Here is a sampling of 2019 media coverage of the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly 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 Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine program.)
Kits turn consumers into DNA detectives
NOV.23.2019 // The Villages Daily Sun
There are privacy concerns for users who haven’t committed a crime, said Carmen Wiley, president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.
Why clinical laboratory testing is key to fighting antibiotic resistance
NOV.18.2019 // Global Cause
AACC President Dr. Carmen L. Wiley explores how clinical laboratory experts are using innovative new tests to provide doctors with the insights they need to curb unnecessary antibiotic use.
Neither vitamin D nor omega-3 supplements can prevent inflammation
NOV.16.2019 // Medical News Today
Recent studies show that taking supplements to increase vitamin D and omega-3 levels may not reduce systemic inflammation. [...] The results now appear in the journal Clinical Chemistry.
Lab tests show vitamin D, omega-3 fish oil miss health markers
NOV.12.2019 // Lab Pulse
Supplementation with vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids failed to improve standard lab markers for inflammation and kidney function in two ancillary studies of the landmark Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VITAL) [...] Results were reported on November 7 in the journal Clinical Chemistry.
Inside every human is a story written in genetic code
NOV.10.2019 // Vancouver Weekly
“People need to have a great deal of caution when an asymptomatic person comes walking in with an unsolicited genetic result,” said Dr. Jill Hagenkord, a molecular pathologist speaking at this year’s American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) conference.
Vitamin D may not help you fight inflammation
NOV.9.2019 // The Health Site
Researchers have found that Vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids — also known as fish oil — are not effective at reducing systemic inflammation. The study, published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, is an analysis of the Vitamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL) by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Marijuana drug test in works; could be relief for employers
OCT.23.2019 // Business Insurance
A big problem is employers have no way to measure current impairment from marijuana use, said Spokane, Washington-based Dr. Carmen Wiley, president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.
Breathalyzer to Detect Marijuana Use Ramping Up Production
OCT.14.2019 // 24/7 Wall St.
In a peer-reviewed article published in Clinical Chemistry in July, Dr. Kara Lynch, an associate professor of laboratory medicine at UCSF and co-director of San Francisco General Hospital’s clinical chemistry and toxicology laboratory, reported that THC “was detected in exhaled breath for all individuals at baseline through 3 h[ours] after cannabis use."
Simple blood test to detect diabetic complications early, accurately – study
OCT.2.2019 // The Guardian Nigeria News
The study published in the journal, Clinical Chemistry, described the revolutionary new technology that used just a few drops of blood for testing.
Blood-Based Epigenetic Screen Tests for Diabetes Complications
OCT.1.2019 // The Scientist
In a pilot study of 62 participants, the scientists could accurately distinguish between those with and without complications based on those patterns, they report today (October 1) in Clinical Chemistry.
Toxic, Hallucinogenic 'Zombie' Plant Growing On Upper West Side
SEP.9.2019 // Gothamist
The plant is pretty common, and has been right there wreaking havoc in the background throughout history — according to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, it pops up in Homer's Odyssey, as well as some of Shakespeare's plays, and it reportedly got some early Virginia settlers pretty high in the 1600s, for at least 11 days straight.
On your mark. Get set. Blow: The race to build a breathalyzer for weed
SEP.3.2019 // Digital Trends
The device was subject to a recent self-funded small scale trial carried out by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and published in the journal Clinical Chemistry.
Inflammatix Preps Immune-Response Sepsis Dx for FDA Clinical Trial, Lays Out Future Test Plans
AUG.16.2019 // GenomeWeb
Inflammatix won a disruptive technology award at the AACC meeting last week.
Making a connection: Dr. Carmen Wiley's journey from AACC member to 2019 president
AUG.15.2019 // SelectScience
Dr. Carmen Wiley, AACC President, highlights the importance of AACC's face-to-face annual meetings in fostering both communication and collaboration within the global community of clinical chemists and healthcare professionals.
Blood Markers May ID People Most Likely to Gain Cognitively with Aerobic Exercise, Study Reports
AUG.14.2019 // Alzheimer's News Today
These results were shared in the poster “Plasma Metabolites to Predict Response to Exercise in Alzheimer's Disease” presented during the recent 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Anaheim, California.
Pure CBD Won't Make You Fail a Drug Test, But…
AUG.14.2019 // Health24
As the CBD craze sweeps the United States – and the world – some users may wonder whether the cannabis extract can make them fail a drug test. A preliminary study suggests the answer is "no" – at least if the CBD is pure.
AACC president Dr. Carmen Wiley
AUG.12.2019 // SonaCast
AACC president Dr. Carmen Wiley discusses innovation in the laboratory, the potential of point of care testing and the past, present and future of the AACC.
Pure CBD Won't Make You Fail a Drug Test, But…
AUG.9.2019 // U.S. News
Researchers found that CBD, or cannabidiol, did not react with either of two commercially available tests used to screen for marijuana use. However, another cannabis compound -- cannabinol (CBN) -- did. Lead researcher Grace Kroner reported the findings Monday at the annual meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in Anaheim, Calif.
Ketogenic diet improves HbA1c and blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes
AUG.9.2019 // Diabetes.co.uk
Following a ketogenic diet lowers blood glucose and HbA1c levels in people with type 2 diabetes, new research shows. The data was presented at the annual American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) meeting in California this week.
Study: A Ketogenic Diet Has Positive Impact on Patients with Type 2 Diabetes
AUG.8.2019 // dLife
A new study from India finds that a ketogenic diet improves symptoms in Type 2 diabetes patients. The research was presented this week at the annual American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) meeting in Anaheim, Calif.
Mail-Order DNA Tests Can Be Fun, But They Aren’t Medical Advice
AUG.7.2019 // Bloomberg
Geneticist Theodora Ross spoke as part of a panel discussion at this week’s annual meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, facing off with Jill Hagenkord, an adviser to Color Genomics and former chief medical officer of 23andMe.
AACC: New diagnostics help labs avoid the commodity trap
AUG.7.2019 // LabPulse
With laboratory medicine at risk of becoming a commodity, professionals will need to get better at showing the system-wide value of tests and communicating with colleagues in other specialties, experts advised at a session on August 6 at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) conference.
Patients Taking Cannabinol for Sleep Could Fail Drug Tests for Marijuana
AUG.6.2019 // Sleep Review
A new study shows that a person taking the medicinal cannabis derivative cannabidiol won’t fail a drug test for marijuana—but a person taking the emerging sleep aid cannabinol will. These findings were presented this week at the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, and could prevent people from being unfairly penalized for using CBN.
Digital health and the connected consumer
AUG.6.2019 // SonaCast
This week, Team Sona is at AACC 2019 in Anaheim, California. In this episode we speak to David Grenache, the chief scientific officer of Tricore Reference Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Keto Diet May Help Control Type 2 Diabetes
AUG.5.2019 // U.S. News
The keto diet has plenty of weight-loss devotees who swear by the high fat, low-carb plan. Now, new research from India suggests it may benefit people with type 2 diabetes.
Ketogenic diet causes ‘remarkable’ effect in patients with diabetes
AUG.5.2019 // Healio
The ketogenic diet lowered blood glucose and HbA1c levels in patients with diabetes, according to study findings presented at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.
AACC: Labs should be aware of false positives on THC drug screens
AUG.5.2019 // 17OK News
Cannabinol (CBN), which is marketed as an over-the-counter sleep aid, gave a positive result on one of two THC immunoassays tested in a study of urine samples taken at Arup Laboratories.
AACC: Labs should be aware of false positives on THC drug screens
AUG.5.2019 // Centre Daily Times
The study presented at the AACC meeting was undertaken in recognition that some patients treated for pain management and taking CBD tested positive on THC tests.
Do Homemade DIY Pregnancy Tests Actually Work?
JUL.10.2019 // Shape
"It's not clear to me how they work," said Carmen Wiley, Ph.D., a clinical chemist and president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in Washington, DC, when speaking with Parents. The reactions probably have to do with the urine's pH rather than the presence of hCG, she added.
[PODCAST] Prof. Jason Park: 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo
JUL.9.2019 // infobioquimica.org
Professor Jason Park, MD, PhD, chair of the 2019 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting Organizing Committee, discusses the highlights of this year's Annual Scientific Meeting.
At-Home Tests for Influenza, Strep, Others Raising Eyebrows of Some Experts
JUN.17.2019 // GenomeWeb
Carmen Wiley, president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), said her organization is actually in favor of more direct-to-consumer testing, particularly at-home self-collection with samples sent to a lab. But these tests must have demonstrated analytical and clinical validity and clinical utility, and CMS certification of the lab through CAP accreditation is critical.
Older Adults: Here's What Causes Hunchback - and How to Prevent It
MAY.23.2019 // U.S. News & World Report
While a basic metabolic panel, which is a standard part of annual physicals, includes calcium testing, it does not include vitamin D screening, according to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.
A man's role in miscarriage rates
MAY.20.2019 // FOX 7 Austin
New research published this year in the journal Clinical Chemistry shows damaged male DNA is a factor in recurrent miscarriages.
CVRx data show its device can benefit heart-failure patients
MAY.13.2019 // Star Tribune
NT-proBNP is a natural enzyme component that becomes more common in the blood when the heart's left ventricle is stretched, indicating the heart may be working hard and having trouble meeting the body's demands, according to Lab Tests Online.
Driving While Stoned May Be an Insurmountable Legal Problem
APR.26.2019 // Inside Science
“No legal driving limit for cannabis can catch impaired recreational users without unfairly penalizing unimpaired regular or medicinal users,” the researchers wrote in an article published last month in the journal Clinical Chemistry.
Pregnancy test false negatives are possible
APR.25.2019 // Futurity
Recently, she and colleagues published a paper in the journal Clinical Chemistry, in which they evaluate how likely several pregnancy devices were to give false negative results.
FDA Issues Warning Letter to Lab Marketing Three Laboratory-Developed Tests
APR.22.2019 // The National Law Review
As described by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in a 2017 Position Statement, LDTs are for in-house use and are not commercially distributed to other laboratories.
Sharing Meals, Group Events, Schedule Flexibility Keep Staff Together And Organizations Thriving – Medium Nonprofits
APR.12.2019 // The Nonprofit Times
A new strategic plan in 2013 started transforming the atmosphere at American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) in Washington, D.C.
THC level not a reliable indicator for driving impairment
APR.4.2019 // Boulder Weekly
These new findings, published in March in an American Association of Clinical Chemistry journal, add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that no legal driving limit for cannabis can catch impaired recreational users without unfairly penalizing unimpaired regular or medicinal users.
Theranos’s Empty Promise to Cure a Fake Problem
MAR.26.2019 // Bloomberg
As I pointed out in a column about attending her 2016 talk at a meeting of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, she leaves out key information and encourages listeners to fill in the gaps with what they want to hear.
Homemade Pregnancy Tests Don't Work, According to Experts
FEB.7.2019 // Parents.com
"When you have a pregnancy test that has been validated and tested for accuracy, I know exactly what's being measured," says Carmen Wiley, Ph.D., a clinical chemist and president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in Washington, DC. "With these [homemade] pregnancy tests, it's not clear to me how they work."
Should You Use Online Symptom Checkers and DIY Lab Tests?
FEB.1.2019 // Next Avenue
AACC president Dennis Dietzen strongly advises consumers to do their homework before using any at-home test, especially if it is a unique test that is not typically available anywhere else.
How long can you detect marijuana in the body?
JAN.28.2019 // Medical News Today
A 2012 study in the journal Clinical Chemistry examines marijuana users smoking a single cigarette with 6.8 percent THC.
The Insulin Wars
JAN.18.2019 // The New York Times
The pricing is all the more infuriating when one considers that the discoverers of insulin sold the patent for $1 each to ensure that the medication would be affordable.
Unhealthy sperm can play a role in lost pregnancies
JAN.10.2019 // Popular Science
The findings, published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, signal the importance of assessing both women and men after pregnancy loss.
Repeated Miscarriages Could Be Due To The Sperm Quality Of The Partner
JAN.10.2019 // The Talking Democrat
According to a study published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, oxidative stress can damage sperm by making them more reactive to oxygen.
Screening Men May Help Prevent Miscarriages For Some Couples
JAN.9.2019 // Moms
The study, published in the Men's Health Issue of AACC's Clinical Chemistry journal, looked at the male partner's reproductive health in couples who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss.
Recurrent Miscarriages May Be Caused By A Hugely Overlooked Factor, Says New Study
JAN.8.2019 // IFL Science!
The study, recently published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, argues that a male’s sperm quality might play a role in recurrent miscarriages, challenging the old assumption that the issue fundamentally lies in the female's health.
Repeat miscarriages appear to be linked to problem sperm
JAN.8.2019 // Babyology
The findings have been published in the journal Clinical Chemistry and the team behind this work hope that they’ll inform treatments that reduce the risk of miscarriage.
Preventing Miscarriage: Treating Low Hormone & High Oxidant Levels in Men Could Prevent Miscarriages
JAN.8.2019 // 30 Seconds
This research, published in the Men's Health Issue of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry's (AACC's) Clinical Chemistry journal, could help more couples with recurrent pregnancy loss to conceive by leading to new treatments that improve male partners' reproductive health.
Faulty sperm could cause miscarriage
JAN.8.2019 // New Telegraph
According to a new study published in the journal ‘Clinical Chemistry,’ compared to men whose partners had not experienced miscarriages, the sperm of those involved in the study had higher levels of DNA damage.
Sperm Could Be a Bigger Factor in Miscarriages Than We've Been Led to Believe
JAN.7.2019 // Science Alert
Investigating the sperm quality of 50 males whose partners had experienced three or more consecutive miscarriages, a new study offers even more evidence that poor quality sperm may be an important risk factor for RPL.
2 new studies say that transgender hormone replacement is safer than birth control
JAN.6.2019 // LGBTQ Nation
A pair of studies published in the journal of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), Chemical Chemistry, shows that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is less of a health risk than taking birth control.
Men’s dodgy sperm to blame for women having multiple miscarriages, study finds
JAN.5.2019 // The Sun
Recurrent miscarriage was previously thought to be caused by health issues with the woman. But researchers at Imperial College London now believe sperm “dictates the health of a pregnancy.”
Recurrent miscarriage may be linked to the poor quality of a man’s sperm
JAN.5.2019 // Tech Explorist
The analysis revealed sperm from men with partners who had suffered recurrent miscarriage had twice as much DNA damage compared to the control group.
Damaged sperm is linked to miscarriages
JAN.5.2019 // The Times
The quality of a man’s sperm may be to blame when couples suffer repeated miscarriages, according to research.
Faulty Sperms could be Blamed for Recurrent Miscarriages: Study
JAN.5.2019 // Ask Health News
In a study, scientists from Imperial College studied the quality of sperm of the 50 men whose partners experienced three or more miscarriages in a row. The findings are published in the journal Clinical Chemistry.
Damaged sperm could be to blame for repeated miscarriages
JAN.4.2019 // The Guardian
The researchers, writing in the journal Clinical Chemistry, say this could be down to reactive oxygen species – molecules formed by cells in semen to protect sperm from bacteria and infection.
Repeated miscarriages might actually be caused by men’s weakened sperm, study says
JAN.4.2019 // Miami Herald
The study ... was published in the journal Clinical Chemistry. It found that among men whose wives had at least three miscarriages, there was double the damage to the genetic makeup of their sperm than in the average man’s sperm.
Could men be the reason women miscarry? New study suggests sperm damage triggers pregnancy failure
JAN.4.2019 // The Telegraph
Faulty sperm may be the reason women suffer multiple miscarriages, scientists suspect, after finding men whose partners struggle to carry a child to term have more DNA errors.
#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 4, 2019
JAN.4.2019 // Human Rights Campaign Blog
New study finds that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not increase risk of cardiovascular disease. The study also found that HRT is less likely to cause blood clots than birth control pills.
Top Trade Shows for Inventors in 2019
JAN.4.2019 // Inventors Digest
Check out some of the trade shows we recommend attending in 2019.
Hormone therapy poses less health risks than using birth control pills, studies find
JAN.3.2019 // Gay Star Health
Two studies examining hormone treatment used by trans people were published in the January 2019 Men’s Health Issue of AACC’s journal Clinical Chemistry.
Testing Men for This Condition May Help Couples Prevent Miscarriages
JAN.3.2019 // The Bump
A first-of-its-kind study published in AACC’s Clinical Chemistry journal found male partners of women who faced recurrent miscarriages have lower sperm quality due to low hormone production and high oxidant levels.
Screening Men for This Could Help Prevent Miscarriage
JAN.3.2019 // She Knows
The study, published in the Men’s Health Issue of AACC’s Clinical Chemistry journal, analyzed the “reproductive parameters” of a group of male partners whose significant others had endured recurrent pregnancy loss — three or more consecutive miscarriages — and a group of healthy men.