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Results-in-hours test could prevent 'superbug' deaths

A lab at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital is designing the new DNA sequencing technology, which it hopes will be available within a year. Leading microbiology expert Professor Jonathan Edgeworth, who is helping evaluate the equipment, said: “This is the most promising thing to help tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance we’ve seen. “We hope the test will revolutionise the treatment ...

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Blood test detects heart attack in minutes

The new blood test analyses a cardiac protein – cMyC – whose levels increase rapidly after a heart attack. People currently suspected of a heart attack are tested for a different protein – troponin – when they arrive in A&E and again three hours later. But on-the-spot blood tests on more than 700 patients found that cMyC was present 95 ...

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Diabetes test: What is the safe blood glucose level?

Type 2 and type 1 diabetes can be diagnosed by your GP. This is done using a variety of easily administered tests, that can tell you what your blood glucose is in minutes, showing whether you have the condition. Sometimes, however, it may be beneficial to take the test which doesn’t give you immediate results, but can tell you what ...

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Peanut allergy: Test with NO RISK of adverse reactions created

The method is a simple blood test, hailed as five times cheaper than the standard food allergy test known as the ‘oral food challenge’ (OFC). Currently, doctors diagnose peanut allergies using a skin-prick or IgE test, but this can result in over-diagnosis or incorrect results. Such tests consist of feeding peanut in incrementally larger doses to a patient in a ...

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Weight loss: Why pensioners with unexpected weight loss should be referred for urgent test

The call comes after a study found over-60s who go to their family doctor after unintentionally shedding weight have a greater than 3% chance of having one of 10 cancers. These patients “warrant rapid investigation” for cancer and possibly multiple types, according to research published in the British Journal of General Practice. The study, the first system… Daily Express :: ...

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