Medical Genome Reference Bank Uses Whole-Genome Sequencing to Add 4,000 Healthy Older Adults to Its Huge Database

The resulting genomic dataset may provide useful diagnostic insights that can be used by clinical laboratory and pathology professionals to learn how and why some people age with good health Why do some seniors age in good health and other seniors suffer with multiple chronic conditions? A new genetic database is using whole-genomic sequencing (WGS) to answer that question in ways that may benefit medical laboratories. Because of the rapid aging of populations in the United States and other...

Harvard and Beth Israel Deaconess Researchers Use Machine Learning Software Plus Human Intelligence to Improve Accuracy and Speed of Cancer Diagnoses

Machine learning software may help pathologists make earlier and more accurate diagnoses In Boston, two major academic centers are teaming up to apply big data and machine learning to the problem of diagnosing cancers earlier and with more accuracy. It is research that might have major implications for the anatomic pathology profession. A collaborative effort between teams at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has resulted in an innovation that could...

Not a Surprise for Pathologists: Study Determines Doctors Fail to Follow Up on as Many as 60% Clinical Laboratory Test Results

Researchers looked at how physicians in ambulatory settings followed up on the results of medical laboratory tests Studies performed in the United States show that, for ambulatory patients, doctors fail to follow up on as many as two-thirds of medical laboratory test results and up to one-third of radiology reports! A recent review of 19 of these studies also showed that these failures resulted in serious lapses in patient care. It was researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW)...
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