Researchers Determine That Individuals’ ‘Breathprint’ Are Unique; May Have Potential for Clinical Laboratory Testing When Coupled With Mass Spectrometry Technology

Pathologists may be interested to learn that everyone’s breath reveals a signature composition of metabolites that may reflect a lifetime of diet, state of health, illnesses, and exposure to chemicals New research shows that a person’s “breathprint” is as unique as a fingerprint and may be as effective as bodily fluids in diagnosing diseases. That same research effort is showing that it is feasible to combine breath specimens and mass spectrometry to accurately identify disease. That could...

At University of Kansas, Radiologist and Pathologist Improve Diagnostic Concordance

Use of digital pathology imaging allows both specialists to jointly review cases In a pioneering effort at The University of Kansas, a radiologist and a pathologist are working side by side to review each other’s primary images and issue an integrated diagnostic report for breast cancer patients. The big surprise from this groundbreaking collaboration is a measurable improvement in diagnostic accuracy, leading to improved patient outcomes. By reaching across the traditional silos that separate...

Palomar Pomerado Health Partners with 23andMe for Genetic Testing

Nation’s largest public health district wants to promote personalized medicine Here’s an unusual development in genetic testing that shows clinical laboratory managers how fast the lab testing marketplace is changing. Two-hospital Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH), California’s largest public health district, recently partnered with 23andMe to introduce a personalized medicine service in North San Diego County. PPH now sells 23andMe genetic test kits for $399 at express care...

Family History “Remains Most Valuable Genetic Test”

Pathologists Discuss State of Genetic Testing at World Congress of Pathology Dateline: Sydney, Australia- New-fangled technology is making genetic testing and molecular diagnostics ever more precise tools to aid clinicians, but at least two internationally-respected experts in genetics still consider family history to be a primary-if not the most useful-source of knowledge about a patient’s genetic risk factors. Both experts were in Sydney, Australia, to speak at the XXV World Congress...

Clinical Laboratory Operations in a City that is 8,300 feet Above Sea Level

Dateline:  Bogota, Columbia – In recent days, The Dark Report visited clinical laboratories in this high-altitude city, situated 8,560 feet above sea level. The state of the laboratory profession in Colombia is well developed and the country’s healthcare system is recognized as providing high quality services. The first site visit was to IPS Laboratorio Clinico. It is owned an operated by Compensar. The best way to describe Compensar is to say that it operates like a Kaiser...
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