How to navigate the transition to lab automation
November 19, 2019 -- Automation is no longer an option for clinical laboratories. It's a must-have for labs to compete and innovate. But there are choices in the type and speed of transition, depending on a lab's needs and budget.  Discuss
Cardiovascular genetic risk score guides PCSK9 therapy
November 19, 2019 -- Results from a genetic risk test were significantly associated with risk for cardiovascular events in a new analysis of the large outcomes study of the proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor evolocumab, researchers reported on November 17 at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Philadelphia.  Discuss
Troponin, BNP show undertreatment of high blood pressure
November 19, 2019 -- High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) and pro b-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) tests could add value for risk assessment and managing people with high blood pressure, according to a pooled study analysis presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting, held November 16-18 in Philadelphia.
Free HIV self-tests boost diagnoses in CDC study
November 18, 2019 -- Providing free HIV self-tests to men who have sex with men doubled the number of reports of the infection in a yearlong study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Results were published online November 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
One Drop app predicts blood sugar up to 2 hours in advance
November 18, 2019 -- Digital diabetes therapeutics company One Drop said it has developed an artificial intelligence application that can predict blood sugar levels up to two hours in advance for people with type 2 diabetes using continuous glucose monitoring.
Invitae deploys Apple Watch for cardiovascular genetics study
November 15, 2019 -- Invitae has developed a research platform that links test results for genetic conditions with biometric data amassed on the Apple Watch.
Quest reports supportive data for new HDL cholesterol function test
November 15, 2019 -- Quest Diagnostics reported data supporting its new test for high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol function at the American Heart Association annual meeting, ahead of the product's U.S. rollout sometime in 2020.
Loop Genomics offers general use, long-read PCR kit
November 15, 2019 -- Loop Genomics has introduced a long-read sample prep polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit for use with sequencers made by Illumina across various applications, including noninvasive prenatal testing and immune system evaluation.
Momentum builds for tests that predict kidney damage
November 13, 2019 -- New studies show the potential for lab tests to help predict damage to kidneys in different settings -- one in kids in intensive care units and the other in diverse, multinational populations of adults. The two studies, both of which were reported separately in November, build hopes for prevention in the future.  Discuss
Lab tests show vitamin D, omega-3 fish oil miss health markers
November 12, 2019 -- Supplementation with vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids failed to improve standard lab markers for inflammation and kidney function in two ancillary studies of the landmark Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VITAL) that were reported in early November. The results reinforce a cautionary stance on supplementation and testing.  Discuss