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Included below are news items from the last six months.

FDA Allows Company to Sell Genetic Risk Tests Directly to Consumers

June 21, 2017

ipad showing genesWhile consumers can now purchase genetic risk tests for certain diseases without a doctor’s order, they are advised to consult a healthcare professional who can help them understand the implications of their results. Photo source: Darryl Leja, NHGRI

Some Children, Mothers Need Retesting for Lead Poisoning Due to Inaccurate Blood Tests

June 1, 2017

Doctor talking to childThe FDA and CDC warn that results from some blood tests performed on equipment from Magellan Diagnostics LeadCare Testing Systems failed to detect elevated lead levels and recommend that some children and pregnant and nursing mothers be retested for lead poisoning. Photo source: NCI

Federal Task Force: Some Men May Consider Prostate Cancer Screening

May 17, 2017

patient and doctor talkingNew draft guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend that men between the ages of 55 and 69 make the decision about whether or not to be screened for prostate cancer in consultation with their healthcare practitioner. Photo source: NCI

New Testing System is First to Quickly Identify the Antibiotics to Treat Bloodstream Infections

May 4, 2017

NOVAMOXIN antibioticA new testing system recently approved by the FDA can help patients with serious bloodstream infections get appropriate treatment faster by rapidly identifying the microbe causing the infection and determining which antibiotics are likely to successfully treat it. Photo source: Bmramon at English Wikipedia

OB Group Expands Recommendations for Genetic Carrier Screening

April 26, 2017

pregnant womanNew guidelines from ACOG recommend that carrier screening for genetic disorders be discussed with all pregnant women as well as those considering pregnancy. Photo source: CDC


FDA Clears Procalcitonin Test for New Use to Help Guide Antibiotic Treatment

April 5, 2017

MRSA imageA test that measures the level of procalcitonin in the blood has been cleared for expanded use by the FDA. When used in conjunction with other clinical information, the test may help healthcare practitioners avoid unnecessary antibiotic treatment without risking patients' safety. Photo source: NIAID

Blood Tests Recommended Over Skin Tests to Check for TB in Most Cases

March 22, 2017

blood sample drawn from vein in armRecently updated guidelines recommend a newer blood test, called an interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA), to detect tuberculosis (TB) infection rather than the traditional TB skin test (TST) in most situations.


Study Suggests “Superbugs” May be More Diverse and Harder to Detect than Previously Thought

March 6, 2017

CRECRE superbugs that are resistant to almost all antibiotics appear to be more diverse and harder to identify than health experts had realized, say researchers, and testing for CRE should be expanded beyond current practice. Photo source: NIAID


FDA Clears First Highly Sensitive Troponin Blood Test to Help Diagnose Heart Attacks

March 1, 2017

Image of the HeartA new, 'next-generation' test that measures a patient's blood level of cardiac troponin and speeds up the time it takes to diagnose heart attacks was recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Routine Screening for Genetic Risk of Early Heart Disease Studied

February 9, 2017


A recent study suggests that screening for an inherited genetic defect known as familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) during routine immunization visits in early childhood could identify both children and parents at risk of premature heart disease. Photo source: NIAAA

Task Force Issues New Guidelines for Taking Cholesterol-Lowering Statins

January 23, 2017

artery with plaqueThe U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends that all adults ages 40 to 75 with no history of heart disease but with at least one risk factor for a heart attack or stroke take a statin drug every day. Photo source: NHLBI

Could Some Women Wait Longer Between Cervical Cancer Screenings?

January 4, 2017

Doctor talks to female patientA recent report supports the idea that women over age 40 who screen negative for HPV may not need to be tested for cervical cancer as often as current guidelines recommend. 
Photo source: National Cancer Institute

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