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CAP, ASCO taking comments on guidelines for breast cancer receptor testing
April 16, 2019 -- The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) are taking comments on a proposed revision of guidelines covering immunohistochemical testing for estrogen and progesterone receptors in breast cancer.  Discuss
Labs gear up to diagnose novel fungal infection
April 15, 2019 -- Clinical laboratories are being advised by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to handle a relatively new fungal infection, Candida auris, that is detectable only with complex tests such as mass spectrometry, sequencing, and novel polymerase chain reaction assays.  Discuss
Revenue from POC testing to outpace traditional IVD test market
April 9, 2019 -- New in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests capable of being performed at the point of care (POC) for patients are making major inroads. In a new report, market research firm Kalorama Information shares how growth in POC testing is outstripping the growth of more traditional lab-based IVD tests, and how the POC test market will produce $30 billion in sales globally by 2023.  Discuss
Are commercial labs falling short in prenatal testing?
April 3, 2019 -- A study published April 3 in Genetics in Medicine found that commercial laboratories offering noninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) for genetic disorders were not meeting guidelines published by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. The researchers surveyed 10 labs and found inconsistencies and inaccuracies in how they reported NIPS measures.  Discuss
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
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
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
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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