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  • First Liquid Biopsy Test for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Microsoft Attempts to Transform Cancer Diagnoses and Patient Care, More

    Diagnostics World News | A digital AI platform to enrich breast cancer grading and improve risk categorization; novel tests significantly reduce hospitalization costs and mortality and morbidity rates in newborns and premature infants; the first blood test superior to stool tests in detecting advanced adenomas and colorectal cancer; and more.

    Jan 26, 2023
  • Follow the Money: Gates Foundation Funds Diagnostic Tools for the Underserved, First Fully Remote Subspecialty Diagnostic Service, More

    Diagnostics World News | Funding for a decision-support platform to enhance surveillance, detection, and triage of neglected tropical diseases and other rare infectious diseases, transcriptome-wide profiling and advanced medicinal chemistry technology, novel pathology consulting, and more.

    Jan 24, 2023
  • MRD If You Please: Diagnostics Targets Minimal Residual Disease

    Diagnostics World News | At the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference last week, several diagnostics companies offered insight into their directions and plans for the coming year, and oncology diagnostics was a refrain. Across the space, test developers and researcher groups are turning their attention first to minimal residual disease (MRD) tests. Here we gather feedback from a few of the companies that presented last week.

    Jan 19, 2023
  • Cell-Free DNA Assay Could Make Routine Cancer Testing Feasible

    Diagnostics World News | Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have discovered a blood test for monitoring cancer patients that could be done for as little as $35. The new Heatrich-BS assay sequences cell-free DNA in clinical samples that get heated to isolate cancer-specific signatures, according to Cheow Lih Feng, assistant professor at NUS’s Institute for Health Innovation & Technology and department of biomedical engineering.

    Jan 18, 2023
  • Emerging Tech Aims to Remove Racial Bias from Blood Measurements

    Diagnostics World News | A team of researchers is pursuing new technology to address racial disparities in blood measurements. The group ultimately hopes to develop a portable wearable device, like a monitor or watch, capable of accurately and non-invasively reading blood regardless of skin tone.

    Jan 17, 2023
  • At J.P. Morgan, Illumina CEO Outlines GRAIL’s Successful Year, Uncertain Future

    Diagnostics World News | In a somewhat subdued presentation compared to years past, Illumina CEO Francis deSouza kicked off his annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference talk highlighting the breadth of the genomics market. deSouza sees a $120 billion total addressable market for Illumina, with oncology testing representing more than half of the opportunity.

    Jan 12, 2023
  • Laser-Powered Patch Monitors Hemoglobin In Deep Tissues

    Diagnostics World News | Laser diodes many times stronger than the brightness of light-emitting diodes found on the back of Apple Watches and Fitbits are enabling development of a photoacoustic skin patch capable of continuously monitoring the amount and location of hemoglobin in deep tissues. This opens the possibility of noninvasively detecting organ dysfunction, cerebral or gut hemorrhages, cancer, and COVID complications with the convenience of a wearable.

    Jan 10, 2023
  • Trendspotting: Top Diagnostics Issues in 2023

    Diagnostics World News | We spoke with various companies in the Diagnostics World community to gain insights and predictions for the coming year. They predicted faster and more precise diagnostic testing, enhanced whole genome screening, novel therapies that empower patients to direct their healthcare journey, and more advances in proteomics.

    Jan 5, 2023
  • Withings Debuts Connected Home Urine Lab

    Diagnostics World News | Since Withings founder Eric Carreel bought his company back from Nokia in 2018, the consumer electronics company has broadened its focus from nice-to-have smart health devices that support daily well-being to connected, medical-grade products whose health impacts are being scientifically validated. The latest addition to the arsenal is U-Scan, which can perform daily ​​urinalysis with a smart device that sits inside any toilet bowl.

    Jan 4, 2023
  • Global Federated Machine Learning Model Detects Glioblastoma Borders

    Diagnostics World News | In a paper published late last year in Nature Communications, researchers from Penn Medicine and Intel Labs report on what they call the largest to-date global federated learning effort to develop an accurate and generalizable machine learning model for detecting glioblastoma borders. The work has important implications both clinically and as a model for future large, federated learning projects.

    Jan 3, 2023
  • Top Stories of 2022: Post-COVID Diagnostics Market, Pan-Cancer Testing, Afib, Pregnancy

    Diagnostics World News | Diagnostics has changed in the past three years with the pandemic necessitating regulatory changes and demanding technical innovation. Some of this change has been directly COVID-related, but much was simply fueled by increased funding and attention to diagnostic problems. This year we watched the results of those changes filter through the industry and spur new thinking.

    Dec 29, 2022
  • FDA-Approved Advanced Lung Cancer CDx, Thermo Fisher’s Rapid Infectious Microbe Detection Panel, More

    Diagnostics World News | An artificial intelligence electrocardiogram algorithm designed to enable the early suspicion of cardiac amyloidosis; a first-of-its-kind wearable and wireless facial electromyography solution to assess subtle facial expressions and decipher emotional reactions; fluorescent dye singles out cancer cells under near-infrared light; and more.

    Dec 27, 2022
  • Follow the Money: Single Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay Testing, Highly Accurate COVID-19 Antibody Testing, More

    Diagnostics World News | Funding for digitizing clinical diagnostics, multi-stage and multi-marker disease testing, tracking viral infections or molecular signatures that indicate the presence of a disease, and more.

    Dec 22, 2022
  • With Machine Learning, Acoustical Phenomenon Could Be Diagnostic

    Diagnostics World News | The application of sound in diagnostic medicine was among a miscellany of topics on the agenda at the recent Acoustical Society of America meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. These included the use of machine learning to detect diarrhea and pneumonia by listening to, respectively, excretion events and coughs.

    Dec 20, 2022
  • Personalis, UCSF Look to Circulating Tumor DNA for Treatment Response Biomarkers

    Diagnostics World News | Personalis and the University of California, San Francisco have announced a collaboration that will deploy a personalized liquid biopsy-based research use only assay for a study of patients with colorectal cancer.

    Dec 15, 2022
  • All of Us Announces First Return of Health-Related DNA Results

    Diagnostics World News | The National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program has begun returning personalized health-related DNA results to more than 155,000 participants, with reports detailing whether participants have an increased risk for specific health conditions and how their body might process certain medications.

    Dec 13, 2022
  • Exosome-Based CDx Tests Could Bring Precision Medicine to Neurodegenerative Diseases

    Diagnostics World News | Liquid biopsies based on circulating tumor DNA or tumor cells have remarkably improved our prognostic and diagnostic capabilities in oncology. Now, exosome-based liquid biopsies bring the benefits of non-biopsy approaches to a broader range of medical areas.

    Dec 9, 2022
  • Mapping the Vagus Nerve: Researchers Look to Pave the Way for Bioelectronic Breakthroughs

    Diagnostics World News | Researchers have their sights set on creating a first-of-its-kind anatomical map of the vagus nerve. Stavros Zanos of the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research is leading a three-year-long research study called Reconstructing Vagal Anatomy. The NIH-supported project plans to share the map with the greater scientific community in hopes of leading to new breakthroughs in the field of bioelectronic medicine.

    Dec 8, 2022
  • Tumor Fraction Shows Promise as Tumor-Agnostic Prognostic Tool

    Diagnostics World News | A research team from The Ohio State University and Foundation Medicine suggests that tumor fraction has the potential to serve as a pragmatic, tumor-agnostic prognostic tool. They published their results in Annals of Oncology last month.

    Dec 6, 2022
  • Saliva-Based Test to Diagnose Concussions, Blood Test Detects Cancer Two Years Before Formal Diagnosis, More

    Diagnostics World News | A deep learning model that uses a single chest X-ray to predict the 10-year risk of death from a heart attack or stroke; a new blood test to improve early detection and diagnosis of clinically significant prostate cancer in patients by minimizing unnecessary invasive tissue biopsies; real-time PCR technology to screen for spinal muscular atrophy and severe combined immunodeficiency using a single dried blood spot sample; and more.

    Nov 30, 2022