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  • Indianapolis lab sees 300% increase in COVID-19 test requests, driven by pediatricians

    With a new school year underway, Indianapolis-based testing lab Aria Diagnostics is seeing four times as many COVID-19 test requests as before schools reopened, Fox 59 reported. Most of the requests are coming from pediatricians.
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    Nashville, Tenn.-based lab services company PathGroup acquired Birmingham, Ala.-based DermLab, an independent dermatopathology laboratory, the company said Aug. 30. The move is the company's latest in a series of acquisitions in the southeastern U.S.
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    Mayo Clinic researchers have found that monoclonal antibody treatments using casirivimab and imdevimab kept high-risk COVID-19 patients out of the hospital, Mayo Clinic said Aug. 30.
  • San Diego biotech firm opens new animal research lab

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    Spectra Laboratories, a subsidiary of kidney care company Fresenius Medical Care, has opened a 200,000-square-foot renal lab in Southaven, Miss., the DeSoto Times-Tribune reported Aug. 20.
  • Labs unable to specify which COVID-19 variant patients have

    Despite recent COVID-19 surges largely due to the spread of the delta variant and vaccine hesitancy, most physicians and their patients are legally prevented from knowing which variant infected them because of regulatory hurdles, Insider reported.
  • Massachusetts hospital opens COVID testing lab

    Burlington, Mass.-based Lahey Hospital & Medical Center has completed a new 3,100-square-foot COVID-19 testing lab, the New England Real Estate Journal reported Aug. 20.
  • Kentucky hospital boasts 24/7 heart attack care with new lab

    Louisville, Ky.-based Mary & Elizabeth Hospital announced a new cardiac catheterization lab, which opened June 24. The lab guarantees round-the-clock care for severe heart attack patients.
  • 10 states with lowest pay for clinical lab techs

    Clinical lab technologists and technicians in Arkansas earn the lowest mean wage in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages report. Those in Mississippi don't fare much better.
  • Clinical pathology society urges lawmakers to pass vaccine mandate

    The American Society for Clinical Pathology is calling on policymakers to immediately pass a COVID-19 vaccine mandate — and on private sector leaders to intervene if policymakers fail to act.
  • Pathology power list 2021: 75 honored

    Through a year and a half of pandemic hardships, the medical community has by and large risen to meet the moment. Below are 75 of the most outstanding and inspirational pathology and laboratory medicine professionals of 2021, according to The Pathologist.
  • Labcorp buys digital health platform focused on pregnancy, family planning

    Labcorp announced on Aug. 12 that it has acquired Ovia Health, a popular digital pregnancy and parenting platform based in Boston. Neither company disclosed details of the deal.
  • Florida lab tech feels 'weight of the world' as COVID-19 surges

    AdventHealth Tampa lab techs are sounding the alarm on the unique nature of the current COVID-19 surge in Florida through a local ABC news report.
  • Fulgent Genetics buys company with 400+ cancer tests and capabilities

    Fulgent Genetics, a genetic test company focused on oncology, rare diseases and reproductive health, dove further into somatic molecular diagnostics and cancer testing with a recent acquisition.
  • HSS lab research contributed to new lupus treatment

    Discoveries made at New York City-based HSS laboratories in the early 2000s led to a new treatment for adults with moderate to severe systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • 12 states with highest pay for clinical lab techs

    Clinical lab technologists and technicians earn the highest mean wage in Alaska, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages report.

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