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Shared systems enable digital pathology deployments: Part 2
February 21, 2020 -- In the second part of this series, IT consultant Michael J. Cannavo reviews the advantages of digital pathology systems and provides advice on what to look for in a vendor.  Discuss
FDA ups its game in oversight of pharmacogenetic tests
February 20, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a joint effort between its drug and device wings to oversee pharmacogenetic tests. The move includes clarification of the definition of validity, based on scientific evidence, and signals that enforcement action could be coming for bad actors.  Discuss
Shared systems enable digital pathology deployments: Part 1
February 20, 2020 -- Getting the go-ahead for a digital pathology system is a challenge due to cost. But leveraging shared imaging infrastructures improves the financial picture, writes IT consultant Michael J. Cannavo.  Discuss
CT imaging outperforms DNA testing for early diagnosis of COVID-19
February 20, 2020 -- Chest computed tomography (CT) scans demonstrated better sensitivity than DNA testing for detecting coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in high-risk individuals upon initial presentation of symptoms in a new study, published online February 19 in Radiology.  Discuss
Genetic risk scoring not ready for prime time in heart disease
February 19, 2020 -- Polygenic scores did not show a meaningful benefit for risk stratification in heart disease in two studies published in the February 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Clinical laboratory market enjoys steady growth, exceeds $121B
February 18, 2020 -- Several drivers are behind the steady growth in the global clinical laboratory market, including an aging population and a rising incidence of chronic disease, reports Bruce Carlson, publisher of market research firm Kalorama Information.  Discuss
How deep learning can help predict cancer recurrence
February 17, 2020 -- Researchers have shown that a deep-learning algorithm can be used to extract interpretable features from annotation-free histopathology images from prostate cancer patients. Their framework outperformed the prediction of biochemical recurrence using conventional methods.  Discuss
CDC launches coronavirus surveillance, testing at 5 U.S. labs
February 14, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is utilizing state and local public health labs in five U.S. cities for community-based surveillance of the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2.  Discuss
How to manage genetic testing of pancreatic cancer patients
February 14, 2020 -- With momentum growing for germline testing of all patients newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, experts published a road map in JAMA Oncology on February 13 outlining what particular variants should be considered and included in screening.  Discuss
CT imaging supplements lab tests for diagnosing coronavirus disease
February 13, 2020 -- Computed tomography (CT) was able to detect COVID-19, the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, in individuals with high clinical suspicion of the virus -- even in cases with negative initial DNA tests -- Chinese researchers reported in a study published online February 12 in the journal Radiology.  Discuss
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