Tag Archives: blood

“Blood test finds 50 types of cancer” – we’ve been down this path before

Shoddy, incomplete, fawning news coverage of screening tests is one of the most clearly established problems in health news coverage – something HealthNewsReview.org has revealed countless times over the past 15 years. A public relations news release 22 days ago – from “a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early” – touted study… Read More »

Dried blood spots have clear advantages over mini tubes when it comes to lab analysis of home collected samples for HIV and syphilis testing

Blood samples taken at home and sent by post to labs to screen for HIV and syphilis are more likely to be successfully processed when the collection technique used is dried blood spots rather than mini tubes, investigators from the UK report in Sexually Transmitted Infections. Close to 95% of dried blood spot samples were… Read More »

Keto diet and blood presure

Back to Food and diet. The headline refers to the increasingly popular ketogenic diet. This diet involves eating a combination of high-fat and low-carbohydrate foods. As the body usually uses carbs for energy, the diet is designed to “force” the body to burn off fat instead as an alternative energy source. This can help promote… Read More »