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Study Backs Use of Saliva COVID-19 Test

Sept. 4, 2020 — A COVID-19 saliva test developed by researchers at Yale University appeared to perform at least as well as nasal swabs in a study of hospital patients, a finding that may help encourage more frequent use of…

COVID Survivors May Need Test a Month Later

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — You tested positive for COVID-19 and dutifully quarantined yourself for two weeks to avoid infecting others. Now, you’re feeling better and you think you pose no risk to…

New Quick COVID Test May Boost Screening Efforts

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The new rapid COVID-19 test approved last week is probably not the most reliable option for determining whether someone is infected. But it’s cheap and it’s fast, and…

FDA Approves New Rapid Coronavirus Test

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The first rapid coronavirus test that doesn’t need any special computer equipment to produce results was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. Made by Abbott Laboratories, the 15-minute…

Coronavirus Test Could Give Inaccurate Results

Aug. 19, 2020 — A widely used coronavirus test could produce inaccurate results due to issues with the equipment and software used to run the test, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Monday. The agency issued the alert about…

Blood Test Might Spot Most Dangerous COVID Cases

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A simple blood test may predict which COVID-19 patients are likely to get worse and die, a new study suggests. “When we first started treating COVID-19 patients,…

Simple Test Shows Which Face Masks Are Best

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to face masks, not all are equally effective, a new study finds. Duke University researchers developed a way of testing various types of masks to…

Can a Cheap Pill Cure Gonorrhea? New Test Can Tell

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say a new test can tell which patients with gonorrhea will benefit from treatment with the antibiotic ciprofloxacin. The low-cost drug has been out of use…

Colleges Weigh How Best to Test for COVID

Ravina Kullar, PharmD, infectious disease expert. JAMA Network Open: “Assessment of SARS-CoV-2 Screening Strategies to Permit the Safe Reopening of College Campuses in the United States.” CDC: “Interim Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education Administrators for SARS-CoV-2 Testing.” University…

American Cancer Society Recommends HPV Test

By Steven Reinberg               HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) — An updated guideline from the American Cancer Society calls for more simplified cervical cancer screening, administered less often. The new guideline calls…