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Issue

Thursday, November 5, 2020


In The News


Leaders in the neuroscience field say there’s an urgent need for blood-based biomarkers to screen for concussion, as newer technologies continue to evolve. In a roundtable discussion published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, an expert panel talked about promising tests and technologies, and why a point-of-care (POC) biomarker test would…
A spate of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics reflects a diversity in testing methods and sample types as developers have advanced their innovations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As of late October, FDA had issued EUAs for 284 tests: 221 molecular tests, 56…
Lab medicine experts gave an insider’s view of what it takes to develop and deploy a laboratory-developed test (LDT) during a global crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. At an AACC-sponsored virtual congressional briefing, they discussed the regulatory requirements for these tests—and why it wouldn’t be prudent for the Food…

AACC Alert


A universal code of conduct that guides behavior and communications of AACC members and affiliates places an emphasis on anti-discrimination principles and accountability and fosters teamwork and respect among fellow laboratorians. Helmed by AACC’s Task Force on Code of Conduct/Ethics, the guidelines offer 11 codes of conduct for engaging in…

CLN Stat Show


The 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo sets a new course this year to accommodate social distancing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Paul Jannetto, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, chair of the Annual Meeting Organizing Committee (AMOC), explains, participants will be able to enjoy meeting staples and traditions…
Looking for a session on genomics technology? What about emerging diagnostics or point-of-care (POC) testing? As it has in the past, AACC is offering convenient pathways to help participants plan their journey at the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo. “The pathways are just one way to…
A talk show at the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo highlights the experiences of two scientists who applied a machine learning algorithm to predict patients’ likelihood of myocardial infarction (MI). Fred Apple, PhD, DABCC, and Yader Sandoval, MD, FACC, FSCAI, will discuss their findings during this…
Seven late-breaking sessions at the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo address the game-changing topic of SARS-CoV-2, exploring the virology and characteristics of this novel virus and the recent landscape of testing and therapeutics. “Each of these scientific sessions will provide attendees a much deeper understanding of…
Building on the January 2020 special collection issue on brain health biomarkers, this year’s Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine (JALM) Hot Topics session (34114) spotlights new biomarker applications in neurological disease and highlights laboratories’ role in identifying and managing neurodegeneration and brain injury. Knowledge about brain health is growing rapidly,…

Inside AACC


A machine learning model that leverages 27 laboratory tests and patient demographic features was able to rapidly and objectively predict SARS-CoV-2 infection status. Investigators who reported on their results in Clinical Chemistry said the approach shows promise in identifying and isolating high-risk cases before conventional test results are available.

World View


Testing a new diagnostic approach for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), researchers in Norway and the Netherlands determined that a negative D-dimer test on its own safely rules out DVT in an outpatient population. In patients with positive D-dimer results, a single negative whole-leg ultrasonography safely rules out DVT—regardless of pretest…