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Thursday, April 16, 2020

In The News

New research indicates that children who are younger than age 7 when diagnosed with type 1 diabetes might have a different form or endotype of this disease in comparison to those diagnosed at age 13 or older. The findings could help inform use of emerging therapies for type 1 diabetes.
A nationwide survey of more than 4,600 laboratory professionals revealed that most remain satisfied with their jobs despite high levels of stress and burnout. “I think that lab professionals do enjoy and love what they do, but they are inundated by high workload and pay not commensurate with their training…
Heeding the emergency call by federal regulators to rapidly develop and distribute tests for 2019-novel-coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, diagnostic manufacturers and clinical labs have taken unprecedented steps, surmounting delays and challenges to meet the demands of a global outbreak modern history has never seen.

Inside AACC

Widespread implementation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods, along with identification of new genes associated with and a new understanding of inheritance patterns for systemic autoinflammatory diseases (SAIDs), led the International Society of Systemic Auto-Inflammatory Diseases (ISSAID) and The European Molecular Genetics Quality Network to update guidelines on diagnosing SAIDs.

Practice Management

Common laboratory values may provide key insights into patients with COVID-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as well as the viral infection itself. Studies reveal telling associations between severe disease and levels of procalcitonin (PCT) and of cardiovascular markers, as well as thrombocytopenia. Analytes such as D-dimer might…