PUBLIC HEALTH

Partnerships, IT Solutions Improve Infectious Disease Diagnostic Stewardship

Appropriate use of testing is becoming a greater challenge, given the growing number of available diagnostic tests and their increasing complexity. While unnecessary or inappropriate testing can lead … [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...]

INNOVATION

Rapid, Genomic-Based Surveillance IDs Aids Hospital Infection Control

Routine genomic sequencing can identify and inform hospital infection control personnel of patient transmission events in near real-time, enhancing not only detection, but follow-up and investigation … [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...]

TOP OF THE NEWS

Federal Effort to Control HIV Depends on Increasing Testing, Treatment Adherence

To control the spread of HIV in the United States, HIV infection must be diagnosed early and persons with HIV infection must be quickly linked to sustained care and treatment. These are the core … [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...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Microbiology Testing Rates Low For Hospital-Acquired Infections

The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) estimates that there are 9 million cases of health care-associated infections (HAIs) across Europe each year, according to a study … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Preventive Genomic Screening In Young Adults Highly Cost Effective

A new model shows that universal preventive genomic screening for multiple conditions in early adulthood could be highly cost-effective in a single-payer health care system, according to a study … [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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