Questions tagged [test]

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Can the specificity of a COVID-19 antibody test be improved by testing twice?

My question is fairly simple: There is a COVID-19 antibody test with a worst-case specificity of 98%, meaning that it yields potentially up to 2% false positives. While that number is not bad it is ...
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Have cases of Covid-19 virus “reactivation” been noticed in countries besides China and South Korea?

April 10 news: South Korean officials on Friday reported 91 patients thought cleared of the new coronavirus had tested positive again. [...] Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for ...
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What are the testosterone tests that I can take to prove that my low libido is really a testosterone problem?

I understand that ( correct me if I am wrong) the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin ( SHBG) test is one of the tests that can be used to evaluate one's libido. The sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) ...
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Is there a possibility of transmission of COVID-19 during sample collection process?

Is there a possibility of transmission of COVID-19 during sample collection process from safety kits worn by sample collecting person to the suspected infected person whose sample is being collected? ...
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Is there a colorblindness test for non-verbal children?

The colorblindness tests that I have seen have all relied on getting a verbal answer from the test subject. Examples are "What number do you see in this picture?". Most people can follow a test ...
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Can two different medications in the same bottle contaminate one another.

Last week, I went to my pain control doctor, I came up positive for an opiate I do not take. The gal who works for me, asks Me all the time if sheshe can put her pills in my pill bottle. We do manual ...
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Online Genetic Test Repositories

I've found out that NCBI's Genetic Testing Registry database holds quite a large collection of genetic/genomic tests available. However, it is a database where producers/researchers submit their ...
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EverlyWell - legit?

EverlyWell is a lab testing startup. I'm looking at their food sensitivity test, didn't find a whole lot of independent info online (other than blogger reviews that were paid by the company). Is it ...
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Are COVID-19 patients infectious even if test results are negative?

With Covid-19, are people infectious in the first days after infection before they test positive on a Covid test? I have learned that Covid-19 tests are ineffective in the first few days after being ...
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Does the stool test for Helicobacter pylori show only acute infections?

There are four options when being tested for Helicobacter pylori - blood test, stool test, breath test and scope test. (Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection) Scope test is definitely the most ...
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Who's RNA does the rRT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 target?

The official guide for laboratory testing for coronavirus disease in suspected human cases by the WHO explains the procedure for testing a sample. On page two it states that the test is based on ...
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How often is a microscope used

I am planning on studying Graduate Entry into Medicine (4 years instead of 6 for people that already have a degree) in the UK. Microscopes really irritate my eyes. I think in the UK we still have to ...
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Is there a way to measure allergy to tablet/pill ingredients?

It looks like I have some kind of allergy to tablets/pills. It doesn't matter which type I take (I used to take mainly vitamins). If I take some, the result is vary from bearable sickness (for 2 days)...
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How are Sensitivity/Specificity determined for tests in mental health?

Originally the question was How are Sensitivity/Specificity determined for the first test available for a disease? but I narrowed it down a bit since it seemed to be too broad. Given that measuring ...
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Lactase quantity test?

Is there a way to reliably test the quantity of lactase enxymes in a solution? For example, if I were to culture multiple bacterial species which produce lactase. Is there a way to count the lacyase ...
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How does ELISA test for COVID antibodies detect antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2?

I know how ELISA can be used to detect particular antigens by using antibodies specific to the antigen. How is it being used to detect SARS-CoV-2 specific antibodies? I realise that one possible ...
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Can widely-accessible/universal testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) benefit the health-outcome of an *individual*?

(I am not a clinician, so it's quite possible I am missing something obvious.) Tried but failed to explain to someone (who is used to routine swab/culture for a sore throat, as well as diagnostic ...
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Pandemic: what is the term for the phenomenon of diffusion of tests and the spreading of the virus itself?

Context: from the "discovery" of the virus to its spreading Before the discovery of sars-2 people died from sars-1, flu or pneumonia. On the one hand, we have a new, previously unknown virus that is ...
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Tilt table test and beta blockers

Is tilt table test indicative with beta blockers for dysautonomia diagnosis? Or is it require drug withdrawal?
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What is the range of times for fasting for glucose and cholesterol/lipid tests?

I have been reading references on the Internet about the fasting times before getting a blood test for glucose and cholesterol/lipid, and they all indicate at least 8 hrs for glucose and 10-12 hrs for ...
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Are blood pressure numbers recorded during an office visit really meaningful?

On a recent visit to my primary care doctor the staff did the perfunctory BP reading. I had just sat down a few seconds prior. The reading was done only once. Is such a reading at all meaningful? I ...