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Issue

Thursday, August 6, 2020


In The News


The American Urological Association (AUA) is now discouraging sole use of dipstick tests to diagnose microhematuria and suggests categorizing patients into three risk categories following diagnosis to determine next steps. A multidisciplinary panel revised AUA’s guidelines on microhematuria, which address diagnosis and evaluation of this condition as well as follow-up…
A global consensus is building to more thoroughly vet and improve testing strategies for SARS-CoV-2 antibody assays, whose performance in studies has yielded inconsistent and, at times, poor results. A recent letter to the BMJ from British researchers perhaps sums up key anxieties about these tests. No reference standard in…
As organizations scramble on a plan to keep or discard the controversial race-based correction factor to determine kidney function, researchers close to the issue debate whether it’s possible to replace race with another metric without compromising patient care.

AACC Alert


A new resource developed by the AACC Academy and Science and Practice Core Committee (SPCC) recommends 13 better tests and/or diagnostic practices that medical professionals should implement in place of commonly misused tests. The aim is to help labs, clinicians, and hospitals select appropriate tests for their patients, providing optimal…

Inside AACC


The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted every sphere of life including lab medicine residency programs. Our program here at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi, India is no exception. However, we’ve implemented some strategies to mitigate the challenges posed to our residents and our training program that might benefit…
Acutely ill and injured patients arriving by emergency medical services (EMS) present unique testing challenges, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is compounded by the fact that no national standard exists for collecting samples and testing in the EMS prehospital setting. Teamwork between laboratory and emergency personnel is crucial to…

Practice Management


Researchers are harnessing big lab data to fuel diagnostic modeling, quality control and assessment, and even epidemiological investigations. A review in Clinical Biochemistry offers seven perspectives of real-world big-data studies in laboratory medicine and explains how artificial intelligence (AI) will drive the future of this research.