Updated: 05/26/2004 05:25 AM
A new test could help diagnose appendicitis. Researchers have found a way to control narcolepsy. An online test could be key in diagnosing endometriosis.
Appendicitis can masquerade as other problems, but a non-invasive test may one day confirm the condition soon after you feel sick. The Appytest® from DMI Biosciences checks for a compound in urine that indicates inflammation in the appendix. The company says the easy-to-do and read test can confirm appendicitis very early after the onset of symptoms. It should be used in conjunction with a blood test that checks for white blood cells. United Kingdom hospitals will get the test first before it's offered on this side of the Atlantic.
Chemical Researchers may have found a way to control narcolepsy, a condition marked by excessive and uncontrolled sleepiness. Scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern were able to reverse narcolepsy symptoms in mice by introducing a missing brain chemical related to sleep and wakefulness. By injecting orexin, alertness was increased and there were no "rebound" sleep episodes later. Researchers speculate a pill may one-day offer the same benefits to narcolepsy patients.
Endometriosis is a painful condition affecting up to twenty percent of childbearing-age women. Chronic pelvic and abdominal pains are hallmarks of endometriosis, a condition that increases the risk of infertility due to scarring of the fallopian tubes. If you suspect your painful periods may be related to endometriosis, fill-out an online questionnaire at Endoknow.com and take it to your next gynecologist appointment.
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