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Newborn Metabolic Screening: heel prick or guthrie test

What midwives need to know - the expanded newborn screening test (NIHR CLAHRC South Yorkshire)

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25 Week Gestational Diabetes Glucose Test

Take the test: are you at risk of diabetes?

Use the NHS' interactive tool to determine if your diet and lifestyle puts you at risk of type 2 diabetes<p>Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.<p>In England in 2010, there were approximately 3.1 million people aged 16 or over with diabetes (both …

Simple saliva test could predict early-stage diabetes, cancer

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles have discovered markers in saliva that could predict a host of diseases, including cancer and Type 2 diabetes.<p>The findings could lead to doctors identifying early-stage diseases in patients using a simple saliva test rather than through a …

Guidelines on when healthy people should have cancer screening

<b>Breast cancer:</b> Healthy women ages 50-74 should be encouraged to have a mammogram every two years. Women in their 40s should discuss the benefits and harms of screening with their doctors and get a mammogram every two years if they so choose.<p><b>Cervical cancer:</b> Women 21-29 should have a Pap test every …

Cancer

You Can Now Get an STD Test Without Ever Leaving Your House

Thank you, Planned Parenthood.<p>Planned Parenthood just launched a genius mobile app that will let people order a confidential STD test through their phone, take the test at home, send the urine sample back, and never need to visit the clinic, Vox reports.<p>The service, called Planned Parenthood …

This $25 Blood Test Tells You All the Viruses You've Ever Had

The new VirScan test simultaneously tracks your immune response to thousands of different virus strains, showing you which ones you've had.<p>Do you remember getting last year's flu shot? What about your childhood measles vaccination, your birthday party-ruining bout of chicken pox, or the last time …

Blood test offers swifter, safer diagnosis of sport brain injury

Swedish researchers say they have devised a blood test that could better diagnose sports-related brain injuries and prevent American football, rugby and ice hockey players returning to the field in danger.<p>In findings from a study of ice hockey players, the researchers said their method can show …

Why Doctors Aren't Giving You the Fertility Tests They Should Be

It's not that complicated to get the lowdown on your ovarian health. So why isn't it a part of routine care?<p>Four years ago, after Danielle Coate, then 35, was named vice president at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, she and her husband began trying to conceive. She quickly found out that it wasn't as …

Women's Health
Disease

A scientist just raised 4 serious questions about the blood test that made Elizabeth Holmes a billionaire

Theranos' innovation theoretically does clinical lab testing faster, cheaper, and, in some ways, better. Because of that, their technology threatens to upend the branch of medicine that provides the data used in roughly 70% of medical decisions.<p>That disruptive potential has already made Theranos …

Genetic Engineering

Ebola crisis: Rapid blood test as accurate as laboratory test, scientists say after patient trial

A 15-minute, on-the-spot blood test for Ebola is as accurate as the most widely-used laboratory-based test, scientists say after a patient trial.<p>An …

Disease

Blood test for cancer? UK scientists find 800 biomarkers in blood of cancer patients

Researchers in the United Kingdom are making strides toward developing a single blood test that would aid in the early detection of cancer, Medical News Today reported.<p>In the study, presented Sunday at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool, U.K., researchers …

Study of the Day: Blood Tests Can Accurately Diagnose Depression

<i>New research shows that blood screenings can accurately spot multiple telltale biomarkers in patients with classic symptoms of depression.</i><p><b>PROBLEM</b>: Depression has traditionally been diagnosed with a questionnaire that assesses patients' reported symptoms. This process varies greatly, however, since …

Geneticists create simpler, cheaper test to determine baby's gender

Geneticists from Ulyanovsk have developed a new method that reveals a baby’s gender using the mother's blood by the 10th week of pregnancy<p>Just 7-10 milliliters of a pregnant woman’s venous blood is needed to ascertain whether she is expecting a boy or a girl, whether there is a probability of Rh …

Blood Tests Could Soon Be As Easy As A Trip To The Drugstore

A little-known healthcare start-up is slowly setting the stage to transform blood tests.<p>Theranos, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based company that offers about 153 tests for under $10, scored three major coups in the past week. First, they won FDA approval for their patented technology that performs complex …

Health Care

Study: Silent cancer in moms a rare result in prenatal tests

For pregnant women, abnormal results from certain prenatal tests may signal that something is wrong - with the moms-to-be, not the fetus, a preliminary study suggests.<p>Very rarely, these results may indicate cancer in the women when follow-up testing shows the fetus is healthy.<p>The noninvasive tests …

5 tests or treatments your newborn doesn't need

Reflux medication can be downright harmful for a preemie baby, and very sick newborns don’t need a daily X-ray to check their breathing tubes, experts say.<p>A team of doctors polled more than 1,000 professionals to tease out the top five tests or treatments that babies can do without. They submitted …

Medicine

Researchers Successfully Transport Blood By Drone

Crimson skies for better rural health outcomes<p>Would you trust a drone with your blood? A new study by Johns Hopkins shows that, at least for testing purposes, a small drone can safely transport a small amount of blood without damaging it. The study was a proof of concept, with perhaps the secondary …

Drones

British athletes warned not to reveal blood data

British Athletics insists the risk are too great amid concern that results may be 'misinterpreted', writes Ben Rumsby<p>British Athletics has warned track-and-field stars past and present against allowing their blood data to be revealed after it emerged several had been asked to authorise its …

Mo Farah agrees to allow blood data be published

Double Olympic gold medallist one of eight British athletes to let test results be revealed as London marathon comes under suspicion<p>Mo Farah has agreed to some details of his anti-doping blood tests being made public in an attempt to prove he is clean.<p>He is one of eight British athletes who have …