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

Preventing Alzheimer’s: Scientists develop blood test capable of detecting toxic protein build up related to Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a condition that typically occurs later in life. It has no known cure, so treating it is highly problematic. To make matters worse, detecting it is often difficult until it gets to the point of no return of sorts, where patients — as well as anyone 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