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Monday, April 21, 2014

4/21/14 Health News: Highly Infectious Disease May Soon Arrive in the U.S. ♦ Most Hospital Pregnancy Tests Unreliable ♦ New test for Prostate Cancer Can Save Millions of Men Painful Examination

Highly Infectious Disease May Soon Arrive in the U.S.
When Claire Rourke woke up one morning March of last year with a sore toe, she didn’t worry too much about it. She, her husband and their three daughters were living in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for a few months as part of a family year abroad. She and her husband had traveled widely — But by the middle of that day, Rourke was sicker than she had ever been before. “I hurt in so many places — my feet, hand, wrists, ankles, elbows and knees,” she says. “I actually remember thinking that I just might die.” Her joints were so swollen, hot and painful that she couldn't rest her elbows on the bed.Continue Reading

Most Hospital Pregnancy Tests Found to Be Unreliable

After First Few Weeks of Pregnancy Though the 11 most popular hospital urine pregnancy tests perform well in the first month after conception, a new study published in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of AACC, reveals the alarming statistic that nine of these tests become significantly more likely to produce false-negative results after the 5th to 7th week of pregnancy. Continue Reading



New test for Prostate Cancer Can Save Millions of Men Painful Examination

Each year prostate tissue samples are taken from over a million men around the world - in most cases using 12 large biopsy needles - to check whether they have prostate cancer. This medical procedure, which was recently described by an American urology professor as 'barbaric', shows that 70% of the subjects do not have cancer. The examination is unnecessarily painful and involves risk for these patients, and it is also costly to carry out. A patient-friendly examination, which drastically reduces the need for biopsies, and may even eliminate them altogether, has been developed . Continue Reading

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