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Patients with COVID-19 GI symptoms experience delayed diagnosis, viral clearance

Patients who develop new-onset digestive symptoms, like diarrhea, after a possible exposure to COVID-19 should be suspected for the illness, according to research published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.In the study, Xiaohua Hou, MD, PhD, of the division of gastroenterology at Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan,…

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Certain medical devices with FDA priority review have higher recall rates

High-risk, or class 3, medical devices that underwent FDA priority review had higher recall rates and less time on the market before serious recalls vs. high-risk devices that received standard review, data published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed.“The FDA requires that high-risk (class 3) medical devices undergo premarket approval review, the most stringent path through…

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Blood test detects dozens of cancer types, often before symptoms emerge

A novel blood test accurately detected more than 50 types of cancer with a specificity of 99.3%, according to results of the prospective Circulating Cell-free Genome Atlas study published in Annals of Oncology.The test, which uses targeted methylation analysis of circulating cell-free DNA, also predicted the tissue in which the malignancy originated in more than…