Neurofilament light blood test shows concussion damage in study of veterans
May 28, 2020 -- Neurofilament light chain gets more support for use as a biomarker for disabilities associated with mild traumatic brain injury from a study of military veterans published on May 27 in the journal Neurology.  Discuss
Siemens ships COVID-19 total antibody tests worldwide, wins EUA for molecular test
May 26, 2020 -- Siemens Healthineers has begun shipping its total COVID-19 antibody test kits worldwide and has also received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its molecular SARS-CoV-2 detection test kit.
Academic lab quickly converts to perform SARS-CoV-2 testing
May 22, 2020 -- Academic labs could be converted to perform clinical work and process SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic assays with rapid turnaround times to meet increased demand for testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Investigators from Boston University and Boston Medical Center provided an outline of how they adapted a lab in an article published online May 10 in Med.  Discuss
AACC objects to FDA's at-home virus kit clearance, following go-ahead for Everlywell
May 21, 2020 -- The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it objects to the agency's recent emergency use authorization of an "unproven" at-home coronavirus collection kit.  Discuss
Less prostate-specific antigen testing linked with more advanced tumors
May 20, 2020 -- Less prostate-specific antigen testing in the wake of guidelines that discouraged use was linked to a drop in diagnosis of early-stage disease and more cases of advanced tumors in a study published May 20 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  Discuss
Study calls for hepatitis D screening in at-risk patients
May 20, 2020 -- Patients with hepatitis B should be also be screened for hepatitis D, as coinfection puts them at greater risk for liver cancer, according to a study set to be published in the Journal of Hepatology.
Beckman Coulter debuts new tabletop hematology analyzer
May 20, 2020 -- Beckman Coulter has launched its DxH 690T tabletop hematology analyzer in the U.S.
Blood gas lab testing is one of a few winners, amid sagging volumes overall
May 19, 2020 -- At a time of declining volume across the board due to COVID-19, a survey of laboratories shows that blood gas testing is one of the few lab test "winners," reports Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information.  Discuss
Canadian researchers develop test to track dietary fats
May 19, 2020 -- Canadian researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, have developed a blood test that tracks dietary fat intake. Results from a study using the test were published March 31 in the Journal of Lipid Research.
Invivoscribe garners expanded FDA approval for LeukoStrat CDx
May 19, 2020 -- Invivoscribe said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a premarket approval application supplement for its LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 mutation assay, enabling sale as an in-house IVD kit.