Lab Certification Agencies Reach Agreement to Unite

The American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry and The National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel have reached an agreement on the formation of a unified credentialing agency.

Signature Genomic Laboratories Waives Deposit for Insurance Billing

Signature Genomic Laboratories, a company that specializes in microarray-based diagnostic testing of genetic disease in individuals with mental retardation and birth defects, announced it has waived the 25% deposit previously required of patients for insurance billing.

DiagnoCure Launches Colorectal Cancer Staging Test

DiagnoCure Oncology Laboratories has announced that it has received the US CLIA certification required for the Company to launch its new laboratory developed Previstage GCC Colorectal Cancer Staging Test. The sales team can now actively promote the test, and the Companys U.S. clinical laboratory can perform it and report patient results worldwide.

Gene Causing Childhood Cancer Neuroblastoma Is Found

Scientists have discovered gene mutations that are the main cause of the inherited version of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma. In addition, the researchers found that the same mutations play a significant role in high-risk forms of non-inherited neuroblastoma, the more common form of the disease.

Study Identifies Genetic Mutation That May Cause Malignant Hyperthermia

A study published in the September issue of Anesthesiology has identified a genetic mutation that could cause malignant hyperthermia. The goal of this research is to develop methods to identify patients with this disease so that these disastrous, rare consequences of certain anesthetics can be avoided.

New At-Home Colon Cancer Screening Test Available

Healthcare Providers Direct, Inc has introduced Colon Health Check, a self-administered diagnostic test that allows for quick, private and highly accurate screening for colon cancer at home. Colon Health Check detects the presence of blood in stool, and provides a negative or positive result to the test user within five minutes.

Vitamin D’s wild days: Who to test, what to take?

Blood tests to check levels of the so-called sunshine vitamin are on the rise as doctors and patients react to headline-grabbing research that suggests having too little may not only hurt your bonesit might increase your risk of certain cancers or heart disease.