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Issue

Thursday, May 2, 2019


In The News


Opioid use disorder (OUD) over the last 2 decades has fueled injection drug use, leading to increased incidence of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, heart infections, and skin and soft tissue infections. To stem the rising tide of disease, a panel of infectious diseases experts are calling for infectious diseases and substance abuse…
A North Carolina medical facility has teamed up with national aviation, technology, and delivery service leaders to take part in the first medical drone delivery operation over a densely populated area of the United States, with a goal of improving patient care by speeding deliveries at a lower cost and…

AACC Alert


The 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo offers something for everyone in clinical laboratory medicine, showcasing the latest in precision medicine, novel biomarker research, the opioid epidemic and journals hot topics, plus a host of networking events and technology game-changers at the Expo.

CLN Connect


Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is on the rise worldwide, with many cases progressing to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a more aggressive stage of disease. Doctors commonly use liver biopsy to diagnose these conditions, but the method has too many shortcomings, Whitney J. Palmer writes in the May Clinical Laboratory News.…

Inside AACC


The rising demand for microbiology testing and standardization of sample-collection devices for microbiology culture, coupled with a decline in available microbiology technologists, has spurred adoption of automation technologies. A review article in the May issue of Clinical Chemistry looks at total laboratory automation’s (TLA) role in this sector of laboratory…
Clinical decision support (CDS) tools are useful in flagging prescription errors or missing laboratory tests, but whether they can effectively tamp down on adverse drug events is unclear. A systematic review in the Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine recommended seeking out more concrete answers in future studies.

Practice Management


Addressing the rising incidence rate of sepsis and sepsis-associated deaths in pregnant women, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) is recommending that clinicians approach this deadly condition in pregnant women as a medical emergency, taking steps to administer broad-spectrum antibiotics and get cultures and serum lactate levels within an hour’s…

World View


An analysis of the top 25 lab tests across five countries revealed strong similarities in volume, revenue, and reimbursement, with pathology and biochemical tests exhibiting the highest and lowest payment rates, respectively. Most of these tests are on the Essential Diagnostics List (EDL), a factor that could help guide universal…