COVID-19

AACC Doubles Down on Not Using CT Values to Evaluate Performance of SARS-CoV-2 PCR Tests

Laboratories and health care providers should not use cycle threshold (CT) values to measure the performance of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for SARS-CoV-2. That was the advice of the … [Read more...]

Testing Trends

Tapping AI and Deep Learning to Personalize Breast Cancer Screening for Women

A new study suggests that use of an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm may provide the key to creating personalized breast cancer screening protocols for women based on the results of their … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

New Evidence Supports Suitability of Antigen Testing for COVID-19 Screening

Not perfect, but good enough. That is the basic theory for using rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 surveillance even though they are less accurate than molecular assays in detecting the SARS-CoV-2 … [Read more...]

Emerging Tests

New Evidence Supports Suitability of Antigen Testing for COVID-19 Screening

Not perfect, but good enough. That is the basic theory for using rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 surveillance even though they are less accurate than molecular assays in detecting the SARS-CoV-2 … [Read more...]

Testing Strategy

CDC/NIH Team with Local Health Authorities to Promote, Evaluate Home COVID-19 Testing

As the COVID-19 crisis drags on, the primary focus of the federal government’s testing strategy continues to shift from medical diagnosis and treatment to broad testing of the asymptomatic for … [Read more...]

Testing Strategy

FDA to SARS-CoV-2 Test Developers: Evaluate Impact of Genetic Mutations on Test Performance

Evolution and mutation of SARS-CoV-2 virus has made COVID-19 diagnosis a moving target. On Feb. 22, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new guidance telling developers of SARS-CoV-2 … [Read more...]

Testing Trends

Report Analyzes Federal Health Programs’ COVID-19 Testing Efforts in First Months of Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak caught the country and the world totally off guard. And even as the pandemic intensifies, the lessons from those first crucial months hold the key to managing not only … [Read more...]

Industry Trends

Surging COVID-19 Cases Are Pushing Laboratories to the Breaking Point

Long lines for testing. Shortages of critical testing supplies. Case backlogs and long reporting delays. Laboratories across the country and the patients they serve are reliving the nightmares of … [Read more...]

Emerging Tests

COVID-19 Antigen Tests Are Ready for Mass Utilization but Antigen Test Reporting Is Not

It will take something on the order of 200 million COVID-19 screening tests per month, as opposed to the 25 million being performed currently, to safely reopen the U.S., estimates a new report from … [Read more...]

Genetic Testing

Despite Recommendations, Autism Patients Are Not Fragile X, Karyotype or CMA Testing

Whether due to lack of insurance coverage, personal preference or other reasons, patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not getting recommended genetic testing. That is the conclusion of a … [Read more...]


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