AACC-funded studies are now underway on early samples from the National Children’s Study, an effort that leaders in the lab community hope will jump-start collaboration with diagnostic companies, commercial labs, and academia to improve pediatric reference ranges.
New direct-acting antiviral therapies for hepatitis C have shown in clinical trials significantly better response rates than standard therapies. However, these drugs require strict dosage and viral load testing regimens, demanding more of both clinicians and labs to ensure that patients get the most benefit from them.
Toxic alcohol poisonings don’t get as much attention as drug overdoses, but these common and readily obtainable substances can be fatal. Correct diagnosis depends on astute clinicians and laboratorians that understand the limitations of diagnostic tests.
An expert panel of The Endocrine Society has recommended glucose testing upon admission for all patients entering the hospital for any reason, building upon an earlier consensus statement on glycemic control that focused on critically ill patients.
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