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Skin cancer awareness month puts spotlight on benefit of molecular diagnostics (The Hill)

Skin cancer awareness month puts spotlight on benefit of molecular diagnostics (The Hill) | Lab Testing News & Innovations | Scoop.it

Are we on the verge of outsmarting cancer? I would say innovative diagnostic technologies are hot on its trail. 

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Eliminating Perinatal Transmission of Hepatitis B: More Than Just a Test (AIDS.gov)

Eliminating Perinatal Transmission of Hepatitis B: More Than Just a Test (AIDS.gov) | Lab Testing News & Innovations | Scoop.it

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and to highlight opportunities to address this ‘silent epidemic.

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Under the Affordable Care Act, the hepatitis B test for pregnant women is among the Preventive Services that new health insurance plans are required to cover without the consumer having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet her deductible. Making hepatitis screening more widely accessible and eliminating cost barriers will help bring us closer to the goal of eliminating perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.

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Type 1 diabetes network expands reach with online sign-up, nationwide testing (National Institutes of Health)

Type 1 diabetes network expands reach with online sign-up, nationwide testing (National Institutes of Health) | Lab Testing News & Innovations | Scoop.it

People with a family history of type 1 diabetes can now conveniently participate in free screening to help find ways to delay or prevent the disease, even if they live far from a study site.

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Pretesting Cervical Tumors Could Inform Treatment (Washington University)

Pretesting Cervical Tumors Could Inform Treatment (Washington University) | Lab Testing News & Innovations | Scoop.it

Doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that testing cervical tumors before treatment for vulnerability to chemotherapy predicts whether patients will do well or poorly with standard treatment. The study supports the future possibility of personalized medicine for cervical cancer, a tumor normally addressed with a one-size-fits-all approach.

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Medicare Nixes Coverage For New Cancer Tests (Forbes)

Medicare Nixes Coverage For New Cancer Tests (Forbes) | Lab Testing News & Innovations | Scoop.it

Medicare has sharply changed the way it pays for diagnostic tests, cutting payment rates and curtailing coverage for some new tests altogether.

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Cutting Medicare reimbursement and dropping coverage of some tests has a profound impact on investment, innovation and development. Ultimately, it makes it harder for patients to access life-saving diagnostic tests. 

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The Power Of Knowing: A Daughter Who Chose BRCA Gene Testing, Against Her Mother's Will (WBUR)

The Power Of Knowing: A Daughter Who Chose BRCA Gene Testing, Against Her Mother's Will (WBUR) | Lab Testing News & Innovations | Scoop.it

"All I knew was that to me, this was a matter of life and death, and I wanted to acquire whatever information I needed to protect myself, and my future. I wanted to save my life."

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The media flurry around Angelina Jolie's decision to get tested for the BRCA cancer gene has raised questions about whether this kind of testing is "right" or "wrong." For some people, it's too much to know. For others, knowledge is power. Here is one woman's thoughts on why every patient should have the option to know. 

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