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Should blood donations be screened for high cholesterol?
May 22, 2019 -- Should individuals who donate blood have their donations screened for signs of high cholesterol? The authors of a study published in JAMA Cardiology on May 22 suggest that such screening could identify many people -- particularly younger individuals -- who might have familial hypercholesterolemia but might not otherwise know it.  Discuss
Liquid Biopsy Labs launches to provide DNA blood tests
May 22, 2019 -- British Columbia-based precision medicine company Cancer Treatment Options and Management has spun off a new company called Liquid Biopsy Labs as a provider of tests that measure and analyze the source of DNA in blood.
CAP: Surprise medical bill proposals are 'wholly inadequate'
May 22, 2019 -- The U.S. College of American Pathologists (CAP) expressed support for Congress in taking action against surprise medical bills related to the provision of out-of-network medical services, but it described the current legislative proposals for remedying problems as "wholly inadequate and unbalanced" in a statement on May 22.
GenomeSmart launches genetic testing platform
May 21, 2019 -- Start-up GenomeSmart has launched an online machine-learning platform to help quickly assess patients and match them with genetic tests for hereditary cancers and reproductive function, based on recommendations in national guidelines.
Gemelli Biotech airs validating data for IBS biomarker test
May 21, 2019 -- Gemelli Biotech announced that the next-generation version of its blood test for diarrhea-predominant and mixed types of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D and IBS-M) can differentiate the condition from inflammatory bowel syndrome and diagnose it with 98% confidence, based on data presented at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) meeting, held May 18-21 in San Diego.
Tumor mutational burden biomarker may not pass muster (again) at ASCO
May 20, 2019 -- Foundation Medicine is set to present data supporting its cancer diagnostics and the tumor mutational burden biomarker at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting, set for May 31 to June 4.  Discuss
Single-cell sequencing supplies clues about managing lupus
May 20, 2019 -- Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) helped researchers identify a molecular signature associated with response to treatment for lupus nephritis in a study of renal and skin biopsies published May 20 in Nature Immunology.  Discuss
EKF flags use of handheld hemoglobin test in Africa
May 20, 2019 -- The DiaSpect Tm hemoglobin point-of-care test from EKF Diagnostics will be deployed for detecting iron-deficient anemia in a remote region of Ghana, West Africa, as part of an educational study-abroad program this summer.
Qiagen liquid biopsy to guide Inovio immunotherapy
May 17, 2019 -- Qiagen is developing a liquid biopsy companion diagnostic for Inovio's investigational VGX-3100 immunotherapy for the nonsurgical treatment of advanced cervical dysplasia associated with the cancer-causing human papillomavirus.
So far, so good with NCI pediatric molecular screening study
May 16, 2019 -- In a large molecular screening study sponsored by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), 24% of pediatric cancer patients were matched with targeted therapies based on genetic profiles from tumor samples, a better than expected result, investigators reported during an American Society of Clinical Oncology press briefing on May 15.  Discuss
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