A liquid biopsy test can identify patients who may respond to immune checkpoint blockade

A new liquid biopsy test could detect microsatellite instability (MSI) and tumor mutational burden (TMB), indicating that it could help determine which patients are likely to respond to immune checkpoint inhibitors, according to results published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. In May Continue Reading

New test enhances ability to predict risk of developing cervical cancer in HPV-positive women

Ninety-nine percent of cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). More than 200 HPVs, some of which are associated with varying degrees ofcancer risk, complicate diagnosis and treatment. A report in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, published by Elsevier, describes a new “two-for-one” diagnostic approach that not only detects Continue Reading

Finger-prick blood test could help reduce antibiotic use for some patients

Finger-prick blood test could help reduce antibiotic use for some patients. Credit: Shutterstock A simple finger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics for people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study by researchers from Cardiff University, University of Oxford and Continue Reading