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Friday, 1 March 2024

Red flag sign of silent killer that could appear in your breath

Heart and circulatory disease is among the biggest killers in the UK. The term for conditions and illnesses such as coronary heart disease, strokes and heart failure, is linked to around a quarter of all deaths in the region. Of these, coronary heart disease is among the most dangerous. It occurs…

Vertigo: A common symptom with many different causes

The first step in treating vertigo is understanding its cause. Many conditions can trigger vertigo an expert says. Middle ear fluid, dislodged crystals in the inner ear, Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis and vestibular migraine all can cause vertigo, according to Dr. Mina Le. She is an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon…

Best practice guidance for designing and utilizing slice testing approach for diagnostics

The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) today published a report that explores specific considerations for a slice testing strategy for diagnostics, including gene selection, analytic performance, coverage, quality, and interpretation. The report offers expert consensus recommendations and results from an AMP-sponsored survey that compares a slice testing approach with traditional…

Can government and industry solve racial bias in AI?

Source: HIMSS Media Screenshot The promise of artificial intelligence in healthcare is enormous – with algorithms able to find answers to big questions in big data, and automation helping clinicians in so many other ways.  On the other hand, there are “examples after examples,” according to the HHS Office of…

How medical manufacturing trends are evolving: From performance testing to 3D vision

insights from industryPeter Oberst, Bill Tranberg, John Gion & Erol ErturkEngineering ExpertsAscential TechnologiesIn this interview, News Medical speaks with Ascential Technologies about the evolution of medical manufacturing trends and how users can stay ahead of the trends moving forward. Please introduce yourselves and tell us a bit about your engineering and…

Clinical trial investigates new oral treatment for COVID-19

An exploratory clinical trial (SIGMA4COVID) through a collaboration between Catalonia and Galicia, the results of which are published in the Journal of Infection, suggests the usefulness of a drug, E-52862, for the treatment of patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms. If these findings are confirmed, it will be one of the…

COVID likely paralyzed a teens vocal cords, doctors say

COVID-19 appears to have paralyzed a teen girl’s vocal cords, blocking her breathing to the point that surgery was required, a new case report says. The case suggests that vocal cord paralysis might be a rare complication of COVID infection, caused by the virus’ effect on the nervous system. “Given…

Timing is everything: How circadian rhythms influence our brains

Why are we mentally sharper at certain times of day? A study led by Jonathan Lipton MD, Ph.D., at Boston Children’s Hospital spells out the relationship between circadian rhythms—the body’s natural day/night cycles—and the brain connections known as synapses. The work is the first to provide a cellular and molecular…

Disparities in asthma prevalence, attacks, ED use examined during pandemic

Black adults and children have the highest prevalence of asthma, although the disparities between Blacks and whites narrowed from 2019 to 2022, according to a research letter published online Dec. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Adam Gaffney, M.D., M.P.H., from Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts, and colleagues examined…

Common heart medication causes false positives on Alzheimer's blood test

Reviewed Researchers from the University of Gothenburg, in collaboration with colleagues from University of Glasgow, present data that the drug Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) which is commonly used for the treatment of cardiac failure leads to a marked reduction in plasma Aβ ratio, a candidate blood test for Alzheimer's disease (AD). This…