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When it comes to oncology diagnostics and care, immunotherapies and other personalized medicine approaches are among the leading treatment efforts. As the number of new cancer diagnoses continues to rise, clinicians need tools that can more quickly—and affordably—offer answers.
As point-of-care testing (POCT) continues to grow in hospitals, physician offices, retail clinics, and other settings, professional roles are also evolving to keep pace with changes in this tech-nology, the complexity of testing, and the need to engage with clinicians.

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Bench Matters


Millions of baby boomers are nearing their retirement years. Soon enough, employers will be faced with the challenge of not only finding, but more importantly, keeping the succeeding generations of employees involved and satisfied.

Federal Insider


Building on a significant achievement last year that provided $2 million in new funding for la-boratory test harmonization work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AACC’s continued advocacy on this issue was behind a House Appropriations Committee vote that could increase harmonization funding to $6 million for…

Focus on Mass Spectrometry


Industry Playbook


Laboratory Stewardship


Direct-to-consumer testing allows patients to take their health into their own hands. While it may seem more convenient, it also creates more questions in the field of laboratory medicine.
Jane Dickerson, PhD, and Brian Jackson, MD, of CLN Laboratory Stewardship Focus recently interviewed physician and author, H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, about the problem of overdiag-nosing patients. A general internist who for the past 2 decades has studied the problem of overdiagnosis, Welch is nationally recognized for his many…

Mini Review


The structure and location of diagnostic laboratory services have undergone a significant shift in recent years. As part of laboratory stewardship, laboratories continually review their scope of service in order to better utilize healthcare resources while still meeting the needs of patients and clinicians. In part due to this stewardship…

Regulatory Roundup


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has permitted marketing of CD Diagnostics’ Syno-vasure Lateral Flow test kit for the detection of joint replacement infection, making this the first FDA-authorized diagnostic that helps determine whether the inflammation around a prosthetic joint is due to an infection or another cause. Specifically, the…

The Sample


University of Pittsburgh (UPMC) researchers deployed computer algorithms that mined the electronic health records (EHRs) of 63,858 patients to derive four phenotypes of sepsis, marked by demographics, lab values, and outcomes (JAMA 2019;321:2003-17). While acknowledging that more research is needed about these sepsis types, the investigators also suggested that their…