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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)

Why is a prolactin level test done?
A prolactin level test is done to look for health conditions that relate to the hormone prolactin. Results may indicate pituitary disorders, hypothyroidism, kidney disease, or liver disease. Male and female fertility and milk production are also affected. Treatment for high levels includes medication. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What is a slit lamp exam?
A slit lamp exam is a routine procedure where a doctor shines a light into the eye to look for injuries or diseases. These may include a detached retina, corneal abrasion, or cataracts. Abnormal results can also indicate infection, inflammation, or increased eye pressure. Learn more about the slit lamp exam here. (Medical News Today)

Autism blood test: One step closer
A novel blood test achieves 88 percent accuracy in diagnosing autism spectrum disorder. This advance could help to identify the condition earlier. (Medical News Today)

What to know about RPR testing for syphilis
The rapid plasma reagin test is a simple blood test that screens for syphilis. Doctors recommend the RPR test when they suspect that a person may have a syphilis infection. Positive results can indicate an infection, but the time course of the infection and other infections can influence the results. Learn more. (Medical News Today)

What to know about lipase tests and the pancreas
A doctor will order a lipase test if they suspect that a person has a problem with their pancreas. When the pancreas is inflamed, it often produces more lipase than usual. If the results of a lipase test show high levels, a person may have pancreatitis. Learn more about lipase levels and how to lower them here. (Medical News Today)

What to expect from a bronchoscopy
A bronchoscopy is a safe, relatively quick procedure. It allows a doctor to examine the inside of the lungs, which can help them to diagnose the cause of breathing problems or chest pain. In this article, learn what to expect before, during, and after a bronchoscopy, including recovery and possible complications. (Medical News Today)

24-hour Holter monitoring: What to know
A Holter monitor is a medical device that can help to diagnose heart problems, such as arrhythmias. A technician will attach electrodes to a person’s chest, and the person will wear the monitor for 24 hours. In this article, learn what to expect, how to wear the monitor properly, and what results mean. (Medical News Today)

What does it mean if you have a high C-reactive protein?
Doctors can use a C-reactive protein (CRP) test to check the levels of this protein. Many conditions can elevate CRP levels, including rheumatic arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. Symptoms of high CRP levels include chills and pain. Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Learn more about the CRP test here. (Medical News Today)

What is a urine specific gravity test?
A urine specific gravity test shows the density of urine compared with water. It can help doctors diagnose a variety of conditions, including dehydration, kidney problems, and a rare type of diabetes. Find out how to prepare for the test and what to expect. The article also explains about normal and abnormal results. (Medical News Today)

What to know about Epstein-Barr virus testing
The Epstein-Barr virus is a type of herpes virus. It is very common, and because the symptoms are quite general, a doctor may order an Epstein-Barr virus blood test to confirm whether or not a person currently has or has had this virus in the past. Read on to learn about the procedure and how to interpret the results. (Medical News Today)

Type 2 diabetes: New pill could 'mimic the effects of surgery'
A material that temporarily coats the small intestine and can be taken in pill form before a meal reduced glucose response by 47 percent in rats. (Medical News Today)

This 'light-activated' drug could treat Parkinson's
A drug activated in the brain using light delivered by implanted optical fiber improved motor function and reduced Parkinson's symptoms in mice. (Medical News Today)

What is knee arthroscopy?
Knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure. A surgeon inserts a tool called an arthroscope through a small incision. Using this scope and the camera attached, they can confirm diagnoses and often correct any issues affecting the joint. In this article, learn how to prepare and what to expect from knee arthroscopy. (Medical News Today)

Tea tree oil may replace antibiotics in the fight against infections
Using antibacterial molecules derived from tea tree oil, researchers have created a bioactive coating that can keep bacteria away from medical devices. (Medical News Today)

What happens during a pelvic exam?
A pelvic exam involves visually and physically checking the female reproductive system and sexual organs. These exams may be part of an annual checkup, and they are performed regularly during pregnancy. They can also help to diagnose infections and other issues. Here, learn what to expect and what the results may mean. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: Using tiny bubbles to starve tumors
A study that tested the approach in rat tissue samples shows how tiny bubbles in blood vessels may be used to starve tumors or deliver chemotherapy drugs. (Medical News Today)

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