FDA Advisory Committee Recommends an HPV Test as a Primary Screen for Cervical Cancer

An FDA advisory panel has voted unanimously to recommend to the FDA that a human papilloma virus (HPV) test be approved for marketing in the U.S. as a primary screening tool for cervical cancer. Currently, only the Pap smear is used for primary testing and HPV tests are recommended only in conjunction with or as a follow up to Pap smears. If approved by the FDA, the HPV test might become an initial screening option for women. Read more...

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Blood Test for T-tau Shows Promise for Diagnosing, Managing Concussions

April 14, 2014

Researchers believe they have found a protein detectable in blood that could be used to help rapidly diagnose a concussion, leading to better management of those affected. While the biomarker, total tau or T-tau, needs to be evaluated in larger studies, it raises hope that health practitioners may in the future be able to use blood tests to manage head injuries and make return-to-play decisions for athletes following a concussion.

Blood Test Shows Very Preliminary Results in Predicting Alzheimer Disease

March 26, 2014

Researchers have developed an experimental blood test that may be able to be used to predict whether someone will develop Alzheimer disease. Although currently there is no prevention or cure for the disease, the test could aid in the development of treatments and help identify people at risk so they could then plan for managing the disorder. However, some scientists caution that the results of the study must be replicated in other laboratories and that the researchers may be overly optimistic about the clinical benefit of the test at this time.

AAP Updates Screening and Assessment Recommendations for Well-Child Visits

March 13, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its schedule of the screenings and health assessments that are recommended at each well-child visit from the time a baby is born through age 21. Well-child visits generally involve screening tests, including laboratory tests, as well as other assessments that are done routinely to help evaluate a child's health and recommend treatment, if needed.

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