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.
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.