Scientists develop blood test to predict environmental harms to children

Scientists at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health developed a method using a DNA biomarker to easily screen pregnant women for harmful prenatal environmental contaminants like air pollution linked to childhood illness and developmental disorders. This approach has the potential to prevent childhood developmental disorders and chronic illness through the early identification of children at risk. While environmental factors—including […]

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Simple, cheap test can help save lives from colorectal cancer

New research has demonstrated that a simple, cheap test can help identify who is at risk of developing colorectal cancer, aiding early diagnosis and potentially saving lives. Led by the University of Exeter, and supported by the Peninsula and the Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon, and Gloucestershire Cancer Alliances, and by the Cancer Research UK CanTest Collaborative, a new study published today […]

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How Aussie doctor’s at-home COVID test won US approval

An Australian doctor who began inventing virus detection tools as a “hobby” is now helming a mammoth effort to ship the first non-prescription home COVID-19 tests cleared by US regulators. Sean Parsons is the founder of Ellume, a medical tech firm based in a suburban industrial park, where rows of factory workers in sterile clothing swiftly assemble sleek grey kits […]

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Blood test picks out cancers likely to benefit from targeted drugs

A simple and inexpensive blood test could pick out patients with stomach or oesophageal cancer who are likely to benefit from targeted treatment, a new study shows. The test, known as a liquid biopsy, detects cancer DNA in the bloodstream to reveal if stomach and oesophageal cancers are being driven by the presence of too many copies of a gene […]

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T-cell test EIGHT TIMES better at detecting past coronavirus infection

New T-cell test is EIGHT TIMES better at detecting whether a patient had COVID than antibody tests, study claims The new test looks for T-cells, a type of white blood cells that  binds to and kills viruses, to determine if someone was infected with coronavirus in the past In a pre-print study, researchers tested at samples from 2,200 people in […]

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Can you trust COVID-19 test results?

Every time we write about new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Colorado, some variation of the same objection comes in: we’re making too much of nothing. At first, it was that COVID-19 is no worse than flu. That’s been thoroughly debunked, as the new coronavirus caused more hospitalizations and deaths than any flu season in recent memory — though for […]

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Rapid 90-minute COVID-19 test shown to be highly accurate

A 90-minute COVID-19 test has been shown to have over 94 percent sensitivity, and 100 percent specificity in a new study. The work, published in the journal The Lancet Microbe, was led by scientists from Imperial College London.In the research, the high-speed tests, which do not require a laboratory and can be performed in cartridges smaller than a mobile phone, […]

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