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Test determines severity of whooping cough in infants; Potential new test for ovarian cancer
Test determines severity of whooping cough in infants; Potential new test for ovarian cancer

(January 13, 2013 - Insidermedicine Week in Review)

From California - Researchers have found a way to determine which infants are at highest risk of death from whooping cough, according to a report published in the Journal of Pediatric Infections Diseases Society. Researchers retrospectively examined medical records of 31 pertussis patients from 5 intensive different intensive care units. They found that infants who had more severe disease had higher white blood cell counts--at least a 50% increase--than infants without severe disease. As such, researchers believe that taking early and repeated WBC counts can help determine the severity of the infant's infection.

From Baltimore – Scientists have developed a new test for ovarian and endometrial cancers, according to a report published in Science Translational Medicine. The test, known as PapGene, examines 12 of the most frequently mutated genes in both cancers by using cervical fluid obtained during a routine Pap test. Researchers used PapGene on a group ovarian and endometrial cancer patients as well as healthy controls and found that the test was able to detect early and late-stage disease, and did not misdiagnose any of the healthy women.

 
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