Aspenti Health Takes Home Grand Prize in Nation’s First Clinical Lab 2.0 ‘Shark Tank’ Competition Showcasing Added-Value Clinical Success Stories

Vermont-based clinical laboratory company integrates social determinants of health (SDH) with lab data to help doctors at University of Vermont Health Network better manage their opioid patients Aspenti Health, a full-service diagnostic laboratory specializing in toxicology screening, has won the nation’s first ever Clinical Lab 2.0 “Shark Tank”! The competition was held May 2, 2019, in conjunction with the 24th Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management in New Orleans. The...

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital Identify Ways That CRISPR DNA Base Editors Sometimes Unintentionally Alter RNA

These “off-target” genetic alterations demonstrate that certain CRISPR base editors need further refinement in a research finding of interest to pathologists Could CRISPR DNA-editing technology unintentionally effect RNA as well? A new study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) suggests that it can. Clinical laboratories doing genetic testing will want to understand why this research implies that refinements to CRISPR may be needed for it to be accurate in therapeutic...

Medical Genome Reference Bank Uses Whole-Genome Sequencing to Add 4,000 Healthy Older Adults to Its Huge Database

The resulting genomic dataset may provide useful diagnostic insights that can be used by clinical laboratory and pathology professionals to learn how and why some people age with good health Why do some seniors age in good health and other seniors suffer with multiple chronic conditions? A new genetic database is using whole-genomic sequencing (WGS) to answer that question in ways that may benefit medical laboratories. Because of the rapid aging of populations in the United States and other...

New AHA Report Finds Hospital Outpatient Revenue Nearing Inpatient Revenue, While CMS Proposes Paying Less for In-hospital Healthcare Services

Clinical laboratories that service both settings could be impacted as new CMS proposed rule attempts to align Medicare’s payment policies for outpatient and in-patient settings Hospital outpatient revenue is catching up to inpatient revenue, according to data released from the American Hospital Association (AHA). This increase is part of a growing trend to reduce healthcare costs by treating patients outside of hospital settings. It’s a trend that is supported by the White House and Medicare...

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,...

UK Scientists Produce Comprehensive Summary of Genes Associated with Cancer in Humans, Making Precision Medicine ‘More Precise’

Expanded ‘Cancer Gene Census’ is expected to accelerate development of new therapeutics and biomarker-based personalized medicine diagnostic tests for disease; could be useful for anatomic pathologists Oncology is one of the fastest-developing fields in precision medicine and use of DNA-based diagnostics. Surgical pathologists are helping many cancer patients benefit from the use of a companion genetic test that shows their tumors are likely to respond to a specific drug or therapy. Consistent...