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CDC launches coronavirus surveillance, testing at 5 U.S. labs
February 14, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is utilizing state and local public health labs in five U.S. cities for community-based surveillance of the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2.  Discuss
How to manage genetic testing of pancreatic cancer patients
February 14, 2020 -- With momentum growing for germline testing of all patients newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, experts published a road map in JAMA Oncology on February 13 outlining what particular variants should be considered and included in screening.  Discuss
CT imaging supplements lab tests for diagnosing coronavirus disease
February 13, 2020 -- Computed tomography (CT) was able to detect COVID-19, the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, in individuals with high clinical suspicion of the virus -- even in cases with negative initial DNA tests -- Chinese researchers reported in a study published online February 12 in the journal Radiology.  Discuss
Coronavirus toll surges after sanction of CT diagnosis
February 13, 2020 -- The number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China hit roughly 15,000 within the past 24 hours alone, a major increase, according to news reports. The surge follows a decision by Chinese officials to expand the diagnostic criteria for COVID-19 to include cases diagnosed with computed tomography (CT).  Discuss
Blood test for sex hormone protein signals stroke risk
February 13, 2020 -- Low levels of sex hormone binding globulin in blood were associated with higher stroke risk in a new analysis of postmenopausal women who had been enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative study. The results indicate a potential role for hormonal screening as part of managing stroke risk, researchers suggested.  Discuss
CDC wrestles with coronavirus test problems in states
February 12, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there have been problems with some of the 2019-nCoV test kits sent out to labs in states and said that it likely needs to remanufacture reagents.  Discuss
C-reactive protein test falls flat in newborns with suspected sepsis
February 12, 2020 -- Testing for C-reactive protein is sometimes used as a diagnostic aid for suspected sepsis -- a common, life-threatening complication -- in newborn babies, but its value is low, according to a new analysis.  Discuss
Money trumps education for ending unnecessary lab tests
February 11, 2020 -- Payment policy changes are more effective for reducing unnecessary lab test utilization than optional clinical practice recommendations, researchers reported online on February 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Could cervical cancer be eliminated in 20 years?
February 10, 2020 -- If more women were screened for cervical cancer, it's possible that the incidence of the disease could be eliminated in the U.S. within the next two decades, according to a study published online February 10 in Lancet Public Health.  Discuss
CRISPR proteins lead to novel POC diagnostics
February 10, 2020 -- A novel tool that detects the presence of specific nucleic acid sequences is the basis for a new family of point-of-care (POC) diagnostics, which could take the form of an at-home test strip in the next few years.  Discuss
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