AACC in the News

2014

Here is a sampling of 2014 media coverage of AACC, its journal Clinical Chemistry, and its patient health site, www.labtestsonline.org.

AACC Offers Certificate Programs in Laboratory Management
DEC.27.2014 // Advance
AACC's Online Certificate Programs offer six self-paced, educational on-demand courses designed for laboratory management.

Exome Tests Miss Pathogenic Variants in ACMG Recommended Genes
DEC.2.2014 // GenomeWeb
Exome sequencing tests may not cover completely all medically relevant genes and may miss pathogenic variants in disease genes, researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Thomas Jefferson University reported recently in a study in Clinical Chemistry.

Opponents of FDA's LDT Regulations Lawyer Up, Get in Combat Mode
NOV.26.2014 // Fierce Medical Devices
When the FDA finally released its draft guidance on the oversight of lab-developed tests (LDTs) in July, it ended a 10-plus-year saga to mark its regulatory stamp in that arena, but created a new one over the guidance's implementation.

LDT Battle Lines Drawn: FDA Announces Jan. 8-9 Public Meeting on LDT Framework; Lab and Medical Groups Send Letter to FDA Commissioner Urging Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking; FDA and Patient Groups Advocate for LDT Framework on Hill
NOV.24.2014 // FDA Law Blog
A battle is brewing between proponents and opponents of FDA’s plans to actively regulate Laboratory-Developed Tests (LDTs), with several developments involving both camps in the past two weeks.

Texas Section of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry Hosts All-Star Line-up of Clinical Laboratory Experts to Share Successes at Improving Lab Test Utilization
NOV.17.2014 // Dark Daily
Changes now happening to healthcare and the practice of medical laboratory medicine were upfront and personal here during last Friday’s meeting of the Texas Section of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC).

POCTs Will Accelerate Sexually Transmitted Disease Diagnoses
OCT.31.2014 // European Hospital
About 350 million people worldwide suffer uncured but curable sexually transmitted diseases. Accurate point-of-care testing is one of the best ways to identify and treat them.

Dressing Up for Ebola’s Unlikely EU Epidemic
OCT.28.2014 // European Hospital
Unlike some news reports the Ebola virus is not as easily transmitted as influenza or other infections. Still, healthcare and laboratory workers must take precautions to quickly identify those infected and prevent an outbreak.

New Discoveries Advance Ability to Detect HCG Doping in Sport
OCT.27.2014 // LawInSport
Important new peer-reviewed research conducted by Getachew A. Woldemariam and Dr. Anthony W. Butch may help increase the ability to detect athletes who are taking human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) as a doping substance to enhance athletic performance.

This New Ebola Test Is As Easy As a Pregnancy Test, So Why Aren’t We Using It?
OCT.3.2014 // The Daily Beast
The best weapon against the outbreak may be one we’re not using: Scientists at Tulane University are sitting on millions of rapid diagnostic kits capable of spotting the virus instantly.

Is Your Lab Ready for Ebola?
OCT.3.2014 // SelectScience
Now that the Ebola virus has arrived in the U.S., the ability of clinical laboratories to quickly identify patients who need treatment and require isolation will play a critical role in preventing an outbreak.

When Patients Get Lab Test Results, Journalists May Need These Resources
SEP.24.2014 // Health Journalism
Next month, all clinical laboratories must make patients’ laboratory test results available to patients who request them.

A Revolution in Roles and Methods in Clinical Labs
SEP.26.2014 // European Hospital
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is a visionary author of the book Big Data, which, as its subtitle suggests, defines the debate over the ‘Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think.

Chicago’s AACC 2014 Highlights
SEP.22.2014 // European Hospital
Never-before-seen breakthroughs in diagnostic research and technology’ were revealed during July’s American Association for Clinical Chemistry meeting in Chicago, where up to 20,000 people packed in for research updates.

A Pathologist in Your Pocket
SEP.12.2014 // European Hospital
We live in a connected world, a very different world than it was a decade ago, said Eric Topol MD. Mobile devices, wearable devices are driving a creative revolution, reducing costs of healthcare, increasing patient access to health information.

UniConnect Unveils MDx-focused Version of Lab Management Platform
AUG.8.2014 // Genome Web
UniConnect Unveils MDx-focused Version of Lab Management Platform

FDA Draft LDT Guidance Slated for Release in 60 Days; Industry Readying Recommendations, Objections
AUG.6.2014 // Genome Web
FDA Draft LDT Guidance Slated for Release in 60 Days; Industry Readying Recommendations, Objections

AB Sciex, Thermo Fisher Tout New Clinical Mass Spec Launches at AACC
AUG.1.2014 // Genome Web
AB Sciex, Thermo Fisher Tout New Clinical Mass Spec Launches at AACC