EMERGING TESTS

Nonculture Molecular Tests Speed Diagnosis of Bloodstream Infections

The T2Bacteria Panel (T2Biosystems; Lexington, Mass.) can rapidly and accurately diagnoses bloodstream infections (BSIs) caused by five common bacteria, according to a study published May 14 in the … [Read more...]

SAFETY

Business Trends: Commercial Testing Companies ‘Sell’ Health Screenings

Several companies market an array of preventive tests directly to consumers. Are these companies and tests legit? What does the medical community have to say about such companies and advertising … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Upfront Next-Generation Sequencing for Lung Cancer Patients Saves Time, Money

Use of upfront next-generation sequencing (NGS) testing at diagnosis of patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (mNSCLC) is associated with substantial cost savings, according to a study … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Genetic Testing Guidelines for Hereditary Cancer Miss Many At Risk

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network genetic testing criteria for hereditary cancer miss almost one in five at-risk for breast and ovarian cancer, and more than one in three at-risk for Lynch … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Adoption Quickening for Genomic Cancer Testing in Community Settings

Clinicians are increasingly using genomic cancer testing in community health care settings, although there are lingering questions about the utility of results. These are the findings of several … [Read more...]

INNOVATION

Multi-Cancer Screening Tests Are Getting Closer to Reality

The hope of developing a single blood test capable of detecting multiple types of early-stage cancer is getting closer to becoming a reality. Two hopeful players, GRAIL (Menlo Park, Calif.) and Thrive … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

Researchers Find Marker That May Aid Diagnosis of Erectile Dysfunction

The neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) may be a marker to aid in diagnosing erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a small study published in the Journal of Urology. ED is common and its incidence … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Consumers Interested in Raw Genetic Data, Third Party Interpretation Tools

Consumers of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing download raw data at high rates and frequently use third-party interpretation (TPI) tools, according to a study published June 13 in the American … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Search Intensifies for Markers for Prosthetic Joint Infection

Nearly one million total hip arthroplasties and total knee arthroplasties are performed in the United States each year, a number that is expected to continue to increase for decades given the aging of … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

HPV DNA from Oral Rinse Samples May Be Prognostic Marker for Head, Neck Cancer

Samples collected from a mouth rinse can detect human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA. These easily collected samples might provide important monitoring information for patients with certain head and neck … [Read more...]


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