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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Study finds higher risk of stroke-linked plaque in men, possible test for women

Men are more likely than women to develop unstable plaques in their neck arteries, a dangerous condition that can lead to strokes, according to new research that also identified a helpful warning sign for rupture-prone plaques in women. The preliminary study, presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions, sought to identify sex-specific markers of plaque instability […]

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Girl's attempt at 'faking chickenpox' to miss test backfires after she uses permanent marker

Girl’s attempt at ‘faking chickenpox’ to miss test backfires after she uses permanent marker A 6-year-old’s attempt at faking sick to miss school has left her ‘red-in-the-face’ after the marker she used to cover herself in phony chickenpox turned out to be permanent. A 6-year-old’s attempt at faking sick to miss school has left her “red-in-the-face” after the marker she […]

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There's a new blood test that could detect up to 90% of cases of endometriosis

The Mitomic Endometriosis Test, which was developed at MDNA’s Newcastle lab, looks for biomarkers of endometriosis in the blood through the close examination of mutations in mitochondrial DNA. A study published in the journal Biomarkers in Medicine found that these newly-identified biomarkers can accurately detect endometriosis in blood samples in up to nine out of 10 cases, even in the […]

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