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Image: Research shows simple blood tests helped improve hypertension treatment in African countries (Photo courtesy of iStock).

Simple Blood Tests Improve Hypertension Treatment

African and African American hypertensives tend to retain salt and water, with lower levels of plasma renin and more resistant hypertension. Two simple blood tests were able to drastically improve treatment for resistant hypertension across three sites in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. More...
17 May 2017
Image: New research suggests that there may be a link between blood sugar and glioma (Photo courtesy of MNT).

Glioma Risk Lower with Elevated Blood Sugar

While many cancers are more common among those with diabetes, cancerous brain tumors called gliomas are less common among those with elevated blood sugar and diabetes. More...
16 May 2017
Image: The enlarged, basophilic, smudgy viral inclusions typical of BK polyoma virus nephropathy are seen in the tubular epithelium in this renal transplant case (Photo courtesy of Brent Weedman).

BK Virus Biomarkers Determined by Urine Samples

Transplants are lifesaving treatments for patients with end-stage kidney disease but around 25% fail within five years, either because the body begins to reject the new organ, or because a viral infection has taken hold of the kidney. More...
11 May 2017
Image: A new blood test for pregnant women may predict gestational diabetes better than existing methods (Photo courtesy of the APA).

New Test May Predict Gestational Diabetes Better

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs during a woman's pregnancy, increasing the mother's risk of delivering a large-for-gestational-age baby, which can lead to pre-term birth, fetal injury, perinatal mortality and cesarean delivery. More...
09 May 2017
Image: Researchers have identified key predictors of PTC recurrence after surgery, and developed a system to identify patients at the highest risk of recurrence (Photo courtesy of HealthTap).

Prognostic Tool Stratifies Risk of Parathyroid Carcinoma

Researchers have identified key predictors of parathyroid cancer (PTC) recurrence after surgery, and developed a 3-point scoring system to more reliably identify patients at the highest risk of recurrence. Consequently, the tool can also help determine optimal postoperative strategy. More...
09 May 2017
Image: Recent phase-I clinical trials suggest that smart pills may have potential to revolutionize diagnosis and prevention of several gut disorders (Photo courtesy of RMIT University).

Smart Pills Offer Diagnostic Tool for Gut Disorders

Researchers have completed successful phase-one human clinical trials of ingestible capsules (the size of a vitamin pill) that have potential to revolutionize diagnosis and prevention of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and diseases. More...
08 May 2017
Image: The Minicare I-20 system, for rapid diagnosis of a heart attack at the point of care (Photo courtesy of Philips Healthcare).

Cardiac Troponin Assay Compared with Existing Tests

Efficient rule-out of acute myocardial infarction (MI) in patients presenting with symptoms of cardiac ischemia facilitates early disposition of the patient to outpatient care, and helps to relieve the increasing crowding of the emergency departments (ED) in most hospitals. More...
02 May 2017

The Clinical Chemistry channel updates the reader on tests, techniques, and research in the field - from routine assays to specialized tests on blood, urine, enzymes, lipids, hormones and more.
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