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Smartphone-based LAMP assay can detect COVID, flu
January 28, 2022 -- A low-cost way to diagnose COVID-19 and the flu may be in the hands of patients soon. Researchers have developed a smartphone-based loop-mediated isothermal amplification -- or Smart LAMP -- assay, paving the way for accessible infectious disease testing at the point of care, according to research published on January 28 in JAMA Network Open. Read More
The omicron variant is deepening severe staffing shortages in medical laboratories across the U.S.
January 28, 2022 -- Medical laboratory professionals form the backbone of health care and the public health system. They conduct some 13 billion laboratory medicine tests annually in the U.S. As of January 2022, these individuals had also performed more than 860 million COVID-19 tests and counting during the pandemic. Read More
Long COVID can be predicted early in patient diagnosis
January 27, 2022 -- Researchers have started to piece together the science behind why some patients develop long COVID and others do not by identifying several factors that can be measured at a patient's initial COVID-19 diagnosis, according to research published online in the journal Cell on January 25. Read More
MCED Consortium appoints leaders
January 27, 2022 -- The Multicancer Early Detection (MCED) Consortium has named Michelle Le Beau, PhD, as chair and Dr. Larry Kessler as deputy chair to lead the new organization's efforts evaluating the clinical and public health value of MCED tests. Read More
Sophia names Ken Freedman as chief revenue officer
January 27, 2022 -- Sophia Genetics has appointed Ken Freedman as chief revenue officer. Freedman brings more than 25 years of sales, marketing, and executive management experience, Sophia said. Read More
'Lab in a backpack' promises low-cost, accessible COVID testing
January 26, 2022 -- A new proof-of-concept study tested a $51 "lab in a backpack" that promises to bring accessible, low-cost COVID-19 testing to anywhere in the world, according to research published on January 26 in PLOS One. The researchers hope that their model can be used to develop commercial tests for less than $15. Read More
MaximBio gets EUA for ClearDetect COVID-19 home test
January 26, 2022 -- Maxim Biomedical has received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a new COVID-19 antigen home test called ClearDetect. Read More
Siemens launches ELF test in the U.S. for NASH assessment
January 26, 2022 -- Siemens Healthineers has launched its Enhanced Liver Fibrosis (ELF) blood test in the U.S., designed to assess disease progression in people with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. The test will be sold through Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics. Read More
Abbott's diagnostic sales climb due to COVID testing
January 26, 2022 -- Abbott reported that diagnostic sales rose for the fourth quarter of 2021, a trend driven mostly by the purchase of COVID-19 tests. The company also posted strong full-year growth compared to 2020. Read More
Digital pathology offers time savings to pathologists
January 25, 2022 -- Does digital pathology offer benefits over the light microscope in viewing whole-slide images? A new study found that a digital microscope providing simultaneous views of multiple sections of tissues was easier, more efficient, and reduced the time to diagnosis. Read More
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