Heart age test a ‘wake up call’ for those at risk

A new study by Staffordshire University shows that people who understand their ‘heart age’ are more likely to make healthy lifestyle changes. 50 preventable deaths from heart attack or stroke happen every day and Public Health England’s online Heart Age Test (HAT) allows users to compare their real age to…

French group’s test distinguishes flu and Covid

French medical diagnostics company bioMerieux said Wednesday it had received certification to sell a test capable of distinguishing regular flu from COVID-19 and two other respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms. The company believes the test will help sufferers and doctors diagnose their illness more quickly, which could potentially save lives….

FDA authorizes first COVID-19 test for self-testing at home

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to a COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test that provides individuals with a result within 30 minutes, in the comfort of their home. As opposed to currently available at-home testing products, which have patients self-collect a nasal swab sample and ship…

CDC Reverses COVID Test Guideline After Controversy

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2020 — Facing strong criticism, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reversed a prior COVID-19 guideline that had said that people who know they’ve been in close contact with an infected person but are asymptomatic do not have to get tested. Instead, the…