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Media Monitoring: 16th – 21st October

By October 21, 2022No Comments

Genetic sequencing key to predicting kidney cancer severity

  • Swedish researchers have found four genes in kidney cancer cells which could predict the chances of the tumour spreading and patients’ likely survival rates
  • This is crucial as outcomes are dramatically less positive if the cancer spreads, particularly to the spine (as is common with kidney cancer)
  • Patients genetically more likely to have their cancer spread can therefore be monitored more closely and be given better care

https://www.healtheuropa.com/genetic-sequencing-can-predict-the-severity-of-kidney-cancer/118768/

 

Community diagnostic centres ‘may struggle to live up to ministers’ promises’

  • Despite pledges to establish CDCs in accessible locations, The King’s Fund has found that only 17 sites (1 in 5) are “in the community”
  • A key reason for their establishment was to prevent patients from having to visit hospitals for tests and instead visit a centre in a convenient local location, such as a high street facility or shopping centre
  • The organisation stated that the Government had “much to learn” from the approach successfully employed by vaccine centres during the pandemic, where facilities were located in convenient places

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/nhs-england-xray-patients-department-of-health-and-social-care-b2201665.html

 

More accurate predictive test for cervical cancer developed

  • The test detects cell changes which can result in cervical cancer and possesses greater accuracy than current tests
  • It can also pick up DNA markers for other cancers and could therefore be used in future to detect other cancers that affect women, including womb and ovarian
  • For those who do not have cell changes but who had human papilloma virus (HPV), the biggest cause of cervical cancer, it detected 55% of those who would have cell changes in the next four years

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/oct/19/scientists-develop-more-accurate-predictive-test-for-cervical-cancer

 

Rapid test for periodontal disease developed by researchers

  • Researchers from the University of Birmingham have developed a test for periodontal disease which is expected to be rolled out to point-of-care settings
  • Currently a physical exam is used to diagnose the disease, this new rapid test can be employed anywhere
  • The test uses a specialised probe with a detector and measures biomarkers which diagnoses the disease and its severity

https://www.healtheuropa.com/researchers-design-a-rapid-test-for-periodontal-disease/118651/

 

3-minute Parkinson’s test could help to diagnose the disease

  • The ‘Parkinson’s Smell’ phenomenon has recently been reported on and now a test has been developed to diagnose the disease
  • The non-invasive test collects sebum and uses it to try to detect biomarkers
  • Increase in sebum is a typical sign of Parkinson’s – first discovered nearly 100 years ago

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/3-minute-skin-swab-test-may-diagnose-parkinsons-disease-smell#Parkinsons-distinct-odor-and-Joy-Milne

 

First HIV self-swab tests available to buy in the UK

  • Superdrug are now offering HIV self-swab tests for consumers to buy
  • This means that people are able to take HIV tests at home by swabbing their gums; achieving results in just 20 minutes
  • People would normally take a blood test to diagnose HIV, with results coming back to patients in a maximum of 72 hours

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/body/health/a41597014/hiv-self-test/

 

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