‘Pill’ could sample bacteria while in your gut

Swallowing a tiny capsule could offer a full view of your GI tract and gut bacteria. The tiny tool could even scoop up bacteria and deliver them to doctors.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

Tags: gut-bacteria microbiomes medical-devices featured health-and-medicine medical-tests digestive-system

Experts: Better COVID-19 testing is still vital to ‘reopening’

There's no pandemic "silver bullet", but COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, masks, and vaccine development are key to going back to school or the office.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: education covid-19 economics jobs featured health-and-medicine medical-tests

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

Eye scanner reveals your ‘biological age’

An eye scanner can detect biological aging, rather than your chronological age. It decodes the "record of how a person is aging at the molecular level."

Boston University • futurity
June 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: aging eyes featured health-and-medicine medical-tests imaging-technology

Self-swab COVID tests may be just as accurate

COVID-19 tests that have patients swab their own noses are as accurate as the more invasive tests that health care workers administer, a small study finds.

Krista Conger-Stanford • futurity
June 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses featured health-and-medicine medical-tests noses pandemics

Reopening schools requires major caution

Experts call for large-scale viral testing in children, contract tracing, and other actions to avoid compounding the COVID-19 crisis as schools reopen.

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine • futurity
June 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: education covid-19 childrens-health featured society-and-culture health-and-medicine medical-tests

Experts worry about false COVID-19 antibody test results

When interpreting COVID-19 antibody tests, caution is key. Here, experts explain the best way to use the tests and why false positives are so concerning.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
May 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 antibodies health-and-medicine medical-tests

Saline may solve one big COVID-19 testing problem

Phosphate buffered saline could carry COVID-19 testing samples safely. That could fix a testing bottleneck due to viral transport medium shortages.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
May 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses health-and-medicine medical-tests

COVID-19 patient antibodies may clarify immunity

Nearly all people hospitalized with COVID-19 develop antibodies against the virus within six days of testing positive, new research indicates.

Jill Wu-Emory • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 vaccines antibodies viruses health-and-medicine medical-tests

Nanotech could diagnose COVID-19 and gauge death risk

A proposed platform uses nanoparticles or magnetic levitation to spot a "fingerprint" for COVID-19 diagnosis and checking death risk.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 nanotechnology viruses infections magnetism health-and-medicine medical-tests

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