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...]

INNOVATION

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...]

INFORMATICS

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...]

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...]

TOP OF THE NEWS

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...]

TESTING TRENDS

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...]

EMERGING TESTS

New Point-of Care Paper Test May Improve Diagnosis of Preeclampsia

The Congo Red Dot (CRD) Paper Test is a simple, rapid, non-invasive tool that that may improve triage and the accuracy of preeclampsia (PE) diagnosis at the point of care, according to a pilot study … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Microbiology Testing Rates Low For Hospital-Acquired Infections

The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) estimates that there are 9 million cases of health care-associated infections (HAIs) across Europe each year, according to a study … [Read more...]

PUBLIC HEALTH

Comprehensive, School-based Cardiovascular Screening Is Feasible, Effective

Comprehensive screening for cardiovascular risk, including testing for cholesterol and diabetes, is feasible in middle schools, according to a small study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Universal HCV Screening of Pregnant Women Is Cost-Effective, Should Be Adopted Nationally, Study Urges

Universal hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening among pregnant women in the United States is cost effective and improves detection of HCV among women and children, according to a study published in … [Read more...]


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