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Rapid test for detecting COVID-19 highly accurate for children and adolescents

Rapid test for detecting COVID-19 highly accurate for children and adolescents

Creative rendition of SARS-CoV-2 particles (not to scale). Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH In a large prospective study of just over 1,000 patients ages 17 and younger who were seen at the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital (BCCFH) testing site during a seven-month period last year, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine …

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E-cigarette users who test positive for COVID-19 are more likely to experience symptoms

E-cigarette users who test positive for COVID-19 are more likely to experience symptoms

Credit: CC0 Public Domain People who use electronic cigarettes and test positive for COVID-19 have a higher frequency of experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, compared to people who don’t vape, according to new research from Mayo Clinic. The study, which is published in the Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, finds that people who vape and …

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BinaxNOW test catches COVID infection in many people, study shows

BinaxNOW test catches COVID infection in many people, study shows

(HealthDay)—Countering earlier concerns, a real-world study finds that a widely used at-home coronavirus test called BinaxNOW is as effective at detecting Omicron as other COVID-19 variants. The study of Abbot’s rapid antigen test included more than 700 people who visited a walk-up testing site in San Francisco. The test detected 65% of infections caught by …

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What should you do if you test positive for COVID-19? Here's the latest guidance

What should you do if you test positive for COVID-19? Here’s the latest guidance

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain As health experts learn more about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccines, guidance for individuals who test positive for the disease has evolved. Federal health officials say the precautions people should take if they become infected with COVID-19 depends on their symptoms and vaccination status. Here’s what you need to know. …

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Do not use at-home COVID test swabs in the throat: FDA

Do not use at-home COVID test swabs in the throat: FDA

(HealthDay)—Swabs that come with at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests should be used in the nose and not the throat, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. It issued the warning on Twitter in response to reports that some people are using swabs intended for nasal samples to take samples from their throats and posting their …

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Amid COVID test shortages, price gouging is on the rise

Amid COVID test shortages, price gouging is on the rise

(HealthDay)—As the Omicron variant blankets America and demand for COVID-19 tests climbs, so, too, does price gouging. High prices for over-the-counter antigen tests are being seen around the country, CBS News reported. “The danger in health care is that for any lifesaving product—it’s vulnerable to price gouging because most people would pay [an] arm and …

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Blood test helps predict who may benefit from lung cancer screening

Blood test helps predict who may benefit from lung cancer screening

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A blood test, combined with a risk model based on an individual’s history, more accurately determines who is likely to benefit from lung cancer screening than the current U.S. recommendation, according to a study published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology led by researchers from The University of Texas MD …

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Fetal exposure to antibiotics in mid to late pregnancy linked to childhood asthma risk

Blood test may one day predict severe pregnancy complication

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A blood test may one day be able to predict whether someone who is pregnant will develop a serious blood pressure disorder months before symptoms show up. Preeclampsia happens in around 1 of 20 pregnancies, usually in the third trimester, and can cause organ damage, stroke and preterm birth. Pregnancy-related high …

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New COVID test more than 99 percent accurate

New COVID test more than 99 percent accurate

Credit: University of Aberdeen A new test developed by scientists at the University of Aberdeen using AI-assisted technology has proven to be almost one hundred percent accurate in detecting COVID antibodies.   The Universal EpitoGen SARS-Cov-2-test passed the penultimate round of quality assurance assessments by the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) with a reported …

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Breakthrough COVID-19 saliva amplified antigen rapid test is as sensitive as PCR test

Breakthrough COVID-19 saliva amplified antigen rapid test is as sensitive as PCR test

PASPORT, a new saliva-based COVID-19 ART test, is easy to self-administer, deliver results in minutes, and has sensitivity close to the gold standard PCR test. Credit: Duke-NUS Medical School A potentially game-changing antigen rapid test (ART) technology to diagnose COVID-19 has been developed by scientists in Singapore. Using a proprietary on-kit amplification technique, a person’s …

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