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Tests to Diagnose Invasive Aspergillosis with 100% Accuracy

Tests to Diagnose Invasive Aspergillosis with 100% Accuracy

The fungal infection invasive aspergillosis (IA) can be life threatening, especially in patients whose immune systems are weakened by chemotherapy or immunosuppressive drugs. Despite the critical need for early detection, IA remains difficult to diagnose. A study in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics compared three diagnostic tests and found that the combination of nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA) and real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) detects aspergillosis with 100% accuracy. Continue reading

By any stretch: New software harnesses computer vision to more accurately measure infant length

By any stretch: New software harnesses computer vision to more accurately measure infant length

After their hectic experience of delivery, newborns are almost immediately stretched out on a measuring board to assess their length. Medical staff, reluctant to cause infants discomfort, are tasked with measuring their length, because it serves as an indispensable marker of growth, health and development. Continue reading

Video game technology aids horse rider assessment

Video game technology aids horse rider assessment

Horse riders’ balance, symmetry and poor posture could be improved thanks to an innovative body suit that works with motion sensors, commonly used by movie makers and the video games industry. New research by Elizabeth Gandy, a senior lecturer in the University of Sunderland’s Department of Computing, Engineering and Technology, uses inertial motion sensors worn in the XsensTM MVN body suit and is now showing promising results as a method of assessing rider asymmetry and lower back pain and injury risk. Continue reading

Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone

Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone

Big cities in the smog: Photos from Beijing and, more recently, Paris clearly illustrate the extent of fine dust pollution. But what about our direct environment? What is the pollution concentration near our favorite jogging route? Continue reading

Brain rhythm predicts real-time sleep stability, may lead to more precise sleep medications

Brain rhythm predicts real-time sleep stability, may lead to more precise sleep medications

ScienceDaily (Mar. 3, 2011) — A new study finds that a brain rhythm considered the hallmark of wakefulness not only persists inconspicuously during sleep but also signifies an individual’s vulnerability to disturbance by the outside world. In their report in the March 3 PLoS One , the team from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Division of Sleep Medicine uses computerized EEG signal processing to detect subtle fluctuations in the alpha rhythm during sleep and shows that greater alpha intensity is associated with increased sleep fragility. Continue reading

Third end primary school overweight

Third end primary school overweight

12 December 2012 Last updated at 06:11 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News One in three children in the final year of primary school in England is overweight or obese, figures show. Continue reading

Some heart patients may respond differently to anti-platelet drugs

Some heart patients may respond differently to anti-platelet drugs

ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2012) — The cause of heart attacks or strokes among some patients treated with anti-platelet drugs may be different than for patients who have undergone surgical procedures to restore blood flow, according to researchers at Duke Medicine. The finding — reported Nov Continue reading

Environmental exposures unlikely to alter thyroid function of pregnant women, fetuses

Environmental exposures unlikely to alter thyroid function of pregnant women, fetuses

ScienceDaily (Sep. 20, 2012) — Exposures to perchlorate (ClO4), a compound found at low levels in the environment, and thiocyanate (SCN), a compound found in cigarette smoke and some foods, is unlikely to alter thyroid function in pregnant women and fetuses, according to new data presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) in Québec City, Québec, Canada. “The developing fetus is reliant on maternal iodine for thyroid hormone production for normal neurodevelopment Continue reading

New test to crack down on athlete-cheating with drugs

New test to crack down on athlete-cheating with drugs

ScienceDaily (Sep. 14, 2012) — Scientists from three UK universities have developed a new test to catch drugs-cheats in sport. Over the last 10 years, the GH-2004 team, which is based the University of Southampton, has been developing a test for growth hormone misuse in sport with funding from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and US Anti-Doping Agency and with support from UK Anti-Doping Continue reading

Measuring glucose without needle pricks

Measuring glucose without needle pricks

ScienceDaily (Sep. 7, 2012) — Pricking a finger everyday is just part of everyday life for many diabetes patients. Continue reading