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New urine-based kidney stone test delivers results in 30 minutes

New urine-based kidney stone test delivers results in 30 minutes

Health
May 22 (UPI) -- A new urine-based testing system can diagnose people with kidney stones in 30 minutes or less, a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances has found. Faster test results mean those with the painful condition can start treatment -- and hopefully recover -- sooner. Current testing approaches take up to 10 days to produce results. "Since the result will be available immediately, such as during an office visit, it will tell the doctor the cause of the stone and guide dietary and pharmacologic interventions," Pak Kin Wong, principal investigator on the study, told UPI. "The doctor can also use the device to monitor the response of the patient to treatment and indicate the need for other treatment options," said Wong, who is professor of biomedical and mechanical e...
Google Search results topped by suspected scam gadget store

Google Search results topped by suspected scam gadget store

Technology
A suspected scam store, featuring hard-to-find gadgets priced below the norm, topped Google search results for days.MyTechDomestic accepted payments via direct bank transfers only - despite indicating support for credit cards and PayPal - and falsely claimed to be owned by a UK-registered company.It was flagged to Google last week but the US company took action only after being contacted by BBC News on Monday.The site's operator did not respond to several requests for comment.However, the platform went offline shortly after BBC News asked for a response to customers' claims it amounted to a "scam".Action Fraud - the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime - is looking into the matter after receiving a complaint f...
UFC 249 results: Justin Gaethje defeats Tony Ferguson for interim lightweight title

UFC 249 results: Justin Gaethje defeats Tony Ferguson for interim lightweight title

Sports
May 10 (UPI) -- Justin Gaethje upset Tony Ferguson to claim the interim lightweight title in the main event of UFC 249 on Saturday night in Jacksonville, Fla. Gaethje, 31, beat Ferguson via TKO at three minutes, 39 seconds of the fifth round inside an empty VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Saturday's card took place in front of no spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic. Following the fight, Gaethje threw the interim belt off after UFC president Dana White put it around his waist. In his interview in the Octagon, Gaethje said he'll "wait for the real one." "I am proud to hold this belt," Gaethje said after the fight. "It feels good. Not many people in the world, much less fighters in the UFC, get to achieve this. So it feels fantastic, and I should enjoy it. But that was the competitor...
UCSF test for COVID-19 may provide results in under 45 minutes

UCSF test for COVID-19 may provide results in under 45 minutes

Health
April 17 (UPI) -- A 30- to 45-minute test to identify and diagnose the COVID-19 virus is under development, University of California at San Francisco scientists announced. The "SARS-CoV-2 DETECTR" test, developed by the school and Mammoth Biosciences of San Francisco, is easy to implement and to interpret, and requires no specialized equipment, the school said in a statement this week. UCSF researchers are clinically validating the test in an effort to fast-track the approval process through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's emergency use authorization. The test process involves the commonly-used CRISPR -- clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats -- gene-targeting technology to seek the presence of the COVID-19 virus. It searches for two target regions in the genom...
1st results in on Gilead coronavirus drug; more study needed

1st results in on Gilead coronavirus drug; more study needed

Health
The first results are in for an experimental antiviral drug against the new coronavirusBy MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical WriterApril 10, 2020, 9:58 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article More than half of a group of severely ill coronavirus patients improved after receiving an experimental antiviral drug, although there’s no way to know the odds of that happening without the drug because there was no comparison group, doctors reported Friday. The results published by the New England Journal of Medicine are the first in COVID-19 patients for remdesivir. The Gilead Sciences drug has shown promise against other coronaviruses in the past and in lab tests against the one causing the current pandemic, which now has claimed more than 100,000 lives.