Gene biomarker shows promise as alternative early Alzheimer's blood test April 1, 2020 -- A gene called phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (PHGDH) looks promising as a biomarker for early Alzheimer's disease based on a study of RNA blood tests published in the journal Current Biology. The results have potential to open a new avenue of research in blood testing for the disease, beyond beta amyloid and tau, researchers reported. Discuss
Quidel receives expanded approval for COVID-19 test March 27, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded Quidel's emergency use authorization for the company's Lyra SARS-CoV-2 assay, a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test for the novel coronavirus.
Kalorama opens database of COVID-19 test instruments March 26, 2020 -- Market research firm Kalorama Information has made available to hospitals and clinical labs a database that lists the installed base of diagnostic assay instruments that can perform tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19.
Fentanyl during moms' labor shows up in babies' urine March 25, 2020 -- Fentanyl administered to pregnant women during labor may be passed on to their babies and show up in neonatal urine samples, researchers reported in the Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine on March 24. Labs should be aware of this mode of transmission when screening for opioid abuse, they advised. Discuss
Pediatric bilirubin screening could avert transplants March 24, 2020 -- Identifying biliary atresia in newborns using a bilirubin screening protocol could delay or prevent the need for a liver transplant by allowing them to undergo necessary surgery earlier, according to a study published March 24 in JAMA. Discuss