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Cost-effective to screen all women for breast cancer genes: study – Sydney Morning Herald

Genetic testing for all women over 30 would prevent millions of deaths from breast and ovarian cancer globally and be cost effective in medium and higher income countries.

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Global clinical guidelines only recommend genetic testing for high-risk women, for example those fitting clinical criteria or with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer. However, half of BRCA carriers do not meet the criteria and are not tested.
“To me it’s pretty momentous, in terms of saying that the guidelines laid out are too strict and that relaxing them and providing testing … would certainly provide a lot of benefit and double detection rates of hereditary breast cancer,”…

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90-minute British DnaNudge COVID-19 test is accurate, Lancet study finds – The Asian Age

The ability to correctly identify positive cases is at 94.4% and a specificity – correctly identifying those without the disease – at 100%

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The ability to correctly identify positive cases is at 94.4% and a specificity correctly identifying those without the disease at 100%London: A British COVID-19 test known as DnaNudge that gives results in just over an hour and which requires no laboratory was accurate in almost all cases, an academic review in the Lancet has found.
Faster testing could allow more people to return to work or permit testing on entry to hospital, thus slowing a second spike in coronavirus infections.
The new tes…

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Two people in Casey cluster in hospital as visiting breaches revealed – WAtoday

Visits between homes, in breach of Melbourne’s lockdown rules, have been blamed for sparking the fast-growing cluster.

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Two people, both aged under 50, have been admitted, with one of them presenting to the emergency department on Friday morning after experiencing a shortness of breath. They are both in a stable condition.
People travelling more than five kilometres from their home and having “limited” contact with other households both in breach of Melbourne’s stage four restrictions have been blamed for the cluster.
Rhonda Stuart, the head of infection control and prevention at Monash Health, is hopeful that …

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E-Cig Clouds Aren’t ‘Vapour’, Scientists Warn. That Word Just Makes Them Sound Safer – ScienceAlert

Emissions from e-cigarettes are not harmless and calling them vapour is purposefully misleading, scientists argue.

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Emissions from e-cigarettes are not harmless and calling them vapour is purposefully misleading, scientists argue.
While the puffs from e-cigs aren’t exactly smoke, the term ‘vapour’ often brings to mind an innocuous cloud of water.
As such, public health experts argue ‘aerosol’ is a more accurate description, as e-cigarette clouds have been shown to contain harmful chemicals that may hang in the air and settle on nearby surfaces.
The change in name might sound pedantic, but new research sugg…

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