Long COVID can be predicted early in patient diagnosis
January 27, 2022 -- Researchers have started to piece together the science behind why some patients develop long COVID and others do not by identifying several factors that can be measured at a patient's initial COVID-19 diagnosis, according to research published online in the journal Cell on January 25. Read More
'Lab in a backpack' promises low-cost, accessible COVID testing
January 26, 2022 -- A new proof-of-concept study tested a $51 "lab in a backpack" that promises to bring accessible, low-cost COVID-19 testing to anywhere in the world, according to research published on January 26 in PLOS One. The researchers hope that their model can be used to develop commercial tests for less than $15. Read More
Digital pathology offers time savings to pathologists
January 25, 2022 -- Does digital pathology offer benefits over the light microscope in viewing whole-slide images? A new study found that a digital microscope providing simultaneous views of multiple sections of tissues was easier, more efficient, and reduced the time to diagnosis. Read More
How to apply for the AACC's Disruptive Technology Award
January 25, 2022 -- The February 7 deadline to apply for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's (AACC) Disruptive Technology Award is drawing close. The award can give a major boost to startup companies developing new diagnostics technologies. Read More
Machine-learning model predicts COVID survival from blood tests
January 18, 2022 -- A new machine-learning model can analyze proteins in blood samples to predict survival in patients critically ill with COVID-19, according to an article published on January 18 in PLOS Digital Health. Read More
Neurodegenerative markers found in COVID-19 patients
January 13, 2022 -- Neurological complications among hospitalized COVID-19 patients may be associated with elevated neurodegenerative biomarkers found in blood tests, according to a study published January 13 in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. Read More
Cell segmentation model promises to boost disease detection
January 12, 2022 -- Researchers have developed a novel 3D cell segmentation framework called 3DCellSeg based on deep learning, according to an article published in Scientific Reports on January 10. The model can serve as a powerful tool to detect diseases in cells, including cancer. Read More
Testing is 1 of 3 steps to achieve a 'new normal' with COVID-19
January 7, 2022 -- How can the U.S. learn to live with COVID-19? Better diagnostic testing is one of three steps that need to happen to achieve a "new normal," a state characterized by substantially lower transmission and mortality from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a viewpoint published on January 6 in JAMA. Read More
COVID-19 tests drove increase in Medicare spending in 2020
January 4, 2022 -- Spending on COVID-19 diagnostic tests drove an increase in Medicare Part B spending in 2020, while spending for non-COVID-19 lab tests saw a "sharp decline" during the first year of the pandemic. The findings raise concerns about whether spending on COVID-19 tests is crowding out other lab tests. Read More
Is continual testing for COVID-19 realistic?
January 4, 2022 -- New research out of Germany suggests that continual surveillance testing for COVID-19 in daycare settings is not only realistic but accepted by children, parents, and childcare workers, according to a study published on January 4 in JAMA Network Open. Read More