Liquid biopsy enhances MRI studies of breast cancer patients
April 10, 2021 -- Adding liquid biopsy to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may improve the ability to gauge breast cancer treatment response, according to research presented April 10 at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting. Read More
5 reasons lab professionals should get up to speed on Twitter
March 30, 2021 -- For the uninitiated in 2021, joining the Twitter social media channel may seem a bit daunting. But never fear, as pathologists have put together a complete guide in Laboratory Medicine to help you get started and take advantage of the vast array of educational and networking opportunities now available. Read More
AACC moves annual meeting from Anaheim to Atlanta
March 18, 2021 -- The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) is moving the location of its annual meeting from Anaheim, CA, to Atlanta and is shifting the date back one week in September. The AACC made the decision because of stringent COVID-19 lockdown requirements in California. Read More
New AI-powered imaging tool estimates hemoglobin levels
March 2, 2021 -- A novel chip-based microfluidic diagnostic platform, featuring a microfluidic chip and an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered automated microscope, can estimate hemoglobin levels in whole blood samples less expensively than hematology analyzers, according to research published February 23 in AIP Advances. Read More
Saliva tests may be effective in diagnosing COVID-19
March 1, 2021 -- Saliva may be a reliable and cost-efficient way to diagnose COVID-19, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. Saliva-based tests were found to be roughly as reliable as nasopharynx or throat swabs. Read More
Market for COVID-19 diagnostics to hit $38B by year end
February 26, 2021 -- As the unfortunate milestone of one full year of the global COVID-19 pandemic worldwide is reached, the diagnostic industry has been changed, perhaps permanently. Bruce Carlson of Kalorama Information discusses how COVID-19 testing has quickly risen to rival other more established segments of the IVD market. Read More
CRISPR assay as good as PCR for detecting SARS-CoV-2 infections
February 24, 2021 -- CRISPR-based methods appear to offer reliable SARS-CoV-2 testing and screening as efficiently as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques, potentially making it possible to capture the leading edge of an outbreak using less expensive technology. Read More
Man's best friend helps train neural network for prostate cancer
February 17, 2021 -- Previous experiments have found that dogs seem to have an uncanny ability to "sniff out" individuals with cancer. Could that olfactory ability be leveraged for actual diagnostic use? U.K. researchers put that theory to the test in a study published February 17 in PLOS One. Read More
Patients approve of medical screening at dental offices
February 5, 2021 -- Patients generally approve of getting general medical screening -- including blood pressure tests and lab tests -- at their dentists' offices, according to a new study. The results support a broader role for dentists in identifying conditions in high-risk patients. Read More
One year later, lab specialists reflect on life in the shadow of COVID-19
February 3, 2021 -- It all started with ominous reports at the end of 2019 about a highly contagious virus that had emerged in Wuhan, China, seemingly a world away. But a few months later, many aspects of life across the globe would be in shambles, and lab medicine professionals would find themselves at the center of the worst public health crisis in 100 years. Read More