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Thursday, June 4, 2020


In The News


Evidence is mounting that seriously ill COVID-19 patients develop coagulation problems, giving rise to disseminated intravascular coagulation. This alarming trend, leading to strokes and death even among young people, raises questions over the need to treat intensive care patients with anticoagulants—and which lab tests most effectively target DIC and monitor…
Clinical labs now have two categories of alleles at their disposal to help design, validate, and interpret clinical genotyping tests to predict warfarin response. The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) is recommending a minimum set of alleles and their defining variants that labs should include in all tests, as well…
Lower levels of the vasopressin hormone in an infant’s cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) may signify a higher risk of autism, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences determined. The study’s small cohort lends itself to larger studies and further analysis of CSF in children with other…

AACC Alert


Self-collection of capillary dried blood with a volumetric microsampling device shows promise in measuring two commonly prescribed immunosuppressant drugs in organ transplant patients. A study in the Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine explored this approach that did comparatively well against the standard venous testing method and received high satisfaction marks…

Inside AACC


Practice Management


Clinical labs are required by law to report all SARS-CoV-2 assay results. Two terminologies, Logical Observation Identifiers, Names, and Codes (LOINC) and Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT - SCT), assist with proper electronic computerized identification of the testing and patient results. To navigate this complicated task, Pam…