In July 2023, we changed our name from AACC (short for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry) to the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (ADLM). The following page was written prior to this rebranding and contains mentions of the association’s old name.

Here is a sampling of 2021 media coverage of AACC, its journals Clinical Chemistry and The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine, and its former patient health site, www.labtestsonline.org. (Lab Tests Online is no longer an AACC program.)

COVID-19 plays central role in LabPulse's top 10 stories for 2021
DEC.30.2021 // LabPulse
Dr. Timothy Amukele, PhD, spoke on some of the use cases for drones at a session of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's (AACC) September 2021 meeting in Atlanta.

Theranos Promised a Blood Testing Revolution -- Here's What's Really Possible
DEC.15.2021 // The Verge
“That was a fantastical claim,” says Grenache, former president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. “I think myself and all of my colleagues just looked at each other and said, ‘No way. That’s not possible. The technology doesn’t exist.’”

Advancing diabetes care with updated testing guidelines
NOV.23.2021 // Medical Laboratory Observer
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) are updating their evidence-based clinical guidelines for diagnosing and monitoring diabetes.

Machine learning in healthcare: How the principles of consumer-focused AI could save lives
NOV.4.2021 // SelectScience
In 2021, she was awarded the AAAI Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity, the AACC Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award, and the UNESCO/Netexplo Award.

Selling Certainty: In a sea of skeptics, this physician was one of fibromyalgia patients’ few true allies. Or was he?
OCT.20.2021 // STAT
The concentrations of most cytokines, the team reported, were lower in the fibro patients’ samples than in those from their fibro-less counterparts. The research won an award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in July 2012, and was published as a peer-reviewed paper that December.

Study Validates AACC Recommendation Against Using Ct Values for SARS-CoV-2 PCR Tests
OCT.11.2021 // GenomeWeb
A new study published on Monday in the American Association of Clinical Chemistry's journal Clinical Chemistry reinforced AACC's recommendations against using cycle threshold values to determine the performance of SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests.

14 top research and technology stories showcased at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo 2021
OCT.8.2021 // SelectScience
We’ve rounded up the latest clinical news and technological advancements which made waves at this year’s conference.

Developing vaccines for pandemics: Why equity and education are key
OCT.6.2021 // SelectScience
Dr. Liu was a keynote speaker at this year's AACC Annual Meeting with a talk titled: COVID-19: Vaccines and the tango of viral evolution and host immune responses.

AACC Buzz: Noninvasive Blood or Saliva Tests for Cancer and COVID-19 Are Promising
OCT.1.2021 // BioSpace
Noninvasive tests for colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and COVID-19 were among the highlights of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) meeting September 26-30.

New Rapid Test That Identifies Deteriorating COVID-19 Patients with Greater Accuracy than Existing Tests Presented at AACC 2021
SEP.30.2021 // HospiMedica
A groundbreaking study on a new rapid test that identifies COVID-19 patients who will deteriorate with greater accuracy than existing tests was presented at the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

Study Reveals Varying Antibody Responses and Adverse Reactions Among Recipients of Different COVID-19 Vaccines
SEP.30.2021 // HospiMedica
A new study revealing how antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus can vary among recipients of different COVID-19 vaccines was presented at the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

New Blood Test for Occupational Stress Identifies Healthcare Professionals Burned out from COVID-19 Pandemic
SEP.30.2021 // HospiMedica
A new test that could identify healthcare professionals who are experiencing high levels of work-related stress and anxiety was presented at the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

New Tests for Colon, Prostate Cancer Show Promise
SEP.29.2021 // Health Day
"These reports are very interesting early observations, and it will be exciting to see how they perform in follow-up studies," AACC President Dr. Stephen Master said in a statement. "Of course, it's important to note that both of these studies are preliminary, and both tests will need to be validated in larger studies before we can really know if they can be used in clinical practice or not."

Biomarker predicts occupational stress in healthcare workers
SEP.29.2021 // LabPulse
A new blood test that measures a biomarker for stress could improve access to mental health support for healthcare professionals, according to research presented at the 2021 American Association for Clinical Chemistry meeting.

Could scientists have better communicated about COVID-19?
SEP.29.2021 // LabPulse
Scientists deserve an "A" grade addressing the COVID-19 pandemic but an "F" on communicating the message, said Holden Thorp, PhD, editor in chief of the Science family of journals. Thorp spoke at the September 29 plenary session of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's (AACC) annual meeting.

Noninvasive tests for colon and prostate cancer described
SEP.29.2021 // Medical Laboratory Observer
Presented today at the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, these tests could facilitate screening efforts for colorectal cancer and allow clinicians to better distinguish early-stage prostate cancer from more benign prostate conditions.

MeMed Displays Disruptive Technology Award Finalist COVID-19 Severity Test at AACC 2021
SEP.29.2021 // HospiMedica
MeMed (Haifa, Israel) displayed the MeMed COVID-19 Severity Test, the Disruptive Technology Award finalist, at the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, the largest global scientific conference & tradeshow in the field of laboratory medicine.

MeMed unveils COVID test for predicting patient outcomes
SEP.29.2021 // LabPulse
MeMed has developed a rapid test that can predict with greater accuracy than other tests if a COVID-19 patient's condition will deteriorate, according to a September 29 poster presentation at the 2021 American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) annual meeting.

Thermo Fisher touts product launches at AACC 2021
SEP.29.2021 // LabPulse
Thermo Fisher Scientific is highlighting a variety of new products the company is launching at this week's American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) meeting, including new test kits for COVID-19 and for lupus.

Beckman Coulter launches urinalysis analyzer
SEP.29.2021 // Medical Laboratory Observer
Beckman Coulter launched a urinalysis analyzer at the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

Men's role in conception and baby's health is greater than previously believed
SEP.28.2021 // Parentology
However, an emerging body of science known as the Paternal Origins of Health and Disease shows that, in biological terms, fathers shape their children’s development more than previously thought.

Test measures antibodies from HPV vaccine
SEP.28.2021 // Medical Laboratory Observer
Scientists presented information at the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Expo on a new test to measure antibodies in girls who have received a vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV), according to a news release.

Machine learning tools presented at AACC meeting
SEP.28.2021 // Medical Laboratory Observer
Results from an evaluation of this algorithm, along with an artificial intelligence method that improves test utilization and reimbursement, were presented today at the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

SARS-CoV-2 leads pandemic dance, says AACC speaker
SEP.28.2021 // LabPulse
Stop dancing around with SARS-CoV-2 and take charge of the ongoing tango between viral mutations and human immune response, urged Dr. Margaret Liu at the September 27 plenary session at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) 2021 meeting.

Saliva test based on microRNA detects prostate cancer
SEP.28.2021 // LabPulse
Researchers have developed a noninvasive test based on analysis of microRNA in saliva to detect prostate cancer, according to a September 28 poster presentation at the 2021 American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) annual meeting.

Beckman Coulter launches DxU Iris urinalysis system at AACC
SEP.28.2021 // LabPulse
Beckman Coulter aims to improve laboratory workflow for processing urinalysis samples with a new automated diagnostic system, DxU Iris, introduced at this week's American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) 2021 meeting.

What can Amazon teach healthcare about AI?
SEP.27.2021 // LabPulse
There's a lot that healthcare can learn from online retail giant Amazon about how to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into clinical care, Regina Barzilay, PhD, said during a September 26 plenary talk at the 2021 annual American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) meeting.

Day Zero Diagnostics wins 2021 AACC disruptive tech award
SEP.27.2021 // LabPulse
A suite of technologies that diagnose bloodstream infections and sepsis from Day Zero Diagnostics edged out products from two other companies -- one co-founded by Nobel laureate Jennifer Doudna, PhD -- to win the Disruptive Technology Award on September 27 at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) annual meeting.

Seegene launches automated PCR testing unit at AACC 2021
SEP.27.2021 // LabPulse
Molecular diagnostics developer Seegene is launching a new, automated, real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system called STARlet-AIOS: All-in-One at this week's American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) meeting in Atlanta.

AACC meeting opens
SEP.27.2021 // Medical Laboratory Observer
The 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo opened Sunday and runs through September 30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

‘Selling a promise’: what Silicon Valley learned from the fall of Theranos
AUG.30.2021 // The Guardian
“Theranos has raised awareness that people should take a stronger look at fantastical claims when they are made,” said David Grenache, former president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and current chief scientific officer at TriCore Reference Laboratories. “It helped raise some level of caution – it reminded people to look before you jump feet-first into believing in a technology that doesn’t really exist.”

AACC Urges Federal Agencies to Harness AI and Big Data to Advance Patient Care
AUG.26.2021 // MD Tech Review
AACC released a position statement urging federal agencies to implement policies that will enable the healthcare community to fully harness the power of AI and data analytics to transform patient care.

Are women healthier than men?
AUG.13.2021 // MDLinx
In a study published in Clinical Chemistry, researchers mined national-level surveys and databases to identify sex differences in mortality, disease prevalence, physical functioning, and physiologic status.

AACC to require proof of COVID tests at annual meeting
AUG.12.2021 // LabPulse
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) will require attendees at its annual meeting in Atlanta September 26-30 to show proof of either vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 antigen test.

CDC Withdrawing Its Request for Emergency Use Authorization for Its COVID-19 PCR Diagnostic Test Does Not Mean the Test Failed
AUG.5.2021 // The Ritz Herald
Dr. Stephen R. Master, AACC President, Chief, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has this to say: "The FDA has not revoked the CDC’s EUA. Rather, the CDC has decided to voluntarily withdraw it for a couple of reasons."

Delay between Covid-19 vaccine doses improves antibody response
AUG.4.2021 // Healthcare in Europe
A novel study published in AACC’s The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine shows that delaying the second Covid-19 vaccine dose for more than the recommended 3-4 weeks results in higher antibody levels.

AACC calls for policies on AI in medical, healthcare fields
JUL.30.2021 // LabPulse
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) released a position statement urging federal agencies to implement policies for the healthcare community to use artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics to transform patient care.

AACC study details streamlined COVID testing protocol
JUL.23.2021 // LabPulse
The protocol can increase the testing capacity of clinical labs without sacrificing accuracy, according to a study published July 21 in the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) journal Clinical Chemistry.

Minimizing laboratory errors with automation
JUL.21.2021 // Medical Laboratory Observer
In August 2020, an AACC survey found that 58% of laboratories noted staffing as an issue, up from 35% in May,37 and the gap between laboratories finding available, qualified medical laboratory technicians and the demand for that skillset continues to expand.

AACC Publishes New COVID-19 Guidelines for Clinical Laboratories
JUL.21.2021 // LabMedica
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC; Washington, DC, USA) has released new guidance that offers answers on SARS-CoV-2 antibodies for clinical laboratorians amidst constant questions and emerging data about serologic testing.

Medical Tests You Should Be Taking
JUL.20.2021 // HealthDigest
According to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), approximately 13 billion laboratory medical tests are performed each year in the United States.

AACC advises against Ct values for COVID patient care
JUL.9.2021 // LabPulse
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) recently issued a public statement advising against using coronavirus test cycle threshold (Ct) values to guide COVID-19 patient care, citing a lack of conclusive data.

AACC advises against using coronavirus test CT values to guide COVID-19 patient care
JUL.8.2021 // Healthcare Purchasing News
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has issued a public statement advising against the use of cycle threshold (Ct) values from SARS-CoV-2 tests to guide care for patients with COVID-19.

AACC Discourages Use of Cycle Threshold Values for SARS-CoV-2 Test Results
JUL.7.2021 // 360Dx
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry released guidance recently advising against the use of cycle threshold values when managing COVID-19 patients with PCR tests.

Testing for platelet function using platelet-rich plasma
JUL.2021 // CAP Today
Geoffrey Wool, MD, PhD, in an AACC virtual session last year, presented some of his laboratory’s cases to illustrate the use of light transmission aggregometry and a modification called lumi-aggregation.

Trying to Predict the Risk for Preterm Birth? Skip Testing, AACC Suggests
JUN.16.2021 // 360Dx

AACC elects new board president, members
JUN.16.2021 // LabPulse
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has elected Shannon Haymond, PhD, as president-elect of its board of directors. The association also elected new board members and nominating committee members.

AACC advises against lab testing for premature birth
JUN.3.2021 // LabPulse
Clinical lab tests that try to predict preterm birth shouldn't be used routinely due to a lack of evidence that the tests improve the outcomes of pregnant women or babies, according to a new statement by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).

New AACC Guidance Advises Against Using Tests to Predict Premature Birth
JUN.2.2021 // 360Dx
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry issued new guidance on Wednesday advising against the routine use of tests that claim they can predict premature births.

Spurred on by COVID-19 Pandemic, Laboratories Accelerate Automation Efforts
JUN.2.2021 // 360Dx
Among the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has effected is an acceleration among laboratories to automate workflows.

Drinking THC: What To Know Before You Try
MAY.25.2021 // The Fresh Toast
According to a 2015 study published by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), any amount of alcohol can raise levels of THC in the blood.

AACC Releases New Guidelines for Diagnosing, Managing Acute Kidney Injury
MAY.12.2021 // 360Dx
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry on Tuesday released new guidelines for labs and healthcare professionals on managing acute kidney injury.

AACC Issues Updated Recommendations on Uses and Limitations of COVID-19 Antibody Tests
MAR.26.2021 // HospiMedica
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC; Washington, D.C., USA) has issued up-to-date recommendations on coronavirus antibody tests for healthcare professionals, with the aim of ensuring that these tests continue to be used effectively to manage COVID-19 patients and the pandemic overall.

AACC Panel Provides Guidelines on Validation, Use of SARS-CoV-2 Serology Tests
MAR.25.2021 // 360Dx
A panel of experts from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry has released a set of practical recommendations for clinical labs developing and offering SARS-CoV-2 serology tests.

AACC moves annual meeting from Anaheim to Atlanta
MAR.18.2021 // LabPulse
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) is moving the location of its annual meeting from Anaheim, CA, to Atlanta and is shifting the date back one week in September.

Landmark Study by Boston Cell Standards Validates First Reference Standards for Immunohistochemistry Testing
MAR.4.2021 // GlobeNewswire
Boston Cell Standards announced the publication this month of a Canadian national study testing the first reference standard for estrogen receptor (ER) immunohistochemistry (IHC) testing. The results appeared in February in the journal Clinical Chemistry.

Global Breath Analyzers Market
FEB.28.2021 // FLA News
Based on findings from numerous industry sources including but not limited to Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), ASEAN Federation of Medical Device Industry, American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), American Society for Quality (ASQ), European Confederation of Medical Devices Associations (EUCOMED), Australian Medical Association, Japan Federation of Medical Devices Associations (JFMDA), the Zeal Insider has published a detailed report on the Breath Analyzers market.

Reference Labs Take Diverse Approaches to Mitigating COVID-19 Sample Shipping Delays
FEB.26.2021 // 360Dx
David Grenache, president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and chief science officer at TriCore Reference Laboratories, said in an interview that shipping stability requirements are essential for reliable testing.

In Brief This Week: Quidel, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Hologic, Guardant Health, and More
FEB.4.2021 // 360Dx
The American Association of Clinical Chemistry announced this week that it has sold its Lab Tests Online resource on laboratory testing to digital health company OneCare Media.

One year later, lab specialists reflect on life in the shadow of COVID-19
FEB.3.2021 // Lab Pulse
When did the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic become apparent for lab medicine professionals? For Dr. David Grenache, PhD, president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), it started to really sink in at the end of February, seeing how the outbreak was playing out in Italy and with cases already being reported in the U.S.

Is Cannabis Good for Pain Relief?
FEB.3.2021 // Ganjapreneur
A 2018 editorial published in the Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine (JALM) states, “systematic reviews in acute pain are unequivocal in pointing out the lack of effectiveness of cannabinoids,” and “the reviews in chronic pain, mostly neuropathic, have arrived at similar conclusions, that cannabinoids and medical cannabis provide small analgesic benefit.”

In-Office Blood Test Results in Six Minutes
JAN.7.2021 // The Jewish Voice
To learn more about PixCell Medical’s technology, read Bransky’s paper in The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine.

Point of care diagnosis in critical care transport missions
JAN.5.2021 // Air Med & Rescue
But research on the use of POC lab data extends back even further – to as early as 2003, in an article in Clinical Chemistry.

Studies Demonstrate Use of Gentian Calprotectin Test to Triage COVID-19 Patients
JAN.4.2021 // 360Dx
The researchers concluded that as calprotectin is released very rapidly in response to infections, it could serve as an early marker in COVID-19 infections, as well as a predictor of endothelial cell damage and organ failure.

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