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From brain to umbilical cord tissue, next-gen mass spec

June 2017—Mass spectrometry has been gaining acceptance for routine assays in clinical laboratories. The 6th Annual AACC Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences for Laboratory Medicine, held in fall 2016, spotlighted best practices in the use of mass spectrometry testing for patient-centered care.

When pain management testing calls for a consult

October 2016—Surprises might work for birthday parties—and even then they’re not everyone’s cup of tea—but not in drug screening programs. Perhaps the most common reason for doing a toxicology consultation is when a urine drug screen yields an unexpected result, either positive or negative, says Nicholas Heger, PhD, assistant director of clinical chemistry at Tufts Medical Center and assistant professor of anatomic and clinical pathology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.

As diabetic CKD takes toll, work on tests continues

September 2016—When nephrologist Katherine Tuttle, MD, first saw the photo of two women holding young children, she thought it captured the mother of the boy and girl sitting on a couch with the children’s grandmother.

The younger-looking woman, 33 at the time the photo was taken, works in the clinical research group at Providence Health Care, Spokane, Wash., where Dr. Tuttle is executive director for research. Flashing a smile in the photo, Dr. Tuttle’s colleague held in her arms a baby girl who munched on her toy. Seated next to her was a woman whom diabetologists would recognize as having lost sight in one eye, with a two-year-old boy on her lap. Her face, deeply lined with wrinkles, bore a glum expression.

Painstaking process of drug monitoring

August 2016—As optimists like to point out (in their annoying way), showing up is half the battle. But it’s still only half, as other, equally clear-eyed folks might point out. That leaves plenty to do. And in drug testing for chronic pain management, the work facing laboratories may seem like even more than 50 percent.

Leveraging urinalysis for value-based health care

November 2015—Tim Skelton, MD, PhD, knows a fair amount about how to enhance the clinical value of urinalysis. It’s a subject that, as medical director of the core laboratory and laboratory informatics at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., he’s been focused on for the past three years. But he didn’t exactly set out to become an expert in that particular area. He was mainly trying to figure out why his laboratory was experiencing repeated urinalysis quality assurance failures.

For heart failure markers, what looks hopeful?

November 2015—Cardiologist James Januzzi Jr., MD, sounds like he could be running for political office. Are you going to settle for something different? Or is it time to demand something better?

At the AACC Show 2015

September 2015—This year’s meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry saw soaring temperatures in the host city of Atlanta and a lofty number of attendees. Nearly 18,000 laboratory professionals took part in the five-day extravaganza, which featured hundreds of educational sessions and poster presentations, along with 720 exhibitors that filled the expo floor. A selection of company news released at the meeting is included in this special section.

Multisystem integration for LIMS, 9/15

MedCompGx, a division of MedComp Sciences, announced the installation and implementation of UniConnect’s Precision MDx laboratory information management system for its new genetic testing lab. The system provides automation of all processes while integrating with multiple systems under one umbrella.

Intuitive ecosystem for lab support, 9/15

Sysmex announced its Beyond a Better Box product and services model to deliver a comprehensive and intuitive ecosystem that aims to add value to laboratory hematology operations through next-generation diagnostics, advanced tools and technologies, process optimization, and harmonized support known as BeyondCare.

Flow cytometry control, 9/15

New products featured by Streck this year included CD-Chex CD103 Plus, a flow cytometry control. It includes CD103, CD30, CD38, CD56, CD138, and cytoplasmic lambda in a single control and provides reference values for CD38. The control includes rare leukemia and lymphoma CD markers that are absent in normal whole blood.