Hot answers tagged

4 votes
Accepted

How do epi-pens work? Are they specific per allergy? Epi-pen for latex allegery exist?

This is not a medical consultation or advice, only educational information. For any specific questions, talk to your doctor. EpiPen is an injection of Epinephrine (also called Adrenaline) that is ...
user avatar
  • 1,598
4 votes

Why are people with certain blood types more/less susceptible to norovirus?

Noroviruses (NoVs) and Rotaviruses (RVs) recognize histo-blood group antigens (HBGA) (Tan & Jiang, 2014). HBGA are found on most epithelial cells, which line the gut. It would make sense then, ...
user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

Antigen vs PCR test

The ratio of false positives to true positives (as well as overall "accuracy") is a function of the underlying rate in the population. Let's imagine you have a test that has 95% specificity. ...
user avatar
  • 11.9k
1 vote

Antigen vs PCR test

Bryan is correct, especially in his comment in the case of 0% true/prior prevalence 40/1000 = 4% positive. 1-2/40 = 2.5-5%. But even in such a conditioned test scenario, in which the 2nd test is ...
user avatar
  • 5,803
1 vote

The placebo effect

The National Research Council has explained that: “Precision Medicine refers to the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient. It does not literally mean the ...
user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible