Diagnosing disease

Studies of genes and proteins are leading to new diagnostic tools that can help detect disease earlier and with greater specificity.


Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a cheap and reliable diagnostic test for a rare form of cancer. The test involves screening tumour samples for a particular molecular fingerprint unique to this cancer. 20/05/11

A new study has provided the first direct evidence that over-activity of a gene called FTO leads to over-eating and obesity in mice. The findings suggest that the gene could be a promising target for developing anti-obesity drugs that decrease the gene's activity. 16/11/10


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One in five Europeans suffer chronic pain, yet few treatments offer adequate relief. Mun-Keat Looi talks to researchers from the London Pain Consortium. 13/11/09
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Janet and her daughter Lucy live with chronic pain in their feet. See them visit the clinic of Dr David Bennett, a member of the London Pain Consortium. 10/11/09


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A variety of tests, both genetic and non-genetic, can be used to predict and diagnose colorectal cancer. 26/03/06
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Helping people faced with a diagnosis of genetic disease to understand the disease and the effect it will have on their lives, so that they can reach their own decisions about the future. 14/03/03
"Diagnosis is not the end, but the beginning of practice." Martin Fischer
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