US researchers develop blood test to track melanoma treatment progress

April 27, 2021 Researchers at the NYU (New York University) Grossman School of Medicine and Perlmutter Cancer Center in the United States have led an investigation of a test that monitors blood levels of DNA fragments released by dying tumor cells and can potentially act as an accurate early indicator of treatment success in individuals … Read more

Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Infants is Promising Intervention

April 20, 2021 “Continuous glucose monitoring is widely used in adults and children with diabetes to improve glucose control, but has not been approved for use in neonates,” wrote the study Investigators.  Led by Kathryn Beardsall, MD, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cambridge, UK, the international, open-label, randomized controlled trial was conducted across 13 neonatal … Read more

Feds to order 61M more at-home coronavirus tests and to build surgical glove factories

April 16, 2021 In an online briefing, Tim Manning, the National Supply Chain Coordinator for COVID response, told reporters that these companies could produce another 61 million at-home tests by the end of the summer.  Manning declined to identify the manufacturers, citing ongoing contract negotiations; however, said more information would be available in the next … Read more

‘Very exciting development’: Hyperspectral imaging technique roots out hidden stomach cancers

April 14, 2021 Japanese researchers paired machine learning with their hyperspectral imaging technique to detect stomach tumors that are typically difficult to observe using standard methods, such as endoscopy.  Using this new approach, they were 86% accurate at identifying gastrointestinal stromal tumors in a small group of tissue samples.  “This technique is a bit like … Read more

CT (computed tomography) -equipped, teleradiology-backed mobile stroke units bolster outcomes over traditional ambulances

April 08, 2021 Analyzing outcomes among 1,543 patients treated for ischemic stroke, experts found that administering thrombolysis in such vehicles, versus waiting until arriving at the hospital, lowered an individual’s risk of disability three (3) months later.  Future investigations could explore the cost effectiveness of mobile stroke units, but German scientists believe there’s a strong … Read more