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A new test could help diagnose appendicitis. Researchers have found a way to control narcolepsy. An online test could be key in diagnosing endometriosis.

Appendix Test

Appendicitis can masquerade as other problems, but a non-invasive test may one day confirm the condition soon after you feel sick. The Appytest® from DMI Biosciences checks for a compound in urine that indicates inflammation in the appendix. The company says the easy-to-do and read test can confirm appendicitis very early after the onset of symptoms. It should be used in conjunction with a blood test that checks for white blood cells. United Kingdom hospitals will get the test first before it's offered on this side of the Atlantic.

Narcolepsy

Chemical Researchers may have found a way to control narcolepsy, a condition marked by excessive and uncontrolled sleepiness. Scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern were able to reverse narcolepsy symptoms in mice by introducing a missing brain chemical related to sleep and wakefulness. By injecting orexin, alertness was increased and there were no "rebound" sleep episodes later. Researchers speculate a pill may one-day offer the same benefits to narcolepsy patients.

EndoKnow(sm)

Endometriosis is a painful condition affecting up to twenty percent of childbearing-age women. Chronic pelvic and abdominal pains are hallmarks of endometriosis, a condition that increases the risk of infertility due to scarring of the fallopian tubes. If you suspect your painful periods may be related to endometriosis, fill-out an online questionnaire at Endoknow.com and take it to your next gynecologist appointment.

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