Recent Acquisitions by Roche Highlight the Importance of Structured Data and Concerns for Diagnostics Providers and Pathology Laboratories

Data generated by medical laboratories and diagnostic providers takes an increasing role in treatment and precision medicine and allows greater analysis of data and integration of data into the care process Most anatomic pathologists recognize that the unstructured data that makes up most pathology reports also represents a barrier to more sophisticated use of the information in those pathology reports. One solution is for pathology groups to adopt synoptic reporting as a way to get a...

Tufts University School of Engineering Researchers Have Developed Tooth-mounted Sensors That Monitor Glucose, Salt, and Alcohol in Foods as They Enter the Body

Tuft’s proof-of-concept demonstration study shows how changes in saliva can be employed as biomarkers for development of future diagnostic monitoring devices and applications For years, pathologists and dentists have recognized that the mouth contains many useful biomarkers for a wide range of health conditions and diseases. Now a study by a research team at Tufts University School of Engineering (Tufts) has demonstrated that a tooth-mounted sensor can reliably measure certain target markers....

UC Davis Researchers Develop Microscope That Uses Ultraviolet Light for Diagnosis, Eliminates Need for Traditional Histology Slide Preparation

MUSE microscope speeds up some anatomic pathology laboratory processes and removes exposure to toxic fixative chemicals Because they handle tissue specimens, histotechnologists, anatomic pathologists, and hospital nurses are exposed to deadly chemicals such as formaldehyde, formalin, Xylene, and Toluene. The risks associated with these chemicals has been covered regularly by Dark Daily as recently as 2018 and as far back as 2011. (See, “Europe Implements New Anatomic Pathology Guidelines to...

Genomics and Proteomics and Interactomics, Oh, My! Researchers Conclude Metabolite-Protein Interactions are Important to Cellular Processes; Could New Omics Be Added to Clinical Laboratories’ Test Menus?

This potential new source of diagnostic biomarkers could give clinical labs a new tool to diagnose disease earlier and with greater accuracy Clinical laboratories may soon have a new “omics” in their toolkit and vocabulary. In addition to genomics and proteomics, anatomic pathologists could also be using “interactomics” to diagnose disease earlier and with increased accuracy. At least that’s what researchers at ETH Zurich (ETH), an international university for technology and natural sciences,...

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Raises $180 Million to Expand Development of Its Revolutionary Hand-held DNA Sequencer; Might Medical Labs Get a POCT Solution?

Popularity of the pocket-sized gene-sequencing device continues to prove that DNA testing away from clinical laboratories in remote clinics and outlying field laboratories is not just possible, but in some cases preferable Once again, Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) is demonstrating how next-generation gene sequencing technology can make it cheaper, simpler, and faster to sequence without the need for big clinical laboratories. And its successful raising of $180 million to expand...

Canadian Company Prepares to Use Biometric Facial Recognition for Positive Patient Identification with an In-Home Prescription Drug Dispensing Device

Could biometrics increase security and safety of clinical laboratory patient identification and specimen tracking processes as well? Positive patient identification is a common problem for all healthcare providers, including medical laboratories. That is why there is strong interest in developing technologies that use biometric data to identify patients. The challenge has been to find a biometric solution that has acceptable accuracy and can make the positive identification in a speedy...