Patient-ordered testing may increase colorectal cancer screening adherence

The ability to self-order screening kits through electronic reminders may act as a commitment device that increases colorectal cancer (CRC) screening uptake, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Erin E. Hahn, Ph.D., M.P.H., from Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena, and colleagues compared the effectiveness of […]

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Biosensors to detect P. jirovecii, responsible for Pneumocystis pneumonia

The group ‘Clinical Epidemiology and Vascular Risk’ at the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville—IBiS/University Hospitals Virgen del Rocío and Macarena/CSIC/University of Seville, also a member of CIBERESP, participated in a project with researchers from CIBER-BBN, in which they developed systems to detect Pneumocystis jirovecii, an atypical fungus responsible for very severe pneumonia in immunosuppressed patients. […]

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Diagnosing intake of two new psychoactive substances

NUS pharmaceutical scientists have developed a systematic approach to understand how the human body manages two new psychoactive substances (NPS) by predicting their biological half-lives and measuring their biological activities against cannabinoid receptors. These NPS are synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) abbreviated as 5F-MDMB-PINACA and 4F-MDMB-BINACA. Their findings will help develop guidelines to detect the ingestion of […]

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Sleep studies in children with sleep disordered breathing could influence treatment

A new study recommends healthy children with symptoms of sleep disordered breathing, such as snoring or temporary cessation of breathing, should consider undergoing a sleep study (polysomnography) and should discuss the potential benefits of this with their pediatrician or otolaryngologist to possibly manage the child’s symptoms medically and before surgery. Sleep disordered breathing is common […]

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