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Media Monitoring – 27th August – 2nd September

By September 2, 2022No Comments

Novel blood test measures pulmonary arterial hypertension severity

  • The test developed by National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers, measures DNA fragments released by damaged cells
  • Patients with the disease usually present with high levels of fragments in their blood, with higher levels correlating with disease severity
  • Knowing the fragment levels in patients’ blood allows doctors to tackle the disease faster and the test itself has performed better than standard diagnostic methods according to clinical studies

https://www.medicaldevice-network.com/news/nih-blood-test-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension/

 

Researchers find genetic variants associated with Crohn’s disease

  • A team of researchers from around the world have discovered genetic variants in 10 genes which directly increase a person’s risk of developing Crohn’s disease
  • This includes genetic variations in in regions of the genome which have hitherto never been connected to Crohn’s disease
  • The causes of the disease are not understood fully – it is assumed that it results from an immune response against gut bacteria by genetically susceptible individuals

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-08-zeroes-genes-involved-crohn-disease.html

 

Pre-pregnancy genetic testing could help spot risks before conception

  • University of Zurich researchers have studied the effectiveness of genetic testing before a woman falls pregnant
  • Their study showed they can detect the risk of the child having a severe developmental disorder in about 44% of cases if the parents are related by blood
  • The genetic test also discovered 5% of cases in couples who were not blood-related but only if all known recessive genes were investigated
  • It is likely that developmental disorders are caused by unidentified genes – as 58% of cases of developmental disorders remained unexplained

https://www.healtheuropa.com/could-genetic-testing-before-pregnancy-reduce-the-risk-of-serious-illness/117602/

 

Rishi Sunak vows to make UK a ‘science superpower’ if he wins PM contest

  • In order to deliver his pledge, Mr Sunak declared he would establish a better alternative to the Horizon Europe programme which the UK is fighting to rejoin
  • He also stated that “science and innovation will be at the heart of my government”
  • Moreover, he would create a taskforce approach to science policy in his government following criticism of science’s importance (or lack thereof) in the Johnson administration

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/liz-truss-birmingham-boris-johnson-west-midlands-science-b2150412.html

 

Policy Paper: Reviving Global Health Systems: How Technology Can Improve the Quality and Quantity of Life

  • The Tony Blair Institute has produced an interesting policy paper which examines the role technology can play in improving global health
  • It notes that biotech advances can produce a more ‘predictive, preventative, personalised and participatory’ model of health for patients – a vision which IVDs will play a key role

https://institute.global/policy/reviving-global-health-systems-how-technology-can-improve-quality-and-quantity-life

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