White House blocks FDA’s power to regulate lab tests

(HealthDay)—The Trump administration has blocked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from regulating a wide swath of laboratory tests, including ones for the coronavirus. The new policy, which was posted Wednesday and is strongly opposed by the FDA itself, stunned health experts and laboratories because of its timing, the Washington Post reported. The change could result in unreliable coronavirus tests […]

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Colorado squirrel tests positive for bubonic plague, health officials say

A squirrel in a Colorado has tested positive for bubonic plague, public health officials say. The rodent was found in Morrison, a town outside of Denver in Jefferson County. The county’s health officials said in a statement that the squirrel was the first case of plague in the county. Bubonic plague is one of three forms of the infectious disease […]

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Antibody Tests Are Still A Long Way From Holding The Key To Ending COVID-19

Novel coronavirus antibody tests can help determine whether a person has contracted COVID-19. COVID-19 antibodies are also being studied to determine if they could hold the key to potential treatments or vaccines. Right now, reliable COVID-19 antibody tests are not widely available, though many are currently in development. Back in mid-March, the coronavirus got me—in a subtle sneak attack. My […]

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Chest pain, stress tests warrant attention even if arteries are clear

Patients who experience chest pain and have abnormal results on a cardiac stress test but who do not have blocked arteries often experience changes in their symptoms and stress test results over time, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). “Even though these patients had very abnormal […]

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Better way to interpret blood tests to diagnose pulmonary embolism

A study led by Hamilton researchers has found a new way to interpret blood test results in patients who are investigated for blood clots in their lungs, a condition known as pulmonary embolism. This new approach applies to D-dimer blood tests, which are used by physicians to rule out the presence of a blood clot. Researchers found that a higher […]

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DNA tests for patients move closer with genome analysis advance

Diseases caused by genetic changes could be detected more readily thanks to an advance in DNA analysis software. The development will make it easier to integrate genetic testing into health care systems such as the UK’s National Health Service, which cares for around three million people affected by genetic diseases in the UK. The new tool can spot precise genetic […]

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Ohio boy, 5, tests positive for meth after eating Halloween candy

Braylen Carwell, who was hospitalized for a suspected seizure and later tested positive for methamphetamines, had gone trick-or-treating on Sunday before he suddenly fell ill. (iStock) A 5-year-old boy in Ohio is expected to make a full recovery after he ate a piece of Halloween candy that was possibly laced with drugs. Braylen Carwell, who was hospitalized for a suspected […]

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