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What to know about the new affordable BRCA genetic mutation test

A new genetic testing kit that hits the market today is the most affordable, and arguably one of the simplest, ways for women to find out if they have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Here is what women should know about BRCA gene mutation testing, including how it works, who should actually consider getting it and the new convenient test that one woman already credits for helping detect her cancer early. The two BRCA genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2) normally help protect women from cancer, however, some women may…

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Adams' fight called off after problem with opponent's blood test

Nicola Adams’ fight against Alexandra Vlajk in Las Vegas has been called off after a problem with her opponent’s pre-fight blood test. Double Olympic champion Adams was due to fight Hungarian Vlajk in a junior bantamweight bout on the Saul Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin undercard on Saturday. Vlajk, 37, has won 11 of her 17 contests and has stopped two opponents since turning professional in 2013. Britain’s Adams tweeted she was “devastated” not to be fighting. The 35-year-old, who said the bout would not go ahead because of a problem…

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North Korea missile test splits world powers

The latest missile test by North Korea, one of its furthest-reaching yet, has split world powers who united behind new UN sanctions just days ago. The US said the burden of responding to the North should fall on China, its main ally, and Russia, which also has ties to the communist state. But China suggested the US was shirking its own responsibility, while Russia condemned “aggressive” US rhetoric. The missile fired over Japan was in range of the US territory of Guam. Reaching an altitude of about 770km (478 miles),…

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England bowler Anderson takes 500th Test wicket

Media playback is not supported on this device James Anderson became the first England bowler to take 500 Test wickets, on day two of the final Test against West Indies at Lord’s. The Lancashire player, 35, reached the milestone when he bowled Kraigg Brathwaite shortly after tea. Anderson is only the sixth bowler – and third seamer – to reach 500, and the five ahead of him have retired. He also removed Kieran Powell for 45 as West Indies reached 93-3, leading by 22. Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds…

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Spiral drawing test detects signs of Parkinson's

A test that involves drawing a spiral on a sheet of paper could be used to diagnose early Parkinson’s disease. Australian researchers have trialled software that measures writing speed and pen pressure on the page. Both are useful for detecting the disease, which causes shaking and muscle rigidity. The Melbourne team said the test could be used by GPs to screen their patients after middle age and to monitor the effect of treatments. The study, published in Frontiers of Neurology, involved 55 people – 27 had Parkinson’s and 28 did…

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