Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
New Genetic Prostate Cancer Test Available
A new genetic test to reveal the aggressiveness of prostate
cancer goes on sale in the United States on Wednesday.
The Oncotype DX Genomic Prostate Score joins another genetic
test called Prolaris that recently came on the market. Both analyze
multiple genes in a prostate biopsy sample and give a score for
cancer aggressiveness, the
The tests are meant to help men decide whether they need
immediate treatment for their prostate cancer or if it can be
safely monitored. The tests are similar to those used for certain
breast and colon cancers.
The Oncotype DX Genomic Prostate Score test costs $3,820 while
the Prolaris test costs $3,400, the
Sleep-Deprived Students a Major Problem: Study
The United States has the highest percentage of students with
sleep deprivation, which leads to lower classroom achievement, a
new study says.
The Boston College researchers found that 73 percent of 9- and
10-year-olds and 80 percent of 13- and 14-year-olds in the U.S. are
sleep-deprived. That compares with an international average of 47
percent of younger students and 57 percent of older students,
Other countries with the highest number of sleep-deprived
youngsters were New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Australia, England,
Ireland, France and Finland. Students in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan,
Portugal, the Czech Republic, Japan and Malta were the least
The researchers found that sleep deprivation among students can
be such a serious problem that lessons have to presented at a lower
level in order to accommodate sleep-starved students. Sleep experts
link students' sleep deprivation with the use of mobile phones and
computers in bedrooms late at night,
France Reports First Case of SARS-Like Virus
France has reported its first case of a person infected with a
deadly SARS-like virus.
The virus was diagnosed in a 65-year-old man who returned to
France after a trip to Dubai in mid-April. He is in intensive care
in a hospital in the northern city of Douai, France's health
ministry said Wednesday,
The new coronavirus was first detected in September 2012. Since
then, 30 cases have been reported in different countries and 18 of
the patients have died. Eleven of those deaths occurred in Saudi
Arabia. Other cases have been reported in Jordan, Germany and
The new virus is called nCoV-EMC and is related to SARS, a
severe respiratory illness that killed about 800 people worldwide
during a pandemic 10 years ago. Like SARS, the new virus causes
lung infection but, unlike SARS, it also causes rapid kidney
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