Nutromics Receives $14M for Development of Lab-on-a-Patch DNA Sensor Platform That Transmits Biometric Data in Real Time from Interstitial Fluid

Similar health monitoring devices have been popular with chronic disease patients and physicians who treat them; this technology may give clinical laboratories a new diagnostic tool There is an ever-increasing number of companies working to develop lab testing...

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Researchers in US and Israel Detect Fungal DNA in Most Cancer Types Found in the Human Body

Studies could lead to new prognostic biomarkers and clinical laboratory diagnostics for cancer Might fungi be involved in human cancers? Two separately published studies have found fungal DNA in various cancers in the human body. However, the researchers are unclear...

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Geneticist Svante Pääbo, PhD, Wins Nobel Prize for His Research on Neanderthal DNA

Technologies developed by Pääbo to sequence Neanderthal DNA are being widely used in many clinical laboratory settings, including to study infectious disease outbreaks In October, the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to Swedish geneticist Svante Pääbo, PhD,...

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Disgraced Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes to Serve 11 Years, Three Months in Prison, Ending the Latest Chapter in the Story of the Failed Clinical Laboratory Company

Judge will decide the restitution Holmes must pay to defrauded Theranos investors at future court date; Ex-COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani to be sentenced next month Clinical laboratory leaders and anatomic pathologists who closely followed the fraud trial of Elizabeth...

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Oregon Health and Science University Announces Program to Provide Patients with Hospital-Level Care in the Comfort of Their Home

As the number of Hospital at Home programs increase, clinical laboratories will want to develop programs for collecting samples from patients where they live Shortages of nurses and hospital staff, combined with pressure to lower the cost of care, are encouraging more...

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Stanford Medicine Scientists Sequence Patient’s Whole Genome in Just Five Hours Using Nanopore Genome Sequencing, AI, and Cloud Computing

And in less than eight hours, they had diagnosed a child with a rare genetic disorder, results that would take clinical laboratory testing weeks to return, demonstrating the clinical value of the genomic process In another major genetic sequencing advancement,...

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Early Appearance of RSV Cases, Combined with Influenza and COVID-19, Raises Concern about Possibility of a Tripledemic During This Flu Season

Experts advise clinical laboratories to prepare now for a marked increase in demand for RSV, COVID-19, and influenza testing Are the COVID-19 lockdowns responsible for the increase in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)? Some physicians believe that may be the...

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Presidents of Roche Diagnostics and Mayo Clinic Laboratories Discuss PAMA Reform and Upcoming Deep Cuts to Reimbursement for Common Lab Test

Organizations representing clinical laboratories and other critical healthcare providers urged Congress to pass the Saving Access to Laboratory Services Act by January 1, 2023, to prevent deep cuts in reimbursements Lessons about the essential role of clinical...

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Two New York City Hospitals Join New Genetic Study to Perform Whole Genome Sequencing on 100,000 Newborn Babies to Search for 250 Rare Diseases

Goal is to demonstrate how whole human genome sequencing of newborns can deliver important diagnostic findings associated with 250 genetic conditions Clinical laboratory testing and genetics are moving closer to the delivery room than ever before. In the largest study...

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Monkeypox Outbreak Subsides in US, Europe, But Public Health Concerns Remain

Experts cite high vaccination rates and behavioral changes among at-risk groups, but warn about complacency; clinical laboratories should remain vigilant In July, Scott Gottlieb, MD, Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from May 2017 to April...

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Four Regulatory Developments Coming This Fall That Are Relevant for Clinical Laboratory Leaders and Pathology Group Managers

Regulators and lawmakers are considering proposed changes to CLIA and PAMA involving medical laboratory services Clinical laboratories and pathology groups should monitor a series of federal regulatory developments underway this fall. The proposals and documents will...

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Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Leaders in Canada Gather to Assess New Diagnostic Technologies and Respond to the Acute Shortage of Medical Technologists

There was cautious optimism about the ability of Canada’s medical laboratories to innovate in ways that advance patient care, while recognizing the ongoing challenge of adequate lab staffing and budget constraints TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA—This week, more than 150...

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Researchers Create Artificial Intelligence Tool That Accurately Predicts Outcomes for 14 Types of Cancer

Proof-of-concept study ‘highlights that using AI to integrate different types of clinically informed data to predict disease outcomes is feasible’ researchers say Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are—in stepwise fashion—making progress in...

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Patients Still Receive Surprise Medical Bills, Including for Medical Laboratory Testing, Despite Enactment of Federal No Surprises Act That Became Law on Jan. 1, 2022

Survey respondents specifically mentioned clinical laboratory charges as part of the balance billing they were receiving Unexpected medical bills—which often include clinical laboratory test and pathology charges—are still arriving in patients’ mailboxes, even though...

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News Report Shows How Elizabeth Holmes Tricked VP Joe Biden into Endorsing Theranos’ Fake Blood Testing Technology

Former Vice President received an exclusive tour of a completely fake medical testing laboratory within Theranos, which he found “most impressive” One thing clinical laboratory leaders and pathologists may still be curious about concerning the whole Theranos affair is...

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Study Shows School-Aged Children Can Successfully Swab Themselves for COVID-19 Tests, But Is This Something That Can Help Short-Staffed Medical Laboratories?

Encouraging patients—even children—to be more directly involved in their own medical care may reduce the burden on healthcare workers and might even help those clinical laboratories struggling to hire enough phlebotomists to collect specimens Researchers at Emory...

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Danish Study Finds Anti-Viral Paxlovid May Be Triggering Drug-to-Drug Interactions, Particularly in Elderly COVID-19 Patients

These findings may be useful to clinical laboratory professionals when physicians want guidance in effective treatments for COVID-19 patients, particularly when there are concerns about a rebound of the infection Drug interactions are a major concern for physicians...

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Judge Grants Delay in Ex-Theranos’ CEO Elizabeth Holmes’ Sentencing to Consider Alleged Prosecutor Misconduct

Issues arose after a pathologist who once was the clinical laboratory director at Theranos suggested his testimony during the trial was misconstrued by federal prosecutors Just when clinical laboratory directors and pathology group managers thought they could look...

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Chinese Researchers Develop Non-Invasive Clinical Laboratory Skin Test for Measuring Cholesterol

Study also may have found relationship between atherosclerosis and cholesterol Chinese scientists have developed a cutting-edge method for non-invasively monitoring blood cholesterol levels in humans. The innovative technology utilizes images of skin on hands and may...

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‘Helicopter Research’ by Genetic Scientists Comes under Scrutiny in South Africa

Clinical laboratories and pathology groups can benefit from knowing how genetic testing is being used for other than medical testing purposes It is useful for pathologists and clinical laboratory managers to be aware of the different ways genetic testing and DNA...

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Australia’s Severe Flu Season Could be a Harbinger of Increased Influenza Cases in US and Canada Straining Already Burdened Clinical Laboratories

End of social distancing, masking, and other COVID-19 pandemic mitigations may lead to more severe flu-like infections in northern hemisphere, experts say Clinical laboratory professionals in the United States and Canada should prepare now for a severe flu season....

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Discovery of Antibody that Neutralizes All Known Variants of SARS-CoV-2 Could Lead to New Vaccines and Clinical Laboratory Treatments for COVID-19

Though only in early stages, findings could lead to a ‘therapeutic against current and newly-arising variants,’ say researchers As SARS-CoV-2 changes and mutates, some therapeutic antibodies that were once highly effective in fighting the virus have lost potency. But...

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Monkeypox Clinical Laboratory Testing Capacity in US Is Strong according to CDC Director. But Is It really?

Testing capacity has been boosted by inclusion of commercial laboratory companies and the fact that the virus spreads less easily than SARS-CoV-2 At the start of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, clinical laboratories were unprepared for unprecedented testing volumes. Fast...

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