University of Queensland Researches May Have Found a Universal Biomarker That Identifies Cancer in Various Human Cells in Just 10 Minutes!

This research could lead to a useful liquid biopsy test that would be a powerful new tool for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathologists Cancer researchers have long sought the Holy Grail of diagnostics—a single biomarker that can quickly detect cancer from blood or biopsied tissue. Now, researchers in Australia may have found that treasure. And the preliminary diagnostic test they have developed reportedly can return results in just 10 minutes with 90% accuracy. In a news release,...

Popularity of Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Tests Still Growing, Regardless of Concerns from Provider and Privacy Organizations

For blood brothers Quest and LabCorp this is good news, since the two medical laboratory companies perform most of the testing for the biggest DTC genetic test developers Should clinical laboratories be concerned about direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests? Despite alerts from healthcare organizations about the accuracy of DTC genetic testing—as well as calls from privacy organizations to give DTC customers more control over the use of their genetic data—millions of people have already taken...

How CRM Systems Help Home Healthcare Providers Treat Patients with Chronic Diseases in a Trend That May Be an Opportunity for Medical Laboratories

Customer relationship management (CRM) plays a critical role in helping providers care for patients with chronic diseases and clinical laboratories are part of those solutions Home healthcare continues to boom in the US and more technology companies each year—including Salesforce—strive to expand their presence within the industry. This represents a significant shift in site of service for a substantial and growing number of Americans. Equally true is that home healthcare is an opportunity for...

Chairman and CEO David Abney Explains UPS’ Drive Toward Drone Technology

UPS’ program on WakeMed Hospital’s Raleigh campus in N.C. is first drone delivery service cleared by FAA for commercial purposes UPS (NYSE:UPS) Chairman and CEO David Abney emphasizes patients, not packages, in the company’s new drive toward drone technology in medical laboratory specimen transport and logistics. Abney closed Day 1 sessions of the 24th Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management (EWC) which continues through Thursday in New Orleans. “Healthcare is a strategic...

New CRISPR Genetic Tests Offer Clinical Pathologists Powerful Tools to Diagnose Disease Even in Remote and Desolate Regions

Researchers at UC Berkley developed new ways to use CRISPR as a genetic “search engine” in addition to a cut and paste tool Clinical pathology laboratory professionals have long been aware of the potential diagnostic properties related to CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) technology. Now, new tests using the gene-editing tool show that potential is being realized. One example involves using CRISPR to detect diseases in Nigeria, where a Lassa fever epidemic has...

University Study Suggests Cervical Microbiome Could Be Used by Medical Laboratories as Biomarker in Determining Women’s Risk for Cervical Cancer

Researchers find presence of “high-grade” precancerous lesions caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) associated with “richness” of cervical bacteria Could bacteria residing in the cervix of women be useful in screening for cervical cancer? That’s what a study into the connection between human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Tanzania, seems to...