GENETIC TESTING

Sequencing-Based Panel May Improve Evaluation of Thyroid Nodules

A genetic test panel can help patients avoid unnecessary diagnostic thyroid surgeries, according to a study published Nov. 8 in JAMA Oncology. More than six in 10 of patients with thyroid nodules of … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

At-Home, Smartphone-Based Urine Testing Now a Clinical Reality

In what has been called the "era of the medical selfie," at-home, smartphone-based urine testing is now a reality. In a short timeframe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared … [Read more...]

GUIDELINES

Ideal Age of Last Cervical Cancer Screening Depends on Test Type

With the adoption of cotesting—human papillomavirus (HPV) plus Pap cytology—cervical cancer screening methodology has focused primarily on the preferred frequency of combined testing. However, a new … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

MSSA Screening Program Cuts Infections in NICUs

An active methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) screening and decolonization program in the neonatal intensive care (NICU) unit can lead to a sustained reduction in the incidence of clinical S. … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Penicillin Allergy Testing Underused, Could Lead to Cost Savings

Once a patient is labeled as having a penicillin allergy, it is rarely revisited. The label sticks and increases the patient's risk of receiving subsequent suboptimal, alternative antibiotic therapy, … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

FDA Enabling New Point-of-Care Tests for Ebola Outbreak, Flu Season

Several recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actions are bringing point-of-care (POC) infectious disease tests closer to patient care. These recent regulatory wins are enabling more rapid … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Evidence Suggests Need for Expanded HCV Testing, Particularly Coupled With Opioid Screening in Young People

Current hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening strategies may not be adequate in the face of the opioid epidemic. Previous screening guidelines have focused on reaching the estimated 2.7 million persons … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

Similar Driver Mutations Seen Across Metastasized Cancer

Driver mutations that are responsible for cancer growth are similar among metastases in a single patient, according to a study published Sept. 7 in Science. Thus, the authors say, a single biopsy is … [Read more...]

PRECISION MEDICINE

Majority of Patients Unaware of their BRCA Status

Eight in 10 patients carrying a BRCA mutation are unaware of their status, according to a study published Sept. 21 in JAMA Network Open. The authors say these findings highlight that previous BRCA … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

Point-of-Care Test Can Increase Access to Toxoplasma Testing

A novel fingerstick test may improve access to Toxoplasma gondii testing for pregnant women, according to a study published Aug. 16 in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The study demonstrates that the … [Read more...]


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