EMERGING TESTS

Researchers Develop First Multiplex Test for Tick-Borne Disease Detection

Researchers have developed the first multiplex array for diagnosis of tickborne diseases, according to a study published online Feb. 16 in Nature Scientific Reports. The TBD-Serochip can … [Read more...]

SAFETY

Diagnostic danger in the lab: Time to reform how we process orders

By Oleg Bess, M.D.  bio I don't know about you, but I was stunned by the findings from a recent report published by Coverys, a national liability insurer, which I feel should put the entire … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Testing Guidelines at a Glance

New Recommendations Simplify Testing for Chronic Kidney Disease In late February, The National Kidney Foundation, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and leading laboratories and clinical … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Evidence for Liquid Biopsy Lacking, Expert Panel Finds

There is not enough evidence, currently, to support the routine adoption of liquid biopsy tests for any of its promising clinical uses, according to a joint review published March 1 in both the … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

SIDs Results From Genetic Heart Disease Less Than Previously Thought

The vast majority of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases are not the result of genetic heart diseases (GHDs) or a single genetic cause, according to a study published March 12 in the Journal of … [Read more...]

GENETIC TESTING

FDA Authorizes First Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test for Cancer Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted marketing authorization to 23andMe (Mountain View, Calif.) for its Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk Report for BRCA1/BRCA2—genetic … [Read more...]

GENETIC TESTING

Racial Disparities in Access Reduce Utility of Genetic Testing

Underrepresented minorities (URM) are less likely to receive a diagnosis from genetic testing for cardiomyopathy and are more likely to receive inconclusive testing results, compared to whites … [Read more...]

GUIDELINES

Even a Single PSA Screening Test Does Not Cut Mortality

Sindings from the latest large randomized controlled study do not support use of even a single prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer screening. The U.K. study, published March 6 in … [Read more...]

PUBLIC HEALTH

Mass. Settlement Could Speed HCV Testing For Prisoners Nationally

In early March, the Massachusetts Department of Correction reached a settlement with prisoners' rights groups over its medical treatment of prison inmates infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The … [Read more...]

UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT

Procalcitonin Testing Improves Antibiotic Stewardship

Using procalcitonin testing results to guide antibiotic decisionmaking is associated with lower rates of antibiotic use, fewer antibiotic-related adverse effects, and improved overall survival, … [Read more...]


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