New rays on blood safety

Jeffrey Jhang, MD, associate professor of pathology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, says he hadn’t given much thought to terrorism scenarios until he spoke about the risks with his institution’s radiation safety officer. He knew about dirty bombs. But other chilling possibilities lurked as well, says Dr. Jhang.

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Dr. Jeffrey Jhang (left) and Dr. Jacob Kamen

Lower HbA1c seen with sickle trait,
but questions remain

Perhaps unusually for news about clinical diagnostics research, an article in the Feb. 7 issue of JAMA created a mild stir with findings that HbA1c results in patients with sickle cell trait, the most common hemoglobin variant in the U.S., may systematically underestimate past glycemia.

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Dr. David Sacks

Cell-free DNA screening blooms in expansion to low-risk pregnancies

“If the aim in any screening program is to have improved or maximal sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive value regardless of the population it’s applied to, NIPS fits the bill because it works for both high-risk and low-risk patients," says Anthony Gregg, MD.

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Dr. Anthony Gregg

Hemophilia diagnosis:
how to test, what to know

True, hemophilia is no longer commonly known as the “royal disease” (as it was when several generations of European rulers suffered from it). But in a January webinar, Dorothy M. Adcock, MD, gave some royally important suggestions regarding the laboratory diagnosis of hemophilia A and B.

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Dr. Dorothy Adcock

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