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Researchers outline neurological signs of COVID-19
July 9, 2020 -- U.K. researchers are offering an outline of neurological manifestations of severe SARS-CoV-2 infection they hope will help their colleagues better recognize and treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to a study published July 8 in Brain.  Discuss
HPV, Pap cotesting best for cervical cancer detection in Quest study
July 9, 2020 -- Human papillomavirus (HPV) or Pap testing alone is less likely than the combination of both methods to detect cervical cancer, according to a Quest Diagnostics real-world study published online July 8 in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.  Discuss
WHO clarifies coronavirus transmission, launches review of world response
July 9, 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has clarified its thinking on some controversial topics surrounding the novel coronavirus, including aerosol and asymptomatic transmission. It also announced the heads of a new independent panel charged with evaluating the global pandemic response.  Discuss
FDA provides guidance on pooling to boost coronavirus test throughput
July 8, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has clarified guidance on the validation of pooled coronavirus testing, in a bid to pave the way for submission of emergency use authorizations for the throughput-boosting method.  Discuss
Blood biomarkers show risk for preeclampsia in pregnant women
July 8, 2020 -- Two blood-based biomarkers were strongly associated with risk for preeclampsia in a small study of pregnant women published July 3 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. This discovery may create opportunities for the development of diagnostics and therapies, researchers reported.  Discuss
FIB-4 blood biomarker predicts risk of developing severe liver disease
July 7, 2020 -- A study of more than 40,000 people in Sweden found repeatedly measuring the fibrosis-4 (FIB-4) index in blood every few years can predict the risk of developing severe liver disease. However, the July 1 research in the Journal of Hepatology also found the sensitivity is comparatively low and improved tests are needed for general population screening.  Discuss
Scientists urge surveillance of new SARS-CoV-2 variant
July 7, 2020 -- A SARS-CoV-2 variant carrying an amino acid change -- D614G -- in the spike protein has become the predominant form of the virus in the current global pandemic. A recent publication in Cell advocated for viral surveillance to aid in the development of immunological interventions.  Discuss
Companion diagnostics survive COVID-19 with small nick
July 6, 2020 -- The COVID-19 crisis has had a slightly negative, but not critical, impact on the market for companion diagnostics, according to a new market report from market research firm Kalorama Information.  Discuss
AI predicts which patients to test for pancreatic cancer
July 6, 2020 -- Researchers created a model utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) that identified patients at an increased risk for pancreatic cancer who could benefit from early screening with a blood test. They presented their findings from a pilot study using the model on July 2 at the virtual European Society for Medical Oncology World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer.  Discuss
CAP survey: Labs are high on coronavirus test capacity, but still short of supplies
July 2, 2020 -- U.S. labs continue to be short of supplies needed for COVID-19 molecular testing, according to a June survey by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The survey also documented loss of hours and pay for lab professionals and a rise in burnout.  Discuss
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