PUBLIC HEALTH

Procalcitonin Results Fail to Guide Lower Antibiotic Use

Procalcitonin assays results did not help emergency department and hospital-based clinicians prescribe fewer antibiotics for patients presenting with suspected lower respiratory tract infection, … [Read more...]

GUIDELINES AT A GLANCE

FDA Recommends Pooled of Blood Testing for Zika Virus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised recommendations for testing donated blood for Zika virus. The agency will now allow pooled testing of blood donations, rather than universal nucleic … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Early Lactate Tests Impactful, But Often Not Performed With Sepsis

Early lactate measurements appear to improve results for patients with sepsis, but initial and repeat serum lactate levels are frequently not drawn in the recommended six-hour window, according to a … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Single-Sample Confirmatory Test Ok for Diabetes Diagnosis

A single blood sample can be used to test for both fasting glucose and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels in order to identify undiagnosed diabetes in the population, according to a study published in the … [Read more...]

UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT

Blood Cultures for Cellulitis Often Needlessly Ordered

Despite existing recommendations, blood culture is overused in patients with suspected, uncomplicated cellulitis, according to a research letter published April 2 in JAMA Internal … [Read more...]

PUBLIC HEALTH

HCV Screening Rates Very Low Among Exposed Infants

The number of pregnant women infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) is growing rapidly due to the opioid epidemic, yet most prenatally infected children are not being screened, despite the risk that … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Home-Based Hospital Care Model Cuts Lab Utilization

Hospital care is notoriously expensive and potentially risky for older adults. There is interest in the home-hospital concept where acute services are provided in a patient's home, with the hope of … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Men Undergo Hereditary Cancer Testing Less Frequently Than Women

Unaffected men undergo genetic cancer testing at half the rate of unaffected women, according to a research letter published April 26 in JAMA Oncology. This disparity in testing is attributable to a … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

Current Testing Criteria Miss Breast Cancer Mutations

Women who do not meet breast cancer genetic testing criteria have a similar number of cancer-associated mutations as women who do meet the criteria, according to two separate studies presented at the … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

Genetic Risk Score Could Improve Diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation

A genetic risk score (GRS) may identify patients at highest risk for developing atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published March 13 in PLOS Medicine. The authors say that patients with a … [Read more...]


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