An Unlikely Pandemic Pairing: Facemasks Embedded with Ostrich Antibodies That Detect COVID-19 under UV Light

Japanese scientists who developed the detection method hope to use it to create ‘easy testing kits that anyone can use’ What do ostriches and humans have in common during the current COVID-19 pandemic? The unexpected answer is that ostrich antibodies can be used to identify humans infected with COVID-19. If proven viable in healthcare settings, the possibility exists that new clinical laboratory tests could be developed based on wearable diagnostics technologies that pathologists would...

Theranos Whistleblower Tyler Shultz Celebrates Former CEO Elizabeth Holmes’ Guilty Verdict by Popping Champagne with Family Members

As a Theranos insider and whistleblower, Tyler Schultz was able to provide information about the ongoing failures in medical laboratory testing at the once-high-flying Theranos to regulators and at least one journalist What’s it like to be a whistleblower in a high-profile clinical laboratory? Few clinical laboratory workers will ever know. But former Theranos employee Tyler Shultz does know, after helping to expose the Silicon Valley blood-testing startup’s deceptions. The 31-year-old Shultz...

University of Colorado Researchers Develop Miniature Colonoscopy Robot Capable of Collecting Biopsies and Transmit Diagnostic Information in Real Time

GI pathologists will be interested in how the Endoculus device uses tank-like treads to traverse the gastrointestinal tract, where it can capture images and perform biopsies Gastroenterologists (GI) may soon gain a useful new tool for use in gathering both biopsies and diagnostic information when examining the gastrointestinal tract. Ongoing development of a new robotic device promises both capabilities using technology that will be of interest to GI pathologists and clinical laboratory...

Theranos Ex-CEO Elizabeth Holmes Convicted on Three Counts of Wire Fraud and One Count of Conspiracy to Commit Fraud after Seven Days of Jury Deliberations

Split verdict could still mean considerable prison time for the one-time high-flying Silicon Valley entrepreneur In a trial generating unprecedented interest among clinical laboratory scientists, former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty in federal court this week on four charges of defrauding investors. Holmes faces up to 20 years in prison as well as a fine of $250,000 plus restitution for each count, though sentencing experts predict a much lighter sentence for the 37-year-old...

Two Important Aspects for Clinical Laboratories to Consider Following Elizabeth Holmes’ Conviction

The Theranos trial brought plenty of media attention, but beneath the hype, laboratory managers have lessons to ponder Editor’s note: This is a special edition of Dark Daily brought to you by The Dark Report. The conviction of disgraced Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes brings a close to one of the most infamous healthcare and high-tech trials ever. But the high-profile case should not camouflage critical, everyday lessons for clinical laboratories. Holmes was found guilty on...

Mitchell Cancer Institute in Alabama Combines New Robotic Method for Detecting and Excising Biopsies with Rapid On-site Evaluation (ROSE) to Speed Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

Combining robotic-assisted bronchoscopy with rapid on-site evaluation by cytopathologists enables cancer evaluation and diagnosis in one procedure New technologies are making it possible to both collect a tissue biopsy and diagnose lung cancer during the same procedure. Cytopathologist are essential in this unique approach, which has the potential to greatly shorten the time required to diagnose lung cancer. At USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute in Alabama, a team consisting of pulmonology,...
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