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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Is it brain infection or cancer? A new rapid test could hold the answer

When patients present with neurologic symptoms such as severe headaches or seizures, the symptoms could suggest anything from infection, cancer, or an autoimmune disease of the brain or spinal cord, leaving physicians scrambling to find the cause in a short amount of time. The differences in diagnosis can mean having mere hours to act or being able to take days […]

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New drugs, test offer TB hope for millions

Thousands of scientists, activists and disease survivors Saturday wrap up a global conference on lung health dominated by the announcement of several breakthroughs in the battle against tuberculosis. The following is a round-up of developments in how doctors and aid workers are tackling the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Miracle drug Some strains of TB—a severe lung infection that can spread […]

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