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6 innovations from Future Healthcare 2019
Medical News Today attended the Future Healthcare 2019 conference and exhibition. Here, we outline a handful of the innovations that piqued our interest. (Medical News Today)

Groundbreaking blood test detects fibromyalgia
Researchers have identified a unique 'molecular signature' that distinguishes fibromyalgia from other related disorders that doctors often confuse it with. (Medical News Today)

Laser probe detects deadly melanoma in seconds
A Ph.D. student has designed a cost-effective and easy-to-use device that can quickly detect cancerous skin cells. Catching cancer earlier can save lives. (Medical News Today)

New PTSD blood test could aid prevention and treatment
A groundbreaking new blood test for genetic biomarkers of PTSD could improve accuracy of diagnosis, precision of treatment, and prediction of future risk. (Medical News Today)

What to know about heart pacemakers
A pacemaker keeps the heart beating regularly, and inserting one into the chest requires surgery. This is a relatively safe procedure. Learn more about heart pacemaker surgery here. (Medical News Today)

Can we heal wounds by printing skin?
An innovative new technology has the potential to change the face of wound healing. Researchers have developed a bioprinter that can print skin. (Medical News Today)

What to know about 24-hour cortisol urine tests
Doctors use cortisol urine tests to help diagnose many medical conditions that affect cortisol levels. In this article, we discuss the uses, procedure, and how to interpret the results of a 24-hour cortisol urine test. (Medical News Today)

New device can detect cancer in just a drop of blood
A newly developed state-of-the-art diagnostic tool that is cost-effective and easy to make can detect the presence of cancer in the tiniest drop of blood. (Medical News Today)

What to know about DEXA scans
The DEXA scan assesses bone density and can determine whether a person has weaker bones that are at risk of fracture. No special preparation is necessary. Learn more about DEXA scans here. (Medical News Today)

What can we see with an abdominal ultrasound?
Healthcare professionals may use abdominal ultrasounds to diagnose pancreas, liver, and stomach issues. The procedure requires very little preparation, and there are very few risks. Learn more about abdominal ultrasounds here. (Medical News Today)

How nanoparticles may drive the spread of cancer
New research finds that common nanoparticles from materials such as gold, titanium dioxide, and silver can facilitate the spread of cancer cells. (Medical News Today)

How do you read a TB skin test?
A purified protein derivative (PPD) test is a test that helps diagnose tuberculosis. It is a straightforward and painless test, and the results can lead to faster treatment. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How long can you detect marijuana in the body?
The body processes marijuana at varying rates, which may change depending on dose, hydration, body fat percentage, and, sometimes, the sensitivity of the test. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's blood test detects brain damage years before symptoms
Testing blood levels of a protein that brain cells leak when faulty or dying detected people with Alzheimer's disease years before their symptoms emerged. (Medical News Today)

What is an alanine aminotransferase (ALT) blood test?
An alanine aminotransferase (ALT) test helps doctors diagnose problems with the liver, such as hepatitis or liver disease. Learn more about the ALT blood test in this article. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: A new 'drug sponge' may reduce chemo's toxic effects
A new experimental device may be able to absorb chemotherapy drugs after they have reached cancer tumors but before they can reach healthy tissue. (Medical News Today)

What to know about ventriculoperitoneal shunt
A ventriculoperitoneal shunt is a medical device that surgeons use to treat hydrocephaly. The article looks at the types, procedure, possible complications, and tips for recovery. (Medical News Today)

Bowel cancer: New biomarker may also boost treatment
Researchers investigating a new biomarker for colorectal cancer have also uncovered a novel intervention that might help treat a range of cancer types. (Medical News Today)

Scientists design 'smart' wound healing technique
Researchers have engineered a new molecule that changes the way that materials interact with the body's tissues to drive wound healing. (Medical News Today)

New breath test for cancer currently under trial
Researchers from the United Kingdom are currently testing the accuracy of a newly developed breath test that could diagnose cancer in a noninvasive way. (Medical News Today)

What do TSH levels mean?
A thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels test helps diagnose or monitor common disorders of the thyroid gland. It is a simple test that is similar to a standard blood test. Learn more about it here. (Medical News Today)

How pulmonary function tests work
Pulmonary function tests check the lungs for issues including asthma, allergies, and bronchitis. Learn more about what pulmonary functions tests are for, and how they work, here. (Medical News Today)

What do brain lesions mean in multiple sclerosis?
As multiple sclerosis (MS) progresses, lesions may form in the brain. With magnetic resonance imaging, doctors can use the lesions to track the progress of the condition. Learn more about the process of scanning for brain lesions, and how they might affect the symptoms and progress of MS. (Medical News Today)

These tiny sensors may detect cancer early
Researchers use nanosensors to detect intracellular interactions that may signal cancer very early on. Their results may help detect lymphocytic leukemia. (Medical News Today)

Universal 10-minute cancer test in sight
Cancer cells have a unique pattern of chemical tags on their DNA, which differs from that of healthy cells and could serve as the basis for a universal test. (Medical News Today)

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