TESTING STRATEGY

Routine Urine Test Can Screen for Medication Adherence at Primary Care Visit

A single urine spot sample can be used to objectively screen for nonadherence to diabetes medications in the primary care setting, according to a study published in the June issue of Diabetes Care. … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Raising Urinary Tract Infection Threshold Cuts Unnecessary Antibiotic Use, Without Harming Patients

Raising the laboratory threshold for identifying potential urinary tract infections (UTIs) may prevent unnecessary antibiotic treatment in nearly a third of asymptomatic bacteriuria and candiduria … [Read more...]

PUBLIC HEALTH

HCV Testing Uptake “Limited” Even Among Baby Boomers

Only one in six baby boomers report having been tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV)< despite recommendations for universal screening, according to a brief report published in the April issue of … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Rule-In Using High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin May Misdiagnose Heart Attacks

One in 20 patients without clinical suspicion of acute myocardial infarction has a high sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) level greater than the recommended upper limit of normal (ULN), … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Serial CRP Results Predict Continued Risk Following Heart Attack

Serial measurement of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) levels following acute coronary syndrome may help better identify patients at greater risk for recurrent cardiovascular events or … [Read more...]

PUBLIC HEALTH

Comprehensive, School-based Cardiovascular Screening Is Feasible, Effective

Comprehensive screening for cardiovascular risk, including testing for cholesterol and diabetes, is feasible in middle schools, according to a small study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Universal HCV Screening of Pregnant Women Is Cost-Effective, Should Be Adopted Nationally, Study Urges

Universal hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening among pregnant women in the United States is cost effective and improves detection of HCV among women and children, according to a study published in … [Read more...]

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...]


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