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Included below are news items from the last six months.

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


FDA Clears Procalcitonin Test for New Use to Help Guide Antibiotic Treatment

April 5, 2017

MRSA imageA test that measures the level of procalcitonin in the blood has been cleared for expanded use by the FDA. When used in conjunction with other clinical information, the test may help healthcare practitioners avoid unnecessary antibiotic treatment without risking patients' safety. Photo source: NIAID

Blood Tests Recommended Over Skin Tests to Check for TB in Most Cases

March 22, 2017

blood sample drawn from vein in armRecently 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.


Study Suggests “Superbugs” May be More Diverse and Harder to Detect than Previously Thought

March 6, 2017

CRECRE 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


FDA Clears First Highly Sensitive Troponin Blood Test to Help Diagnose Heart Attacks

March 1, 2017

Image of the HeartA 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.


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