Novel high-sensitivity detector could aid in early Alzheimer’s diagnosis

A prime suspect in the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases is a normally benign enzyme that is essential to proper development of the nervous system. Under certain conditions, however, its chemical structure changes and it goes rogue, contributing to the neural devastation that accompanies dementia. Researchers around the world Continue Reading

Plasma assay promising for diagnosis of early Alzheimer disease

(HealthDay)—Plasma β-amyloid (Aβ)42/Aβ40 corresponds with amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) status, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in Neurology. Suzanne E. Schindler, M.D., Ph.D., from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues measured Aβ42/Aβ40 in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples obtained from 158 Continue Reading

Revolutionary diagnosis: A single blood test can now detect Lyme and other tick-borne diseases

Testing methods for tick-borne diseases tend to be cumbersome, unreliable, specialized, or even nonexistent. That is, until a Science Daily article reported the recently-developed Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD-Serochip) can accurately diagnose eight different tick-borne pathogens, including the bacterium responsible for the widespread Lyme disease. The brainchild of a large team of researchers from Continue Reading

Instead of finding the cause of symptoms, early diagnosis of psychosis just gets you put on meds more quickly

Mental Health America describes psychosis as “a general term to describe a set of symptoms of mental illnesses that result in strange or bizarre thinking, perceptions (sight, sound), behaviors, and emotions. Psychosis is a brain-based condition that is made better or worse by environmental factors – like drug use and Continue Reading

Doctors about to be replaced by hospital AI systems offering better diagnosis and less arrogance

Framingham, Massachusetts-based market intelligence provider IDC Health Insights, in its recently published report on artificial intelligence and cognitive computing adoption in the Asia/Pacific titled IDC Peerscape: Cognitive/AI Practices for Healthcare in Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan), stated the best possible healthcare solutions that hospitals and health insurance companies all around the Asia-Pacific Continue Reading

How Google’s new depression diagnosis tool is a Big Pharma plot to mass diagnose the public with depression (and sell more drugs)

Experts warned that Google’s depression screening tool will lead to over-diagnosis, over-prescribing, and misuse of data, as reported by The Daily Mail. A Google search for the query “Am I depressed?” on mobile phones or computers will suggest a link to the self-assessment quiz called the patient health questionnaire (PHQ-9), Continue Reading

More Accurate Diagnosis Of Lung Cancer Possible With Diffusion-Weighted MRI Scan

Belgian investigators presented new research at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress in Amsterdam. They discovered that a diffusion-weighted MRI scan (a new method of diagnostic imaging) could enable more accurate diagnosis of lung cancer and therefore prevent unnecessary surgery. This new method is more precise in distinguishing benign lung Continue Reading

Cryptosporidiosis: Symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment

Cryptosporidiosis is a parasitic infection of the small intestine. Diarrhea is the main symptom, but in immunologically-impaired individuals, such as patients with HIV or AIDS, the symptoms can be severe or even fatal. Cryptosporidiosis tends to be an acute short-term infection. It spreads through the fecal-oral route, often through contaminated Continue Reading