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Top 10 product news stories for 2019
December 24, 2019 -- There were hundreds of developments in IVD testing in 2019, so selecting just 10 is a huge challenge. But Bruce Carlson, publisher of market research firm Kalorama Information, has picked out the highlights for you.  Discuss
NT-proBNP comes of age for preoperative prediction of CV risks
December 24, 2019 -- Testing blood for N-terminal pro b-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) appears to have value as a preoperative test to predict risk of cardiovascular (CV) events, according to a study published December 24 online in Annals of Internal Medicine. The results may prompt a rethink of guidelines, which currently do not advise its use in this setting, and clinical practice.  Discuss
Congress skips surprise billing, passes LAB Act
December 23, 2019 -- President Donald Trump signed off on $1.4 trillion U.S. year-end spending legislation on December 20 that included the Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries (LAB) Act and did not include legislation aimed at curtailing out-of-network charges, or surprise medical billing.  Discuss
Top 10 LabPulse stories for 2019
December 23, 2019 -- Automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and utilization management were hot topics in lab medicine in 2019, at least according to the articles that were most viewed by members of for the year. In fact, three out of the top five most-read stories revolved around automation and AI.  Discuss
Rapid POC tests perform well, ease Chagas disease screening
December 20, 2019 -- A combination of marketed rapid point-of-care (POC) diagnostics was useful in screening for Chagas disease in a study conducted in Bolivia. The results compared well with the gold standard enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay approach, which is a challenge in low-resource settings, researchers reported on December 19 in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  Discuss
Sequencing test spots dangerous infections early in kids with cancer
December 19, 2019 -- A marketed next-generation sequencing blood test identified life-threatening bloodstream infections in hospitalized pediatric cancer patients, researchers reported online December 19 in JAMA Oncology. The pilot study illuminates a future use for clinical sequencing for conditions that are common in hospitalized patients.  Discuss
New HPV saliva test may speed detection of mouth, throat cancers
December 18, 2019 -- Scientists have fused acoustics and microfluidics in a novel saliva test designed to show within minutes whether a person has a high-risk strain of HPV associated with mouth and throat cancers. Results were published online December 13 in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.  Discuss
ACS finds colon cancer screening in 40s on the rise
December 18, 2019 -- Colon cancer screening among average-risk adults between the ages of 45 and 49 has been on the rise: It more than doubled in 2018, according to in-person survey data for 5,800 people reported by the American Cancer Society (ACS) on December 18 in Cancer.  Discuss
Out-of-network billing study points finger at pathologists
December 17, 2019 -- Out-of-network billing by pathologists and other specialists costs the healthcare system big bucks -- to the tune of $40 billion a year in the U.S. -- and needs to be remedied, Yale University researchers reported on December 16 in the journal Health Affairs.  Discuss
Myriad opens hood on carriers of breast cancer risk genes
December 17, 2019 -- Myriad Genetics plans to offer more risk prediction information to women who carry mutations associated with breast cancer. Results from a validation study exploring the nature of high- and intermediate-risk pathogenic variants in women with European ancestry were presented on December 14 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.  Discuss
Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) 2020
January 25-29
San Diego, California United States
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biothreats
January 28-30
Arlington, Virginia United States
Festival of Genomics 2020
January 29-30
London, Greater London United Kingdom
Medlab Middle East
February 3-6
Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates
Park City Anatomic Pathology Update
February 9-13
Park City, Utah United States
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