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FDA-funded study for one-minute point-of-care anemia test shows promise.

A simple point-of-care testing device for anemia could provide more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease. … Continue Reading FDA-funded study for one-minute point-of-care anemia test shows promise.

Stanford researchers invent nanotech microchip to diagnose type-1 diabetes.

An inexpensive, portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes could improve patient care worldwide and help researchers better understand the disease, according to the device’s inventors at the Stanford University … Continue Reading Stanford researchers invent nanotech microchip to diagnose type-1 diabetes.

IUD may increase breast cancer risk in certain women.

A new study has found that a specific intrauterine device (IUD) is associated with a greater risk of breast cancer, but not endometrial, ovarian, pancreatic, or lung cancers. The researchers examined data from over 93,000 women in Finland who had used the LNG-IUS to treat their menorrhagia. The women ranged in age from 30 to 49 years. The breast cancer rate for the group using the system for menorrhagia control was approximately 19% higher than the breast cancer rate for the general population. No increase in uterine cancer or ovarian, pancreatic, or lung cancers was seen with IUD use. Other factors, beyond the IUD use, could also be at play, especially factors related to the menorrhagia, so a direct link between IUD use and cancer will need to be proven by additional research.

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Mechanism that prevents lethal bacteria from causing invasive disease is revealed.

An important development in understanding how the bacterium that causes pneumonia, meningitis and septicemia remains harmlessly in the nose and throat has been discovered by scientists. Streptococcus pneumoniae is a ‘commensal’, which can live harmlessly in the nasopharynx as part of the body’s natural bacterial flora. However, in the very young and old it can invade the rest of the body, leading to serious diseases such as pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis, which claim up to a million lives every year worldwide.

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Healthinnovations on the BBC World panel on the Danish ‘Fat Tax’ [unedited]

We know that obesity kills, we know that obesity costs the global economy billions, what we don’t know is how to sustainably treat obesity to bring the former points to … Continue Reading Healthinnovations on the BBC World panel on the Danish ‘Fat Tax’ [unedited]

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