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APHL offers guidance on assessing coronavirus antibody tests
May 8, 2020 -- Guidance on assessing the value of antibody tests for the novel coronavirus was jointly released by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists on May 7 in a public health document.  Discuss
Survey: U.S. clinical labs report massive decline in testing volume
May 7, 2020 -- A survey of clinical labs across the U.S. shows a massive reduction in testing volume due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with cancer and histology diagnostics hit particularly hard.  Discuss
Varying immune responses in COVID-19 patients come under the microscope
May 6, 2020 -- A new study aims to further classify the immune response of COVID-19 patients with the goal of understanding the pathogenesis of the disease and accelerating the development of an effective vaccine to SARS-CoV-2 infection. The results of the study were published in Immunity on May 3.  Discuss
Pathology guideline standardizes warfarin genotype testing
May 6, 2020 -- A new guideline from pathology societies provides a steer on what should be included in clinical warfarin sensitivity genotyping panels, as part of a larger move to standardize pharmacogenomics testing in clinical laboratories.  Discuss
T-cell counts guide development of treatments for COVID-19
May 5, 2020 -- Cytokine storms may impact the severity of COVID-19 cases by lowering T-cell populations -- information that can be used to guide the development of new treatments, according to a study published in Frontiers in Immunology on May 1.  Discuss
FDA policy change may put an end to 'Wild West' of coronavirus antibody tests
May 4, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on requirements for commercial manufacturers of antibody tests for the novel coronavirus, with strict requirements for submitting emergency use authorization and specific performance threshold criteria.  Discuss
What we can learn from Taiwan's robust testing, tracing as we reopen
May 4, 2020 -- Experience with the novel coronavirus in Taiwan shows the value of an extensive program for virologic polymerase chain reaction testing and contact tracing for understanding transmission, according to research published online May 1 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Industry roundup: Oncology dominates noncoronavirus IVD news
May 1, 2020 -- There's no doubt that COVID-19 tests remain a focal point for IVD research and development. But companies increasingly are announcing new non-COVID-19 innovations designed to help them stay competitive for the days of reopening, reports Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information.  Discuss
CMS expands coverage of coronavirus testing, includes serology
April 30, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it has made additional policy changes during the pandemic that will support and expand coverage of novel coronavirus testing for beneficiaries.  Discuss
What is the impact of aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 in hospitals?
April 30, 2020 -- A study evaluating viral RNA from two hospitals in Wuhan, China, during the COVID-19 outbreak reveals that although there are several hotspots for airborne viral RNA within hospitals, the implementation of careful sanitization, proper ventilation, and open spaces can reduce the risk of exposure to the airborne virus. The results were published online in an April 27 article in Nature.  Discuss
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