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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Study finds test of protein levels in the eye a potential predictor of (future) Alzheimer’s disease

Low levels of amyloid-β and tau proteins, biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), in eye fluid were significantly associated with low cognitive scores, according to a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Led by researchers at Boston Medical Center, the study is the first to connect these known AD protein biomarkers in the eye to mental status. These […]

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Mother dies of cervical cancer after missing just ONE smear test

‘She only missed one smear test’: Mother dies of cervical cancer less than 18 months after she skipped a routine screening Carly Gorst was told she had a four-inch tumour in her cervix in December 2017 Endured surgery, chemo and radiotherapy but the disease became terminal Died in her husband Craig’s arms just a week after their wedding  e-mail 1 […]

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Experimental Test May Quickly Diagnose Sepsis

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 — A blood test that can quickly diagnose dangerous sepsis infections has been developed, according to research published in the Feb. 1 issue of Biosensors and Bioelectronics. The experimental microelectrode device created by scientists at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland analyzes a patient’s blood and provides results in as quickly as 2.5 minutes. The small […]

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Revolutionary DNA test could make IVF more successful

Revolutionary test could make IVF more successful by looking at the DNA a fertilised egg sheds in the lab Problems with a baby’s chromosomes are a main cause of miscarriages Embryos are therefore screened before being implanted into a woman’s womb But this can damage the embryos, increasing the risk of a miscarriage New method assesses chromosomes without ‘damaging the embryo […]

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A possible blood test for detecting Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms show

A team of researchers from Australia, the U.K. and Sweden has found a possible method to test blood samples for Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their testing system and its performance. As medical scientists continue to search for ways to prevent people from developing Alzheimer’s disease, they also […]

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New test aids decision between intravenous and oral antibiotics for childhood infection

A simple new test developed at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne will help clinicians decide whether to use oral or intravenous antibiotics to treat childhood infections. Developed and validated in children attending The Royal Children’s Hospital with a common skin infection, the Melbourne ASSET Risk Score is the first clinical risk score to help clinicians decide […]

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The standard diagnostic test for chronic cystitis have been ineffective

Urinary tract infections (cystitis and pyelonephritis) are of great prevalence, but their accurate diagnosis is often difficult. The authors of the new study argue that the standard methods for the detection of bacteria in urine does not give accurate results in most chronic patients. Each year urinary tract infections (UTI) faces about 150-200 million people worldwide. Many people, especially young […]

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