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Thursday, June 20, 2019


In The News


Researchers may have discovered that a “genetic collision” may be the reason that one-third of all kidney transplants fail for reasons beyond human leukocyte antigen (HLAs) mismatches. Screening more than 700 kidney transplant patients, they found that recipients with a specific single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) (rs893403) at chromosome 2q12.3 and…
Using big data to track a patient’s biology over time could unearth clinically actionable information, according to Stanford researchers who followed more than 100 relatively healthy individuals over several years, flagging disease before patients showed signs of illness. In a few instances, they identified life-threatening conditions in early stages. Researchers…

AACC Alert


What role does mass spectrometry (MS) play in cannabis use, single cell analysis, and metabolomics? A session at the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Anaheim, California, will explore MS’ applications as a clinical tool in these three diverse areas of laboratory medicine.

Practice Management


Adoption of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) I or T assays has taken off around the world, most recently in the United States. While much of the knowledge surrounding older assays is transferable, clinicians and laboratorians need to know the differences between conventional cTn and hs-cTn assays before implementing this new…

World View


Patients with elevated levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C) may have a higher likelihood of developing early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. A study in JAMA Neurology found an association between high LDL-C levels and gene variants known to influence cholesterol levels, including the rare apolipoprotein B (APOB) variant. However, the presence of these…