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FDA offers guidance for labs on substituting supplies during pandemic
June 4, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created an online guide for labs on substituting supplies needed for reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction testing for COVID-19.
CAP publishes new checklists for lab accreditation
June 4, 2020 -- The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has released the 2020 edition of its Laboratory Accreditation Program checklists.
Firm offers COVID-19 full sample antibody testing for U.K. employers
June 4, 2020 -- London-based laboratory services company hVIVO has launched its COVID Clear antibody test and made it available on demand for larger employer groups in the U.K.
OraSure raises funds for COVID-19 expansion through stock offering
June 4, 2020 -- OraSure Technologies announced an underwritten public offering of 8 million shares of its common stock, at the price of $11 per share.
Point-of-care urine test aims for faster, cheaper assessment of kidney stones
June 3, 2020 -- A point-of-care urine test for analytes associated with kidney stones could mean a cheaper, faster, and more user-friendly experience for patients, according to a study published in Science Advances. More accessible testing could help with prevention of the common condition, researchers suggested.  Discuss
Ultrasound autopsies help São Paulo doctors understand COVID-19
June 3, 2020 -- A hospital in São Paulo used a portable ultrasound machine to perform autopsies on 10 patients with fatal cases of COVID-19. The authors described the modality's benefits for studying the effects of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in a paper published on May 22 in Histopathology.  Discuss
AI-driven app uses blood biomarkers to flag high-risk COVID-19 patients
June 3, 2020 -- A new mobile app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to assess key biomarkers from blood tests and help clinicians identify patients who are most at-risk for developing more severe cases of COVID-19.
Cholesterol levels fall in West, rise in Asia
June 3, 2020 -- Cholesterol levels have declined sharply in wealthy Western countries but are on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, according to a new study published in Nature.
Dog tests positive for coronavirus, in 1st confirmed U.S. report
June 3, 2020 -- The National Veterinary Services Laboratories of the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the first confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 in a dog.
Blood bank starts testing all donors for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
June 3, 2020 -- Nonprofit blood bank Vitalant announced it will test all blood donations for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and provide donors with the results.
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