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Included below are news items from the last six months.

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

Some Children, Mothers Need Retesting for Lead Poisoning Due to Inaccurate Blood Tests

June 1, 2017

Doctor talking to childThe FDA and CDC warn that results from some blood tests performed on equipment from Magellan Diagnostics LeadCare Testing Systems failed to detect elevated lead levels and recommend that some children and pregnant and nursing mothers be retested for lead poisoning. Photo source: NCI

Federal Task Force: Some Men May Consider Prostate Cancer Screening

May 17, 2017

patient and doctor talkingNew draft guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend that men between the ages of 55 and 69 make the decision about whether or not to be screened for prostate cancer in consultation with their healthcare practitioner. Photo source: NCI

New Testing System is First to Quickly Identify the Antibiotics to Treat Bloodstream Infections

May 4, 2017

NOVAMOXIN antibioticA new testing system recently approved by the FDA can help patients with serious bloodstream infections get appropriate treatment faster by rapidly identifying the microbe causing the infection and determining which antibiotics are likely to successfully treat it. Photo source: Bmramon at English Wikipedia

OB Group Expands Recommendations for Genetic Carrier Screening

April 26, 2017

pregnant womanNew guidelines from ACOG recommend that carrier screening for genetic disorders be discussed with all pregnant women as well as those considering pregnancy. Photo source: CDC


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