NORD is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them. NORD, along with its more than 300 patient organization members, is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services.

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A recent report supports the idea that women over age 40 who screen negative for HPV may not need to be tested for cervical cancer as often as current guidelines recommend. Photo source: National Cancer Institute
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.
A 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
A 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
New 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
The 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

The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, comprising 42,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to advance the microbiological sciences and the profession of microbiology for the common good by disseminating information and stimulating research and education. Microbiologists study...