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We are at Medica Trade Fair 2021!

We are at Medica Trade Fair 2021!

After 2020 Medica Trade Fair returns (Dusseldorf (15-18 November 2021), after a long time we can meet in this special occasion! Come and visit us at Hall 3 / H26. See you there! If want know more information please check Medica official site.

Commonplaces about pathologists

Commonplaces about pathologists

We all know that unfortunately there are commonplaces on various topics, types of people and situations. They also exist on pathologists; among the most common are an alleged introversion, the lack of social skills, even a lack of empathy towards patients and many...

A study finds worrying growth in anxiety and depression during 2020

A study finds worrying growth in anxiety and depression during 2020

Cases of anxiety and depression have increased in 2020, as expected, with the explosion of the Covid-19 pandemic as evidenced by a valuable study published in the Lancet. The researchers found that cases of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorder increased by...

The lost sleep and the damage done

The lost sleep and the damage done

A team of researchers from Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, have analyzed some of the impacts that sleep loss generates among adults, their research has been published in the journal PLOS ONE. Participants spent 10 days sleeping about a third of the hours...

Ideas for managing staff in critical situations

Ideas for managing staff in critical situations

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that emergencies must be dealt with in a timely manner. In these cases it is important for the manager to plan some strategies so as to be able to carry out the laboratory activities: - Make sure every staff member...

How to be present and visibile when you are in WFH, and your team not

How to be present and visibile when you are in WFH, and your team not

In a generalized WFH situation within a company, all employees are in the same condition, different is when one is in a hybrid phase in which there are those who work from home and those who work in the company. Those who are not present risk that their image becomes...

The strength of a multifaceted workforce

The strength of a multifaceted workforce

The inclusion of diverse workforces in a work environment is always a very lively theme. The laboratory environment on this is no exception. True diversity is a strength but it must pass through the recognition of each person, who in turn must contribute at the...

The experience of learning during lockdown

The experience of learning during lockdown

The experience of the pandemic is a drama that still accompanies our lives even if the diffusion of vaccines in many countries makes this negative situation more bearable than several months ago. One of the challenges that people had to face especially during the...

Communication: A key skill

Communication: A key skill

Communication is a key (and often underestimated) skill for any manager, whether in the lab or not. Avoidable clashes, hurt feelings, lack of transparency, etc. these are all unpleasant situations that can happen with bad communication. Good communication is made of...

How to increase diversity in teams

How to increase diversity in teams

If something assures us of results, it is human nature to try to replicate it and not deviate from that model or paradigm. This obviously also happens in hiring new members in a company, the idea is that if one employee X has produced positive results, another...

work-life balance for scientific researchers in times of pandemic

work-life balance for scientific researchers in times of pandemic

The scientific communications company Cactus Communications has released its report on the state of mental health in the scientific research community globally. The survey collected responses from over 13,000 participants in seven languages, 43% claiming that their...

Pathology: present and future

Pathology: present and future

The field of pathology, like others of medicine, is a complex and multifaceted discipline that as it changes, evolves and faces various transformations and difficulties. Pandemic times like this raise many questions about this, we have the chance to read an interview...

The need for an Advanced Information System

The need for an Advanced Information System

The COVID-19 pandemic has concentrated the efforts of many scientists, this has literally produced an avalanche of data. This amount of data must be managed, a team of researchers led by Wladek Minor, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics at the...

Long-term goals

Long-term goals

Long-term business successes are based on a few fundamental factors. Managers succeed thanks to people, their team and collaborators. It is necessary to find the right people for the job, if you are a manager and you do interviews with candidates, you have to treat...

The power of database

The power of database

PathologyOutlines.com is a very important online resource of articles, news and data for all pathologists and laboratory medicine professionals, a large database that can be easily consulted on a computer. The pathologist.com presents us a very interesting interview...

Liminal experiences

Liminal experiences

The pandemic, for people and for any organization, is what anthropologists call a liminal experience, or an important transition where one comes out changed anyway. Experiences of this type have certain characteristics: - they foresee a prolonged separation from usual...

How to be a leader and a mentor

How to be a leader and a mentor

Being a leader, in a laboratory or not, has the task of managing the people who make up a team, and their growth is essential for the growth of your company. Here are some tips for doing this mentorship task in the best possible way: 1) Give your attention a leader /...

Collaboration and education during pandemic times

Collaboration and education during pandemic times

Since its emergence, Covid-19 has increased people's workflows and stress, especially for those working on the front lines. New safety procedures are born for any job, obviously including that in the medical area. A reduction and rationalization of surgical...

The importance of building bridges

The importance of building bridges

In organizations (even in business ones) it is normal for subgroups to form, this can become a problem when these subgroups begin to build trenches that separate them from the rest of their colleagues. Entrenchment occurs when certain shared beliefs, values ​​and...

Pictures of empathy and love

Pictures of empathy and love

Diseases (of any kind) are not only identifiable with diagnosis, cures, treatments and courses, but also with the human history of the afflicted person and of the suffering suffered by the patient and his family and friends. This sphere of empathy is something that is...

End of 2020 and Christmas time

End of 2020 and Christmas time

This has not been an easy year, for reasons we all know, we take advantage of of this time of year to thank and wish the best to all our friends and partners around the world. We wish everyone happy holidays and a happy 2021!

Reluctance to leadership

Reluctance to leadership

There are many people who have leadership skills but are reluctant to take on certain roles. "Resentment", "Competition" and "Guilt" are some of the words that are associated with advancing into a leadership position. HBR identifies 3 main risk factors that people...

Fear: the hidden side of the pandemic

Fear: the hidden side of the pandemic

Science and medicine, as we know, are the weapons we have to fight the Covid-19 epidemic. But the strength of this virus lies not only in the physical damage it causes to people, but also in the fear it generates, both in people affected by the disease and in...

Hot to fight Burnout during these hard times

Hot to fight Burnout during these hard times

The Burnout Syndrome (BOS), which we have talked about several times, is a disease that in fact is the sum of various stress factors that generates a negative emotional response, and as we know, it has a particular incidence in the medical and medical professions....

A narration of the personal experience of Covid-19

A narration of the personal experience of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic it is a drama that we all experience every day, beyond the numbers of the infected and the dead we hear every day. The people who face or fight against the pandemic are first of all men and women, with their experiences and their emotions....

Medicinal Chemistry: changes and future

Medicinal Chemistry: changes and future

Medicinal Chemistry has undergone many changes and transformations in recent years, all of which ask a few questions such as: what will be the impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning in medicinal chemistry? How are DNA encoded libraries (DELs) used? ......

How to improve delegation

How to improve delegation

Despite the presence in the company of brilliant minds, however, managers often find themselves overloaded with work. The idea is that we focus on priorities, but we know that sometimes theory is different from practice. These situations affect both small and large...

Frequently asked questions about a career in the Lab part 2

Frequently asked questions about a career in the Lab part 2

How many questions do we ask ourselves once we finish our studies and are going to pursue a career in the lab? Questions resonate in the mind "how can I make a good scientific paper?", "is it better to specialize in something or to be a generalist?" "how long should a...

Frequently asked questions about a career in the Lab

Frequently asked questions about a career in the Lab

The way to go from university studies to the world of work is complicated, this applies to various sectors, and obviously also applies to those who want to pursue a career in the Lab. Many questions risk being left unanswered "can I jump from my PhD program to...

The importance of Cybersecurity

The importance of Cybersecurity

Ripple20 malware was discovered this summer. This malware may have infected various devices linked to manufacturers in Healthcare. Such a situation reminds us once again how important the issue of cybersecurity is. Over time, laboratories become more and more...

The opinion about scientistis during this hard times

The opinion about scientistis during this hard times

Scientists are a category that, more or in line with other institutions, enjoys a certain trust on the part of the population. The survey, conducted by Pewsearch.org in various countries, reveals a general confidence in scientists. Climate change, pollution and the...

The role of pathologist and laboratory medicine

The role of pathologist and laboratory medicine

he Pathologist presents an interview with Gary Procop, director of Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Virology, Mycology, and Parasitology, and Vice Chair of Pathology Education at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. In this interview Dr. Procop will talk to us...

Effective and adaptive leadership in difficult times

Effective and adaptive leadership in difficult times

Adaptive leadership is essential in times of crisis, especially during a pandemic. The pillars of adaptive leadership are in short: -Anticipation: understanding future events and trends -Articulation: construction of targeted actions -Adaptation: continuous learning...

Pay attention to the noise

Pay attention to the noise

Noise problems in workplaces and in laboratories are often underestimated. But some situations can lead to hearing loss cases. Unfortunately, exposure to noise over long periods of time creates irreparable damage to hearing. Generally, if at a distance of a couple of...

The importance of mentorship (even in times like these)

The importance of mentorship (even in times like these)

The work routine requires a series of tasks to be completed, this obviously requires energy and time, for this reason we sometimes try to cut what is not considered a priority. One thing that is not considered a priority is mentoring. This is a task that certainly...

Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays

We want to inform you that Edif Instruments will be closed for summer break from 10 to 14 August 2020. We wish you happy holiday… we will be back ready to face the last part of 2020!

The Power list 2020 by The Pathologist.com

The Power list 2020 by The Pathologist.com

The Patthologist, like every year, presents his "Power List" on the most important and influential people in the field of laboratory medicine. The lists are divided into four categories: -A Solid Foundation: which celebrates educators and mentors -Lab Heroes: they are...

How to facilitate knowledge and cooperation in a Laboratory

How to facilitate knowledge and cooperation in a Laboratory

Tools, and data are all fundamental things in a laboratory, but competent staff (or workers) is even more so. Facilitating the transfer of knowledge and help between members is essential nowadays. We even think of reducing the divisions between the environments to...

Personal lives that change during the pandemic

Personal lives that change during the pandemic

Periodically the The Pathologist website allowed us to read the opinions of physicians and pathologists who tell about their experience with the Covid-19 pandemic and how this has influenced their way of thinking about certain things. The memory of all of us is shaken...

the need for a positive culture in the laboratory

the need for a positive culture in the laboratory

These are particular times to be a lab manager (Covid is a situation never experienced before). However, crises serve to rethink some things ... the laboratory can be one of them. Work culture is a concept that can be re-founded: culture is the way we do things around...

The power of optimism

The power of optimism

Listening to negative news frequently can logically have a negative effect on people's morale. This negative impact can obviously have an impact on everyone's private and working life. As far as working life is concerned, in these situations it is important to improve...

Talent in your team

Talent in your team

When you are manager of a team (laboratory and otherwise) an important goal to be reached is to identify the talents of the team members and put them to good use. It is essential to have projects that are best accomplished by specific skills. When successful in this...

Beware of the psychological consequences of the pandemic

Beware of the psychological consequences of the pandemic

During this period of pandemic and lockdown, small new traditions were born all over the world, to create a sense of community (applause to health workers, concerts on balconies, etc.). The media rightly celebrate the great work that doctors and medical personnel are...

How and in what quantities does coronavirus make you feel sick?

How and in what quantities does coronavirus make you feel sick?

Covid-19, as we sadly know, if contracted, can cause major respiratory problems. So what is the infectious dose needed to infect a person? Unfortunately it appears to be low, which would justify the high contagiousness of the virus. What is the sufficient "quantity of...

The change of perspective

The change of perspective

The Covid-19 epidemic is changing, as is normal, our point of view on many things. This type of experience will obviously remain etched in everyone's memory. The personal life of each of us has undergone changes, The Pathologist tries to capture the experience and...

How to communicate during a crisis

How to communicate during a crisis

Using the right words and communicating correctly and effectively is very important, especially in times like those we are experiencing with the spread of a pandemic. Using the right words is essential whatever your role, as a leader in the workplace, as a parent or...

Various incorrect ways of wearing the mask

Various incorrect ways of wearing the mask

In these difficult days of news related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus we have all more or less become familiar with individual protection tools such as masks. We know of their usefulness but we must use them in the best way, so we share this NY Times article...

Covid-19 and anxiety

Covid-19 and anxiety

The Covid-19 emergency is hitting the whole world, as we all know a global pandemic has been declared by the WHO. This is obviously a very stressful situation that we are all experiencing, with consequences not only on physical but also mental health. There are...

The spaces in lab (and not only)

The spaces in lab (and not only)

The laboratory is a working environment and as such obviously must be supported by work activities. Several architectural firms, such as Svigals + Partners or Gensler (but not only) have done research on how to improve the workspace. The environment must lead to open...

the importance of a smile and positive feelings at work

the importance of a smile and positive feelings at work

It is normal for all of us to experience different emotions during the day, sometimes it happens to have a bad mood this reflects on our activities during the day, including work. A positive epositive certainly has its benefits, but only if it is real, we often try...

The shape of lab to come

The shape of lab to come

The laboratory has always been a functional place. But the concept of functionality has changed over the years. Once upon a time, labs were only places where scientists conducted their research without other "added values". now they can also be places of "intellectual...

A matter of identity

A matter of identity

How important is the identity of a company? obviously it is fundamental and must be recognizable, but when it is strongly defined, paradoxically it becomes much easier to "betray" this identity with questionable company choices in the eyes not only of customers but...

A blood test to get an early diagnosis on tuberculosis

A blood test to get an early diagnosis on tuberculosis

Dr. Rishi Gupta (UCL Institute for Global Health) and his team of researchers are developing a study, in which trying to identify which gene expression signatures, present in the blood, can be evaluated to detect tuberculosis, before the onset symptoms. The re-markers...

Does diversity in the workforce mean? and how can you attract it?

Does diversity in the workforce mean? and how can you attract it?

There are many ways in which we think about the concept of "diversity", generally we refer to differences in nationality, gender, religion etc. yes, this idea is certainly part of the concept of diversity but there are also other particularities to keep an eye on, for...

Keep an eye on White Blood Cells

Keep an eye on White Blood Cells

How important are white blood cells? White blood cells produced by the stem cells present in the bone marrow. white blood cells are released to fight infections or inflammations and thus help the immune system. White blood cells can be divided into three major...

How to fight Anxiety

How to fight Anxiety

Unfortunately, feeling anxious in some situations is normal, especially when you are under pressure in work or daily life. According to Our World in Data, 3.8% of the world's population suffers from anxiety disorders of various kinds (2017 data). With anxiety, people...

Christmas Time

Christmas Time

We take this opportunity at this time of year to thank all our friends and partners around the world and wish them the best!

How will we grow old?

How will we grow old?

Have you ever wondered how you will grow old? A team of scientists from Stanford University is studying a blood test that has as its goal the understanding of how we will grow old. According to Tony Wyss-Coray, senior author of this study (a paper was published in the...

Ergonomics problems in the lab (but not only)

Ergonomics problems in the lab (but not only)

Ergonomic annoyances, when repetitive work is carried out even if sedentary, unfortunately they can be usual. In a repetitive job (in the laboratory but not only) there are many movements that are repeated several times (writing on a keyboard, using the mouse, etc.),...

Food for thought

Food for thought

The Pathologist.com offers a collection of the most interesting and wise phrases, which represent the thoughts of some of the best pathologists and laboratory medicine professionals. This "small collection of aphorisms" can be a starting point for precious moments of...

The connection between pride and performance

The connection between pride and performance

We know that the market is highly competitive. The motivation for the members of a company is very important to achieve the goals. There are many theories and ways to motivate employees. However, one factor of considerable interest is pride (and it is not a simple...

We are at Medica Trade Fair 2019!

We are at Medica Trade Fair 2019!

Also this year we will be at the Medica Trade Fair in Dusseldorf (18-21 November 2019), for us it is always a special occasion to meet friends, customers and partners. Come and visit us at Hall 3 / H26. See you there! https://www.medica-tradefair.com/

The art of writing

The art of writing

There are many challenges in the routine of Laboratory life. Some more or less unusual, one of these is certainly writing. Creativity is of little importance when it comes to technical writing, but this does not mean that it is less difficult, indeed. Paradoxically,...

The importance of purpose

The importance of purpose

People like to see the origin and the (positive) impact of their work. Being aware of one's work is an important driving force for involvement, productivity and happiness. Unfortunately, however, it is not easy for a leader to make people on their team feel the...

A blood test could detect the aortic aneurysm

A blood test could detect the aortic aneurysm

When a person has an aneurysm we see an abnormal weakening and dilation of an artery. With regard to aortic aneurysms, those affected often do not perceive the symptoms until the aneurysm is broken, often with fatal consequences. A team from the University of School...

Data and decisions

Data and decisions

The ability to make the right decisions is a key feature in work and in life in general. Laboratory managers (like any manager) have to make various decisions every day. However, decision-making sometimes seems to be decided by intuition or personal opinion about a...

Could a new genetic vector defeat sickle cell anemia?

Could a new genetic vector defeat sickle cell anemia?

Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic and hereditary disease of the blood. People with this disease have an irregular shape of red blood cells. The National Instutes of Health (NIH) has improved the development of a viral vector to be used for gene therapy for Sickle Cell...

3 leadership skills in times of change

3 leadership skills in times of change

Business organizations necessarily face moments of change, good leadership manages to lead the organization towards the period of change. The three characteristics required in periods of uncertainty are: -Flexibility -Adaptability -Learnability These three skills must...

A small focus on trust

A small focus on trust

Trust is a fundamental feeling in life as in work, and must be earned. Sometimes in work (as in life) it is better not to trust, trust is not always repaid. But we must also be careful, the distrust of others (especially by the leaders towards the employees) can...

Advice to fight Occupational Burnout

Advice to fight Occupational Burnout

It is sad to say, but the occupational burnout has been included in the list of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The symptoms of this syndrome can be summarized in three dimensions: lack of energy, mental distance from work tasks and consequent...

Can a blood test determine our lifespan?

Can a blood test determine our lifespan?

A study conducted by scientists at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing aims to identify biomarkers that can give us information about a person's lifespan. Scientists have examined the blood of 44,168 people...

Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays

We want to inform you that Edif Instruments will be closed for summer break from 12 to 16 August 2019. We wish you happy holiday… we will be back ready for new challenges!

Invest in relationships

Invest in relationships

Everyone, for their work, hopes for a fulfilling carreer, there are various ways to achieve this goal, surely one is to cultivate good relationships, inside and outside the workplace. Good social coonections feed a person's psychological well-being, which in turn can...

Tips to improve leadership

Tips to improve leadership

We often believe that professional life and personal life are totally separate aspects. Our decision-making processes are important in both areas. The two areas are permeated with successes and failures that reverberate in both.The improvement of one's own decisions...

Alzheimer: the goal of blood test seems to be close

Alzheimer: the goal of blood test seems to be close

The goal of a blood test to detect signs of Alzheimer's and other symptoms of Dementia appears to be near.During the Alzheimer Association International Conference different groups of scientists have spoken about their research. Excellent results are also being...

The idea of Quality

The idea of Quality

In the scientific field (in laboratories and not only) the concept of quality is imperative.However, the idea of ​​quality is likely to remain random and too abstract without "specific coordinates".Quality basically means investing in technology, education, and...

The difference between Passion and Burnout

The difference between Passion and Burnout

Love for work is a beautiful thing but you have to make attention to this idea, which can become a double-edged sword. This subtle borderline between passion and working life is certainly a strong point but can become fertile ground for burnout syndrome. In fact,...

New blood test for ovarian cancer

New blood test for ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is often discovered at a late stage, among the most common symptoms are: pelvic area discomfort, loss of appetite (or on the contrary, easily sated), swollen belly, etc. Often the symptoms can be confused with other conditions such as the pre-menstrual...

The importance of not overlapping our identity with our work

The importance of not overlapping our identity with our work

How often do we happen to not accept criticism, and feel offended because of these, in some areas of life, such as in the work area? Why in this area is it not in others? This is because our role in a company is as if it became our "identity", as if we not only played...

The importance of change management

The importance of change management

We often hear about the culture of change and how to manage it. Certainly, both in people and in corporate organizations, following positive changes becomes fundamental to evolve the skills and the effectiveness of the work. Change becomes sustainable when...

CO2 blood test

CO2 blood test

CO2 is a gas that is naturally present in the human body, the variation of its levels can indicate the presence of infections or it can be caused by the use of medicines. Lower than normal results can indicate a series of pathologies such as: Adisson's disease, kidney...

How to improve decision-making with meetings

How to improve decision-making with meetings

Companies make decisions, which are a fundamental part of organizations and their growth processes. These decisions often go through meetings, which in turn are part of the decision-making process... but how are meetings conducted? The problem is that they can be...

Management in laboratories

Management in laboratories

The working career in a laboratory can evolve in various ways, it can develop a lot on the "technical" side even on the management side.Those who undertake a management path generally, in addition to their scientific background, develop economic and business skills....

How to manage the pace of your work

How to manage the pace of your work

What determines the pace of your work? Sometimes there is a strange behavior in people, that is to proceed slowly in tasks, when the deadline is still far away. We can consider distraction normal but the effect of procrastination (when there is no pressure) can be...

Don’t underestimate intuition, it is a rare skill.

Don’t underestimate intuition, it is a rare skill.

Intuition is an important "soft skill", rare but also not always easily identifiable. It is a quality that is not always present and there are differences between small and large companies. t is also fundamental in the field of diversity. How important is it in a...

The importance of laboratory teams

The importance of laboratory teams

Work in laboratories, like many contemporary works, has become more complex and dynamic. The teams in the laboratories, as in all companies, have a fundamental role in responding to new needs in an adequate manner. Their growth directly impacts business growth. It...

How to manage the little time available when work increases

How to manage the little time available when work increases

We hear, rightly, often to talk about work-time balance, how to manage time and stress, etc., but sometimes we have to consider that, in some periods of life and in some jobs, the intensity of time and effort required is high and this leaves little free time. However...

A study about new PTSD blood test

A study about new PTSD blood test

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a well-known disorder that afflicts victims, or witnesses to events that are highly critical (war, acts of violence, natural disasters, etc.).A team from the Indian University School of Medicine (Indianapolis- IN -U.S.A.) is...

Lab etiquette can improve lab life

Lab etiquette can improve lab life

The laboratory is a work environment that has its own particular characteristics, but like any working environment it needs its own etiquette. Maintaining a positive and respectful atmosphere for all those who work with it is essential for the success and for the...

Corporate social responsibility: a new goal

Corporate social responsibility: a new goal

The attention to Corporate Social Responsibility, over the years, has become an increasingly important topic. The importance of the topic is derived from various factors: the greater awareness of the impact (environmental, climate on employees) that companies have,...

Individual meetings

Individual meetings

The work environments are complex and the time is short, especially if you are a manager. General meetings with all the staff are good but it is not the only way to guide the work of each member of the group. Time is precious, and you can not waste it, but for a...

A blood test for pain

A blood test for pain

A study led by psychiatry professor Alexander Niculescu and his team from Indiana University School of Medicine is developing a blood test to measure pain biomarkers accurately. The test would be an excellent support for doctors who could implement the best treatments...

Sustainability and strategic advantages

Sustainability and strategic advantages

Can sustainability, as well as an "ethical" theme, give results in terms of performance for companies and be part of the corporate strategy? This theme, which once was at the margins of business productivity in recent years is becoming increasingly central. For years...

the new challenges of the laboratories

the new challenges of the laboratories

What are the new challenges for who is manager of labs? What are the directions that leadrship must take to continue and advance its laboratory and its business? If you are interested in these and other questions we recommend this exhaustive article via Lab Manager.