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Issue

Thursday, March 7, 2019


In The News


A national plan seeks to leverage cutting-edge diagnostics and automation systems to reduce new HIV infections by 90% over the next 10 years. There’s a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to end the epidemic, thanks to the most powerful HIV prevention and treatment tools in history and new tools that allow us to…
In 2013, a renowned a maternal-fetal medicine expert made the following declaration to Clinical Laboratory News about the rapidly evolving field of genomic technologies. “There’s never a history of going backwards. This technology is here, it’s going to move forward and replace what we’re presently doing, but we're going to…

AACC Alert


Mentors and mentees alike can attest to the benefits of the Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians’ (SYCL) Mentoring Program, an initiative AACC unveiled in 2018 to foster leadership and advance the careers of young clinical lab professionals.

CLN Connect


Clinical laboratories grappling with a diminishing workforce of skilled professionals are relying increasingly on automation technologies from in vitro diagnostics (IVD) companies to boost test volumes, writes Kimberly Scott in the March issue of Clinical Laboratory News. “One answer, according to experts, involves continuing to embrace technology that performs routine…

Inside AACC


Different equations to estimate glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) have tried to overcome some of the issues associated with incorporating creatinine levels to achieve measured GFR (mGFR). In a study in Clinical Chemistry, a team of researchers sought to develop a more accurate method for measuring eGFR. They relied on novel…
A study comparing point-of-care and lab-based cardiac troponin methods found they had poor analytical concordance at the 99th percentile. This points to a need to establish a single clinical decision limit for cardiac troponin I assays and to standardize diagnostic protocols.

Practice Management


A three-part intervention that combined data sharing and analysis, recommended guidelines on lab test ordering practices and face-to-face interactions with clinicians and lab personnel successfully reduced the ordering of unnecessary blood tests without compromising patient care. Specifically researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) were able to decrease…

World View


Changes in autoantibodies associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) appear to reflect the immune suppression patients experience, rather than their disease activity or long-term responses to treatment. This finding suggests that RA-autoantibody levels could be modified by current therapies, but doing so probably would have limited clinical relevance. A team of…