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High cholesterol offers clues in early-onset Alzheimer's disease
May 30, 2019 -- People with the early-onset form of Alzheimer's disease also have elevated cholesterol, which may be related to variants in the apolipoprotein B gene, researchers reported in JAMA Neurology on May 28. The discovery could one day help scientists discover ways to prevent the disease in those at risk.  Discuss
Why BRCA1/2 genetic testing rates are so low and how to fix them
May 29, 2019 -- Too few people with cancer are getting genetic testing for germline BRCA1 and 2 mutations in many countries, according to a study published on May 24 by U.K. specialists in JAMA Network Open. But a few simple steps can improve uptake of BRCA1/2 testing.  Discuss
STD test market grows with incidence, new tech
May 28, 2019 -- The need to make screening and testing of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) more accessible worldwide is creating opportunities for manufacturers of laboratory diagnostics and point-of-care tests, according to Bruce Carlson of Kalorama Information.  Discuss
FDA's green light for InBios product signals arrival of Zika virus tests
May 24, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared InBios International's blood test on May 23 for detecting immunoglobulin antibodies to Zika virus -- in a first for the U.S. market -- and is considering revoking clearance for companies that have emergency use authorizations for similar tests.  Discuss
FDA announces Beckman Coulter recall of hematology analyzers
May 23, 2019 -- Beckman Coulter Life Sciences has recalled several of its hematology analyzers due to the risk of inaccurate results, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notification from May 23. Some 2,000 clinical labs in the U.S. may be affected by the recall.  Discuss
Classic lab tests dominate in international survey
May 23, 2019 -- Sometimes the classics can't be beat. A new survey of the top lab tests performed around the world found that classic diagnostic tests dominate, despite differences in per capita income in different countries, according to a study published May 22 in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.  Discuss
Study homes in on genetic risk for type 2 diabetes
May 22, 2019 -- An exome sequencing study of almost 46,000 people has pinpointed four genes with rare variants that put people at risk for type 2 diabetes, a large team of international researchers led by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard reported in the journal Nature on May 22.  Discuss
Growth in number, complexity of CLIA-waived test kits raise red flags
May 22, 2019 -- Providers of proficiency testing for CLIA tests are becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of external quality control and oversight of CLIA-waived test kits, as the number of waived kits continues to expand. Some 1,400 waived test kits are now on the market, compared with 30 three decades ago.  Discuss
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
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
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