Disease Investigators Track a Growing Number of Pediatric Hepatitis Cases Appearing Around the World

CDC asks physicians and clinical laboratories to be on the lookout and report symptoms of hepatitis to state health departments Growing incidences of hepatitis in children are perplexing medical professionals and researchers in several countries around the world. The mysterious outbreak is occurring in otherwise healthy children and, to date, is of unknown origin, though an adenovirus may be involved. Microbiologists and clinical laboratory scientists who perform virology testing may want to...

Medical Laboratories, Hospitals, Doctors Turn to Zero-Interest Loans and Other Financing Options to Help Patients Pay Out-of-Pocket Medical Bills

To help patients pay their clinical laboratory test bills, Sonora Quest Laboratories partners with CarePayment to provide patients with no-interest loans With tens of millions of Americans now covered by a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), hospitals, physicians, and clinical laboratories now share a common problem: how to collect the full amount due for a patient who may have an annual deductible of $5,000 (individual) or $10,000 (family). This is a significant problem for healthcare...

Crowdsourced Medicine Could Provide Pathologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists with New Methods for Helping Physicians Diagnose Rare Medical Conditions

Unorthodox approach could one day provide clinical laboratories with new market opportunities to offer patients diagnostic services Patients turning to the Internet to learn about medical ailments, chronic disease, medical laboratory tests, or pathology treatments is nothing remarkable these days. The Internet has become ubiquitous to patients who are engaged in their own healthcare. However, crowdsourcing medical problems to find probable diagnoses for rare medical conditions is a novel...

Pigeons as Anatomic Pathologists? Researchers at University of Iowa and UC Davis Train Pigeons to Identify Cancerous Cells from Healthy Cells in Human Breast Tissue

Studies at the two universities produced intriguing insights into the ability of pigeons to discriminate between benign and malignant breast cancer slides at all magnifications Researchers at the University of Iowa and the University of California Davis (UC Davis) are reporting intriguing results from a study indicating that pigeons have the potential to be “proficient pathologists” when it comes to telling the difference between healthy and cancerous cells in human breast tissue. With minimal...

Do Some Clinical Laboratory Companies Oversell Prenatal Genetic Screening Tests?

A growing number of media stories claim medical lab companies that develop genetic screening assays oversell the accuracy of such tests and fail to educate parents and doctors about the risks of false positives and false negatives In response to growing concerns by consumers about the accuracy of some proprietary genetic screening assays, several media outlets have begun reporting on this sector of the clinical laboratory industry. What gives these news stories emotional punch is the fact that...
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