Text Messages Between Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes and Ex-Boyfriend Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani Grab Headlines in Early Days of Fraud Trial

Romantic musings between the now-defunct Theranos’ CEO and COO may be introduced to undercut Holmes’ claims of ‘intimate partner abuse’ Medical laboratory professionals did not have to wait long for the first prosecution bombshell to explode during the opening week of the federal criminal fraud trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes. In court filings leading up to the September 8 trial in San Jose, Calif., Holmes’ defense team revealed plans to claim “intimate partner abuse” by Holmes’...

Lithuanian Researchers Develop Novel Noninvasive Method for Diagnosing Melanoma That Has Greater than 90% Accuracy

Computer-aided diagnostic system combines optical dermatoscopy, spectrophotometry and high-frequency ultrasound imaging techniques to differentiate malignant lesions from benign moles Detecting skin cancer via the use of skin biopsies is the bread and butter of many dermatopathology practices. But new technologies that can instantly detect and distinguish different types of skin malignancies may result in a reduced flow of skin biopsies to dermatopathologists in the not-too-distant future....

New Star Trek-like Handheld Device under Development That Can Detect SARS-CoV-2 in People and on Surfaces

Intriguing technology may find immediate value in assisting the detection and tracking of COVID-19 worldwide Pathologists and clinical laboratory personnel old enough to have watched Star Trek on television will recall the tricorder, a multi-functional handheld device that could non-invasively detect any disease or medical condition that the science fiction series needed to be revealed. Fiction, yes, but so was the Star Trek communicator before the advent of smartphones. Now, Florida-based...

Researchers in Japan Have Developed a ‘Smart’ Diaper Equipped with a Self-powered Biosensor That Can Monitor Blood Glucose Levels in Adults

The ongoing study shows promise in the general development of self-powered wearable biosensors, the researchers say, in a development that has implications for clinical laboratory testing Years back, it would be science fiction to describe a wearable garment that can not only measure an individual’s biomarkers in real-time, but also generates the power the device needs from the very specimen used for the measurement. Clinical laboratory managers and pathologists may find this new technology to...

Proof-of-Concept Study at University of Colorado Boulder Shows Dynamic Tattoos Can Help Detect and Track Health Issues

If tattoos can accurately be used in the diagnostic process, might clinical laboratories soon offer these types of diagnostic tattoos at their patient service centers? Could color-changing tattoos help diagnose illnesses? Researchers at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder think so. They are working on prototypes of permanent tattoos that can detect chemical changes in the body and smart tattoo ink that would take the concept of wearable medical devices to a whole new...

German Feasibility Study Shows Cerenkov Luminescence Imaging May Provide New Technique for Identifying Positive Margins during Prostatectomies

Prostate cancer currently has the highest positive surgical margin rate of any cancer in men, with 21% of patients left with cancer cells at the resection site Cancer surgeons may soon have a new technology to help them completely remove cancerous tissue during prostate cancer surgery. Called Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI), this new diagnostic technology under development at the Essen University Hospital in Essen, Germany, will be of interest to surgical pathologists since it could become...
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