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Included below are news items from the last six months.

CDC Calls for Prevention Efforts as STDs Hit Record Highs Again

December 5, 2017

Neisseria gonorrhoeae BacteriaAs the rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis hit record highs for the third year in a row, the CDC urges people at risk to get tested.

Photo source: NIAID

Screening for Epstein-Barr Virus DNA to Find Early Stage Nasopharyngeal Cancer

November 21, 2017

Diagram showing stage T1 nasopharyngeal cancerA recent study found that screening for Epstein-Barr virus DNA in the blood is useful in detecting early nasopharyngeal cancer in asymptomatic, high-risk people.

Photo source: Cancer Research UK via Wikimedia Commons

USPSTF Proposes Screening for Cervical Cancer with Pap Test or HPV Test, not Both

November 6, 2017

Pap smearNew draft guidelines from the USPSTF recommend changes in the way women ages 30 to 65 are screened for cervical cancer.

Photo source: NCI, Lance Liotta

Prenatal Screening of All Chromosomes Finds Additional Disorders

October 30, 2017

Prenatal genome sequencingA recent study found that evaluating all chromosomes during non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS) identifies additional disorders not currently detected by traditional screening.

Photo source: NHGRI, Ernesto del Aguila III

Promising New Blood Test to Detect Early Cancers

October 19, 2017

ctDNAA blood test that detects tumor DNA in the bloodstream shows promise for identifying colorectal, breast, lung, and ovarian cancers at their earliest, most treatable stages.

Photo source: NHGRI, Jonathan Bailey

Progress Toward a Saliva-based Test for Alzheimer Disease

October 5, 2017

Alzheimers disease brain preclinicalTwo proof-of-concept studies have found that it may be possible to develop a saliva-based test for Alzheimer disease, perhaps even before symptoms appear. Identifying affected individuals earlier could allow for better responses to various treatments and support services when symptoms are still mild.

Photo source: By ADEAR: "Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, a service of the National Institute on Aging." [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Fecal Immunochemical Testing Effective in Screening for Colon Cancer but Not Polyps

September 27, 2017

Colon Cancer cellsA recent review of multiple studies concludes that fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) is an accurate test to screen for colon cancer but is not as good at detecting precancerous polyps. Photo source: NCI, U Weyemi C Redon W Bonner


Searching for a Pancreatic Cancer Screening Test

September 7, 2017

Pancreas adenocarcinomaPancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest types of malignancies. A new blood test could change that by detecting pancreatic cancer in its earliest stages.

Photo source: By user:KGH - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

ACOG: Most Women Should Collaborate with Their Doctors on Plan for Breast Cancer Screening

August 1, 2017

Woman getting mammogramNew guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stress the importance of women with average risk of breast cancer identifying an individualized plan for breast cancer screening together with their healthcare practitioner. Photo source: NCI, Rhoda Baer

New Study Finds No Reason for Glucose Monitoring in Some Type 2 Diabetics

July 19, 2017

Glucose monitorResults of a new study suggest that type 2 diabetics who are not treated with insulin should not routinely monitor their glucose levels, as it does not improve their glucose control or their quality of life. Photo source: Darryl Leja, NHGRI

CDC Updates Guidance on Testing Pregnant Women at Risk of Zika

July 5, 2017

Pregnant woman applying bug sprayThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a health alert that updates the agency's recommendations on testing for Zika virus infection in asymptomatic pregnant women who live in or often travel to areas impacted by Zika. The guidelines, issued as a Health Alert Notice, provide new information on how health practitioners should interpret the test results. Photo source: CDC

FDA Allows Company to Sell Genetic Risk Tests Directly to Consumers

June 21, 2017

ipad showing genesWhile consumers can now purchase genetic risk tests for certain diseases without a doctor’s order, they are advised to consult a healthcare professional who can help them understand the implications of their results. Photo source: Darryl Leja, NHGRI

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