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Alternative to using race in kidney function test found

Alternative to using race in kidney function test found

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Researchers have identified an approach to remove race from equations used to estimate a person’s kidney function. These equations have been criticized for potentially perpetuating racial health disparities. The findings, reported September 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, are expected to inform National Kidney Foundation–American Society of Nephrology Task …

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Pioneering EEG test could dramatically increase early diagnosis of Alzheimer's

Pioneering EEG test could dramatically increase early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Dr George Stothart from the University of Bath's Department of Psychology analyses Fastball EEG data. Credit: University of Bath A simple but revolutionary approach to early Alzheimer’s diagnosis is being pioneered by researchers through an initiative that could pave the way for improved outcomes for individuals who develop the disease in the future. The innovative …

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Two-hour glucose tolerance test helps identify patients at heightened risk of cognitive decline

Two-hour glucose tolerance test helps identify patients at heightened risk of cognitive decline

Diabetes is a risk factor for cognitive decline. In a study of the University of Turku and Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the researchers observed that already a higher two-hour glucose level in the glucose tolerance test predicts worse performance in a test measuring episodic memory after ten years. Decline in episodic memory is …

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Pilot study to evaluate freezing procedure for patients with Type 2 diabetes

Two-hour glucose tolerance test predicts decline in episodic memory

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Diabetes is a risk factor for cognitive decline. In a study of the University of Turku and Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the researchers observed that already a higher two-hour glucose level in the glucose tolerance test predicts worse performance in a test measuring episodic memory after ten years. Decline …

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A fast and inexpensive way to test SARS-CoV-2 antibody levels in human patients

A fast and inexpensive way to test SARS-CoV-2 antibody levels in human patients

Fig. 1. Scheme of the portable sensing system and the gate modification processes of the IgG sensor. The device is connected to a portable meter that is controlled by a mobile phone through Bluetooth. The biological modification on a gate electrode is carried out with several steps. Credit: DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abg8387 A team of researchers at …

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Saliva test for COVID-19 outperforms commercial swab tests

Saliva test for COVID-19 outperforms commercial swab tests

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain In the early days of the pandemic, with commercial COVID tests in short supply, Rockefeller University’s Robert B. Darnell developed an in-house assay to identify positive cases within the Rockefeller community. It turned out to be easier and safer to administer than the tests available at the time, and it has …

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Frequency of long-term symptoms up with positive SARS-CoV-2 test

Frequency of long-term symptoms up with positive SARS-CoV-2 test

(HealthDay)—The frequency of long-term symptoms associated with COVID-19 is higher among individuals who self-reported ever receiving a positive severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) test, according to research published in the Sept. 10 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Valentine Wanga, Ph.D., from the CDC …

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NHS Test and Trace had critical impact on reducing COVID-19 transmission, new model finds

NHS Test and Trace had critical impact on reducing COVID-19 transmission, new model finds

NHS Test and Trace had a significant impact on driving down levels of COVID-19 transmission between June 2020 to April 2021, new modeling published today shows. From June 2020 to April 2021, testing, contact tracing and self-isolation directly prevented somewhere between 1.2 million and 2 million COVID-19 infections. Since its inception, NHS Test and Trace …

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Microscopy paired with AI leads to a fast, accurate, and cost-effective COVID-19 test

Microscopy paired with AI leads to a fast, accurate, and cost-effective COVID-19 test

Beckman researchers paired microscopy with artificial intelligence to develop a COVID-19 test that’s fast, accurate, and cost-effective. All we need to do is say “ahh.” Many of us have encountered or experienced a COVID-19 test. Like the pandemic itself, frequent screening has become part of daily life. As SARS-CoV-2 continues to be a formidable foe, …

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New trial will test effectiveness of treatment for bacterial vaginosis

New trial will test effectiveness of treatment for bacterial vaginosis

Credit: University of Nottingham Experts from the University of Nottingham and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are looking for women to take part in a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a new treatment for bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV causes a vaginal discharge that has an unpleasant smell. Up to a third of women …

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