Partnerships, IT Solutions Improve Infectious Disease Diagnostic Stewardship

Appropriate use of testing is becoming a greater challenge, given the growing number of available diagnostic tests and their increasing complexity. While unnecessary or inappropriate testing can lead … [Read more...]


HPV DNA from Oral Rinse Samples May Be Prognostic Marker for Head, Neck Cancer

Samples collected from a mouth rinse can detect human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA. These easily collected samples might provide important monitoring information for patients with certain head and neck … [Read more...]


Improved Accuracy of Point-of-Care HbA1c Tests May Expand Access to Testing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration-cleared POC Afinion HbA1c Dx test (Alere Technologies a subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories) is accurate and precise for diagnosing diabetes using both fingerstick … [Read more...]


Rapid, Genomic-Based Surveillance IDs Aids Hospital Infection Control

Routine genomic sequencing can identify and inform hospital infection control personnel of patient transmission events in near real-time, enhancing not only detection, but follow-up and investigation … [Read more...]


Technical Factors behind Discordant Results with Liquid Biopsies

Technical factors are a major source of variation in liquid biopsy test results, according to a study published online March 14 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. While biological factors, … [Read more...]


Spectroscopy IDs Potential Metabolic Markers to Diagnose Fibromyalgia

The identification of metabolic patterns in the blood of patients with fibromyalgia may improve diagnosis and enable discovery of targeted treatments, according to a study published Feb. 15 in the … [Read more...]


HCV Testing Uptsake “Limited” Even Among Baby Boomers

Only one in six baby boomers report having been tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV)< despite recommendations for universal screening, according to a brief report published in the April issue of … [Read more...]


Rule-In Using High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin May Misdiagnose Heart Attacks

One in 20 patients without clinical suspicion of acute myocardial infarction has a high sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) level greater than the recommended upper limit of normal (ULN), … [Read more...]


Federal Effort to Control HIV Depends on Increasing Testing, Treatment Adherence

To control the spread of HIV in the United States, HIV infection must be diagnosed early and persons with HIV infection must be quickly linked to sustained care and treatment. These are the core … [Read more...]


Serial CRP Results Predict Continued Risk Following Heart Attack

Serial measurement of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) levels following acute coronary syndrome may help better identify patients at greater risk for recurrent cardiovascular events or … [Read more...]