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FDA has cleared two diagnostic tests – the Aptima Combo 2 Assay and the Xpert CT/NG – for extragenital specimens (throat and rectum) for detecting sexually transmitted diseases called chlamydia and gonorrhea. The FDA found that these diagnostic tests are safe and effective. It cleared the tools for marketing on Thursday.
Amid salmonella outbreak that began earlier this year, the CDC has recommended avoiding kissing and snuggling backyard chickens and ducklings, which are the potential source of salmonella infection. A few days ago, the CDC held backyard poultry responsible for the current salmonella outbreak.
According to a European study, children who grow up without regular exposure to nature are susceptible to health problems that may persist into adulthood. Researchers have found that regular exposure to nature helps improve cognitive function, quality of life, and lowers body mass index, increasing the life expectancy.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted a study to look at the best and worst sunscreens sold to customers in the United States. The group found 14 sunscreens harmful to children. The investigators also found that three-quarters of all sunscreens sold in America are ineffective. EWG has urged the FDA to improve sunscreen regulations for more safety and efficacy.
Google Artificial Intelligence researchers, along with medical researchers, trained a deep learning algorithm that can help detect lung cancer, that too with a very high success rate and better than radiologists. However, the researchers said that it would take more time to implement such a system into healthcare institutions.