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Recently updated guidelines recommend a newer blood test, called an interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA), to detect tuberculosis (TB) infection rather than the traditional TB skin test (TST) in most situations.
CRE superbugs that are resistant to almost all antibiotics appear to be more diverse and harder to identify than health experts had realized, say researchers, and testing for CRE should be expanded beyond current practice. Photo source: NIAID
A new, 'next-generation' test that measures a patient's blood level of cardiac troponin and speeds up the time it takes to diagnose heart attacks was recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.