EMERGING TESTS

Study Showing PGx Testing Improves Depression Outcomes, Key to Myriad’s Reimbursement Strategy

Pharmacogenomic testing (PGx) provides clinically meaningful improvement in response and remission rates for difficult-to-treat depression patients over standard of care, according to a study … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

PreOp Point-of-Care HbA1c Screening May Cut Complications

Point-of-care (POC) HbA1c measurements show a high level of agreement with central laboratory test in the outpatient setting, according to a small study published Jan. 18 in the Journal of Clinical … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Point-of-Care PCR Tests Better Diagnosis, Rx for Kids’ Sore Throats

Given we are still in the midst of cold and flu season, a new study highlights the benefit of point-of-care (POC) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing among pediatric patients presenting to the … [Read more...]

PRECISION MEDICINE

Newborn Sequencing Delivers Some Unanticipated Findings

Newborn genomic sequencing (NGS) can identify risk for a wide range of disorders that otherwise may not be detected, even in seemingly healthy babies, according to a study published Jan. 3 in the … [Read more...]

THE BUSINESS OF TESTING

Payer Medical Policies Can Promote Effective Use of Comprehensive Sequencing In Community Oncology Setting

Comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) identifies clinically relevant genomic alterations that can be used to inform treatment decisions in community-based oncology practices that benefit both patients … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Zika Blood Screening Not Cost-Effective, Study Finds

Screening blood donors for Zika virus is not cost-effective in the United States or Puerto Rico, according to a study published Jan. 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Despite U.S. Food and Drug … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Low-Value, Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring is Common

A substantial percentage of patients with type 2 diabetes may be inappropriately self-monitoring blood glucose, according to a research letter published Dec. 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Despite … [Read more...]

GUIDELINES

Pre-Op Urine Screening Not Necessary

Routine preoperative urine screening offers no clinical benefit, according to a large study published Dec. 12 in JAMA Surgery. Treating asymptomatic bacteriuria detected by screening does not cut the … [Read more...]

INFORMATICS

Big Data Can Reshape Lab Reference Values in the Era of Personalized Medicine

As might be expected, there are substantial differences in "normal" laboratory values determined by healthy outpatients and critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). However, even … [Read more...]

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...]


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