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  • Cell-Free Antibody Test, Ultrasounds Show Cardiac Impact, Acuity Score Predicts Outcomes: COVID-19 Updates

    Diagnostics World News I Organs-on-Chips technology to evaluate potential vaccines, COVID-19 associated strokes, recovered patients may be asymptomatic carriers, metabolites identified as biomarkers, frontal lobe involvement in abnormal EEGs, and antibodies detectable for several months. Plus: AI-based algorithm predicts acute kidney injury, PerkinElmer screens for COVID-19 and flu in single test, faster more efficient antibody test by U-M scientists, and NYC outbreak linked to European strains of the virus.

    Oct 30, 2020
  • Follow the Money: New Diagnostics for Blood Infection, Dementia, Bone Disease

    Diagnostics World News | Australian company nets cash for finger-prick blood infection diagnostic, AI-powered, “semi-autonomous” bone image diagnostics platform, NIH grants for non-Alzheimer’s dementias, and more.

    Oct 28, 2020
  • ‘Danger Molecule’ Associated With Inflammation, Obesity And Subclinical Cardiovascular Risk—And May Correlate With COVID-19

    Diagnostics World News | It has been known for several years now that a “danger molecule” shows up in the blood when cells in the body are under stress or tissues are injured, inducing a potent inflammatory response—at least in rats. High Mobility Group Box-1 (HMGB1) is in fact one of the best characterized damage-associated molecular patterns.

    Oct 26, 2020
  • New Biomarkers, Antibody Tests, and Viral Detection Technologies: COVID-19 Updates

    Diagnostics World News | IL-6 emerges as a promising biomarker, new antibody tests, and Monell Chemical Sciences Center reports loss of smell more prevalent than thought. Plus: new tests from Oxford Nanopore, Genalyte and optical technologies detect the virus.

    Oct 23, 2020
  • Next-Generation Pharmacovigilance With Natural Language Processing

    Diagnostics World News | Surging use of telemedicine technology since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. earlier this year, but patients who complain of a pain in their leg can’t as easily show their doctor where and how it hurts via telemedicine. Natural language processing (NLP) thus has a potentially bigger role to play in automating diagnoses and the pharmacovigilance process, starting with interpreting data in free text fields and doing some of the cumbersome analytical work.

    Oct 22, 2020
  • Holographic Imaging Detects Virus, SARS-CoV-2 Specific IgG Antibodies Longest Lasting, Testing Wastewater for Coronavirus RNA: COVID-19 Updates

    Diagnostics World News I Antibodies may provide immunity for several months, five cytokines identified that predict cytokine storm, Dublin-Boston score predicts severity of infection, pandemic related delays in CRC screening may cause significant increase in death rates from cancer, and Fluidigm to provide millions of saliva-based tests to US colleges and universities. Plus: Mount Sanai receives research funding to study impact of virus on lung cancer patients, SwabSeq has capability to test thousands of samples together but give individual results and more.

    Oct 16, 2020
  • Why the Precision Medicine Gap is the Biggest Threat to Healthcare and Why Predictive Diagnostics is the Key to Achieving True Precision Medicine

    Diagnostics World News | The precision medicine gap, created by missing or outdated diagnostic technologies which have proved inadequate at providing a bridge between the numerous treatment options, and the subset of patients who will respond to them is one major obstacle holding back precision medicine.

    Oct 14, 2020
  • Mayo Building Home Hospital Model One Region, And Supply Chain, At A Time

    Diagnostics World NewsWith a proper supply chain around a population of patients, and medical experts available to remotely oversee their care, a home could theoretically be transformed into a hospital on a moment’s notice. It’s a pioneering idea that the Mayo Clinic began actively exploring this summer with a pair of pilot programs in Jacksonville, Florida, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

    Oct 12, 2020
  • ‘Pooling’ Test Samples and Dipstick Technology, Persistent Symptoms During Pregnancy, At Home Finger Prick Test: COVID-19 Updates

    Diagnostics World News | New ‘dipstick’ technology developed at the University of Queensland can quickly extract genetic material in as little as 30 seconds; CalTech researchers develop new sensor named SARS-CoV-2 RapidPlex; and dried blood spot samples are as accurate in detecting SARS-CoV-2 antibodies as venous blood samples study finds. Plus: NIH announces new RADx initiative contracts totaling $98.35 million; University of Minnesota AI evaluates chest X-rays to diagnose COVID-19; Boston launches TestBoston to track previous infection; and more.

    Oct 9, 2020
  • 3D Swabs, Saliva Sampling, Anosmia, Delirium: COVID-19 Updates

    Diagnostics World News | Dialysis patients could help surveillance efforts, risk-raising genetic mutations, comparing return-to-work protocols, counting breaths, 3D nasal swabs and saliva sampling make the mark, cool tool for rapid antibody detection, resuming anticancer therapy, an Android app to analyze the SARS-CoV-2 genome, loss of smell, delirium in the elderly, AI+CT for diagnosing COVID-19. Plus, detecting fever from a distance, a COVID-19 biorepository expands to include convalescent plasma, more funding to improve testing for underserved populations, a smartwatch for asymptomatic individuals, and more of the latest news from around the U.S. and Europe.

    Oct 2, 2020
  • The Future of Wearables Could Be Electronic Tattoos

    Diagnostics World News | New research offers a glimpse into the future of wearables, which may use everyday tools like pens, pencils, and paper to draw monitoring devices directly onto skin.

    Sep 30, 2020
  • The Lowdown On Companion Diagnostics

    Diagnostics World News | Companion diagnostics (CDx) in precision medicine can be advanced by using routinely collected real-world data (RWD) to support regulatory submissions, FDA representatives explained.

    Sep 28, 2020
  • CRISPR Diagnostics, Mass General’s Recommendations On Testing, Robot Swabber: COVID-19 Updates

    Diagnostics World News | New CRISPR COVID-19 diagnostics from the University of Connecticut and MIT/Broad, Mass General compares testing strategies and recommends wide screening, and King’s College London doctors recommend CT scans to flag COVID-19 lung issues. Plus, Singapore invents the SwabBot—a robot swabber, DetectaChem releases portable test pouches, and Pacific Northwest National Lab validates diagnostic kits.

    Sep 25, 2020
  • Advice On Commercializing Point-Of-Care Technologies

    Diagnostics World News | A better diagnostic platform enabling near-patient testing of disease biomarkers, including the presence of antibodies indicative of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, as well as advice on how to build and fund new point-of-care (POC) platforms, were among the topics covered during last month’s virtual Next Generation Dx Summit.

    Sep 24, 2020
  • The Promise And Perils Of Home-Use Tests

    Diagnostics World News | The FDA’s regulatory process for home-use tests, including Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs), and concerns surrounding in-home sample collection, were the focus of a series of talks at the recent Next Generation Dx Summit. While increasing access to testing, particularly during a pandemic, home-use tests come with significant challenges that include fairly weighing the risks and benefits, points out conference speaker Elliot Cowan, principal and founder of Partners in Diagnostics.

    Sep 21, 2020
  • CMR Imaging Of Athletes, Role For Thermography, Watch Pulse Oximeter Levels: COVID-19 Updates

    Diagnostics World News | Differing nasal expressions in blacks, a risk stratification tool for athletes, a new antibody test for identifying plasma donors, warning for patients with sleep apnea, the utility of infrared thermographs, lower pulse oximetry levels and fever lead reasons for rehospitalizations, and a Lab-in-Cartridge device rolling out across the U.K. Plus, a dual-purpose nonprofit, computing how to allocate test kits, seven digital health solutions receive NIH funding, and efforts underway to standardize SARS-CoV-2 assays.

    Sep 18, 2020
  • Diagnostic Stewardship: Better Care At A Lower Cost

    Diagnostics World News | Diagnostic stewardship was a trending topic at the recent Next Generation Dx Summit, and the highlights included presentations by Christopher Doern, director of clinical microbiology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System and the Medical College of Virginia, and Matt Binnicker, director of clinical virology and vice chair of practice in the department of laboratory medicine and pathology at the Mayo Clinic. Both offered practical advice and tips for improving patient care under real-world budget and workforce constraints.

    Sep 16, 2020
  • Follow the Money: Cancer Blood Tests, Regulatory Information Management

    Diagnostics World News | Big money for Freenome’s colorectal cancer blood test, investments in the Regulatory Information Management market, and more.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • Antibody Test-On-A-Chip, New Mortality Score, Chest X-Rays In Diagnostics: COVID-19 Updates

    Diagnostics World News| Harvard researchers have optimized new SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic, antibody test-on-a-chip uses gold nanospikes for virus detection, 4C Mortality Score predicts disease outcome, and LSU radiologists argue for chest x-rays in COVID-19 diagnostics. Plus, scaled up testing, AI-powered reopening, more testing receives EUAs.

    Sep 11, 2020
  • Post-Pandemic, Payers May Be Reining In Telemedicine

    Diagnostics World News | Telemedicine is probably not appreciably lowering the overall cost of patient care, according to Maria Turner, managing director at global management consulting firm AArete. Post-pandemic, Turner expects the telemedicine landscape will look a lot different than it does today.

    Sep 10, 2020