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Cholesterol Testing: Is Fasting Necessary?

New pointers that advocate permitting sufferers to have blood exams to verify levels of cholesterol with out first fasting had been printed within the European Coronary heart Journal and Medical Chemistry lately. The suggestions had been printed as a joint consensus assertion from the European Atherosclerosis Society and European Federation of Medical Chemistry and Laboratory...
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The future of the lab in health care

10 Great videos to watch April 6, 2015—In a collaborative effort to discuss the future of the laboratory in healthcare, Bob McGonnagle, Publisher of CAP Today, gathered with Orchard Software executives: Curt Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Matt Modleski, VP of Business Development, and Dr. Mick Glant, Medical Director. This series of “round table discussions” was...
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One bug or prix fixe? Respiratory pathogen testers weigh in

February 2017—With the number of rapid, accurate molecular assays for respiratory pathogens growing, microbiology laboratories have more options than ever. They include, among others, Meridian Bioscience’s Illumigene assays for group A Streptococcus and pertussis and its newest assay, Mycoplasma Direct, as well as Alere’s assays for influenza A/B, respiratory syncytial virus, and Streptococcus on its...
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U.S. to Screen All Blood Donations for Zika Virus

LabTestsOnline.org The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has directed blood collection facilities to begin screening all donated blood and blood components for the Zika virus. Currently, Florida and Puerto Rico and a few other areas are already performing screening. Though most people infected with Zika do not become ill or have a mild illness...
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How pathologists can lead in value-based care

Pathologists have an opportunity to thrive and be health care team leaders in the coming world of accountable and value-based care, Donald Karcher, MD, argues in a webinar that offers a sneak peek of a course that he will moderate at CAP16 in Las Vegas. View the free, 30-minute webinar (registration required).
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Beckman, Ortho partner on ID testing

Beckman Coulter and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics have formed a strategic relationship regarding sales of Ortho’s Vitros 3600 Immunodiagnostic System and infectious disease menu in the U.S. Ortho’s system offers a broad menu of infectious disease tests that are used by several of the leading reference laboratories in the United States. It combines three proprietary technologies...
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EGFR mutation liquid biopsy OK’d as companion Dx

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2, a blood-based companion diagnostic for the cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib). This is the first FDA-approved, blood-based genetic test that can detect epidermal growth factor receptor gene mutations in non-small cell lung cancer patients, which are present in about 10 to 20 percent...
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Sunquest updates blood-banking software

Sunquest Information Systems has announced the general release of Sunquest Laboratory, version 8.0. The FDA-cleared software is designed to make blood banking administration easier by improving integration with enterprise EHRs, blood unit tracking, and emergency release capabilities that enable blood banking administration in widespread trauma situations. Sunquest Lab 8.0 is “the most intuitive and elegant...
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FDA clears TSI assay for Graves’ disease

Siemens Healthcare’s thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin assay for the diagnosis of Graves’ disease, a common cause of hyperthyroidism, has been cleared by the FDA. The Immulite 2000/2000 XPi TSI assay detects the presence of thyroid-stimulating antibodies only, making the differential diagnosis of Graves’ disease faster and more accurate, according to the company. Incorporating the TSI assay into...
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The CAP publishes first annual report

The CAP released its first annual report, “Improving Health: Your Diagnosis—Precise and Accurate.” The 34-page report outlines how the CAP advances quality, mobilizes its members, and maintains strength to improve patient health. “This is our story. It’s the single, best, and most accurate source of information about what we’ve accomplished on behalf of the specialty...
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