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  • Super Early Detection: Pan-Cancer Tests Aim to Catch Cancer Earlier than Ever

    Diagnostics World | In recent years, the race to develop a single test that can simultaneously screen for many cancers has heated up. Dozens of companies have thrown their hats in the ring, pursuing differing approaches to search for the very earliest signs of cancer. So where does this field currently stand? Where is it headed? And is extremely early cancer detection really possible?

    Mar 16, 2022
  • Markers Of Depression Are In The Blood Of Pregnant Women

    Diagnostics World News | Perinatal depression is an understudied and underappreciated mood disorder, but a group of researchers in Michigan are moving the field forward with the discovery of predictive biomarkers of the condition that could one day be used for the routine screening of high-risk women. Nearly one in five new mothers experience severe depression and an estimated 14% have suicidal thoughts—and pregnancy itself, being a major inflammatory event, can be the inducer.

    Mar 10, 2022
  • Test Offers Personalized Prognosis Of Early-Stage Melanomas

    Diagnostics World News | Old-fashioned technology is the basis of a pioneering test that reliably predicts the spread or return of the deadliest form of skin cancer among the 20% of patients diagnosed with stage I or II melanomas that have not ulcerated. The new immunohistochemistry (IHC) test, developed by a team of scientists and clinicians at Newcastle University in the U.K., could offer relief to anxious patients as well as help shorten “ever-challenging waiting lists” for follow-up care as melanoma cases continue to rise.

    Mar 8, 2022
  • Diagnostic for PARP Inhibitor Tumor Sensitivity, New COVID Tests, Circulating Tumor DNA, More

    Diagnostics World News | Glycosaminoglycan profiling may enable all-cancer detection, maternal RNA expression profiling can predict preterm birth, Element Biosciences enters several new collaborations, and new COVID diagnostics are available.

    Mar 2, 2022
  • The Diagnostic-Therapeutic Partnership: How to Succeed, Where to Go From Here

    Diagnostics World News | During a plenary panel last week at the Molecular & Precision Med TRI-CON event, pharma and diagnostics company took on the challenges in developing companion diagnostics and how important these tests are to achieving our precision medicine aims.

    Mar 1, 2022
  • Follow the Money: AI-Powered Rapid Pathogen Diagnostics, Home-Based Male Fertility Solutions

    Diagnostics World News | Funding for virtual drug screening, AI-enhanced microscopic pathogen identification, improved genetic variant interpretation, at-home male fertility testing, single-cell sequencing technologies, and more.

    Feb 28, 2022
  • Michael Snyder on Diagnosing COVID-19 with a Smart Watch

    Diagnostics World News | Michael Snyder has been tracking his own health with extreme attention for 12 years now, gathering datapoints including his genomic data, blood markers, microbiome makeups, clinical measures, and much more. He’s found it extremely fruitful, and over the past two years, he’s applying what he’s learned to early diagnoses of COVID-19.

    Feb 25, 2022
  • Expert Panel: Next Steps to Achieving Precision Medicine

    Diagnostics World News | In the opening plenary panel for the Molecular and Precision Med Tri-Con this week, Robert Green, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led a group in exploring how genomics, digital health, and more will converge to deliver precision health. He was joined by Megan Mahoney, Stanford University; Jessica Mega, Verily Life Sciences; Sir Mark Caulfield, Barts Life Sciences & Queen Mary University of London; and Lara Jehi, Cleveland Clinic.

    Feb 24, 2022
  • New Tools for Achieving MRD Detection, Accuracy

    Diagnostics World | On the first morning of the Molecular & Precision Med Tri-Con event, Viktor Adalsteinsson, associate director of the Gerstner Center for Cancer Diagnostics at the Broad Institute, explored new tools and techniques for detecting minimal residual disease.

    Feb 22, 2022
  • Smartphone-Based COVID-Flu Detection System Ready For Use

    Diagnostics World News | Schools, airports, and other venues where large numbers of people congregate could start using a new smartphone-based diagnostic platform that rapidly and inexpensively tests for both COVID-19 and the flu from a small volume of saliva.

    Feb 17, 2022
  • Cytokine Profiling Could Reveal Complications Of Pregnancy

    Diagnostics World News | Researchers in Norway have used cytokine profiling to create a baseline for what the immune system looks like in normal pregnancies as a starting point for discerning when something is going wrong—preeclampsia, for example. As it turns out, immune activity predictably modulates throughout uneventful pregnancies.

    Feb 15, 2022
  • ‘Immune Archetypes’ Of Cancer Could Help Tailor Treatments To Tumors

    Diagnostics World News | Immunotherapies vary widely in their ability to effectively treat patients with cancer, and the reason is the differing immune states of their tumor. Only a finite number of “immune archetypes” exist across all cancers—and these distinct environments are inhabited by more than the T cells targeted by currently marketed immunotherapy drugs.

    Feb 10, 2022
  • Breast Cancer Developments: New Tools, Technologies, Partnerships, and More

    Diagnostics World | New developments in the realm of breast cancer detection continue to emerge, from recent research and partnerships newly forged to the launch of new tools and technologies.

    Feb 9, 2022
  • Follow the Money: Super-Resolution Microscopy, AI-Driven Precision Gastroenterology, Cancer Risk Stratification, MS-Based Proteomics

    Diagnostics World | AI-driven diagnostics for gastroenterology, live-cell super-resolution microscopy, AI-based risk stratification for breast and prostate cancer, and more.

    Feb 8, 2022
  • A Promising Prognosis for Healthcare Organizations About Embracing AI

    Diagnostics World | The healthcare industry not only appears ready for AI, some of its most digitally progressive players are already actively embracing it. These early use cases have begun to hint at AI’s potential value to healthcare providers, for its ability to provide an elevated level of data intelligence that could significantly improve patient outcomes and the overall patient experience, and on the business side, for its ability to improve efficiency and innovation.

    Feb 3, 2022
  • New Frontiers in COVID Testing, Cancer Screening, Single-Cell Spatial Genomics, More

    Diagnostics World News | Skin health, single-cell spatial genomics, diabetic kidney disease, MS biomarkers, lung and colorectal cancer screening. Plus: home testing of peripheral neuropathies, new COVID tests, and more.

    Feb 2, 2022
  • Maternal Diagnostics Meets Machine Learning

    Diagnostics World News | Elaine Gee is Principal Data Scientist at Mirvie, a company dedicated to using technology to improve maternal health and identify pregnancy complications early using blood-based RNA profiling.

    Jan 28, 2022
  • Predicting COVID-19 Severity: Researchers Look to Fill Diagnostic Gap, Match Patients with Treatments

    Diagnostics World News | Researchers at Mount Sinai and the University of Colorado are pursuing the possibilities that stem from predicting which COVID-19 patients are most likely to deteriorate over time. The hope is that this ability could help health care professionals more effectively triage patients and pair them with appropriate treatments to improve outcomes.

    Jan 27, 2022
  • Protein-Based Biomarker Could Enable Precision Medicine For Depression

    Diagnostics World News | It has proven exceedingly difficult to identify reliable and reproducible genetic markers for depression, but it now appears possible to efficiently leverage a biochemical hallmark to create a blood test. The basis of the test is the four-decade-old discovery that depression is tied to low levels of the intracellular molecule adenylyl cyclase, made in response to neurotransmitters such as serotonin and epinephrine.

    Jan 25, 2022
  • Catching Cancer Cells In The Act Of Metastasizing

    Diagnostics World | Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) have made the connection between cellular motility—with a known connection to tumor metastasis—and the shape-shifting behavior of cancer cells to become more “missile-like” and thus better able to make the voyage from one site in the body to another. The newly acquired characteristic arises when epithelial cells morph into mesenchymal cells, but the transition can’t be seen if the cells are all held hostage on a glass microscope slide.

    Jan 19, 2022