Genetic test could aid quest to reveal causes of rare diseases

The causes of rare diseases could be uncovered using an approach created to identify genetic mutations that trigger a muscle-wasting condition, a study suggests. Researchers have devised a way to pinpoint defective genes that are linked to a rare form of muscular dystrophy, which causes muscle weakening and heart problems. The approach could help doctors perform a faster and cheaper […]

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Blood test can quickly match advanced breast cancer patients to targeted treatments

A blood test can help identify rare mutations in advanced breast cancer, which may enable patients to access effective treatments more quickly in the future, Cancer Research UK scientists have found. As part of the plasmaMATCH clinical trial, funded by Stand Up To Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, the researchers were able to […]

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Breast cancer breakthrough as blood test can quickly match treatments

Smart blood test can identify whether women with aggressive breast cancer will respond to precision drugs, study finds The test detects traces of DNA in the blood that has been shed by the tumour The ‘liquid biopsy’ could save many from having painful tissue biopsies It was 95 per cent accurate, according to the study of 1,000 women  A smart […]

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Mother had preventative mastectomy but NHS won't test daughters

Cruellest twist of my mastectomy: Mother, 34, had preventative surgery after three women in her family developed cancer – but now she is so low risk the NHS won’t test her daughters Tara Huck, 34, has three daughters: Katie, 13, Tara, Molly, 11, and Emily, 15 Mother died of breast cancer aged 56 and grandmother diagnosed in her 50s Doctors […]

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UK urine test that can detect early-stage pancreatic cancer starts clinical study

A urine test that can detect early stage pancreatic cancer has reached the final stage of validation before being developed for use with patients. If successful, this non-invasive urine test would be the first in the world to help clinicians detect the highly lethal cancer at an early stage—enabling many more people to have surgery to remove their tumor, which […]

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Blood test is 94% accurate at identifying early Alzheimer’s disease

Up to two decades before people develop the characteristic memory loss and confusion of Alzheimer’s disease, damaging clumps of protein start to build up in their brains. Now, a blood test to detect such early brain changes has moved one step closer to clinical use. Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report that they can measure […]

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Prostate cancer: New test ‘transforms’ diagnosis and treatment – what is it?

Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, and the majority of cancerous cells will not develop to the point of needing treatment in a man’s lifetime. However, doctors struggle to predict which tumours will become aggressive, making it hard to decide on treatment for many men. A new revolutionary test can help ease the worry men have to deal with when awaiting […]

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Blood test that detects ovarian cancer could save women from surgery

Blood test that can detect ovarian cancer ‘may save lives and stop women having unnecessary surgery’ to spot the killer disease Women with ovarian cysts endure surgery to help doctors spot any tumours  For every one cancer that is detected, five women are operated on Blood test identifies 11 proteins that are higher in women with ovarian cancer  A blood […]

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New evidence: It’s not necessary to fast before complete cholesterol test

A new study adds to the growing body of evidence that it is unnecessary for most patients to fast before having bloodwork done to measure lipid levels to determine risk of future cardiovascular events. Since the 1970s, studies have suggested that fasting and nonfasting before a complete cholesterol test, otherwise known as lipid level testing, may make little difference in […]

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