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Computers Sniff A Diagnosis


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Computers Sniff a Diagnosis (The New York Times)

Kate Murphy writing for the New Yor k times reportedeEvery person exudes a personal “odorprint” concocted from thousands of organic molecular compounds. This unique scent can broadcast our age, genetic makeup, and even disease — which researchers believe will soon lead to earlier detection of illnesses. Several groups of researchers across the globe race to leverage the human “odorprints” for disease detection through computer assistance. One company borrows technology from bomb detection, while another sniffs for patterns of smells rather than individual molecules.

Some of the contenders closest to the finish line have begun enrolling thousands of patients into clinical studies in lung and colon cancer diagnosis.

Comment: Woof woof

Women Overscreened And Undertreated For Osteoporosis

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Women May Be Over-Screened Under-Treated For Osteoporosis.

Amy Norton writing in Reuter’s stated a study in Menopause showed that of 615 women who were screened for osteoporosis, 41% did not meet guidelines for whether they needed the screening. Researchers say this leads to extra cost of screening and possible overtreatment.  At the same time, the study found that women who did have osteoporosis were not always being treated. Researchers are uncertain of why both cases exist, and encourage women to speak with their doctors.  Which is worse: over-screening or Undertreating?  Neither is good although I personally feel most guidelines are unnecessarily restrictive and miss disease.

Virus Ruled Out As Cause Of FM.

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Virus ruled out as cause of FM

Sally Koch Kubetin writing in Rheumatology News reported that Xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus – whew what a mouthful – often shortened to XMRV- has been touted as a possible cause of fibromyalgia.  Researchers at the Hospital; Universitario,  Madrid compared blood from 15 patients who met the American College of Rheumatology  diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia and 10 healthy controls. They screened using a DNA extraction and polymerase chain reaction. They failed to find evidence of XMRA in the blood.

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