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Blood and urine tests keep tabs on what you're eating
October 29, 2019 -- A panel of metabolites in blood and urine can show whether people are sticking to healthy diets as directed, according to a study published in the journal Nutrients.  Discuss
Self-testing helps drive demand for bustling HbA1c market
October 28, 2019 -- Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information, explores factors driving the demand for hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing in people with diabetes, including patient self-testing.  Discuss
Pathology documents lung damage from vaping
October 25, 2019 -- A small study of lung biopsy specimens clearly demonstrates the damage of vaping to the lungs, particularly vaping tetrahydrocannabinol, pathologists concluded in a recent article in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.  Discuss
Precision medicine brings sequencing to the clinical lab
October 25, 2019 -- Precision medicine and other applications are driving demand for next-generation sample preparation techniques in a market worth $1.8 billion in revenue in 2018, with double-digit growth expected over the next five years, according to a new report from business intelligence firm Strategic Directions International (SDi).  Discuss
Rapid, investigational blood test makes the grade in TB
October 24, 2019 -- A blood test for four proteins triages patients with suspected tuberculosis (TB) and could be performed much more quickly than traditional sputum testing in low-resource settings, researchers reported online October 23 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.  Discuss
Big data can improve familial hypercholesterolemia screening
October 23, 2019 -- A machine-learning algorithm may be useful for scanning electronic health records to spot people with undiagnosed familial hypercholesterolemia based on a mix of lab reports and other data, according to a study supported by big pharma and published in Lancet Digital Health on October 21.  Discuss
Veracyte nasal swab test holds its own in lung cancer detection
October 22, 2019 -- Veracyte said the accuracy of its investigational nasal swab genomic classifying test rivals the clinical standard for lung nodule assessment and has potential to spare unnecessary follow-up in suspected cancer cases, based on preliminary data presented on October 22 at the Chest annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in New Orleans.  Discuss
Cheap vaginal-fluid testing signals risk for premature birth
October 22, 2019 -- Low-cost testing of vaginal fluid could flag risk factors for preterm birth and could be useful at the point of care in resource-poor settings to reduce life-threatening complications, according to a study of pregnant women in Brazil published on October 22 in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology.  Discuss
Technique overcomes barriers of next-generation sequencing in cancer
October 21, 2019 -- A low-cost investigational technique for assessing copy number alterations helps identify cancers that are aggressive, enabling clinicians to guide treatment accordingly, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden reported in Nature Communications online October 18.  Discuss
NIH-funded Lyme test promises better results, at the point of care
October 17, 2019 -- A rapid microfluidics assay for Lyme disease performed better than a standard lab workup and shows promise for use as a single diagnostic test at the point of care, according to a new study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Discuss
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