The COVID-19 pandemic knocked many women off schedule for important health appointments, a new study finds, and many didn't get back on schedule even after clinics reopened. The effect may have been greatest in areas where such care is already likely falling behind. The study looks at screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infections (STI), as well as two types of birth control care.
According to ARRS' American Journal of Roentgenology, return to routine screening for BI-RADS 3 lesions on supplemental automated whole-breast ultrasound (ABUS) substantially reduces the recall rate, while being unlikely to result in adverse outcome. This prospective study supports a recommendation for routine annual follow-up for BI-RADS 3 lesions at supplemental ABUS.
Scientists have developed a rapid, highly accurate test to detect antibodies against the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 in human serum, opening a new avenue for understanding the full extent of the pandemic and evaluating the effectiveness of vaccines.
A collaborative team from the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation has designed a wearable strain sensing device that can effectively detect a wide range of strains.
The latest investigations into a promising new genetic test for glaucoma - the leading cause of blindness worldwide - has found it has the ability to identify 15 times more people at high risk of glaucoma than an existing genetic test. The study, just published in JAMA Ophthalmology, builds on a long-running international collaboration between Flinders University and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and other research partners around the world to identify genetic risk factors for glaucoma.
SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, is highly transmissible, with nasal passages being the target of original infection. The nasal passage also shows the highest expression of ACE2, a protein that has been widely linked with increased susceptibility to COVID-19. Now, scientists from Japan have found that nasal inflammation can influence susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2. They also identified the use of short chain fatty acids as a potential COVID-19 management strategy.
A research team, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has succeeded in developing a new optical microscope technology, capable of deeper imaging beyond the biological tissues.
This review, published in the Journal of Huntington's Disease, brings together and recaps data from major published mass spectrometry studies undertaken in HD research over the last 20 years, identifying important changes that occur in HD. The authors encourage researchers to make greater use of these studies to accelerate the development of new treatments.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is prevalent in China, where much research has been conducted on this condition. However, most of these studies are published in Chinese, and their findings remain inaccessible to western scientists. To address this problem, a pair of researchers have published a review article on the Chinese Medical Journal condensing Chinese IBS studies carried out over the past decade. This review will help promote and guide future research efforts on IBS.
A new study by researchers at Queen Mary University of London, University of Oxford, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, and the Medical University of Graz, has found that lateral flow tests detect Covid-19 with similar accuracy to laboratory-based PCR tests, providing they are used at the onset of infection and soon after symptoms start.