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Blood gas lab testing is one of a few winners, amid sagging volumes overall
May 19, 2020 -- At a time of declining volume across the board due to COVID-19, a survey of laboratories shows that blood gas testing is one of the few lab test "winners," reports Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information.  Discuss
Researchers validate antibody test for malaria, try similar approach for COVID-19
May 18, 2020 -- An antibody blood test has been validated for an increasingly common and troublesome type of malaria, an international team reported in Nature Medicine on May 11. A similar approach is now being explored in COVID-19, with potential for the development of a better antibody diagnostic for community surveillance, investigators suggested.  Discuss
FDA-authorized antibody tests fall short in comparative study
May 15, 2020 -- Commercial serology tests from PerkinElmer subsidiary Euroimmun and Abbott fell short of expectations in a comparative study of specimens, underscoring the need for independent validation, lab experts reported in the journal Clinical Chemistry online May 13.  Discuss
FDA alert leaves Abbott's ID Now rapid coronavirus test down -- but not out
May 15, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with Abbott Diagnostics to address reports of false negatives from the company's ID Now rapid point-of-care diagnostic for COVID-19.  Discuss
New POC test performs well for chlamydia, gonorrhea in women
May 14, 2020 -- A rapid point-of-care (POC) test for chlamydia and gonorrhea demonstrated excellent performance in women and good performance in men in a comparative study funded by its manufacturer and published online May 14 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Real-world study: Genetic testing appears underused in autism
May 13, 2020 -- Genetic testing was less commonly performed than expected for patients with autism spectrum disorder, contrary to recommendations from professional medical societies, in a real-world community study published May 13 in JAMA Psychiatry.  Discuss
Labs absorb revenue losses, adapt to a 'new normal'
May 12, 2020 -- Leaders in pathology describe how their practices are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic in the face of fallen revenues and an uncertain future as U.S. states reopen.  Discuss
States ready to conduct more than 12.9M coronavirus tests in May
May 11, 2020 -- U.S. states will have the tests and lab supplies they need to conduct a total of more than 12.9 million coronavirus tests in May, covering more than 2% of the population, White House officials said during a coronavirus press briefing on May 11.  Discuss
Quidel clearance signals arrival of rapid antigen tests for coronavirus
May 11, 2020 -- Clearance of Quidel's rapid antigen diagnostic test by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration marks the arrival of a third type of assay for the novel coronavirus, with promise to help scale up as states reopen their economies.  Discuss
Vendors struggle to supply RNA extraction kits due to COVID-19
May 11, 2020 -- The extraordinary demand for COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction testing has strained the production capabilities of vendors in the nucleic acid preparation market. Several vendors are reporting skyrocketing demand for RNA extraction kits and other COVID-19-related products.  Discuss
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