INNOVATION

Urinary cfDNA Analysis Valuable for Urinary Tract Infections

Sequencing of urinary cell-free DNA (cfDNA) offers a comprehensive examination of bacterial and viral infections of the urinary tract and could be a valuable diagnostic tool for both kidney transplant … [Read more...]

PAMA

PAMA Unlocks Golden Age for Innovative Diagnostics

By Chance Scott  bio The publication of the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) in January saw a long and heated debate within the lab community come to fruition. When Congress … [Read more...]

PUBLIC HEALTH

HIV Testing Opportunities Missed For High-Risk Patients

There are many missed opportunities for testing and diagnosis of HIV among high-risk individuals seen in clinical settings, according to a research letter published June 26 in the Journal of the … [Read more...]

TOP OF THE NEWS

Whole-Genome Sequencing Can Improve Blood Transfusion Matches

Antigen typing based on whole-genome sequencing (WGS) can enable more precise matching of blood transfusions, according to a study published online May 17 in The Lance Haematology. The authors say the … [Read more...]

PRECISION MEDICINE

Report Finds Genetic Tests and Their Reimbursement Increasingly Complex

The health care technology company Concert Genetics (formerly NextGxDx; Nashville, Tenn.) recently released its third edition of The Current Landscape of Genetic Testing, a comprehensive report … [Read more...]

TOP OF THE NEWS

Genetic Testing Emerges As New Trendy Workplace Benefit

West Coast technology companies competing for talent in a tight job market have begun offering novel health-related benefits, like overnight breast-milk shipping and elective egg freezing. … [Read more...]

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Screening Blood Donations for Zika, Costly With Low Yields

Screening the entire U.S. blood supply for Zika virus may not be worth the $42 million price tag. Fifteen months of screening all donations to the American Red Cross yielded only nine Zika-positive … [Read more...]

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CDC Receives Funding to Expand Laboratory Harmonization Efforts

The FY 2018 omnibus appropriations bill, passed by Congress in late March, included a little noticed provision that could ultimately bring significant changes to the laboratory industry—$2 million for … [Read more...]

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Profound Discrepancies Seen Between DTC Genetic Results, Confirmatory Testing

Raw data from direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests have an "alarmingly high" false-positive rate, according to a study published March 22 in Genetics in Medicine. Additionally, the study found that … [Read more...]

SAFETY

Diagnostic danger in the lab: Time to reform how we process orders

By Oleg Bess, M.D.  bio I don't know about you, but I was stunned by the findings from a recent report published by Coverys, a national liability insurer, which I feel should put the entire … [Read more...]


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