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...

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Maryland’s Statewide Value-Based Payment Models Benefit both Healthcare Providers and Patients

By shifting away from fee-for-service, the state encouraged collaboration between hospitals and physicians to improve care and lower costs Maryland “leads the way” in value-based payment reform, according to a series of articles published in Health Affairs. “The...

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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.,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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University of Washington Researchers Develop Home Blood Clotting Clinical Laboratory Test That Uses a Smartphone and a Single Drop of Blood

UW scientists believe their at-home test could help more people on anticoagulants monitor their clotting levels and avoid blood clots In a proof-of-concept study,researchers at the University of Washington (UW) are developing a new smartphone-based...

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Millennial Clinical Laboratory Managers Went Digital with Their Networking at Last Week’s Executive War College

With Millennials soon to make up the majority of the medical laboratory workforce, it’s only natural that digital networking is gaining momentum at events like the Executive War College Attendees at last week’s Executive War College Conference on Laboratory and...

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Adolescents with Specific Health Conditions Experience Accelerated Aging at Midlife, According to Published Study in New Zealand

Study shows that access to early childhood treatment could have lasting effects and prevent premature adult aging Researchers in New Zealand have found that people who experienced “daily smoking status, obesity, or a psychological disorder diagnosis” beginning early...

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After Winning Conviction of Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes, Prosecutors Follow Similar Script at Ex-COO Ramesh Balwani’s Fraud Trial

Defense attorneys attempted to describe Balwani as simply an investor in Theranos, but prosecutors used the defendant’s own text messages to debunk that claim Clinical laboratory directors and pathologists following the criminal fraud trial of ex-Theranos President...

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Artificial Intelligence in Digital Pathology Developments Lean Toward Practical Tools

Patient care gaps can be addressed by machine learning algorithms, Labcorp vice president explains Is there hype for artificial intelligence (AI)? As it turns out, yes, there is. Keynote speakers acknowledged as much at the 2022 Executive War College Conference on...

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COVID-19 Testing Reimbursement Scrutiny is Coming for Clinical Laboratories, Attorneys Predict at Executive War College

Investigators may look into various angles, including drive-through testing sites for COVID-19 and whether uninsured patients were verified before free tests Three healthcare compliance attorneys gave a clear and concise message to clinical laboratory managers and...

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Keynote Speakers at the Executive War College Describe the Divergent Paths of Clinical Laboratory Testing as New Players Offer Point-of-Care Tests and More Consumers Want Access to Home Tests

27th annual meeting of medical laboratory and pathology managers delivers insights on the path ahead for diagnostics, ranging from the supply chain shortage and the ‘Great Resignation’ to advances in artificial intelligence and whole genome sequencing in service of...

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Supreme Court May Be Partly to Blame for Shortage of At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Tests During Pandemic

High court decision in 2012 altered patent law and effectively blocked protections for certain clinical laboratory diagnostic tests and procedures Clinical laboratory leaders and pathologists will be interested to learn that a US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision from...

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Oregon-based Interpath Laboratory Launches Pilot Program to Explore Delivering Biological Specimens by Drone from Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center

Drone program will enable delivery of medical laboratory samples during the day, rather than just at night, allowing daytime sample processing that will increase efficiency and shorten time to results Healthcare network clinical laboratories continue to explore the...

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Clinical Laboratories Still Struggle with Write-offs and Establishing Patient Relationships

Potentially increasing the revenue write-off burden for clinical laboratories, HRSA changes, insurance contracting, policy and coverage questions for genetic and genomic testing, and patient relationship disconnects will expose cracks in lab test claim generation and...

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Australian Researchers Develop a Superior Genetic Blood or Saliva Test for Detecting Glaucoma in High-risk Individuals

Should the test prove clinically viable, it could lead to new biomarkers for eye disease diagnostics and a new assay for clinical laboratories Scientists at Flinders University in Australia have developed a genetic blood or saliva test that, they say, is 15 times more...

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Four Thousand New Zealand Medical Laboratory Scientists and Technicians Threatened to Strike over Low Pay and Poor Working Conditions

Last-minute court injunction stopped a mass walkout, but allied health workers continue to push country’s District Health Boards for improvements In New Zealand, the unprecedented surge in PCR COVID-19 testing due to the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant appears to have...

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University of Missouri Research Team Identifies 46 Mutations Specific to the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant That Could lead to Improved Clinical Laboratory Tests, Treatments, and Vaccines

Many of the mutations were found at sites on the spike protein where antibodies bind, which may explain why the Omicron variant is more infectious than previous variants Scientists at the University of Missouri (UM) now have a better understanding of why the...

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Prosecutors Allege Ex-Theranos President ‘Sunny’ Balwani and Elizabeth Holmes Were ‘Partners in Everything, including Their Crimes’

Like Holmes, Balwani faces 12 counts of fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud for allegedly misleading investors, patients, and others about blood-testing startup’s technology Clinical laboratory managers and pathologists are buckling up as the next installment of...

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UCF Researchers Develop an Optical Sensor That Identifies Viruses in Blood Samples in Seconds with 95% Accuracy

New nanotechnology device is significantly faster than typical rapid detection clinical laboratory tests and can be manufactured to identify not just COVID-19 at point of care, but other viruses as well Researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) announced...

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Medical and Non-medical Laboratories in UK and Europe Hit by Rising Costs and Supply Shortages Due to High Demand for Testing Services

Supply chain shortages involving clinical laboratory products may not ease up any time soon, as China’s largest shipping province is once again in COVID-19 lockdown Following two years of extremely high demand, pathology laboratories as well as non-medical labs in the...

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Massachusetts General Hospital Researchers Develop Tool for Detecting Lung Cancer from the Metabolites in a Drop of Blood

Potential is for a clinical laboratory test that can help pathologists identify early-stage lung cancer in people long before symptoms appear In a proof-of-concept study, researchers from Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have created a...

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