IgE Testing May Be Underused in Dermatology

Allergists have long used immunoglobulin E quantitative assaying of allergens (IgEQAA) to determine reactivates for allergies associated with a runny nose and asthma. However, the test is not widely … [Read more...]


Utility of Whole-Genome Sequencing in Primary Care Uncertain

Adding whole-genome sequencing (WGS) to standardized family history assessment of healthy patients in the primary care setting uncovers new molecular findings, although the findings prompt additional … [Read more...]


Lab-Pharmacy Partnerships Expand Retail Lab Testing Trend

Another undeniable sign that commercialization of health care is making meaningful inroads on Main Street with the late June partnership announcement between the laboratory chain Quest Diagnostics … [Read more...]


POC HCV RNA Testing Key to Achieving National Viral Elimination Goals

The Xpert HCV Viral Load test (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, Calif.) for hepatitis C virus (HCV) has good accuracy for detecting viral RNA using whole blood from a finger stick, according to a study published … [Read more...]


HIV Testing Remains Low in Young Adults

The United States is falling behind national goals to identify patients unaware of their positive HIV status and link them to care. New analysis from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and … [Read more...]


Push-Alerts of Lab Results Speeds Discharge from Emergency Dept

Smartphone push-alert notification of troponin laboratory results allow physicians to discharge patients seen in the emergency department for chest pain sooner, compared to physicians who do not … [Read more...]


Potential Upcoming Shifts for Diabetes-Related Diagnostic Testing

New research suggests that potential shifts might occur in diabetes-related testing, including potential increased use of point-of-care- (POC-) based hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing for systematic … [Read more...]


Testing Recommendations Expand as Zika Season Approaches

As warm weather sets in across the southern portion of the United States, public health officials are planning for the 2017 Zika season. This mosquito year experts have a better knowledge about the … [Read more...]


Genomic Testing May Be Currently Overhyped, Oncologists Say

Most oncologists believe genomic testing is a major advance, but that it is "significantly overpromoted," according to a survey conducted by Medscape and the Swedish Cancer Institute in … [Read more...]


Signs Point to Expansion of Provider-Initiated Personal Genomic Testing

Since 2013 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) effectively stopped direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing, there has been pent up demand among healthy individuals for testing options … [Read more...]