New blood test diagnoses heart attacks faster

A new test to assess a whether or not someone is having a heart attack upon arriving in the emergency room was safe and effective, ruling out heart attack in emergency room patients faster than a conventional method, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. The new high-sensitivity blood test for … Read more

Probiotic use linked to brain fogginess & bloating

Probiotic use can result in a significant accumulation of bacteria in the small intestine that can result in disorienting brain fogginess as well as rapid, significant belly bloating, investigators report. In a published study of 30 patients, the 22 who reported problems like confusion and difficulty concentrating, in addition to their gas and bloating, were … Read more

Obese people can reduce risk of atrial fibrillation with exercise

Obesity is known to increase the risk of heart failure, but new results indicate that physical activity can reduce the risk. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. It’s more common in older people, and as it happens, in … Read more

ASD or autism increases in children of diabetic mothers

Risk of ASD was higher in children exposed in utero to maternal preexisting T1D, T2D and gestational diabetes diagnosed by 26 weeks compared with no maternal diabetes exposure, revealed by medical researchers in a study being presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 78th Scientific Sessions. Maternal preexisting type 2 diabetes (T2D) and gestational diabetes mellitus … Read more

Routine pap smear screenings may prevent cervical cancer in elderly women

A new study from the University of Illinois confirms a link between routine Pap smear screenings and a lower risk of developing cervical cancer in women over age 65. However, most American health guidelines discourage women in that age range from receiving screenings unless they have pre-existing risk factors. “Some studies report that Pap smears … Read more

False positive mammogram means increased breast cancer risk

Women with a history of a false-positive mammogram result may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer for up to 10 years after the false-positive result. This is revealed by Louise M. Henderson, PhD, assistant professor of radiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in the Journal – Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers … Read more

Saliva may predict development of Alzheimer’s disease

Saliva may hold the keys to understanding a person’s likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s, even among those who don’t yet have memory and thinking problems associated with the disease. Knowing that Alzheimer’s typically coexists with certain metabolic disorders, Shraddha Sapkota, a neuroscience PhD student at the U of A, along with psychology professor Roger Dixon and … Read more

Bio-Rad BioPlex 2200 HIV assay approved to differentiate HIV

Bio-Rad BioPlex 2200 HIV Ag-Ab assay – the first FDA-approved diagnostic that differentiates between HIV-1 antibodies, HIV-2 antibodies, and HIV-1 p24 antigen in human serum or plasma specimens, now available in US. Two major types of HIV have been identified: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for most HIV infections throughout the world. HIV-2 is … Read more

2 cups of coffee protects against breast cancer recurrence

More detailed findings confirm that coffee protects against breast cancer recurrence – Two cups of coffee inhibits the growth of tumours and reduces the risk of recurrence in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with the drug tamoxifen revealed by researchers from Lund University.

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