PUBLIC HEALTH

Labs Must Rapidly Implement Zika Blood Supply Testing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently classified the Zika virus as a transfusion-transmitted infection and called on all U.S. blood centers to start universal screening of donated whole … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Diabetes Screening in ER Improves Detection in High Prevalence Areas

Routine glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) testing in urban emergency departments identifies a large number of people with undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes, according to a study published June 3 in BMJ … [Read more...]

PRICING

Reference Pricing Cuts Prices for Lab Tests by One-Third

By Lori Solomon, Editor, Diagnostic Testing & Emerging Technologies Reference pricing is associated with nearly a one-third reduction in the average price paid for 285 different types of tests, … [Read more...]

FUNDING

Corporate Venture Capital Ups Investments in Health Deals

By Lori Solomon, Editor, Diagnostic Testing & Emerging Technologies Health care corporate venture capital (CVC) is increasing across all sectors of the industry in terms of number of deals, dollars … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGIES

U.S. Colorectal Cancer Screening Capacity Exists, Although Actual Rates Remain Low

By Lori Solomon, Editor, Diagnostic Testing & Emerging Technologies The United States has the screening capacity to meet colorectal screening goals, but this capacity has so far not translated into … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGIES

C. Diff Screening at Admission Can Cut Hospital- Acquired Infection

Detecting and isolating Clostridium difficile (C. diff) carriers upon admission to the hospital can a significantly decrease the incidence of health care-associated C. diff infection (HA-CDI), … [Read more...]

INNOVATION

CDC Expands MicrobeNet Pathogen Library With Help From Industry

By Lori Solomon, Editor, Diagnostic Testing & Emerging Technologies The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced another new partnership with industry to expand the … [Read more...]

GENETIC TESTING

Genetic Test Registry Finds Growth of Oncology, NGS-Based Tests

By Lori Solomon, Editor, Diagnostic Testing & Emerging Technologies The number of cancer gene tests has grown tremendously in the past two years, particularly in the field of oncology where the … [Read more...]

DATA

Biden Launches Genomic Data Commons to Aid Sharing in Oncology

By Lori Solomon, Editor, Diagnostic Testing & Emerging Technologies Genomic Data Commons (GDC) launched this week as a core component of the National Cancer Moonshot and the President's Precision … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Nonfasting Lipids OK for Initial Testing; Labs Urged to Use ‘Desirable’ Cut-Offs to Flag Results

Non-fasting lipid profiles are recommended for most patients, including for cardiovascular risk assessment, according to a joint statement published by the European Atherosclerosis Society and … [Read more...]


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