Russia’s State Research Center of Virology, in the city of Koltsovo in Siberia, has one of the largest collections of dangerous viruses anywhere in the world. During the Cold War, the lab developed biological weapons and defenses against them, and it reportedly stored dangerous strains of smallpox, anthrax, and Ebola among other viruses.
Lab testing is notoriously prone to errors of overuse and underuse, with serious financial and clinical consequences. When word of mouth isn't enough to change course, machine-learning models and computerized systems for monitoring the use of tests can step in with objective support, new studies show.
Precision medicine promises new therapies based on an individual’s characteristics and lifestyle. The goal is to improve health monitoring, optimize pharmaceutical interventions and contribute to better population health interventions. Precision medicine also has the potential to change how clinicians conceptualize disease based on insights at the molecular level, but this is a long-term process. Here are seven key ways precision medicine could change the practice of medicine.
A substantial proportion of patients with pathogenic variants in clinically actionable hereditary cancer genes are being missed with current genetic testing guidelines, according to a recent study.
Marrying a prince isn't the only way to turn your blood blue.
A woman in the US managed to turn her actual blood literally blue after applying too much numbing pain reliever on her gums.
A urine test that can detect early stage pancreatic cancer has reached the final stage of validation before being developed for use with patients.
Scientists at the University of Strathclyde are researching a system to measure and monitor blood chemistry levels in premature and sick babies through their skin, which if successful, could eventually replace the need for invasive blood tests.
When John Korver first started working at Hamilton General Hospital in 1969, the lab was still in the Victoria St. Wing—a drafty old building that had been around since the late 1800s.
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