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Genomic analysis suggests Zika outbreaks are underreported
August 22, 2019 -- Are outbreaks of disease caused by the Zika virus going undetected around the world? That's the suggestion of a new study published August 22 in Cell. The findings indicate that diagnostic testing for international travelers could be a good idea, even when it looks like an epidemic is on the wane.  Discuss
Coated, folded paper creates mobile lab for field tests
August 21, 2019 -- Coating paper with a liquid-infused polymer and strategically folding it into a 3D shape transforms it into inexpensive, portable lab equipment that can be used to test samples in the field, researchers reported in Biointerphases on August 20.  Discuss
USPSTF calls for more BRCA1/2 genetic screening, testing
August 20, 2019 -- Broader recommendations on screening for BRCA1/2 genetic mutations published by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on August 20 represent a vote of confidence for more testing, which has been widely viewed as underused.  Discuss
Alpha-synuclein saliva biomarker for Parkinson's not ready for prime time
August 19, 2019 -- The level of the protein alpha-synuclein in saliva has theoretical potential as an early, noninvasive diagnostic biomarker for Parkinson's disease, but there are still many uncertainties regarding its value and how it could be used in practice, according to a systematic review published online in the Journal of Neural Transmission.  Discuss
What the rise of urgent care centers means for labs
August 16, 2019 -- Healthcare systems are now looking at their hospital emergency rooms and thinking of ways to make them more profitable and capture the patient traffic leaving for urgent care centers. Bruce Carlson of Kalorama explains the market dynamics.  Discuss
AI wins some -- and loses some -- in test against pathologists
August 15, 2019 -- A novel artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm outperformed pathologists in differentiating ductal carcinoma in situ from atypical hyperplasia, a job that is "considered the most diagnostically difficult task in clinical practice," researchers wrote in a paper published online August 9 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Myriad's GeneSight woes reflect closer FDA oversight
August 14, 2019 -- Myriad Genetics stock took a hit with an earnings report that disappointed Wall Street and the disclosure that the company has been asked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make changes to its GeneSight psychotropic test amid greater scrutiny by the agency, in general, on genetic tests.  Discuss
Celiac study reinforces need for appropriate testing
August 14, 2019 -- Children who are genetically predisposed to celiac disease and have too much gluten in early childhood are at greater risk of getting the condition, according to research published in the August 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study could spur more interest in testing for celiac disease, experts believe.  Discuss
FDA announces draft guidance on pathology peer review
August 13, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released draft recommendations to better guide nonclinical laboratory staff and sponsors conducting pathology peer reviews in good laboratory practice-compliant toxicology studies.  Discuss
Test shows promise for improving HPV triage
August 12, 2019 -- A new test shows promise for second-line use in patients with a positive HPV result to reduce the number of unnecessary colposcopies and as a two-in-one test for virus typing with triage capabilities, according to a small proof-of-concept study by French researchers in the September issue of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.  Discuss
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