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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Reagent solution may bust COVID-19 testing bottleneck

A new way to make reagents for COVID-19 testing could boost our capacity for testing and make producing future tests easier.

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~4 min

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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

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