Genetics

Genetic data may up diagnostic efficiency for rheumatic disease

(HealthDay)—Converting genotype information into an interpretable probability value for five different inflammatory arthritis-causing diseases could potentially improve the diagnostic efficiency of rheumatic disease, according ...

Medical research

Smartwatch app shows promise for identifying atrial fibrillation

For participants without atrial fibrillation, use of a smartwatch application (app) can identify irregular pulse, which may indicate atrial fibrillation with high positive predictive value, according to a study published ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Model fails to predict risk for maternal ICU admission

(HealthDay)—A predictive model that uses prenatal risk factors to help identify women at higher risk for admission to the maternal intensive care unit (ICU) has low positive predictive value, according to a study published ...

Radiology & Imaging

Novel technique may significantly reduce breast biopsies

A novel technique that uses mammography to determine the biological tissue composition of a tumor could help reduce unnecessary breast biopsies, according to a new study appearing in the journal Radiology.

Oncology & Cancer

Combined digital screening best for detecting breast cancers

(HealthDay)—The combination of digital mammography (DM) and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) detects 90 percent more breast cancers than digital mammography alone, according to a study published in the August issue of ...

Cardiology

Heart murmur disappearance on standing can rule out pathology

(HealthDay)—For children aged 2 and older, disappearance of a heart murmur on standing is a reliable tool for excluding pathologic murmur, according to a study published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family ...

Oncology & Cancer

Elastography and color doppler improve breast ultrasound

(HealthDay)—The combination of elastography and color Doppler ultrasonography (US) with B-mode US in women with dense breasts can increase the positive predictive value of screening and reduce the number of false-positives, ...

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