort is known to adversely affect selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs (i.e., anti- depressant drugs), and birth control pills.

Some dietary supplements can have unwanted effects during surgery

You may be asked to stop taking certain products 2 to 4 weeks ahead of time to avoid potentially dangerous supplement/drug interactions, such as changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and increased bleeding. Talk with your doctor about everything you are taking before the surgery vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements, as well as medications.

Some dietary supplements are known to be dangerous

Just because a product is on the market does not mean it is definitely safe. There are some known toxic herbs that are still available to the consumer, such as: aristolochia (linked to kidney failure and cancer in the U.S., China, Europe, and Japan); yohimbe (a sexual stimulant linked to heart and respiratory problems); bitter orange (has effects similar to those of the banned stimulant ephedra); and chaparral (linked to liver damage).

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How to research dietary supplements

1. Safety and Efficacy: Before you embark on a supplement regiment, be sure that what you’re going to take is safe and effective. The National Institute of Health Office of Dietary Supplements offers fact sheets on most herbal dietary supplements, including safety aspects. See Resources and References section below for the link.

2. Dosage: The Mayo Clinic offers a searchable database of supplements, also in the Resources and References section below. It rates the efficacy of a supplement for various health conditions, explains safety concerns, and details recommended dosage information for adults and children.

3. Quality: Look for “standardized” products from manufacturers participating in the US Pharmacopeia’s Dietary Supplement Verified Program or those carrying the NSF International mark of safety.

A seal from one of these organizations indicates a dietary supplement has met certain manufacturing standards, such as uniformity, cleanliness, and freedom from environmental contaminants, including lead, mercury, and drugs. Each group has different standards and processes, but the goal of each is to certify that herbal supplements meet certain safety and purity criteria.

Authors: Gina Kemp, M.A., Lawrence Robinson, and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. Last updated: May 2013.

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Creating a Healthy Working Environment - A Shared Responsibility! Guidelines to a “No Gossip” Policy in the workplace!

By Delphia Theophane with an extract from www.baselinemag.com

Delphia Theophane with an extract from www.baselinemag.com S cientists at the National Institute for Occupational

S cientists at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH),in the United States, define a healthy organization as “one whose culture, climate and practices create an environment that promotes employee health and safety as well as organizational effectiveness” emphasizing the importance of an organizational climate in which employees feel valued and are able to resolve group conflicts.

Organizational culture, internal and external customer relations, personnel policies and meaningful recognition systems, communication methods, cultural diversity and sensitivity, support of personal wellness, availability of adequate resources including appropriate staffing, authentic leadership and many others all contribute to the “health” of an organization.

Healthy work environments do not happen overnight nor do they just happen, instead, building and strengthening healthy work environments require changing long standing cultures and traditions. A healthy work environment benefits all employees and increases performance. It can enhance employee satisfaction and, ultimately, patient care.

One step towards creating a healthier working environment is through sensitization of all staff of the “healthy work environment concept” followed by a commitment from all staff to share the responsibility. A sure step to making strides to healthier workplace is by tackling GOSSIP!

Gossip is a destructive force in the workplace. It ruins relationships, harms reputations and interferes with productivity. Most importantly, it damages employee morale and can make a workplace a place where people dread coming each morning. Guidelines to creating a no gossip policy in the workplace are as follows!

1. Define Gossip! Quite simply, gossip is anything negative

that’s said out of the hearing range of the person being discussed. If you have negative feedback about someone’s work performance, you should discuss it with him or hernot with anyone else. Positive comments are not considered gossip, and celebrity gossip is still safe territory.

2. Agree on a “no-gossip” policy. After you define gossip,

everyone in your organization should agree to a “no-gossip zone” policy. To create such a zone, everyone on your team must be on board, because gossip is a contagious and easily transmittable social malady. If some team members refuse to agree to a no-gossip policy, you might have to consider letting them go. People who aren’t willing to work together as a team to create a better work environment are not the best employees, and they may cause morale and productivity problems with other staff members.

3. Communicate authentically. In place of gossip, employees need to learn how to communicate authentically with one another. This type of communication replaces the need for gossip, since people who are able to speak honestly and openly have no need to whisper behind each other’s backs. Authentic communication is based on one simple principle: If you have an issue or complaint concerning someone in the workplace, talk to that person about it. Employees should address their issues with each other as they come up, rather than bottling them up or taking days to confront the situation.

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4. Speak the truth. When communicating, avoid accusations, name-calling and other inauthentic tactics. Instead, say only

what is true for you. You can do this by voicing an emotion, a physical sensation or a thought. For example, “I feel angry when you interrupt me in meetings” (emotion); “I feel sick to my stomach when you yell at me” (physical sensation); or

“I think that you don’t value my time when you are late to our conference calls” (thought).

By speaking only what is true for you, you can avoid getting into the blame game or arguing over petty details. You get right to the heart of the matter, which means you can solve the issue quickly and move on.

5. Make a no-gossip zone part of your workplace culture. After implementing a no-gossip zone in your workplace, it will become part of your culture and daily life.

A successful “No Gossip” policy adds value to your organization culture, internal and external customer relations,

personnel policies, communication methods, cultural diversity and sensitivity issues and supports authentic leadership, all of which have been cited as factors that contribute to creating a healthy organization to be shared and enjoyed by everyone.

 A groundless rumor often covers a lot of ground. – Proverb  It is

A groundless rumor often covers a lot of ground. Proverb

It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay. - Eric Hoffer

Eyesight is more powerful than hearsay. - Icelandic Proverb

To gossip is like playing checkers with an evil spirit: you win occasionally but are more often trapped at your own game. - Native American Proverb

Who gossips to you will gossip of you. - Puerto Rican Proverb

Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't. - Earl Wilson

Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid. - Walter Winchell

You shall reap what you plant; if you plant gossip you will harvest intrigues, if you plant love you will harvest happiness.

Good news is rumored and bad news flies. - Honduran Proverb

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LYNDELLE JOSEPH- MAKING A DIFFERENCE

WRITTEN BY GIS DOMINICA ON 23 JANUARY 2013.

A DIFFERENCE WRITTEN BY GIS DOMINICA ON 23 JANUARY 2013. Young Dominican Lyndelle Joseph, through the
A DIFFERENCE WRITTEN BY GIS DOMINICA ON 23 JANUARY 2013. Young Dominican Lyndelle Joseph, through the

Young Dominican Lyndelle Joseph, through the efforts of Government to educate Dominica’s youth, is making a difference in the fight against cervical cancer. Lyndelle who benefitted from a full government scholarship is back home from studies in St. Kitts where she spent six months specialising in Gynaecological Cytology.

Lyndelle recently graduated valedictorian of the first class of Mediserve Cytology Training School.

GIS news met with Lyndelle at the Medical Lab of the Princess Margaret Hospital where she is currently employed as a Gynaecological Cytologist.

“Gynaecological Cytology is the study of cells predominantly

in pap smears

pre-cancerous conditions in pap smears.”

Joseph said she went into the field because she wanted to fill the need in the sector.

“I knew that there was a need for trained professionals to screen the pap smears coming into the lab because there was not enough trained persons going into the field. When I was approached by my superiors here at the lab to find out whether I was interested I jumped at the opportunity because I knew it was something that was needed and very important for the [welfare]of the public.

She says she is passionate about her job and pleased that she can help make a difference in the disturbing statistics which represent the cervical cancer rate in the Caribbean.

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“It’s nice to come to come to work every day and know that what I do could save somebody’s life every single day because cervical cancer in killing women in this part of the world: the Caribbean and Latin America at a very alarming rate. In North America and Europe because of extensive cervical cancer screening, the number of cervical cancer fatalities is reduced almost to nothing. In the Caribbean and Dominica, women who are still young and in child-bearing years are dying of a cancer that is completely 100 percent preventable.”

Lyndelle feels strongly that Dominican women should look after their health and protect themselves by early detection from cervical cancer.

She described the process which can help save a woman’s life. “You go to your health care provider, who will take a clinical history, then you will be asked to lie down and a swab of cervical cells will be taken using a speculum. The cells will then be placed on a slide and sent to the laboratory. The entire process is painless and non-invasive and somewhat comfortable as long as you feel secure with your health care provider. The procedure will not be terribly uncomfortable.”

“After the slide is taken it is sent to lab, here we log it, stain it and it is read. If there is some abnormality or pre-malignant condition, that case will be referred to the pathologist who will agree or disagree and make her own recommendations. A report is then made which is sent to the health care provider,” she said.

Lyndelle performed a brief demonstration of her role in the process as gynaecological cytologist.

She urged Dominican women to take control of their cervical health.

“It is very important to get regular cervical cancer screenings, you can get them at your health centres and it is so important to get the pap smears done and to follow up on the results. Women should also follow the recommendations of their health care providers. No woman has to die from cervical cancer.”

Lyndelle says she’s thankful for the opportunity provided for her by Government to give back to Dominican women.

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

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Renal Function

11 TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE - Renal Function By Janice Wissart 5. All of the following concerning

By Janice Wissart

5. All of the following concerning blood levels of creatinine is true except:

(a)

its excretion is mainly but not exclusively through glomerular filtration

(b)

its estimation using the Jaffe method involves the complexing of creatinine with alkaline picrate

(b)

it is used as an energy store by the muscles

(c)

it is synthesised from the spontaneous dehydration of creatine.

6. The best assessor of glomerular filtration rate is:

(a)

urea clearance

(b)

creatinine clearance

(c)

inulin clearance

(d)

uric acid clearance

For each of the questions below, choose and circle the best answer.

1. The functional unit of the kidney, the nephron, is composed of:

(a)

cortex and medulla

(b)

glomerulus and Bowman’s capsule

(c)

tubular system and glomerulus

(d)

glomerulus and cortex.

2. The percentage of filtered sodium reabsorbed by the proximal tubules is approximately:

(a)

60%

(b)

99%

(c)

66%

(d)

80%.

3. The term non-protein nitrogen refers to:

(a)

all nitrogen containing compounds in plasma

(b)

all compounds which are metabolites of protein

(c)

all nitrogen containing compounds in plasma except proteins

(d)

all compounds which are metabolites of nucleotides.

7. The interpretive value of serum creatinine estimation in early renal damage can be improved by:

(a)

performing creatinine tests over a few days

(b)

measuring creatinine in urine

(c)

determining a urea : creatinine ratio

(d)

all of the above.

8. Urine urea was requested on a patient. The Technologist used the modified Berthelot method in performing the test. This would result in:

4. All of the following concerning serum urea are true except:

(a)

(a)

its level in serum can be measured by the Berthelot reaction

(b)

(b)

it is the largest contributor to the total non-protein nitrogen

(c)

(c)

it is a specific indicator of renal function

(d)

(d)

it can be used to assess liver function.

an overestimation of the urea value

an underestimation of the urea value

no effect on the urea value

the urea value would be “normal”.

Answers to the quiz in the next edition

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May 1 st , 2013

Dear Medical Laboratory Professional:

RE: BIENNIAL GENERAL MEETING AND SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM 2013

The Caribbean Association of Medical Technologists (CASMET) is scheduled to host its Biennial General Meeting (BGM) and Scientific Symposium in Nassau, Bahamas from October 20 th to October 26 th , 2013 at The Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Meeting and Scientific Symposium are being hosted by The Bahamas Branch of CASMET. During this period, Laboratory Professionals from throughout the Caribbean, USA and around the world come together to share in a number of activities, attend CE seminars and workshops, as well as to plan activities for the Association for the next two (2) years.

The BGM is also used as a forum to update and provide Laboratory Professionals with new and important information pertaining to their profession and to retain the interest of Laboratory Professionals in the region.

Some of the proposed activities for this meeting include:-

I. Production of a BGM magazine

II. Seminars presented by Health Experts and Laboratory Professionals

presented by Health Experts and Laboratory Professionals III. Exhibits by Laboratory Suppliers and other Stakeholders

III. Exhibits by Laboratory Suppliers and other Stakeholders

IV. An Awards Banquet

V. A Bahamian Night

VI. Biennial General Meeting

We invite you to attend and to join with us in making the event a success. If you represent a company or provide laboratory products, we hope that your company will use this avenue as a means of promoting your products and services as well to provide assistance for the development of Laboratory Professionals in the Caribbean.

If you require any further information, please feel free to contact any of the following local branch members:

Mrs. Bonaventia Culmer

Chairperson

1-242-328-3518, bculmer@hotmail.com

Ms. Lynette Saunders

Vice Chairperson

Mrs. Yvonne Mortimer

Treasurer

Mr.

Mario Williams

Asst. Treasurer

Respectfully,

Asst. Treasurer mar41_lonzer@hotmail.com Respectfully, …………………………… Grant A. Lambert M.T .,

…………………………… Grant A. Lambert M.T., (AAB) AHI, (AMT) President Caribbean Association of Medical Technologists

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In keeping with our commitment to helping you make the most of your job search,

In keeping with our commitment to helping you make the most of your job search, ASCP is pleased to

inform you of the exciting new changes to the ASCP Career Center.

Our May 29th release consists of a more optimal mobile viewing experience, newly formatted job seeker pages, simplified navigation, and prominent placement of valuable content. Here is a brief overview of the enhancements we have implemented to offer a more cohesive look and improve the job seeker experience:

UPGRADED JOB SEEKER DETAIL PAGES

A contemporary layout and better organized content gives candidates an immediate snapshot of ASCP's

entire suite of career services. Career resources, association news and fresh content are embedded within

every job seeker page to make it easier to find the information you need.

NEW CAREER CENTER LANDING PAGE

In keeping with industry standards, the main job seeker page will function as the initial starting point of

the ASCP Career Center. All job seeker components will now have better placement within the new landing page and eliminate the number of clicks that you need to take in order to access important information.

RESPONSIVE DESIGN ELEMENTS By incorporating Responsive Design elements into the newly upgraded job seeker pages, the ASCP Career Center enhances your viewing experience by automatically shifting and resizing the career center pages based on the type and orientation of the mobile device that you are using.

CHECK OUT THE LATEST ENHANCEMENT BY VISITING THE ASCP CAREER CENTER TODAY!

using. CHECK OUT THE LATEST ENHANCEMENT BY VISITING THE ASCP CAREER CENTER TODAY! http://careers.ascp.org/jobseekers/

http://careers.ascp.org/jobseekers/

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Recipes to Try

Orange Smoothie Ingredients 1 bag (12oz) broccoli cuts 1 cup mango chunks ½ cup carrot

Orange Smoothie

Ingredients

1 bag (12oz) broccoli cuts

1 cup mango chunks

½ cup carrot juice

½ cup orange juice

1 tablespoon sugar

Directions

1. Cook broccoli as directed on package, rinse

with cold water until cooled. Drain

2. In blender, place ¼ cup cooked broccoli and remaining ingredients

3. Cover, blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until smooth

blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until smooth Directions Italian Vegetable Bake (

Directions

Italian Vegetable Bake (www.sparkpeople.com)

I ntroduction

This colorful low-sodium cholesterol-free vegetable baked dish is prepared without any added fat.

Ingredients

1 can (28 oz.) whole tomatoes

1 medium onion, sliced

1/2 lb. fresh green beans, sliced 1/2 lb. fresh okra, cut into 1/2" pieces or 3/4 cup (1/2 10 oz. pkg) frozen okra 3/4 cup finely chopped green pepper

2 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil, or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

1-1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves, or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

3 medium (7" long) zucchini, cut into 1" cubes

1 medium eggplant, pared and, cut into 1" cubes

2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

1. Drain and coarsely chop tomatoes. Save liquid. Mix together tomatoes and reserved liquid, onion, green beans, okra, green pepper, lemon juice, and herbs. Cover and bake at 325º F for 15 minutes.

2. Mix in zucchini and eggplant and continue baking, covered, 60-70 more minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir occasionally.

3. Sprinkle top with parmesan cheese just before serving.

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This Newsletter is a production of the Education Committee of the Caribbean Association of Medical Technologists

All rights reserved @ March 31 St 2012

of the Education Committee of the Caribbean Association of Medical Technologists All rights reserved @ March

Education Committee Contact Information:

Earther Went (Chairperson): ewent@bcc.edu.bb Sashoy Duncan: sashoyforbes@hotmail.com Marcia Robinson- Walters: brian_0299@hotmail.com Delphia Theophane: djphia41@hotmail.com Tamara Chambers: tamara.chambers@ncu.edu.jm Janice Wissart: jwissart@yahoo.co.uk