G2 Insider: Guideline Adherence Could Drive Thyroid Function Testing

Thyroid function testing is underused in adults with recently diagnosed hyperlipidemia, according to a study published online in the Nov. 11 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. Despite current … [Read more...]

G2 Insider: New Method Improves Accuracy of LDL-C Estimation

Researchers have developed and validated a novel method to estimate low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) that offers accuracy advantages over traditional estimation methods, according to a … [Read more...]

G2 Insider: Lowering WBC Threshold Cuts Rate of Negative Appendectomies in Kids

Lowering the threshold of white blood cells (WBC) to the range of 8,000 per µL to 9,000 per µL as a diagnostic criterion for appendicitis can reduce the rates of negative appendectomies (NA) in … [Read more...]

G2 Insider: Automated CSF Cell Counters Require Updated Reference Ranges

Utilization of automated systems to provide cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cell counts warrants new reference ranges, according to a study published in the January issue of Clinical Biochemistry. The … [Read more...]

G2 Insider: Study Finds Hurdles Persist for Clinical Use of Whole-Genome Sequencing

While clinical whole-genome sequencing (WGS) is being employed by early clinical adopters, it may still not be ready for prime time, especially for prediction of disease risk, according to a small … [Read more...]

G2 Insider: Blood Cultures in the ER for Pneumonia Patients Rising, Despite Recommendations

The collection of blood cultures in patients seen in the emergency room (ER) and ultimately hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) continue to increase despite recommendations to reserve … [Read more...]

G2 Insider: Automated Urinalysis Underreports Signs of Kidney Damage

Manual microscopy outperforms automated urine analysis, according to a small study presented at the National Kidney Foundation’s 2014 Spring Clinical Meetings (Las Vegas; April 23-26). Automated … [Read more...]

G2 Insider: Patients Place Too Much Confidence in Prognostic Gene Profiles

Breast cancer patients tend to overestimate the “truth-value” of gene expression profile (GEP) tests by placing too much confidence in the tests’ validity due to their own emotional needs at the time, … [Read more...]

G2 Insider: Routine Inpatient Blood Draws at Midnight Improve Lab Workflow

Changing routine inpatient blood draws to occur at midnight, rather than in the early morning, balances laboratory workload and improves the availability of test results, according to a study … [Read more...]

G2 Insider: Outpatient Serum Folate Testing Unnecessary

Serum folate testing is significantly overused given the “exceedingly low” rates of detected serum folate deficiencies, according to a research letter published Aug. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine. … [Read more...]