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Urine tests at root of antibiotic misuse in Blue Cross study
August 28, 2019 -- Urine testing is resulting in the inappropriate treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria with antibiotics and longer hospital stays, according to a study funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and published online August 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read More
NIH announces recipients of early-career 'genomic innovator' award
August 28, 2019 -- The National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced on August 27 the first winners of its Genomic Innovator Award for early-career researchers. Read More
VA looks into pathology delays at Tenn. hospital
August 28, 2019 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has completed an investigation into whether a shortage of pathologists at a VA hospital in Tennessee resulted in harm to patients. Read More
More frequent HbA1c testing reduces diabetes costs
August 28, 2019 -- Performing hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing four times a year reduces costs and improves quality of life for individuals with diabetes compared to less frequent testing, according to a study conducted by Primary PartnerCare, a physician network in New York. Read More
Study shows relatives of celiac disease patients should get tested
August 27, 2019 -- First-degree relatives of people with celiac disease should be screened for the disease, even though guidelines offer conflicting advice on this matter, according to a study by gastroenterologists published on August 22 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Read More
Researchers to study media coverage of 'overdiagnosis' tests
August 27, 2019 -- Researchers from Australia plan to explore media coverage of the benefits and harms of medical testing that they believe may lead to overdiagnosis in healthy individuals, according to a protocol published online August 24 in BMJ Open. Read More
Blood test for detecting subconcussive injury on the horizon
August 26, 2019 -- A blood test for detecting subconcussive injuries in children and adults is coming closer to fruition and one day could allow health professionals to prevent further brain damage, according to a study published online on August 26 in BMJ Paediatrics Open. Read More
Blood test detects concussions not visible on CT scans
August 26, 2019 -- A relatively low-cost blood test was able to detect concussions in patients at trauma centers whose computed tomography (CT) scans provided no indication of traumatic brain injury, researchers found in a new study published online August 23 in Lancet Neurology. Read More
NIH awards $9.1M for genomic outreach program
August 26, 2019 -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a total of $9.1 million to two organizations as part of its massive genome sequencing program, All of Us. Read More
PerkinElmer touts targeted DNA test for prenatal genetic screening
August 23, 2019 -- PerkinElmer's Vanadis targeted cell-free DNA test had high sensitivity and specificity for finding fetal chromosomal abnormalities in high-risk pregnant women in a European study published August 19 in the journal Prenatal Diagnosis. The company believes the results support the test's potential as a lower-cost option for first-line genetic screening. Read More
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