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ECRI shows how to ensure tests don't get lost in the shuffle
January 17, 2020 -- The ECRI Institute has published information aimed at improving the tracking of diagnostic testing results, including a white paper with case studies on implementing best practices at ambulatory care facilities.  Discuss
Survey: Doctors would take pay cut to reduce burnout
January 16, 2020 -- Some 50% of physicians queried in a new survey said they would take a salary reduction of as much as $50,000 annually to reduce burnout. Out of 29 medical specialties, pathologists ranked 23rd, with 36% reporting burnout, according to a January 15 report from Medscape.  Discuss
What's next for PacBio and Illumina?
January 16, 2020 -- The termination fee from Illumina provides Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) with as much or more than it would likely earn in revenue in 2020, notes Bruce Carlson, publisher of market research firm Kalorama Information. And with the launch of Sequel II, PacBio's product revenues continued to grow during the prolonged acquisition process.  Discuss
CAP, ASCO weigh in on handling ER-low-positive breast cancers
January 15, 2020 -- Updated guidance from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) on estrogen and progesterone receptor (ER, PR) testing in breast cancer patients provides a steer on handling ER-low-positive cases and holds immunohistochemistry as the standard primary test, with no other assays recommended.  Discuss
Illumina unveils megadeal with Roche, new sequencers
January 14, 2020 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Illumina showcased a new 15-year next-generation sequencing collaboration with Roche and two new sequencing systems during its company presentation on January 13 at the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.  Discuss
AACC guides on biotin interference: Communication is key
January 13, 2020 -- The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has released a new guidance document for tackling the risk of interference from biotin (vitamin B7) in lab test results that stresses interdisciplinary communication.  Discuss
Oncotype DX gene test shows promise for guiding radiation therapy
January 13, 2020 -- Scores for breast cancer patients on the Oncotype DX 21-gene risk test were significantly associated with local disease recurrence in a retrospective study published online January 6 in JAMA Oncology. The data suggest an expanded role for the test, though long-term, prospective validation data are needed to move it into practice.  Discuss
AI seeks role in evaluating prostate biopsies
January 9, 2020 -- An investigational artificial intelligence (AI) system demonstrated excellent performance for differentiating benign from cancerous findings in prostate biopsies and matched the performance of urological pathologist experts for gauging disease severity, researchers reported online January 8 in Lancet Oncology.  Discuss
Genetics group guides labs on fetal exome sequencing
January 8, 2020 -- Clinical laboratories are advised to have clearly defined turnaround times for fetal exome sequencing and reporting policies for incidental findings and variants of uncertain significance, among other things, in new guidance published January 8 by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.  Discuss
U.S. cancer death rate drops again
January 8, 2020 -- Fewer Americans are dying of cancer, and the mortality rate appears to be dropping faster than ever, according to new data released January 9 by the American Cancer Society. Cancer mortality in the U.S. has fallen 29% in the last 26 years, including a sharp 2.2% drop from 2016 to 2017.  Discuss
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January 28-30
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January 29-30
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