A potential new concussion biomarker needing just a blood test?

US researchers have recently published a study which examined 600 people who had suffered trauma. ... Full Story

NIH announces $20 million contest to develop rapid tests for antibiotic resistance

The United States Government has launched a $20 million contest to develop rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tests to spot and identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria. ... Full Story

On the Horizon: Study Suggests Blood Test May Predict Response to Antidepressants

British researchers have developed a blood test that may be able to predict whether patients dealing with depression will respond to common drugs used to treat the condition.... Full Story

How are Benefits and Harms Presented in US Cancer Screening and Prevention Guidelines?

A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in the US examined the way that potential benefits and potential harms arising from cancer screening programs are presented in cancer screening guidelines published for use by doctors in the US.... Full Story

Use of nonfasting blood samples for lipid testing

A joint statement published online in April 2016 in the European Heart Journal recommends that "nonfasting blood samples be routinely used for the assessment of plasma lipid profiles".... Full Story

Top Ten Things You Should Know About Lab Tests

In recognition of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, Lab Tests Online in the US asked lab professionals to list key facts that they think are important for patients and their healthcare practitioners to know about laboratory tests. These are just as relevant in Australia.... Full Story

New Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests

There are several new types of colorectal cancer screening tests currently being evaluated. One of these, the Epi proColon (Epigenomics AG), has recently been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ... Full Story

A new direction for “liquid biopsy” technique. Detection of liver fibrosis using DNA sequencing technology.

Medical scientists at Newcastle University in the UK have recently published a study demonstrating the possibility of using a “liquid biopsy” technique to assess the degree of liver scarring in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).... Full Story

A new blood test that could transform tuberculosis diagnosis in developing countries

In 2014 the World Health Organization challenged researchers to develop better diagnostic tests for active TB.... Full Story

Working Towards a New Rapid Method for Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have recently reported a new method of determining antibiotic susceptibility in the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, a very frequent and important source of infections in humans.... Full Story

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