Testing Guidelines at a Glance

New Recommendations Simplify Testing for Chronic Kidney Disease In late February, The National Kidney Foundation, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and leading laboratories and clinical … [Read more...]


Racial Disparities in Access Reduce Utility of Genetic Testing

Underrepresented minorities (URM) are less likely to receive a diagnosis from genetic testing for cardiomyopathy and are more likely to receive inconclusive testing results, compared to whites … [Read more...]


Even a Single PSA Screening Test Does Not Cut Mortality

Sindings from the latest large randomized controlled study do not support use of even a single prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer screening. The U.K. study, published March 6 in … [Read more...]


Mass. Settlement Could Speed HCV Testing For Prisoners Nationally

In early March, the Massachusetts Department of Correction reached a settlement with prisoners' rights groups over its medical treatment of prison inmates infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The … [Read more...]


Procalcitonin Testing Improves Antibiotic Stewardship

Using procalcitonin testing results to guide antibiotic decisionmaking is associated with lower rates of antibiotic use, fewer antibiotic-related adverse effects, and improved overall survival, … [Read more...]


FDA Set Record in 2017 for Targeted Therapy Approvals

For the he fourth consecutive year, targeted therapies accounted for more than 20 percent of all new drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the Personalized … [Read more...]


Speed Record Set for Whole-Genome Sequencing

Stephen Kingsmore, M.D., D.Sc., and his team at Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine (San Diego) were awarded the Guinness World Records title for fastest genetic diagnosis on Feb. 3 with a … [Read more...]


Molecular Testing Increasingly Adopted for Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Dermatopathologists are increasingly using molecular testing for diagnosis of skin cancer samples. Yet, this adoption remains more concentrated in academic medical centers and high-volume clinical … [Read more...]


New Guidance on the Use of Lab Testing to Monitor Pain Management Patients

The American Association of Clinical Chemistry released the practice guideline, "Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients," in the January issue of … [Read more...]


Internet-Based Testing for STIs Increase Uptake

Providing internet-based testing for sexually transmitted infections (e-STI testing) could increase the number of people being tested for syphilis, HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhoea, including among … [Read more...]