Blood test flags youth at risk for later diabetes

A simple blood test that doesn't require overnight fasting could identify youth at risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Carly Kempler-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Aug. 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: diabetes biomarkers childrens-health featured health-and-medicine blood-tests

Wearable fitness devices deliver early warning of possible COVID-19 infection

Fitness information like resting heart rate collected by wearable devices can't diagnose diseases, but it can signal when something is wrong. That can be enough to prompt a COVID-19 test.

Albert H. Titus, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic biomarkers wearables fitness-trackers medical-diagnosis apple-watch fitbit garmin heart-rate-monitors wearable-technology

Blood test could signal Alzheimer’s in advance

Detecting a specific kind of protein in a blood test could help diagnose Alzheimer's disease far before symptoms begin to appear, reasearchers say.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease biomarkers blood featured health-and-medicine medical-tests

High-fat diet and antibiotics combine to up pre-IBD risk

"Until now, we didn't appreciate how different environmental risk factors can synergize to drive the disease."

Nadine Yehya - UC Davis • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: inflammatory-bowel-disease food antibiotics gut-bacteria microbiomes biomarkers featured health-and-medicine

Key protein tweak may stop cancer’s spread

Researchers have discovered a protein key to cancer's spread and relapse. It could lead to new treatments that ditch unfortunate side effects.

Duke-NUS • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cancer biomarkers proteins featured health-and-medicine metastases

Are retina layers early warning for Alzheimer’s disease?

Research with mice shows a new imaging technique could help spot early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease by looking at the retina.

Ken Kingery-Duke • futurity
May 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease retina biomarkers eyes health-and-medicine

Blood test accurately detects Alzheimer’s disease

A new blood test accurately detects a protein that indicates Alzheimer's disease, researchers say. It may change the way we diagnose and treat the disease.

McGill University • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease biomarkers featured health-and-medicine blood-tests

Can this biomarker flag autism in newborns?

A biomarker in newborns may signal autism spectrum disorder months or even years before symptoms begin, say researchers.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
April 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: autism biomarkers childrens-health babies health-and-medicine medical-tests

‘Smart toilet’ checks you for diseases like cancer

A new kind of smart toilet can check users for diseases using a variety of biomarkers. It even comes with an ID scanner and can send data to the cloud.

Stanford • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cancer colon-cancer biomarkers featured health-and-medicine feces urine

Protein signals if non-small cell lung cancer will spread

A newly identified protein indicates which non-small cell lung cancer is more likely to metastasize.

Carolyn Scofield-Tulane • futurity
March 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cancer tumors lungs biomarkers lung-cancer health-and-medicine metastases

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