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'Fluorescent' Retinal Cells Warn of Eye Disease
MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- That twinkle in your eye could be an early sign of eye disease if it is seen using a new imaging device developed by scientists at the University of Michigan.
The device detects certain proteins that become fluorescent during the metabolic stress that typically happens at the onset of eye diseases, according to findings published in the February issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology. This flavoprotein autofluorescence (FA) occurs when retinal cells begin to die.Read entire article...
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Children Now Eligible for Screening Test for Bacterium
FRIDAY, Feb. 24 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded approval for a breath test that screens for a common ulcer-causing germ, to include children aged 3 years to 17.
The Helicobacter pylori bacterium causes stomach inflammation (gastritis) and ulcers, and increases an infected person's risk of gastric cancer and a certain form of lymphoma. In a news release, the FDA said the BreathTak UBT test, approved for adults in 1996, is now sanctioned for children.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than two-thirds of the world's population is infected with the bacterium, abbreviated H. pylori, but most infected people never have symptoms, the FDA said.
The BreathTek UBT test was newly approved based on results from a multi-location clinical trial involving 176 children, the agency said.Read entire article...
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