Genetics

Rapid DNA analysis helps diagnose mystery diseases

As doctors, we deal with a lot of uncertainty. Often, it is difficult to diagnose what is making a patient sick because symptoms from both infectious and non-infectious diseases can be indistinguishable from each other.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Reported cases of spotted fever rickettsioses rarely confirmed

(HealthDay)—Only 1.0 percent of reported cases of spotted fever rickettsioses (SFR) meet the confirmed case definition, according to research published in the March 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Oncology & Cancer

Should we rename low risk cancers?

Should we rename low risk ("indolent") cancers in a bid to reduce anxiety and harm from unnecessary investigation and treatment? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Classification of psoriasis severity depends on definition

(HealthDay)—Depending on the definition used, there are large variations in the proportion of patients identified as having moderate-to-severe psoriasis, according to a study published in the December issue of the British ...

Health

What people want from a trip to the ER

"I just needed to know what was causing the pain," said one patient. People walk into an emergency room because something is wrong. It might be life-threatening or benign. It could cause long-term damage if ignored, or it ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Research aims to fine-tune sepsis diagnosis

Work designed to improve diagnosis of one of the leading causes of death in children is under way in Brisbane, led by a University of Queensland researcher.

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