GENETIC TESTING

ASCO Endorses CAP’s Practice Guidelines for HPV Testing in Head, Neck Cancers

The American Society of Clinical Oncology endorsed the American Pathologists' practice guidelines for human papillomavirus (HPV) testing in head and neck cancers. The guidelines recommend that HPV … [Read more...]

INSIDE THE DIAGNOSTICS INDUSTRY

The Practice of Early Gestational Diabetes Screening Evaluated

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) affects between 2 percent and 10 percent of pregnancies. Experts say there has been a … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

New Lab-Based, ER Protocol Cuts Invasive Procedures in Febrile Infants

A prediction rule can identify febrile infants at low risk for serious blood infections (SBIs) using urinalysis, absolute neutrophil count (ANC), and procalcitonin levels, according to a study … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

With Focus on Cost Cutting, Post-Op Labs Not Needed After Knee Replacement

Routine postoperative laboratory testing is not necessary for low-risk patients having elective total knee arthroplasty (TKA), according to a study published Jan. 18 in the Journal of Clinical … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Laboratory Initiation of Cascade Genetic Testing Spurs Uptake

A laboratory-initiated, online effort to reach cancer patients' relatives coupled with discounted genetic tests can increase rates of cascade testing, according to a study published in the January … [Read more...]

PRECISION MEDICINE

Exome Sequencing Improves Diagnosis of Fetal Structural Anomalies

Prenatal diagnostics have evolved from conventional cytogenetic analysis to increasingly chromosomal microarray analysis, within the last 10 years. While whole-exome sequencing (WES) has shown utility … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Blood Markers Alone Okay For Surveillance With Some Pediatric Cancers

Tumor markers alone may be adequate to monitor for relapse among children and teens with malignant germ cell tumors (MGCTs), according to a study published online Dec. 21, 2018 in the Journal of … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Current Metal Sensitivity Testing Not Adequate for Diagnosing Immune-Related Knee Replacement Failure

Metal sensitivity test results, including lymphocyte transformation testing (LTT), are insufficient to diagnose knee replacement failure due to an immune reaction, according to a study published Feb. … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

PreOp Point-of-Care HbA1c Screening May Cut Complications

Point-of-care (POC) HbA1c measurements show a high level of agreement with central laboratory test in the outpatient setting, according to a small study published Jan. 18 in the Journal of Clinical … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Point-of-Care PCR Tests Better Diagnosis, Rx for Kids’ Sore Throats

Given we are still in the midst of cold and flu season, a new study highlights the benefit of point-of-care (POC) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing among pediatric patients presenting to the … [Read more...]


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