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Breakthrough blood test to predict kidney injury may be on the way
January 30, 2020 -- A high level of soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor in blood is strongly associated with increased risk for acute kidney injury, and the biomarker has potential for flagging the need for preventive measures prior to surgery in seriously ill patients, according to a study published January 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Discuss
Are patients getting your pathology reports?
January 29, 2020 -- More and more, patients have direct online access to their doctors' reports. But is this a good thing? Yes and no, according to a pair of studies about pathology reports published in JAMA Dermatology on January 29.  Discuss
Laboratories, IVD vendors get to work on novel coronavirus
January 28, 2020 -- The emergence of novel viruses underscores the need for laboratories to be vigilant and for IVD vendors to constantly update test menus, writes Bruce Carlson, publisher of market research firm Kalorama Information.  Discuss
CAP survey shows strong demand for pathologists -- at least for now
January 28, 2020 -- Demand for pathologists in the U.S. is strong, contrary to some negative reports, according to a survey of practices by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) published online January 23 in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.  Discuss
Experts reemphasize value of imaging in EVALI diagnosis
January 28, 2020 -- A team of U.S. radiologists and pathologists outlined the current understanding of electronic cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI), the value of imaging in its diagnosis, and lingering questions about the condition in a review article published online January 28 in Radiology.  Discuss
Barbershop POC blood tests pick up undiagnosed diabetes
January 27, 2020 -- Barbershops are good places for on-the-spot testing of black men for hemoglobin A1c, according to a study published January 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine. One-third of men approached agreed to point-of-care (POC) blood testing, and of those, 9% had undiagnosed diabetes.  Discuss
Next-generation sequencing uncovers novel coronavirus
January 27, 2020 -- The use of molecular techniques and DNA sequencing in three patients with severe pneumonia helped detect the novel coronavirus at the heart of a global public health scare, according to a case report by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention published online January 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Discuss
NIH offers update on coronavirus outbreak
January 24, 2020 -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has weighed in on the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in China, with officials discussing the agency's steps to counter the virus in an essay published January 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Genetics show deadly Wuhan coronavirus sired by snakes
January 23, 2020 -- The roots of the potentially deadly novel coronavirus that emerged in humans in Wuhan, China, and is spreading to other countries lie in snakes, according to a genetic analysis published online January 22 in the Journal of Medical Virology.  Discuss
Hormone blood test could pinpoint time of menopause
January 23, 2020 -- A highly sensitive test for anti-Müllerian hormone appears to be helpful for predicting the timing of the last menstrual period in older women and is more convenient than other methods, according to a study reported January 22 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.  Discuss
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