Scientists Use Thousands of Genetic Markers to Develop Risk Scores for Six Common Diseases: Findings May Have Implications for Clinical Laboratories

Study demonstrates how precision medicine is advancing because of new insights from the use and interpretation of whole-genome sequencing As part of the Genomic Medicine at Veterans Affairs Study (GenoVA), researchers from Harvard Medical School, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts used thousands of genetic markers to develop and validate polygenic risk scores (PRS) for six common illnesses. These findings may eventually provide clinical...

Los Angeles Reaches $26 Million Settlement with Sameday Health and its Contract Doctor Over Alleged Phony COVID-19 Lab Test Results That Put Patients at Risk and Cost Insurers Millions

Company was accused of manipulating clinical laboratory reports from previous COVID-19 tests to forge new results, and sending “negative” test results to patients even though their tests had never been completed National COVID-19 testing chain Sameday Health (a.k.a., Sameday Technologies) will pay $22.5 million—and its contracted doctor an additional $3.9 million—to settle a case with the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office over alleged falsifying, faking, and...

Columbia University Researchers Say New High-Speed 3D Microscope Could Replace Traditional Biopsy, with Implications for Surgical Pathology

Columbia University’s MediSCAPE enables surgeons to examine tissue structures in vivo and a large-scale clinical trial is planned for later this year Scientists at Columbia University in New York City have developed a high-speed 3D microscope for diagnosis of cancers and other diseases that they say could eventually replace traditional biopsy and histology “with real-time imaging within the living body.” The technology is designed to enable in situ tissue analysis. Known as MediSCAPE, the...

Balwani and Holmes’ Personal Relationship Takes Center Stage in Criminal Trial, Fueling Continued Public Interest in Theranos Fraud Saga

Even as Balwani’s trial moves ahead, Hulu’s miniseries ‘The Dropout’ chronicles the pair’s romance and the company’s downfall while providing controversial subject matter for various media outlets Unlike Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes’ criminal trial for fraud which generated daily headlines across the nation, the related fraud trial of ex-Theranos COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani is not getting the same news coverage. Therefore, media have shifted their reporting to Balwani’s personal...

Researchers Develop ‘Smart’ Microneedle Adhesive Bandage System for Monitoring Sodium, Glucose, pH, and More

Platform could be next breakthrough in quest for painless technology to replace in-patient phlebotomy blood draws for many clinical laboratory tests In a proof-of-concept study, scientists from Israel and China have developed a “smart” microneedle adhesive bandage that measures and monitors in real time three critical biomarkers that currently require invasive blood draws for medical laboratory tests commonly performed on patients in hospitals. The “smart” microneedle system developed by...

King’s College London Researchers Discover Causal Link between Blood Type and COVID-19 Severity; May Provide Clinical Laboratories with a Useful Diagnostic Insight

Findings are ‘a vital first step in discovering potentially valuable targets for development of new [COVID-19] treatments,’ noted co-first author of the study Researchers at King’s College London (KCL) have determined that levels of certain blood proteins specific to each person’s blood type can be “causally linked” to an increased risk of hospitalization and death from a COVID-19 infection. The scientists also found that a person’s genetics play a key role in establishing the levels of those...
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