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The quality of laboratory aspects of troponin testing in clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and consensus documents needs to be improved, finds a new study, published in Clinica Chimica Acta. As such, the European Federation of Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) and the Union of European Medical Specialis...(Read More)
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New research, recently presented at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, brings good news about a test that could become an alternative to the more expensive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. A team from the Oregon State Public Health Lab modified a new tes...(Read More)
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Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) tests help evaluate if prescribed, high-risk medications are working safely and effectively, and they can help assess the patient’s health—yet they are not always performed as recommended. A study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine determined that a patien...(Read More)
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California hospitals charge widely varying amounts for routine blood tests, according to a study recently published in BMJ Open. The study assessed charges for 10 common blood tests in 2011. “These findings demonstrate the seemingly arbitrary nature of the charge setting process, making it difficul...(Read More)
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