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Lab tests show vitamin D, omega-3 fish oil miss health markers
November 12, 2019 -- Supplementation with vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids failed to improve standard lab markers for inflammation and kidney function in two ancillary studies of the landmark Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VITAL) that were reported in early November. The results reinforce a cautionary stance on supplementation and testing.  Discuss
AMP highlights: Products aim to beat the clock in cancer detection
November 11, 2019 -- Cancer was a key focus at the recent Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) annual meeting in Baltimore -- particularly faster detection and treatment selection, according to Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information.  Discuss
CDC finds vitamin E acetate in 100% of vaping cases
November 8, 2019 -- In news that sheds light on the recent outbreak of vaping-related lung disease, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on November 8 disclosed that the presence of vitamin E acetate was discovered in 100% of lung fluid samples from 29 patients that were submitted to the agency from 10 states.  Discuss
What will it take for home cervical cancer testing to take off?
November 8, 2019 -- Self-sampling by women for cervical cancer screening promises to be highly effective clinically, though practical hurdles remain in terms of implementation on a large scale, according to new studies reported this week.  Discuss
AMP roundup: Vendors showcase same-day NGS, faster prep, DNA/RNA combos
November 7, 2019 -- BALTIMORE - Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information, is on the ground at the Baltimore Convention Center for this week's Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) meeting, reporting on product introductions.  Discuss
AMP lineup shows changing of the guard in molecular tech
November 6, 2019 -- Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information, shares his thoughts on the many vendor workshops slated for the upcoming Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) annual meeting in Baltimore.  Discuss
FDA flags persistent problems with biotin interference
November 5, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 5 issued a warning regarding lab tests that have not yet been addressed for biotin interference. The communiqué instructs lab personnel to communicate more with patients and health providers to help avoid false reporting.  Discuss
ACP advises biennial -- not annual -- stool tests for colon cancer
November 5, 2019 -- In a debatable move, the American College of Physicians (ACP) advised biennial -- rather than annual -- testing of stool for signs of colorectal cancer in average-risk individuals in a clinical guideline published November 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Furthermore, stool DNA testing did not make the cut.  Discuss
CA-125 blood test better than expected in ovarian cancer
November 5, 2019 -- The performance of the cancer antigen 125 (CA-125) blood test for detecting ovarian cancer surpassed expectations in a study of more than 50,000 symptomatic women seen in primary care, researchers reported on November 5 at the U.K. National Cancer Research Institute meeting in Glasgow.  Discuss
Cancer patients starved for information on genomic test costs
November 4, 2019 -- Oncologists have a lot of room for improvement when it comes to discussing the costs associated with genomic testing with their patients, according to a survey published on November 1 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  Discuss
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