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Don’t You … Forget About (C)ME

As you walk away from the 2020 Annual Meeting, don’t forget about continuing education credits. Here are some FAQs, and complete info can be found on the ASH website. Is CME/MOC available? Attendees do not need to attend the live sessions as they air in order to claim...

Classical Hits: A Hematology Review

I’m with Dr. Alice Ma on this one. Classical hematology, or the study of nonmalignant, but not so “benign,” hematologic conditions evokes an image of white bearded, Latin speaking, tweed blazer (with elbow patches) wearing physicians, gathering in dusty, musty...

A Year to Remember

In ancient times, the Babylonians made commitments to their gods at the start of each year to return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans made similar promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. And still today, with each new year,...

Behind the Podium: Q&A With Dr. Courtney DiNardo

Despite her high profile, Dr. Courtney DiNardo shies away from the spotlight. I am grateful that she took the time to provide insight into the evolution of her career and recent advances in employing “epigenetic targeting” therapies in the treatment of AML. ASH News...

A River Runs Through It

The legacy of E. Donnall Thomas is one that defies comparison, rivaled perhaps only by Marie Curie and Sidney Farber, in his success creating entirely new fields of both scientific exploration and clinical care. The “Father of Bone Marrow Transplantation,” Dr. Thomas...

Lymphoma Here, Lymphoma There, Lymphoma Everywhere!

Treatment of lymphoma has come a long way since the 1600s when it was first described by Dr. Marcello Malpighi as “a disease of lymph nodes and spleen that was uniformly fatal.” Recent advances, ranging from chimeric antigen receptor T cells to antibody-drug...

Finding Common Ground

When patients present for surgery, they have well-defined expectations of those involved. The surgeon performs the surgery. When patients bleed, the hematologist tells them why (“someone just cut you open”). A distant scientist identifies a treatment for that why...

Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” I love this book. I love Dr. Seuss. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss reminds me of the tumultuous journey that is the treatment of pediatric cancer....

What a-Treat!

Any physician treating malignancy is acutely aware of the fact that the adverse effects of our treatments can sometimes be as bad as the disease that we are treating. Severe thrombocytopenia is a common complication of treatment for hematologic malignancies and can...

It’s a Marathon… and a Sprint?

In the running of a marathon, it is always necessary to run the first mile to get to the 23rd. There is no avoiding the hard work of the race to skip to the finish. Nevertheless, without conserving some energy and saving a certain amount of intestinal fortitude while...

AML-ing While Black: Race, AML and Survival Discrepancies in America

Owning an automobile became increasingly attainable to African Americans in the early 1960s and ‘70s, affording increasing freedom of mobility over the past five decades. With that freedom, came increased discrimination and violence. Driving While Black: Race, Space...

‘Roids Are All the Rage in Hematology

Hormones are used throughout the field of hematology, from using glucocorticoids to treat autoimmune cytopenias and leukemia, to prescribing oral contraceptives for women with heavy menstrual bleeding. In a consultative role, hematologists are often asked to assess...

Waiting in the Tall Grass

Adoptive immunotherapy, including both allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) and chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) constructs, is one of the few modalities that can offer cure for several aggressive hematologic malignancies. Too often...

Brain Sense and Sensitivity: More or Less?

In Charles Dickens’ classic 1838 novel, Oliver Twist, a starving orphan boy living in the parish workhouse, unsatisfied by the meager portions provided by the master, says to him, “Please sir, I want some more.” He then bears the wrath of the unleashed anticipated...

I Spy With My “Nano” Eye…

Producing red cells on a large scale for clinical use has been fraught with challenges, necessitating further elucidation of the processes. A further understanding of the ultrastructure of both the mature erythrocyte cytoskeleton and the various stages of...

Diagnostics Today? Whatever it Takes

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller As physicians, we have all been there — an hour into a patient encounter, feeling our patience waning and sensing the growing backups in the waiting room as we try to explain the limitations and...

The eX-factors of Hematopoiesis

In designing and controlling production systems, in a symphony, in manufacturing, or in any assembly process, internal and external controls are both prerequisite and vital. That is no different for the environmental milieus (fetal liver or bone marrow) managing the...

Life Finds a Way

In the beginning, there was chaos. Inorganic compounds swirled in and out of phase, light and dark, mixed in a haze of lifeless yet limitless potential; physics and chemistry unrepentantly contemplated the depths of their power with no regard for their as yet...

Shemostasis!

As a self-proclaimed “shematologist” who loves all things “shemostasis,” I found the Education Program session “Selected Hemostasis and Thrombosis Topics in Women” (live Q&A Sunday, December 6, at 12:00 noon Pacific time) to be just my cup of tea. The same way we...

Diagnosis, Prognosis, Thrombosis!

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) causes a significant burden of illness across low-, middle-, and high-income countries, with 10 million cases occurring annually. In the United States and Europe, VTE-related events are responsible for more deaths than AIDS, breast cancer,...

2020 Update on Precision Medicine Initiatives

Precision medicine encompasses all approaches that use patient- and disease-specific information to prevent, diagnose, and treat a disease, and applying its principles to hematologic diseases is a priority for ASH. The use of genome sequencing and genomic profiling is...

In the Future, All Blood Is Red

This year, at medical schools across the country, students will virtually attend a series of lectures on the ethics of medicine, during which they’ll learn words like “paternalism” and “therapeutic alliance,” “egalitarianism” and “stewardship,” and “beneficence” and...

A New Angle for #ASH20

As an introvert, I am relieved that the virtual platform means avoiding the masses and dodgy coffee. As a human, I mourn the loss of tradition and sense of normalcy. Like most other aspects of 2020, the 62nd ASH Annual Meeting will operate with an “improvise, adapt,...

Catching Up With the Blood Editors

Near the end of 2019, as the 61st ASH Annual Meeting in Orlando was upon us, Blood’s incoming Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Nancy Berliner, and Deputy Editor, Dr. Andrew Roberts, discussed in ASH News Daily their shared number-one editorial goal: “to make the journal more...

ASH-a-Palooza and Trainee Services at the Annual Meeting

ASH-a-Palooza has gone virtual! The ultimate event for hematology trainees will continue to kick off the meeting, spreading the much-anticipated content over two days, from Thursday, December 3 to Friday, December 4, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Pacific time. Many of...

A Cavalcade of COVID, and Clots, and Coagulopathy

Unless you’ve been living on another planet (and in that case, I need more details), your life has likely been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, our world has changed in ways that most of us could have never imagined. From working on the...

Mentorship As the Ultimate Investment in the Future

Drs. Judith Gasson and Wendy Stock Are Recognized With the 2020 ASH Mentor AwardJudith Gasson, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Wendy Stock, MD, of the University of Chicago are being awarded the 2020 ASH Mentor Award for their work as...

Two Hematologists Working to Make Precision Medicine a Reality

Drs. Ari Melnick and Courtney DiNardo Awarded 2020 Ernest Beutler Lecture and PrizeThe Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize is being awarded this year to Ari Melnick, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, and Courtney DiNardo, MD, of the University of Texas MD...

Toshio Suda, MD, PhD, to Present the 2020 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture

During this year’s annual meeting, Toshio Suda, MD, PhD, of the National University of Singapore and Kumamoto University in Japan will be awarded the 2020 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize in recognition of his outstanding contributions therapying the field of stem...

From "What If" to "What’s Next"

Adolfo Ferrando, MD, PhD, Wins 2020 William Dameshek Prize Adolfo Ferrando, MD, PhD, of the Columbia University Institute for Cancer Genetics in New York has been awarded the 2020 William Dameshek Prize. This award is named after the late William Dameshek, MD, a past...

Education-for-all: A Mini Panoramic Educational Tour d’ASH 2020

For science fiction enthusiasts, I recall the children’s sitcom from 2004, "Phil of the Future." The plot was a 2021 time machine breakdown in 2004 that made for an uncanny reality that captured its target audience. The pandemic-imposed restrictions have made...

Deciding Whether CAM Is Appropriate for Your Patients

Attend the 2020 ASH Practice Partnership SessionThe ASH Practice Partnership Session will follow a virtual format this year. The session will take place ahead of the 62nd ASH Annual Meeting on Monday, November 23, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The session...

Engineering Better Care for All

Dr. Mohandas Narla Receives the 2020 Wallace H. Coulter AwardMohandas Narla, DSc, has been awarded the 2020 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology. He is vice president for research at the New York Blood Center and a member of the adjunct...

Uplifting Diversity, Strengthening Progress

Dr. Edward J. Benz Receives 2020 ASH Award for Leadership in Promoting DiversityA world-renown advocate of diversity and inclusion in hematology will be honored during the 2020 ASH Annual Meeting, as Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD, is awarded the 2020 ASH Award for...

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