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What to know about urine drug screening
Doctors, sports officials, or employers may request a urine drug screen to check if a person has recently used illegal or prescription drugs. Urine tests can detect many substances, including alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana. The detection times differ, depending on the drug. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: These psychiatric symptoms may be an early sign
A postmortem study of brain tissue tests and interviews of those close to the deceased ties some psychiatric symptoms to early Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Using Facebook to predict depression
Using machine-learning technology, scientists may soon be able to accurately predict a diagnosis of depression by examining Facebook posts. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer: Marker of deadly recurrence identified
Low or no NR2F1 protein in cells that metastasize from primary breast tumors to bone marrow indicates a high risk of lethal cancer recurrence, says study. (Medical News Today)

New type of nerve stimulation relieves chronic back pain
A new stimulation therapy that specifically targets the nerves fibers involved could be an effective alternative to spinal cord stimulation, says study. (Medical News Today)

What to know about head and brain MRI scans
A doctor may use a head and brain MRI scan to check for a range of injuries and abnormalities. Here, gain a detailed understanding of the procedure and how to prepare. (Medical News Today)

Nerve damage: Using electronic implants to hasten healing
Biodegradable electronic implants that deliver impulses to heal injured peripheral nerves and are absorbed after 2 weeks show promising results in rats. (Medical News Today)

Paralysis breakthrough: Electrical implant helps man walk again
In a world first, a man with lower-body paralysis has regained the ability to stand and walk thanks to electrical stimulation to the spinal cord. (Medical News Today)

What to know about the anti-smooth muscle antibody test
When a person has a liver condition, their body produces high levels of anti-smooth muscle antibodies (ASMA). Doctors check for these antibodies using the ASMA blood test. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What does it mean if your ESR is high?
The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) test is a blood test that can reveal inflammation in the body. A high or low result may signify an underlying condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or cancer. Additional tests are necessary to confirm a diagnosis. The ESR test poses few risks. Learn more about it here. (Medical News Today)

What is a random glucose test?
Diabetes occurs when a person has too much glucose in their blood. Doctors can diagnose diabetes with a random glucose test. A person can have this test at any time during the day and does not need to fast beforehand. For a reliable diagnosis, the doctor will usually repeat the test on another day. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What do high or low MPV levels mean?
Doctors perform the mean platelet volume (MPV) blood test on its own or as part of a complete blood count (CBC) test. The results give information on the components of a person’s blood. Platelets prevent bleeding and help wounds heal. Both high and low levels may indicate cancer, anemia, and autoimmune disorders. (Medical News Today)

Treating pain with magnetic fields
New research suggests that 'mechanoceuticals' may be the treatment of the future against chronic pain. Magnetic force can reduce pain signals in neurons. (Medical News Today)

'Vaginal rejuvenation' devices 'have serious risks,' warn FDA
Some women may opt for a 'vaginal rejuvenation' procedure to improve vaginal tone or pelvic function. This can bring 'serious' health risks, say the FDA. (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's disease: Breath test for early diagnosis steps closer
A sensor array that detects volatile molecules in exhaled breath has potential as a tool for detecting early-stage Parkinson's disease. (Medical News Today)

Molecule deficiency may help diagnose severe depression
New research shows that reduced blood levels of a specific molecule may predict the severity of major depressive disorder and change diagnostic practices. (Medical News Today)

Olfactory receptors 'do more than smell'
Human olfactory receptors are everywhere in the body — not just in the nose — and may prove useful in healthcare and medicine once we know more about them. (Medical News Today)

What to expect from a laparoscopy for endometriosis
Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue similar to the tissue that lines the uterus grows in other places in the body. While physical examinations and ultrasounds can sometimes find endometriosis, a laparoscopy is the only way to be sure a person has the disease. Learn about the procedure and recovery. (Medical News Today)

New chronic fatigue syndrome test is 84 percent accurate
Researchers have developed a diagnostic test that can predict who has myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome with 84 percent accuracy. (Medical News Today)

What to know about the antidiueretic hormone (ADH) test
Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) is responsible for regulating the body’s fluid balance. Doctors can use an ADH test to help diagnose underlying conditions that cause fluid and electrolyte imbalances, such as diabetes insipidus. In this article, learn about the test and the potential causes of high and low levels of ADH. (Medical News Today)

What is the normal range for a creatinine blood test?
A creatinine blood test measures how much creatinine is in the blood. It is used to check kidney function, and high levels may indicate the kidney is damaged. The procedure involves drawing a small amount of blood for testing, and there is no special preparation necessary. Learn more about the test here. (Medical News Today)

Lithotripsy for stones: What to expect
Lithotripsy is a procedure that uses shock waves or lasers to break down stones in the kidneys, bladder, or ureter. In this article, learn about how the procedure works, the success rate, how to prepare, and what to expect during recovery. We also cover the possible risks and side effects. (Medical News Today)

New potential risk factor for heart failure
A study of more than half a million people identifies leg bioimpedance as a new risk factor for heart failure that can be measured noninvasively. (Medical News Today)

What does a cortisol level test show?
A cortisol level test measures the amount of cortisol in the blood. This hormone plays a crucial role in the body. Doctors use cortisol level tests to check for signs of Addison’s disease, Cushing’s syndrome, and adrenal function abnormalities. Learn about the cortisol level test and what the results indicate here. (Medical News Today)

What is the normal chloride level?
The chloride levels in the blood should be 96 and 106 milliequivalents per liter (MEq/L). High levels indicate hyperchloremia, while low levels indicate hypochloremia. These conditions can have many causes including severe dehydration. Treatment depends on the individual cause but may involve rehydrating. Learn more. (Medical News Today)

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