INSIDE THE INDUSTRY

Government Report Casts Doubt on Cost-Effectiveness of Leading Genetic Colorectal Cancer Screening Test

Few of the newfangled consumer genetic testing products have had greater commercial success and visibility than Exact Science's Cologuard colorectal cancer screening test. But a troubling new … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

Study Finds Liquid Biopsies More Effective than Traditional Biopsies in Detecting Cancer Drug Resistance

Liquid biopsies based on blood samples do a better job than traditional biopsies in analyzing both the genetic diversity of the patient's cancer and how tumors evolve drug resistance at the molecular … [Read more...]

INNOVATION

Point of Care: Handheld Device Shows Promise in Detecting Concussion from Blood Samples

A handheld portable device could be more effective than a CT scan in detecting mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI), according to a new study published in The Lancet Neurology. Because it is capable of … [Read more...]

GENETIC TESTING

Genetic Testing: Multigene Panel Testing Detects Hereditary Risk Variants in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

The clinical value of performing multigene panel for inherited cancer in patients with metastatic breast cancer has been the subject of considerable debate. Those who believe in the value of such … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

Top of the News: Early Results Show Blood Test’s Effectiveness in Early Alzheimer’s Detection

Developing a cost-effective blood test capable of accurately detecting early Alzheimer's disease that can be furnished at a doctor's office has been a goal for decades. And now comes word that … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

Nonculture Molecular Tests Speed Diagnosis of Bloodstream Infections

The T2Bacteria Panel (T2Biosystems; Lexington, Mass.) can rapidly and accurately diagnoses bloodstream infections (BSIs) caused by five common bacteria, according to a study published May 14 in the … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

Researchers Find Marker That May Aid Diagnosis of Erectile Dysfunction

The neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) may be a marker to aid in diagnosing erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a small study published in the Journal of Urology. ED is common and its incidence … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

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...]

EMERGING TESTS

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...]

EMERGING TESTS

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...]


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