Can gargling saltwater replace nasal swab COVID tests?

A new COVID test uses gargling with saltwater instead of a stick up your nose. Researchers say initial results are promising.

Daniel Stolte • futurity
yesterday ~10 min

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

Simple skin test identifies Parkinson’s disease

Using a method originally developed to detect mad cow disease, researchers discovered that a simple skin test can accurately identify Parkinson's disease.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Oct. 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: parkinsons-disease aging skin health-and-medicine medical-tests

COVID testing is still too slow in the US

Even though wait times for COVID test results have dropped in the United States, they still don't come back fast enough to be useful for contact tracing.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: covid-19 united-states featured health-and-medicine medical-tests trends

‘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
Aug. 13, 2020 ~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

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