Late Breaking Lab News

March 1, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Even as the nation’s clinical laboratories work to expand the number of molecular COVID-19 tests they can perform daily, the demand for such tests is plunging. That’s one conclusion in a news story published by the Associated Press in recent days. The AP illustrated this fact with t…

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February 8, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Pathologists and clinical lab managers with an entrepreneurial yen will be interested to know that Anthem, Inc., which serves 43 million beneficiaries, has launched a digital incubator. The new initiative was announced last month. Fierce Healthcare reported that the…

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January 19, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Just days ago, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued updated information about the COVID-19 tests it has authorized since early in the pandemic. As of Jan. 15, 2021, the agency had authorized a total of 317 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Included in this total are 236 mo…

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December 28, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Seattle is the latest city to open walk-up kiosks for COVID-19 testing that allow individuals to collect their own saliva, then hand the specimen to a worker in the booth for overnight testing. Three such kiosks are now in operation. Curative, based in San Dimas, Calif., performs the testing u…

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December 7, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Supply chain issues associated with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic are about to disrupt testing for other infectious diseases, ranging from strep throat and pneumonia to sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). That was one important finding from the American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM) November …

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November 16, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

It appears that the onset of the influenza season in North America is bringing with it a sizeable increase in the daily number of new COVID-19 cases. In the second week of November, the United States saw daily new cases push towards 200,000—which is more than double the mid-July peak of about 70,00…

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October 26, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

In Houston, an 18-year-old high school student started a mobile laboratory company to provide COVID-19 tests to home-bound patients. As the youngest emergency medical technician in Texas, Taft Foley, III, saw the need for this service. Texas Mobile Medical Labs is the name of his company a…

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October 5, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Guess who will be partnering with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to support its wider use of digital pathology? It’s Google! Last month, it was announced that the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) of the Department of Defense (DoD) had selected Google …

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September 14, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Alphabet, Inc., the parent of Google, is expanding its COVID-19 testing activities. In recent months, Verily Life Sciences—a division of Alphabet devoted to research into life sciences—organized a clinical laboratory for COVID-19 testing. It obtained CLIA certification and is licensed wit…

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August 24, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Currently at least 15 veterinary laboratories in the United States perform COVID-19 tests. This fact was confirmed by Adm. Brett Giroir, MD, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), during an interview last month conducted by CNN. Officials at HHS confi…

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