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Patients to carry out health checks at home to ease winter pressures, including blood tests

A new NHS trial, exclusive to Cornwall, has been launched which will allow patients to complete health checks from the comfort of their own homes. This will prevent GP services from being swamped during a busy winter period. This forms a key part of the Government’s drive to digitise health checks. Cornish patients will be asked to complete an online…
Ben Kemp
December 8, 2022
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More than 140,000 people participate in NHS-Galleri blood test trial across the UK

The NHS has announced a milestone of over 140,000 people registering to participate in the NHS-Galleri trial of an innovative blood test offering the ability to detect more than 50 types of cancer. Since the trial project launched a year ago, thousands of volunteers have undergone the blood test at over 150 mobile clinic sites across the country. Participants will…
Natalie Creaney
July 22, 2022
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Novel blood test developed to better diagnose bipolar disorder

Researchers in France have discovered a set of blood biomarkers specific to bipolar disorder which indicate the presence of the illness, thus allowing them to develop a world-first blood test to diagnose the condition. Diagnosing bipolar disorder has traditionally been difficult and complex, leading to an average seven year wait for diagnosis. The research team was made up of researchers…
Natalie Creaney
June 24, 2022
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Large scale trial of a ‘revolutionary’ early-stage cancer blood test begins

A ‘revolutionary’ blood test that could detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear is to be trialled by thousands of Greater Manchester residents. The potentially lifesaving Galleri test checks for the earliest signs of cancer in the blood and the NHS-Galleri trial, the first of its kind, aims to recruit 140,000 volunteers nationally, to see how well…
Natalie Creaney
May 27, 2022
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Additional blood test in heart attack patients could detect higher risk of death

The National Heart and Lung Institute has said that an extra blood test performed on suspected heart-attack patients could determine if they are at a higher risk of dying in the next three years. The diagnostic tool would search for the C-reactive protein (CRP), helps detect inflammation and is already in use in clinical settings for detection of other diseases.…
Ben Kemp
February 25, 2022
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Blood test could diagnose cancer in people with nonspecific symptoms

Scientists have created a blood test which is highly effective in detecting cancer in those with worrying symptoms, such as unexplained weight loss and fatigue. If the test is validated, it could significantly improve survival rates by diagnosing cancer much earlier and thus allowing patients to receive more effective treatment. The test can also show whether the cancer has spread.…
Ben Kemp
January 7, 2022