Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

US begins blood tests for coronavirus immunity: reports

The United States has begun taking blood samples from across the country to determine the true number of people infected with the coronavirus, using a test that works retrospectively, according to reports.

Neuroscience

Smoking may cause white scars on the brain

It's quite possible that you are one of those people with white spots on the brain. Healthy people aren't spared them, but sick individuals may be more vulnerable. If you smoke, the risk increases even more.

Neuroscience

Vitamin D status in newborns and risk of MS in later life

Babies born with low levels of vitamin D may be more likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life than babies with higher levels of vitamin D, according to a study published in the November 30, 2016, online issue ...

Medical research

Researchers develop fast, accurate cystic fibrosis test

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a fast, inexpensive and highly accurate test to screen newborns for cystic fibrosis. The new method detects virtually all mutations in the CF gene, ...

Pediatrics

A new technique to test for brain damage in newborn babies

Neurological damage known as Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) occurs in babies who experience a lack of oxygen or blood supply before birth, and can often lead to death or cerebral palsy in severe cases. HIE affects ...

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