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AACC in the News

Here is a sampling of recent media coverage of AACC, its journals Clinical Chemistry and The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine, and its patient health site, www.labtestsonline.org.

FDA Issues Warning Letter to Lab Marketing Three Laboratory-Developed Tests
APR.22.2019 // The National Law Review
As described by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in a 2017 Position Statement, LDTs are for in-house use and are not commercially distributed to other laboratories.

THC level not a reliable indicator for driving impairment
APR.4.2019 // Boulder Weekly
These new findings, published in March in an American Association of Clinical Chemistry journal, add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that no legal driving limit for cannabis can catch impaired recreational users without unfairly penalizing unimpaired regular or medicinal users.

Theranos’s Empty Promise to Cure a Fake Problem
MAR.26.2019 // Bloomberg
As I pointed out in a column about attending her 2016 talk at a meeting of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, she leaves out key information and encourages listeners to fill in the gaps with what they want to hear.

Homemade Pregnancy Tests Don't Work, According to Experts
FEB.7.2019 // Parents.com
"When you have a pregnancy test that has been validated and tested for accuracy, I know exactly what's being measured," says Carmen Wiley, Ph.D., a clinical chemist and president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in Washington, DC. "With these [homemade] pregnancy tests, it's not clear to me how they work."

Should You Use Online Symptom Checkers and DIY Lab Tests?
FEB.1.2019 // Next Avenue
AACC president Dennis Dietzen strongly advises consumers to do their homework before using any at-home test, especially if it is a unique test that is not typically available anywhere else.

How long can you detect marijuana in the body?
JAN.28.2019 // Medical News Today
A 2012 study in the journal Clinical Chemistry examines marijuana users smoking a single cigarette with 6.8 percent THC.

The Insulin Wars
JAN.18.2019 // The New York Times
The pricing is all the more infuriating when one considers that the discoverers of insulin sold the patent for $1 each to ensure that the medication would be affordable.

Unhealthy sperm can play a role in lost pregnancies
JAN.10.2019 // Popular Science
The findings, published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, signal the importance of assessing both women and men after pregnancy loss.

Repeated Miscarriages Could Be Due To The Sperm Quality Of The Partner
JAN.10.2019 // The Talking Democrat
According to a study published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, oxidative stress can damage sperm by making them more reactive to oxygen.

Screening Men May Help Prevent Miscarriages For Some Couples
JAN.9.2019 // Moms
The study, published in the Men's Health Issue of AACC's Clinical Chemistry journal, looked at the male partner's reproductive health in couples who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss.

Recurrent Miscarriages May Be Caused By A Hugely Overlooked Factor, Says New Study
JAN.8.2019 // IFL Science!
The study, recently published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, argues that a male’s sperm quality might play a role in recurrent miscarriages, challenging the old assumption that the issue fundamentally lies in the female's health.

Repeat miscarriages appear to be linked to problem sperm
JAN.8.2019 // Babyology
The findings have been published in the journal Clinical Chemistry and the team behind this work hope that they’ll inform treatments that reduce the risk of miscarriage.

Preventing Miscarriage: Treating Low Hormone & High Oxidant Levels in Men Could Prevent Miscarriages
JAN.8.2019 // 30 Seconds
This research, published in the Men's Health Issue of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry's (AACC's) Clinical Chemistry journal, could help more couples with recurrent pregnancy loss to conceive by leading to new treatments that improve male partners' reproductive health.

Faulty sperm could cause miscarriage
JAN.8.2019 // New Telegraph
According to a new study published in the journal ‘Clinical Chemistry,’ compared to men whose partners had not experienced miscarriages, the sperm of those involved in the study had higher levels of DNA damage.

Sperm Could Be a Bigger Factor in Miscarriages Than We've Been Led to Believe
JAN.7.2019 // Science Alert
Investigating the sperm quality of 50 males whose partners had experienced three or more consecutive miscarriages, a new study offers even more evidence that poor quality sperm may be an important risk factor for RPL.

2 new studies say that transgender hormone replacement is safer than birth control
JAN.6.2019 // LGBTQ Nation
A pair of studies published in the journal of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), Chemical Chemistry, shows that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is less of a health risk than taking birth control.

Men’s dodgy sperm to blame for women having multiple miscarriages, study finds
JAN.5.2019 // The Sun
Recurrent miscarriage was previously thought to be caused by health issues with the woman. But researchers at Imperial College London now believe sperm “dictates the health of a pregnancy.”

Recurrent miscarriage may be linked to the poor quality of a man’s sperm
JAN.5.2019 // Tech Explorist
The analysis revealed sperm from men with partners who had suffered recurrent miscarriage had twice as much DNA damage compared to the control group.

Damaged sperm is linked to miscarriages
JAN.5.2019 // The Times
The quality of a man’s sperm may be to blame when couples suffer repeated miscarriages, according to research.

Faulty Sperms could be Blamed for Recurrent Miscarriages: Study
JAN.5.2019 // Ask Health News
In a study, scientists from Imperial College studied the quality of sperm of the 50 men whose partners experienced three or more miscarriages in a row. The findings are published in the journal Clinical Chemistry.

Damaged sperm could be to blame for repeated miscarriages
JAN.4.2019 // The Guardian
The researchers, writing in the journal Clinical Chemistry, say this could be down to reactive oxygen species – molecules formed by cells in semen to protect sperm from bacteria and infection.

Repeated miscarriages might actually be caused by men’s weakened sperm, study says
JAN.4.2019 // Miami Herald
The study ... was published in the journal Clinical Chemistry. It found that among men whose wives had at least three miscarriages, there was double the damage to the genetic makeup of their sperm than in the average man’s sperm.

Could men be the reason women miscarry? New study suggests sperm damage triggers pregnancy failure
JAN.4.2019 // The Telegraph
Faulty sperm may be the reason women suffer multiple miscarriages, scientists suspect, after finding men whose partners struggle to carry a child to term have more DNA errors.

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 4, 2019
JAN.4.2019 // Human Rights Campaign Blog
New study finds that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not increase risk of cardiovascular disease. The study also found that HRT is less likely to cause blood clots than birth control pills.

Top Trade Shows for Inventors in 2019
JAN.4.2019 // Inventors Digest
Check out some of the trade shows we recommend attending in 2019.

Hormone therapy poses less health risks than using birth control pills, studies find
JAN.3.2019 // Gay Star Health
Two studies examining hormone treatment used by trans people were published in the January 2019 Men’s Health Issue of AACC’s journal Clinical Chemistry.

Testing Men for This Condition May Help Couples Prevent Miscarriages
JAN.3.2019 // The Bump
A first-of-its-kind study published in AACC’s Clinical Chemistry journal found male partners of women who faced recurrent miscarriages have lower sperm quality due to low hormone production and high oxidant levels.

Screening Men for This Could Help Prevent Miscarriage
JAN.3.2019 // She Knows
The study, published in the Men’s Health Issue of AACC’s Clinical Chemistry journal, analyzed the “reproductive parameters” of a group of male partners whose significant others had endured recurrent pregnancy loss — three or more consecutive miscarriages — and a group of healthy men.

AACC Tells Congress to Look into Deficiencies at Near-Patient Test Sites, Recommend Improvements
OCT.31.2018 // 360Dx
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry is urging Congress to investigate what it believes to be deficiencies at non-traditional sites performing near-patient testing.

Dank or Drank: Can Alcohol Hang on with Cannabis Legalization?
OCT.27.2018 // Cannabis Life Network
The American Association of Clinical Chemistry states that “THC blood concentrations increase significantly with alcohol consumption.”

Calling on the CPP
OCT.22.2018 // Repertoire
The American Association of Clinical Chemistry launched a new credential for point-of-care testing professionals this summer.

A New Immunotherapy Paradigm: It's Not Just For Cancer Anymore
OCT.19.2018 // Clinical Leader
Getting a new drug approved by the FDA and then convincing physicians to prescribe it is always a challenge.

TriCore exec lands leadership role in national association
OCT.4.2018 // Albuquerque Business First
TriCore Reference Laboratories Chief Scientific Officer David Grenache has been named president-elect of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, a global association dedicated to advancing clinical science in health care.

Health Tip: Understanding Lactose-Tolerance Testing
SEP.18.2018 // Drugs.com
A hydrogen breath test is the most common procedure, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry says. Breath levels of hydrogen increase after you are given a lactose-loaded drink.

Tackling the Global Lung Cancer Burden Through Minimally Invasive Cell-Free DNA Detection
AUG.28.2018 // Select Science
New data presented at the 70th annual scientific meeting and clinical lab expo at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) suggests that advances in digital droplet PCR technology could pave the way for improved lung cancer survival rates.

AACC 2018 President Dr. Dennis Dietzen on the Here & Now of Clinical Laboratory Medicine
AUG.17.2018 // Select Science: The Scientists' Channel
Dr. Dennis Dietzen discusses the future of clinical diagnostics, and how AACC can inspire a generation of future leaders in laboratory medicine.

Older Adults: Here's What Causes Hunchback – and How to Prevent It
AUG.17.2018 // U.S. News
While a basic metabolic panel, which is a standard part of annual physicals, includes calcium testing, it does not include vitamin D screening, according to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

OnSiteGene Developing Ultra-Fast qPCR System for Rapid Syndromic Testing
AUG.15.2018 // GenomeWeb
OnSiteGene showed a prototype instrument at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry annual meeting in Chicago earlier this month.

From the Editor: Dueling Epistles
AUG.10.2018 // Clinical Lab Products
For this issue’s Inside Track column, CLP spoke to Dave Koch, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Emory University and chair of the policy and external affairs core committee for AACC, about the latest congressional communiqué.

iMedicalApps: This Week's Best New Products
AUG.10.2018 // MedPage Today
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Learning Lab Brief is an introductory demo of the Learning Lab for Laboratory Medicine from the New England Journal of Medicine's Knowledge+ program.

Mandatory Drug Testing for New Moms Is a Slippery Slope
AUG.8.2018 // Splinter News
With “risk-based” testing, “you are making a lot of assumptions and it tends to unfairly target low-income women,” gynecology professor Jessica Young told the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in 2016.

Are Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Linked to Vitamin D Levels?
AUG.7.2018 // Healthline
New research presented at last week’s 70th American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago suggests that taking in some extra vitamin D could possibly be crucial to alleviating some rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms.

Siemens Healthineers Poised to Launch Expanded Menu on Epoc POC System
AUG.6.2018 // 360Dx

This startup wants to make blood testing as easy as snapping a photo with an iPhone
AUG.5.2018 // Business Insider
But miniaturizing the technology needed to run these kinds of tests, Dietzen said, isn't easy. Dietzen said he's still waiting to see clinical data published in an academic journal that compares Essenlix's technology to the standard way blood tests are run.

Over 30 Groups Urge Congress to Address Concerns Over PAMA Implementation
AUG.3.2018 // 360Dx
A group of more than 30 organizations, including the American Clinical Laboratory Association, AdvaMedDx, and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, have asked members of Congress to step in and enact legislation to address their concerns over the implementation of the lab test pricing law, Protecting Access to Medicare Act.

FDA Clears Siemens Healthineers BRAHMS PCT Assay
AUG.3.2018 // 360Dx
Michael Reitermann, president of the diagnostics segment, Siemens Healthineers, announced the clearance during a presentation this week at the 70th American Association for Clinical Chemistry Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago.

Winners of the 2018 Scientists’ Choice Awards for Clinical Lab Science Announced at AACC
AUG.2.2018 // Select Science
A celebration of the clinical laboratory products that have made the most difference to your lab work, plus we reveal our most popular clinical interviews of the past year.

Beckman Coulter launches DURA Innovations global flow cytometry business tools
JUL.30.2018 // News Medical
DURA Innovations underpin all Beckman Coulter’s dry reagent solutions including ClearLLab.They are highlighted at the 70th American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Laboratory Expo (CLE), being held July 29 - August 2, 2018 in Chicago.

Beckman Coulter offers largest range of single color CE-IVD and ASR conjugated antibodies
JUL.30.2018 // News Medical
The portfolio is featured at the 70th American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Laboratory Expo (CLE), being held July 29 - August 2, 2018 in Chicago.

Beckman Coulter introduces expanded range of clinical flow cytometry solutions at AACC 2018
JUL.30.2018 // News Medical
They are all highlighted at the 70th American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Laboratory Expo (CLE), being held July 29 - August 2, 2018 in Chicago.

The Ins and Outs of Lab-Developed Tests
JUL.17.2018 // Lab Manager
"In one sense, the definition of an LDT is very simple," says Dennis Dietzen, president of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry and medical director of the core laboratory and metabolic genetics laboratory at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Key laboratory associations weigh in on the issue of laboratory-developed testing procedures
JUL.5.2018 // Clinical Lab Products
In the middle of June, a group of 17 laboratory professional associations and academic medical centers joined forces in opposition to the proposed Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act (DAIA), which had earlier received the support of a competing group of diagnostics stakeholders.

Theranos' Holmes and Balwani Indicted For Alleged Wire Fraud Schemes
JUN.15.2018 // 360Dx
Speaking to attendees at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's annual meeting in Philadelphia that year, Holmes acknowledged that the company had had its shares of problems, but the new technology and its unveiling marked "a new chapter for the company."

CDS renews contract with AACC
JUN.12.2018 // Cape Cod Times
Convention Data Services of Bourne has renewed its contract with the American Association of Clinical Chemistry through 2021, according to a statement.

FDA Grants Breakthrough Designation for AutoGenomics' Infiniti Neural Response Panel
JUN.6.2018 // GenomeWeb
The company describes the Infiniti test, which it hopes to bring to market through the FDA's de novo premarket pathway, as borne of extensive review of the scientific literature. Investigators first gave a presentation on the approach at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's annual meeting in San Diego last year.

The rise and fall of Theranos, the blood-testing startup that went from a rising star in Silicon Valley to facing fraud charges over a wild 15-year span
MAY.25.2018 // Business Insider
The following month, Theranos finally presented at a scientific conference, though the details about the company's technology were still lacking. Theranos appeared to be pivoting toward focusing on its new sample processor, the miniLab.

The Theranos Deception
MAY.20.2018 // CBS News: 60 Minutes
How a company with a blood-testing machine that could never perform as touted went from billion-dollar baby to complete bust.

Training for Quality
MAY.15.2018 // Clinical Lab Products
To make it easier for laboratorians to overcome such challenges, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has recently launched an online continuing education program, “Practical Approaches to Quality Control in the Clinical Laboratory,” which is focused on guiding practicing clinical laboratorians through the principles and applications of good statistical QC practices.

Mass Spectrometry, Chromatography Recommended Over Immunoassays in Pain Drug Monitoring
MAY.2.2018 // Pain Medicine News
In a new guideline on the use of clinical laboratory tests to monitor drug therapy in patients with pain, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) recommends the use of mass spectrometry and chromatography.

The Hidden Data in Your Fingerprints
APR.27.2018 // Scientific American
In a recent paper in Clinical Chemistry, my colleagues and I have shown it is possible to detect cocaine, heroin and morphine use from a single fingerprint.

Drug Use Is Detectable on Your Fingerprints
APR.13.2018 // The Atlantic
The assay—which was so sensitive that it could still detect trace amounts of cocaine after subjects washed their hands with soap—correctly identified 99 percent of the users, and gave false positive results for just 2.5 percent of the nonusers, according to a paper published in Clinical Chemistry.

How to Cope When the Lab Emails You Scary Test Results
APR.6.2018 // Healthline
"[Lab Tests Online] does a wonderful job of preparing people for a test… and explaining what the results might mean once you get them back,” said biochemist Dennis Dietzen, PhD, AACC president and director of laboratory services at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

AACC Publishes High-Sensitivity Troponin Assay Practice Recommendations in Anticipation of More FDA Approvals
APR.2.2018 // 360Dx
With more high-sensitivity cardiac troponin assays expected to be approved for use in the U.S. this year, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry has published practice recommendations for their use in clinical laboratories.

You might have cocaine on your hands without knowing
APR.1.2018 // The Talking Democrat
More than 10% of people have cocaine on their fingers, whereas they never used the illegal drug. The narcotic is proving to be a very common contaminant.

Prenatal Test Advance May Help Spot Serious Gene Mutations
MAR.31.2018 // U.S. News
Scientists who found a way to use amniotic fluid to sequence the entire genome of a fetus say the breakthrough could significantly increase detection of genetic conditions during pregnancy.

Helping Patients Understand Their Test Results Reduces Dread
MAR.30.2018 // The Washington Post
To help patients better understand the laboratory tests that play a critical role in diagnosing, monitoring and treating a broad range of conditions—including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and infectious diseases—the American Association for Clinical Chemistry created Lab Tests Online in 2001.

CDC to Jump-Start Test Harmonization Efforts With $2M in 2018 Funding
MAR.28.2018 // 360Dx

Lab errors are negligible, but be cautious
MAR.24.2018 // The Gulf Today
Laboratory automation has increased productivity and efficiency of clinical laboratories. However, this high-throughput environment puts laboratories at risk when errors occur because many patient results may be impacted if errors are not detected promptly.

1st AACC Middle East Conference highlights need for better communication between physicians, lab experts
MAR.23.2018 // Emirate News Agency
Healthcare experts, who gathered in Abu Dhabi to attend the first American Association for Clinical Chemistry, AACC Middle East Conference, said that laboratory automation has increased the productivity and efficiency of clinical laboratories while highlighting the need for improved communication between physicians and laboratory experts, as well as better quality control.

Improved laboratory performance is key
MAR.23.2018 // The Gulf Today
Speaking at the maiden American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) conference in the Middle East, organised by Al Borg Medical Laboratories from Thursday to Saturday, the experts stressed that clinical laboratories are an integral part of the healthcare system.

Fingerprint test accurately and noninvasively detects heroin, cocaine users
MAR.23.2018 // News Medical
A fingerprint test published today in AACC's Clinical Chemistry journal can tell whether someone has taken heroin or cocaine, and accurately distinguishes between drug users versus individuals who were exposed to drug residue in the environment.

Handshake Can Leave Traces of Cocaine and Heroin in Fingerprints of Non-Users
MAR.23.2018 // Health Aim
Researchers from the University of Surrey in U.K. found that cocaine and heroin can both be transmitted to non-users by simply shaking hands with drug users; furthermore, cocaine and heroin can also be transferred to drug-free people through bank notes.

One in 10 people have class A drugs on their fingertips, study says
MAR.22.2018 // The Guardian
Writing in the journal Clinical Chemistry, the researchers describe how their test picked up marked differences in the levels of cocaine and heroin found on the fingertips of drug users compared with non-users.

Drugs are now so prevalent that 1 in 10 people have traces of cocaine or heroin on their fingers, study finds
MAR.22.2018 // The Daily Mail
Lead author of the paper published in Clinical Chemistry, Mahado Ismail, said: ‘It’s clear that fingerprint testing is the future of drug-testing.'

One in ten people who have never used cocaine have traces on fingertips
MAR.22.2018 // The Telegraph
Cocaine is now so prevalent in society that one in 10 people who have never used the drug have traces on their hands, a new study has shown.

One in 10 people have traces of cocaine or heroin on fingerprints, study finds
MAR.22.2018 // The Independent
More than one in 10 people were found to have traces of class A drugs on their fingers by scientists developing a new fingerprint-based drug test.

One in 10 have traces of heroin and cocaine on their fingerprints
MAR.22.2018 // Silicon Republic
According to the study conducted by a team from the University of Surrey and published to Clinical Chemistry, 13pc of those taking part in a test were found to have traces of class A drugs on their fingerprints, despite never using them.

One in ten people have traces of cocaine on their fingers despite never using drugs
MAR.22.2018 // iNews
Mahado Ismail, lead-author of the study published in Clinical Chemistry, said: “Our study will help to add another robust layer to fingerprint drug testing.”

Test finds traces of cocaine on freshly washed fingertips
MAR.22.2018 // The Times
It is often said that traces of cocaine can be found on almost every British banknote. A study has taken that a step farther and shown that traces of the drug can be found lurking on our fingertips.

Trace Heroin, Cocaine Detected on 13 Percent of Non-Users’ Fingerprints
MAR.22.2018 // Laboratory Equipment
Thirteen percent of those who had never used Class A drugs in the United Kingdom showed trace amounts of cocaine or a heroin metabolite on their prints, according to the paper in the journal Clinical Chemistry.

Cocaine Might Be on Your Fingerprints — Even if You Don't Do Drugs
MAR.22.2018 // Inverse Culture
In a study published in Clinical Chemistry on Thursday, Mahado Ismail, Derek Stevenson, Catia Costa, Roger P Webb, Marcel de Puit, and Melanie J Bailey drug-tested the fingerprints of 65 volunteers — 50 who were drug-free, and 15 who said they had taken cocaine or heroin within the past 24 hours.

One In 10 People Found To Have Traces Of Cocaine On Their Fingerprints Despite Never Using It
MAR.22.2018 // IFL Science!
The study from the University of Surrey, published in Clinical Chemistry, tested the fingerprints of 50 volunteers who said they had not used drugs and about 25 who had taken cocaine or heroin in the past 24 hours.

New Beauty Supplement Found to Affect Medical Testing
MAR.13.2018 // Advance
The popularity of beauty supplement biotin can’t be denied, but neither can the reality that users have seen increased interference within their medical testing.

Grewal Announces Creation of Opioid 'Addiction Response' Unit
FEB.23.2018 // New Jersey Law Journal
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbil Grewal on Thursday announced an expansion of the state's efforts to combat the ongoing opioid addiction crisis.

Studies Suggest Challenges Remain for Dried Blood Spot Protein Assays
FEB.23.2018 // GenomeWeb
Enthusiasm for dried blood spot samples is building among clinical proteomic researchers and companies, but recent work suggests technical hurdles remain.

More Years Spent Obese May Increase Heart Risk
FEB.22.2018 // Medpage Today
Within each current BMI category, prior excess weight was associated with elevated high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) as a clinical indicator of heart damage and risk factor for heart failure, Chiadi Ndumele, MD, MHS, of the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, and colleagues reported online in Clinical Chemistry.

Better late than never: Going on a diet as soon as you reach obesity can prevent your heart disease risk from doubling, study finds
FEB.21.2018 // Daily Mail
The findings, published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, suggests people go on a diet as soon as they pile on the pounds because the number of years spent overweight can 'add up' to a risk factor for heart damage.

The longer you are obese the greater your risk of heart disease says study
FEB.21.2018 // MSN
New US research suggests that it is not just being obese that increases the risk of heart disease, but also how long someone is obese for, with the number of years spent carrying excess weight "adding up" to a distinct risk factor for developing heart problems later in life.

Long-Term Weight Control Linked to Better Late Life Heart Health
FEB.21.2018 // MD Magazine
Maintaining a healthy weight long-term can have an even bigger positive effect on heart health than what was already believed, according to new clinical trial analysis.

Number of obese years not—just obesity—a distinct risk factor for heart damage
FEB.20.2018 // Medical Xpress
In an analysis of clinical data collected on more than 9,000 people, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that the number of years spent overweight or obese appear to "add up" to a distinct risk factor that makes those with a longer history of heaviness more likely to test positive for a chemical marker of so-called "silent" heart damage than those with a shorter history.

As obesity-related health costs rise, experts warn of far-reaching complications
FEB.15.2018 // Healio
Obesity-related health care costs in the United States rose 29% between 2001 and 2015, and new data from the most populous states reveal that the cost burden varies throughout the country, according to research published in Clinical Chemistry.

How much does obesity cost the healthcare system? It differs by state
FEB.12.2018 // Healthcare Finance
A new study published in the journal Clinical Chemistry [...] used microdata from each state to calculate the percentage of healthcare spending dedicated to obesity.

Obesity drives U.S. healthcare costs up by 29%, but amounts vary by state
FEB.9.2018 // Fierce Healthcare
New research finds that U.S. healthcare resources devoted to treating obesity-related illnesses in adults increased 29% from 2001 to 2015. But there are significant differences per state.

Doctors Ordering Wrong Vitamin D Test
JAN.29.2018 // MD Magazine
In Clinical Laboratory News, Jane Dickerson, PhD, DABCC and Michael Astion MD, PhD, of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle WA, say there is an increase in doctors ordering the wrong tests.

As Opioid Push Continues, NJ Proposes Reporting Requirements for Gabapentin
JAN.25.2018 // New Jersey Law Journal
A 2016 study by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry estimated that one in five users of gabapentin abuse the medication, according to the statement.

AACC Guidelines Advocate Use of Mass Spec, Chromatography in Opioid Testing
JAN.16.2018 // 360Dx
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry recommends the use of mass-spectrometry or chromatography to help combat the opioid epidemic, as part of its guidelines announced today for using clinical lab tests to monitor drug therapy in pain management patients.

Study Links Processed Carb Consumption to Weight Gain
JAN.3.2018 // Food Navigator
The insulin spike that follows consumption of processed carbs could contribute to higher risk of weight gain and obesity, a new study concludes.

Clinical labs key to improving quality of health care for transgender individuals
DEC.18.2017 // Healio
Clinical labs should develop institution-wide protocols for identifying transgender individuals that highlight the different electronic medical record systems where sex and gender identity both need to be recognized.

Algorithm and Multivariant Genetic Panel Can Assess Opioid Addiction Risk
DEC.7.2017 // Pain Medicine News
The study, presented at the 2017 American Association for Clinical Chemistry Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, identified genetic factors largely not evaluated in clinical practice that play a role in prescription opioid addiction.

CMS Finalizes 2018 PAMA Pricing Despite Lab Industry's Continued Objections
NOV.20.2017 // 360Dx
In October, ACLA and 21 organizations, including the American Medical Association, AdvaMedDx, American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and American Hospital Association, wrote a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma that the data CMS used to set proposed rates "would not stand up to statistical validity review."

Effort to Harmonize Clinical Lab Testing Targets 2019 for Initial Funding
NOV.14.2017 // 360Dx
Harmonization would involve coordinating lab tests so that they match the results of a reference test, which could mean some vendors might have to recalibrate their test results to agree with the results of the reference method, according to David Koch, chair of the policy and external affairs committee of AACC, and director of clinical chemistry, toxicology and POCT at Grady Memorial Hospital, and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Emory University.

Paper Spray Testing of Fingerprints Shows Promise for Drug Testing
NOV.14.2017 // 360Dx
The method, which was described in a study published this month in Clinical Chemistry, could prove an inexpensive and high-throughput approach for testing for cocaine and other drugs of abuse, said University of Surrey researcher Catia Costa, first author on the paper.

Understanding the Complexities of Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening for Pregnant Women
NOV.3.2017 // Health News Digest
A review published today in AACC’s The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine gives an expert overview of NIPS’s many nuances, to arm healthcare providers with the information they need to ensure patients benefit from this revolutionary but complex technology.

Association of clinical chemistry urges CMS to revise reimbursement rates
OCT.25.2017 // Life Science Daily
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) voiced its concern over new payment rates proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that could significantly limit patient access to crucial medical tests.

Here's an Important Reason Why You Should Never, Ever Smoke Pot and Drive
OCT.12.2017 // Men's Health
This report didn’t delve into the possible reasons behind how marijuana can mess with your driving, but a past study published in Clinical Chemistry, found that it can increase your chances of risky behaviors like lane weaving, steering issues, and late braking.

Want to take your business global? N.J. businesses eligible for grant funding
OCT.8.2017 // MyCentralJersey.com
Grant funds helped [Zeus Scientific] attend the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) trade show in July 2017.

Tackling the Opioid Crisis: Genetic testing to identify addiction risk
OCT.3.2017 // Technology Networks
One way of reaching this goal could be genetic testing, to identify patients most at genetic risk of addiction, before opioids are prescribed. This was the focus of the poster that won the Industry Division award at the recent American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) meeting in San Diego.

New Drug Test 'Paper' Uses Fingerprints To Detect Cocaine In Seconds
SEP.24.2017 // International Business Times
Police officers will now be able to tell if a person has used cocaine almost instantaneously with just a piece of paper and a fingerprint.

The Coke Challenge: Scientists Identify Cocaine Users With Fingerprint Scan
SEP.24.2017 // Sputnik News
British scientists have discovered a method that may help to identify cocaine users simply by scanning their fingerprints, even if a person being tested has washed his hands.

New Fingerprint Test Can Detect Cocaine Use In Seconds
SEP.23.2017 // Forbes
Researchers from the University of Surrey have developed a novel fingerprint drug test that is a remarkable for 2 reasons: it accurately detects metabolites of cocaine within seconds and positively identifies the user at the same time.

New Drug Test Can Detect Cocaine In Fingerprints Within Seconds
SEP.23.2017 // Tech Times
The new drug test, which was described in the journal Clinical Chemistry, involves a method known as paper spray mass spectrometry, which makes it possible to determine the identity of a particular substance by measuring the mass of its molecules.

New fingertip test can tell within seconds if someone has taken cocaine – and it’s impossible to cheat
SEP.23.2017 // The Sun
Users of the Class A drug excrete tell-tale chemicals that remain on their fingers for up to 24 hours - and can't be washed off.

New Fingerprint Test Can Detect Cocaine Use in Minutes
SEP.23.2017 // PsychCentral
Scientists have developed a fast-acting, highly sensitive fingerprint test to determine whether a person has recently used cocaine.

New fingerprint test to detect cocaine use within seconds
SEP.23.2017 // New Indian Express
In a "breakthrough", scientists have developed a rapid and highly sensitive fingerprint test that can detect whether someone has used cocaine within seconds.

New drug test can detect cocaine in a fingerprint in seconds
SEP.22.2017 // CNBC
A team of researchers has developed a simple paper-based test that can in a matter of seconds detect whether a person has recently been using cocaine.

New fingerprint test that detects cocaine in 30 seconds set to transform fight against drug use at work
SEP.22.2017 // The Telegraph
Published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, the new method boasts 99 per cent accuracy, is non-invasive and far quicker than any rival.

New cocaine test uses FINGERPRINTS to detect the drug in a person's bloodstream within seconds
SEP.22.2017 // Daily Mail
The study, published in Clinical Chemistry, found that cocaine could be detected by developing the print using a chemical that does not affect the drug signals, or molecular traces, in the fingerprint.

First large scale study of cocaine users leads to breakthrough in drug testing
SEP.22.2017 // Phys.org
Scientists from the University of Surrey have developed a rapid and highly sensitive fingerprint test that can take just seconds to confirm whether someone has used cocaine.

Entrevista con el Dr. Michael Bennett (Estados Unidos): Taller AACC ‘El Diagnóstico Temprano de los Trastornos Genéticos Salva las Vidas de los Niños’
SEP.13.2017 // Radio El Microscopio
AACC President Dr. Michael Bennett discusses the AACC workshop on newborn screening to be held in Colombia on October 13. (Note: This interview is in Spanish.)

Prescient Medicine Launches Addiction Risk Test Developed With AutoGenomics
AUG.29.2017 // GenomeWeb
Prescient Medicine, a firm offering toxicology, pharmacogenomic, and other testing, has made available a new genetic testing service that predicts patients' risk for opioid addiction, which it recently described at the annual meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry with its collaborator AutoGenomics.

Are you high? The science of testing for marijuana impairment is hazy, and evolving
AUG.25.2017 // Denver Post
In 2012, a medical study published in Clinical Chemistry journal found “cannabis smoking increases lane weaving and impaired cognitive functions,” and that certain THC concentration levels “are associated with substantial driving impairment, particularly in occasional smokers.”

Medical Device Used in ‘Star Trek’ Is Now a Reality
AUG.11.2017 // Healthline
“DxtER is the first consumer-friendly mobile health device to combine vital sign monitoring with an extensive diagnostic testing menu, and it could lead to a huge leap forward in patient care,” said AACC Chief Executive, Janet B. Kreizman.

New test for screening of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in newborn babies
AUG.11.2017 // Medical Xpress
The new research 'Characterization of a Blood Spot Creatine Kinase Skeletal Muscle Isoform Immunoassay for High-Throughput Newborn Screening of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy' is published in the journal Clinical Chemistry.

DNAe Ready to Validate Semiconductor Prototype, Direct-From-Blood Sepsis Test
AUG.9.2017 // GenomeWeb
Later this month, London-based DNAe expects to begin validating an integrated prototype of a semiconductor-based sepsis test that could eventually identify pathogens directly from blood within three hours.

AACC provides open forum to strategize the lab’s role in value-based care
AUG.7.2017 // HeathCareBusiness daily news
CMS claims data might be useful to determine influenza activity in particular areas before the disease becomes widespread, according to findings presented at the AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical A recurring theme among the educational and vendor sessions at this year’s AACC has been how to transform health care from the fee-per-service to the value-based ideology.

CMS data may predict flu outbreaks
AUG.4.2017 // Healio
CMS claims data might be useful to determine influenza activity in particular areas before the disease becomes widespread, according to findings presented at the AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

Randox 'primed' to tackle any Brexit challenges
AUG.4.2017 // Belfast Telegraph
The head of medical testing firm Randox has said that trading overseas will face "particular business challenges" following Brexit.

Vendors Showcase Novel and Improved Point of Care Solutions at AACC 2017 Meeting
AUG.4.2017 // Kalorama Information
The search for test results that can be useful during or shortly after a physician/patient consult has long been the goal of healthcare providers and the testing industry, and was a notable focus of the largest meeting of lab professionals and IVD firms this year.

Lab Professionals and IVD Industry Pull No Punches at AACC 2017: Opioids, Killer Healthcare Infections and Kidney Disease Among Meeting Topics
AUG.3.2017 // Kalorama Information
Opioid addiction and other drugs of abuse, blood poisoning and crippling diseases driving up healthcare costs and threatening outcomes, were problems taken on directly as laboratory professionals, and the lab supply and IVD industry that support them, met this week.

Genetic test indicates risk for opioid addiction
AUG.2.2017 // Healio
Research presented at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo indicated accuracy of a genetic risk assessment for prescription or heroin opioid addiction.

What’s the buzz at AACC? Buzzwords like IDN, data analytics, and partnering
AUG.2.2017 // HealthCareBusiness daily news
Scientists, professors, laboratory professionals, and vendors from a wide array of diagnostic specialties are gathering at the 69th American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego this week.

Combating the Scourge of Infectious Disease a Focus at AACC 2017 in San Diego
AUG.2.2017 // Kalorama Information
Diseases caused by infection are among the hardest challenges for healthcare, and require early and accurate detection for treatment to be optimized.

Medical Reality Catches Up to Science Fiction
AUG.1.2017 // HealthDay
Average folks may one day be able to use a Star Trek-inspired home medical device to diagnose a dozen different ailments and track five major vital signs, all without needing to draw blood or visit a doctor's office.

Is Laboratory Medicine Ready for Artificial Intelligence?
AUG.1.2017 // Laboratory Equipment
Some say that the invention of the abacus more than 2,500 years ago was the first step on the long road to artificial intelligence (AI).

Tricorders in Space: Not Just a 'Star Trek' Dream Anymore
AUG.1.2017 // Space.com
A tricorder may soon be an essential part of every voyaging astronaut's tool kit, and not just on "Star Trek."

Policy Changes Reduced Use of Certain Prescription Opioids: Study
AUG.1.2017 // The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tighter U.S. government restrictions on prescription painkillers containing hydrocodone led to reduced use of opioid medications such as Vicodin, a new study says.

Innovative Methods Could Help Predict Flu Outbreaks and Prevent the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance
AUG.1.2017 // Infection Control Today
Researchers have discovered new methods that could improve treatment for infectious diseases by enabling earlier detection of influenza outbreaks and curtailing inappropriate antibiotic usage.

YFV Protein, Middle East Markets, Gene Editing and "Data Lakes" are among Developments at First Day of AACC 2017 in San Diego
AUG.1.2017 // Kalorama Information
The laboratory industry's largest meeting, along with associated IVD equipment vendors, are meeting this week in San Diego to discuss new ideas and demonstrate new products.

AACC 2017 Focus on CRISPR and Futuristic Testing Devices
AUG.1.2017 // Lab Medica
At the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, the world’s largest exposition for clinical laboratory products and services, over 750 exhibitors displayed pioneering diagnostic technology, including the latest in mobile health, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, point-of-care, and automation.

AACC addresses challenges facing clinical labs due to Medicare changes
JUL.31.2017 // DOTMed
Scientists, professors, laboratory professionals, and vendors from a wide array of diagnostic specialties are gathering at the 69th American Association of Clinical Chemistry Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego this week.

CRISPR star Jennifer Doudna calls for public debate on embryo editing
JUL.31.2017 // San Diego Union Tribune
After Jennifer Doudna and other scientists improved the technology known as CRISPR to edit human genomes, a long-awaited, and sometimes feared, milestone arrived.

Star Trek-Inspired Tricorder Device Can Test, Diagnose Diseases
JUL.28.2017 // R&D Magazine
Patients could someday test and diagnose their illnesses from the comfort of their own homes, with a tricorder device, modeled in part, by the multifunction hand-held device used in Star Trek.

New breast cancer blood test could improve treatment options in more serious cases
JUL.27.2017 // The Independent
Women with advanced stages of breast cancer could receive potentially life-extending personalised treatment after taking a new blood test that detects tumour DNA.

A novel practical test for the function of HDL, the carrier of 'good' cholesterol
JUL.10.2017 // Phys.org
A research group has developed a practical test for the ability of HDL to accept cholesterol.

Clinical laboratories key to breaking down the health care barriers faced by transgender patients
JUL.6.2017 // San Diego LGBT Weekly
Clinical laboratories could significantly improve healthcare for the transgender community by using both sex and gender identity to make decisions about clinical testing, and by determining normal lab values for healthy transgender patients.

#SurrogacyMyth: If you are a gay couple you don't need a full medical checkup before you look for a surrogate mother
JUL.5.2017 // Surrogacy 101
Doctors will often conduct two or three separate sperm analyses to get a good idea of sperm’s health. According to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), the tests should be conducted at least seven days apart and over the course of two to three months.

Cholesterol Uptake Capacity, a New Indicator of HDL Functionality, for Cardiovascular Risk Stratification in the Real World
JUN.12.2017 // MedicalResearch.com
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) exhibits a variety of anti-atherogenic functions including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative functions as well as promoting reverse cholesterol transport.

Winner of Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize Unveiled at AACC
JUN.8.2017 // Lab Medica
A highlight of the July 30 - August 3, 2017, AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo (San Diego, CA, USA) will be the session dedicated to the unveiling of the winner of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize (Culver City, CA, USA) competition.

Keynote Address to Focus on CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing
JUN.8.2017 // Lab Medica
The widely used CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technique is to be the subject of the keynote address of the plenary sessions of the July 30 - August 3, 2017, AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo (San Diego, CA, USA).

At ASMS 2017, Vendors Focus on Software, Applications
JUN.8.2017 // GenomeWeb
The company provided little detail on the Topaz system, which it plans to launch formally at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry annual meeting this summer.

Lab Experts Help Providers Reduce Low-Value Resource Use, Costs
JUN.5.2017 // RevCycle Intelligence
Collaboration between laboratory medicine experts and clinicians is critical to reducing unnecessary and low-value resource use for value-based purchasing success, the American Association For Clinical Chemistry (AACC) recently stated.

Clinical lab tests key to Medicare revisions, according to medical association
JUN.2.2017 // Life Science Daily
The American Association of Chemical Chemistry (AACC) maintains clinical laboratory tests must be used effectively if ongoing Medicare reimbursement changes are to achieve desired objectives.

AACC Calls for Better Use of Clinical Lab Tests
MAY.30.2017 // 360Dx
AACC today issued a position statement calling for the effective use of clinical laboratory tests in the face of changes to how Medicare reimburses for such tests.

Lab Professionals Oppose Draft Dx Reform Bill; Lab, IVD Industry Ready To Work With Congress
APR.13.2017 // Medtech Insight
The clinical lab industry and IVD test-kit-makers appear ready to work with lawmakers on diagnostic reforms that would create a new category of regulated product for all lab tests that would undergo a mix of US FDA and CMS oversight.

AACC Joins NEJM, Area9 to Launch Online Learning Platform
APR.2017 // Clinical OMICS
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has launched an online learning platform focused on laboratory medicine, through a collaboration with NEJM Group, publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Area9 Learning.

Codexis Looks to Use Protein Engineering Prowess to Improve Molecular Diagnostic Performance
MAR.30.2017 // GenomeWeb
Claeboe noted that the company first began putting its feelers out at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry meeting last summer, "and we were simply asking the question: Would engineered enzymes in your workflow be beneficial?"

Cell-free DNA screening blooms in expansion to low-risk pregnancies
MAR.2017 // CAP Today
Dr. Palomaki, assistant director of the Division of Medical Screening and Special Testing at Women and Infants Hospital, was a speaker in a recent AACC webinar on cell-free DNA-based prenatal screening in the general pregnancy population.

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Highest Convention Booking Year Ever
MAR.3.2017 // Exhibit City News
“We are delivering on the promise of customer service and performing at a very high level for great customers such as World Meeting of Families, the Democratic National Convention, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and most recently, for a record-setting Philadelphia Auto Show,” PCC President & CEO John J. McNichol said.

Diagnostic laboratory reduced to the size of a microwave
FEB.27.2017 // Crisis Response
The Theranos miniLab was met not without skepticism from audience members at the 68th American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

Star Trek Tricorders Left The Science Fiction Realm to Become Science Reality
FEB.24.2017 // Omni
Research teams have been working on the creation of a mobile diagnostic device inspired by the fictional medical Tricorder from Star Trek.

Qualcomm Tricorder Xprize competition reaches final round
FEB.24.2017 // Evaluation Engineering
Yesterday, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announced that Chung-Kang Peng, PhD, who leads the Taiwan-based Dynamical Biomarkers Group team, will present data on his team’s tricorder prototype in a special session at the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego this summer.

In the Lab: As PAMA Reporting Deadline Looms, Labs Brace for Medicare Rate Cuts
FEB.10.2017 // Clinical OMICS
“If the rate that is reimbursed goes down for some of our tests to the point where our costs are not even covered, that might influence the ability of doctors to order those tests,” said David D. Koch, Ph.D., director of clinical chemistry, toxicology, and point-of-care testing at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Emory University, and chair of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry’s Policy and External Affairs Core Committee.

Research raises questions on consistency of dialysis blood testing methods
FEB.03.2017 // CBS 19
New research has looked into the accuracy of a blood test used to determine the health and well-being of dialysis patients, but the results are raising concerns.

Consumers Increasingly Purchase Medical Laboratory Self-Test Kits for Blood Glucose, Cholesterol, and Colon Cancer Screening
JAN.20.2017 // Dark Daily
In addition to seeking control over their healthcare, patients are also motivated by convenience and privacy, noted a Lab Tests Online article.

Silicon Valley Should Drop Its Obsession With Apple-esque Secrecy
JAN.18.2017 // The Motley Fool
Too bad Holmes instead chose to use her presentation at that month's American Association for Clinical Chemistry's annual meeting in Philadelphia primarily to pitch a new product.

13 Notable U.S. Health Care Trade Shows
JAN.17.2017 // Trade Show News Network
American Association for Clinical Chemistry Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo – July 30-Aug. 3, 2017. This is a show that appreciates marketing innovation from its more than 750 exhibitors and has an international buyers’ program.

Silicon Valley Cash Is Still Chasing Blood Despite Theranos Bust
JAN.6.2017 // Bloomberg Technology
“I’m impressed,” said Patricia Jones, 2016 president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, after reviewing the data. “The game-changing part of this would be being able to do testing and potentially make a diagnosis immediately, instead of having to send out lab tests, wait several days, then call the patient.”

Theranos cuts 41% of workforce as it concentrates on miniLab
JAN.6.2017 // MedCity News
CEO Elizabeth Holmes previewed miniLab in August at a much-panned appearance at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry Annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia.

Theranos is laying off 41% of its staff
JAN.6.2017 // Yahoo Finance
Theranos is going through its second round of layoffs.

Theranos is laying off 41% of its staff
JAN.6.2017 // Banking Industry Today
The blood-testing company confirmed it is laying off 41% of its staff, Bloomberg first reported.

Simple blood test can detect genetic diseases early in pregnancy
JAN.4.2017 // New Scientist
Together, single-gene disorders are more common than Down’s syndrome. Now there’s a safe prenatal test that can help prospective parents decide what to do.