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Molecular testing and COVID-19: Where are we now?
March 26, 2020 -- As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates, attention has been focused on how to effectively scale up the diagnostic testing that is needed to correctly manage patients and track the disease's spread.  Discuss
Fentanyl during moms' labor shows up in babies' urine
March 25, 2020 -- Fentanyl administered to pregnant women during labor may be passed on to their babies and show up in neonatal urine samples, researchers reported in the Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine on March 24. Labs should be aware of this mode of transmission when screening for opioid abuse, they advised.  Discuss
Pediatric bilirubin screening could avert transplants
March 24, 2020 -- Identifying biliary atresia in newborns using a bilirubin screening protocol could delay or prevent the need for a liver transplant by allowing them to undergo necessary surgery earlier, according to a study published March 24 in JAMA.  Discuss
Cepheid set to start shipping 45-minute coronavirus POC test
March 23, 2020 -- Danaher's Cepheid is set to start shipping a new ultrafast molecular point-of-care (POC) test soon for the novel coronavirus, after securing an emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Discuss
Clinical diagnostics and the artificial intelligence boom
March 23, 2020 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly common in our everyday lives, but the role of AI in clinical diagnostics is the subject of intense controversy. Shara Rosen, an analyst at market research firm Kalorama Information, examines some of these issues.  Discuss
So far, so good for pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2
March 20, 2020 -- Early reports from China suggest that pregnant women who have the novel coronavirus are not experiencing worse outcomes or passing the infection on to their offspring, according to a study published online March 17 in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.  Discuss
ACLA to Congress: Labs should not bear burden of 'free' testing
March 19, 2020 -- The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) has asked the U.S. Congress for a $5 billion emergency fund to cover novel coronavirus testing, which the government has pledged will be provided for free to the public.  Discuss
Where did SARS-CoV-2 come from?
March 19, 2020 -- The available genetic data on SARS-CoV-2 indicate that it is not derived from any previously known virus, suggesting that it originated from either natural selection in an animal host or humans following zoonotic transfer. This analysis, presented in Nature Medicine on March 17, provides evidence for the natural evolution of this novel coronavirus amid claims of manufactured origins.  Discuss
Pathologists advance understanding of deadly female genital tract infections
March 19, 2020 -- A study of group A Streptococcus and life-threatening female genital tract infections in nonhuman primates sheds light on the genetic nature of these conditions, with potential application for drug development, researchers reported in the American Journal of Pathology.  Discuss
As COVID-19 crisis continues, other infectious diseases threaten
March 18, 2020 -- While the world remains focused on the coronavirus pandemic, other emerging infectious diseases are also circulating and are public health threats. Shara Rosen of market research firm Kalorama Information examines some of these in a new article.  Discuss
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