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Issue

Thursday, February 20, 2020


In The News


Interest in medical and public health practices supported by mobile devices has exploded worldwide, as healthcare practitioners and patients alike increasingly rely on these devices to guide diagnostic and treatment decisions. Whether or not “mHealth” devices adds real value to patient care, however, is up for question. An article in…
Mixed chimerism—the continued mixing of donor and recipient hematopoietic cells in recipient tissue after donor cells have been transplanted—shows promise in reducing the need for high-risk immunosuppressants and in improving patient outcomes. A study in Science Translational Medicine demonstrated that kidney transplant patients were able to fully or partially withdraw…

Inside AACC


Glucose meters used at the point-of-care (POC) may have limited uses as a diagnostic tool for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). A team of researchers found no justification for using POC measurements in diagnosing GDM in high-resource settings. However, this approach might serve a purpose in low- or middle-resource settings without…

Practice Management


Gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancers are difficult to find in early stages. However, an abstract presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 2020 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium reported that a blood-based test predicted with high accuracy tissue of origin (TOO) for GI and other cancers by identifying methylation signatures in cell-free…

World View


The World Health Organization’s (WHO) 1998 recommendations to raise global awareness of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) have fallen short of its goals, specifically in the area of diagnosis. To address gaps and fortify awareness and educational efforts, the global FH community has released new policy recommendations covering a wide range of…