Saturday, March 15, 2014

A New Way To Detect Disease

Strip of paper used for testing. Bottom line indicates presence of disease.
I often find myself reading up on new research developments in science and came across a post involving a new way to detect disease. Most people are familiar with how a pregnancy test works, so I will not get into the details! But the simple process of combining urine and a stick that detects pregnancy is now being used in research for cancer and heart disease. 

This new test only involves two steps. The first step involves an injection given to the patient by the doctor.  After the injection is given, the patient has to urinate on a strip of paper and if the disease is present the paper will change color. Simple as that! This test also proves to be cheap and easy which is a good advancement in the medical industry.  Normal testing for cancer and heart disease can be expensive. The researchers of this study used mice and their urine to detect disease.  When the mice urine was placed on the strip of paper, there was a color change which proved those mice to have blood clots (from heart disease) or cancer. The positive results that are being seen from these mice test show future prospect for this test to be used on humans and get the same results.  The only problem with detecting cancer with this test is the fact that there are many different types of cancer, and they may not all show up on the screenings in humans. Besides that small downside in the research, the overall future of this test being used on humans seems bright! I highly suggest reading the full article here: Simple test for cancer and heart disease