Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Written by Neill Abayon

Near the top of the list of disease that are tricky to catch early: lung cancer and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). So doctors are working on better screening tools. New test on the horizon:
Lung cancer researcher Bojana Turic is developing a test that uses a scrappings from the inside of the check to detect markers of early lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers. The test will spot subtle changes in cheek cells which result from the presence of cancer in the lungs. The ultimate goal is to have the test incorporated into regular dental checkups or physicals.
Rheumatoid arthritis. In people with RA , the synovium, a thin tissue layer that surrounds the joints and tendons, begin expanding and then erodes bones, causing damage and pain. An experimental new test using noninvasive microscopic MR imaging may detect thickening of the synovium and bone erosions, possible signs of the debilitating conditions in its beginning stages. Early, aggressive medical treatment can lessen the effects of the disease.

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