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Thursday, October 1, 2020

In The News

A portable, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) device that requires no lab processing for results and a paper-based lateral flow immunoassay that operates similarly to a home pregnancy test are among nine new technologies that have joined the National Institutes of Health’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative. NIH…
Saliva shows potential as a medium in detecting the presence of cardiac troponin (cTn) in patients with myocardial injury (MI). At the European Society of Cardiology’s 2020 Congress, researchers described how they used a saliva-based cTn assay to identify cTnI in just 10 minutes with 96% sensitivity and 89% specificity.…

AACC Alert

A Q&A in the October issue of Clinical Chemistry delves into the role labs play in reducing health disparities, which have endured despite efforts at the federal level and by researchers. Biological factors such as genetic variants might play a part in health disparities, but systemic racism in healthcare, education,…

Inside AACC

When looking for cocaine abuse, oral fluid is a preferable matrix than urine in patient populations, such as those receiving addiction psychiatry services, who have higher rates of adulterating urine specimens. A team of investigators published these findings in The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine (JALM).

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