News / UK and world by Press Association April 29, 2019, 8:01 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A blood test for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) could be on the cards after scientists identified the first known biomarker for the condition. The test, still under development, measures the way immune cells respond to stress. According to researchers, it offers definitive proof that the illness is real and not imaginary. CFS, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), causes feelings of extreme tiredness often combined with flu-like symptoms and joint pains. An estimated 250,000 people in the UK suffer from the condition, some affected so badly they cannot work or carry out everyday tasks without help. Yet because the causes of CFS are largely unknown, it is often perceived as being “in the mind”. Professor Ron Davis, from Stanford University School of Medicine in the US – who led the new research, said: “Too often, this … [Read more...] about Blood test for chronic fatigue syndrome may be on its way
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But millions of lives could be saved as experts consider replacing smear tests with DIY tampon swabs. The UK National Screening Committee is considering introducing the kits, which can be used at home, in that hope that more women will get screened, the Daily Mail reports. It comes as the number of women attending screenings dropped to the lowest level since records began in 1995. Health bosses warn two women a day are dying of cervical cancer as a result. Home kits The DIY kits work like a tampon, with the swab is inserted into the vagina to collect a sample of cells and liquid. Women can then pop the swab into the post to be tested for HPV in a lab. A pilot study in Scotland found a third of the 3,800 women sent kits used them. The British Medical Journal published a separate review of more than 70 studies last year concluding tests done at home were just as successful at detecting pre-cancerous cells as those carried out by medics. However, home kits can return slightly … [Read more...] about Smear tests to screen for cervical cancer could be replaced by DIY tampon swabs
Ilana Marcus, The Washington Post Published 8:12 am PDT, Sunday, March 31, 2019 Grit alone got Linda Greene through her husband's muscular dystrophy, her daughter's traumatic brain injury, and her own mysterious illness that lasted for three years and left her vomiting daily before doctors identified the cause. But eventually, after too many days sitting at her desk at work crying, she went to see her doctor for help. He prescribed an antidepressant and referred her to a psychiatrist. When the first medication didn't help, the psychiatrist tried another - and another and another - hoping to find one that made her feel better. Instead, Greene felt like a zombie and sometimes she hallucinated and couldn't sleep. In the worst moment, she found herself contemplating suicide. "It was horrible," she said. She never had suicidal thoughts before and was terrified. She went back her primary care doctor. In the past, when Jeremy Bruce, Greene's physician in Cincinnati, treated … [Read more...] about Can DNA tests help prescribe antidepressants?
President Trump's second State of the Union address provided an opportunity for him to make his case to Congress and the country, halfway through his term. But it also provided ample opportunity to offer statistics and claims that need to be checked. Here are some of the claims the commander-in-chief made Tuesday night as he addressed the country, and the facts surrounding those claims. Stacey Abrams' response Stacey Abrams delivered a response to the president's address.ABRAMS' CLAIM: Rather than bringing back jobs, plants are closing, layoffs are looming and wages struggle to keep pace with the actual cost of living.FACTS: True. On wages, Pew Research has also found that although wages have risen in the past 40 years, they have not really kept pace with the spending power for Americans over time.The liberal Economic Policy Institute suggests that workers need to see nominal wage increase of 3.5 to 4 percent -- a range that "significantly" exceeds the Fed's 2 percent inflation target … [Read more...] about Fact checking Trump’s 2019 State of the Union
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 6, 2019, 2:37 AM GMT / Updated Feb. 6, 2019, 5:00 AM GMT By Jane C. Timm and Carrie Dann President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday, where he re-enforced his immigration agenda, slammed "ridiculous partisan investigations" and announced he would meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un for a second time later this month. NBC News fact-checked his State of the Union address as it happened. Claim: Trump's administration has created 600,000 manufacturing jobs Trump's figure is close. The U.S. has added 454,000 manufacturing jobs since Trump took office in January 2017, some of the biggest gains in 20 years, according to jobs data. Trump’s numbers mark an acceleration of a trend that began in 2010 under President Barack Obama. Still, after decades of automation and change to the industry … [Read more...] about State of the Union fact check: What’s true and false in Trump’s address