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Blood test focuses on PlGF to diagnose pre-eclampsia
April 2, 2019 -- A test that measures levels of placental growth factor (PlGF) in a woman's blood can be used to diagnose cases of pre-eclampsia, a potentially fatal complication of pregnancy, according to a study by U.K. researchers published April 1 in the Lancet.  Discuss
Topol envisions AI to have wide-scale effect on genomics
March 22, 2019 -- SAN JOSE, CA - Artificial intelligence (AI) is taking genomics to new heights -- pulling together and processing colossal amounts of genetic data at faster speeds, with better accuracy, and at lower overall costs, Dr. Eric Topol said in a March 19 talk at the GPU Technology Conference.  Discuss
Micro-CT, blood test aid early lung cancer detection
February 14, 2019 -- A blood test revealed that circulating DNA levels correlated with lung tumor size on micro-CT scans of mice, indicating the blood test's potential in the early detection of lung cancer, according to an article published online on 12 February in Disease Models & Mechanisms.
Liquid biopsy tracks response to lung cancer treatment
February 13, 2019 -- Two recently published studies indicate that blood-based liquid biopsy can be used to track lung cancer treatment response by measuring levels of circulating tumor DNA in patients who are receiving treatments such as immunotherapy. Both studies found that liquid biopsy worked better than imaging-based methods.  Discuss
Path lab firm to pay $64M penalty for referral payments
February 1, 2019 -- Pathology laboratory company Inform Diagnostics has agreed to pay $63.5 million to settle allegations that it paid referring physicians for referrals, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Which IVD companies will dominate in Latin America?
January 31, 2019 -- In vitro diagnostics (IVD) products are almost everywhere in the world, but growth is not found everywhere. For most of the top IVD companies, adding scores of millions in growth would be helpful to business plans -- and Latin America is in their sights. Bruce Carlson of market research firm Kalorama Information offers a perspective.  Discuss
Beckman Coulter buys acoustic liquid handling firm Labcyte
January 31, 2019 -- Beckman Coulter Life Sciences has acquired Labcyte, a privately held company that develops acoustic liquid handling technology.
FDA gives nod to Hologic assay for STI bacterium
January 29, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the marketing of a new assay by Hologic for detecting Mycoplasma genitalium, a type of bacteria that can lead to sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
IVD in 2019: 8 out-of-the-box predictions
January 14, 2019 -- What's in store for the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) market in 2019? Bruce Carlson of Kalorama Information takes a look at eight little-discussed trends that he expects to unfold this year.  Discuss
CMS hikes user fees for CLIA labs by 20%
January 3, 2019 -- User fees for CLIA labs will increase by 20% in 2019 -- the first increase in 20 years -- under new rules issued on December 28 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Discuss
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