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Avian flu lab breaks the bad news to MN turkey farms

Before the avian influenza outbreak killed hundreds of thousands of turkeys in Minnesota, one farm suspected the virus and one university lab confirmed the news. Since that first case four weeks ago, technicians at the Veterinary Diagnostics Lab at the University of Minnesota work double shifts and weekends testing about 100 samples a day for...
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Early detection of osteoarthritis via blood test in sight, says study

The first blood test for early-stage osteoarthritis could soon be developed, say researchers who suggest the biomarker they have identified can detect the painful joint condition before bone damage occurs. The research, led by the University of Warwick in the UK, is published in the journal Scientific Reports. The authors found that testing for citrullinated proteins (CPs) in...
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A New Blood Test Can Estimate How Serious Your Food Allergy Is

A new blood test can reveal just how severe a person’s food allergy is and could possibly replace more invasive testing, a new study published Wednesday morning suggests. Around 4 to 6% of American children have food allergies, a risk the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls “a growing food safety and public health concern.”...
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