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Dried blood spots have clear advantages over mini tubes when it comes to lab analysis of home collected samples for HIV and syphilis testing

Blood samples taken at home and sent by post to labs to screen for HIV and syphilis are more likely to be successfully processed when the collection technique used is dried blood spots rather than mini tubes, investigators from the UK report in Sexually Transmitted Infections. Close to 95% of dried blood spot samples were… Read More »

Popular Blood Pressure Medication Increases Risk Of Skin Cancer

Research shows an association between skin cancer and one of the most common hypertension medications. Researchers looked at the relation between hydrochlorothiazide containing antihypertensive medication and increased skin cancer risk. It has been previously demonstrated that this commonly used medication can increase lip cancer risk. This study established a clear association between hydrochlorothiazide containing hypertension… Read More »

Type 2 diabetes: Does your tongue look like this? Unusual warning sign of high blood sugar

It is predicted that by the year 2030, 366 million people will have diabetes worldwide. Due to this worrying epidemic, there is a growing need for additional diabetes screening tools and knowing how to spot the early signs of the disease to ensure earlier treatment. According to studies, the tongue may hold many clues including… Read More »