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New Test Tells Time of Internal Clock

Timing is everything, and it also has a huge impact on your health. Now there’s a blood test to better understand your internal time clock and optimize it for better well-being. The TimeSignature test was developed by researchers at Northwestern Medicine scientists.

It requires two blood draws. It offers insights through gene expression markers into the time in your body compared to time in the external world. For instance, it may be 8 a.m., but your body may be operating as if it’s 6 a.m. Previously, determining a person’s internal clock could only be done by drawing blood multiple times over a specific span.

The test, which measures 40 different gene expression markers in the blood, can be performed any time of day, regardless of the patient’s circadian pattern or level of restfulness. The study was published in PNAS earlier this month.

Entrectinib Against ROS1+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Results of phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials of the drug entrectinib in ROS1-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) presented on the press program of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer show a response rate of 77.4% for 53 patients evaluable for response, with median duration of response of 24.6 months. The trial included patients with untreated and treated brain metastases at baseline.

Tuberculosis Research: NIAID Releases Strategic Plan

Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading infectious cause of death worldwide, killing roughly 1.6 million people in 2017. In the past 200 years, TB claimed the lives of more than one billion people—more deaths than from malaria, influenza, smallpox, HIV/AIDS, cholera, and plague combined.

Modicare, India's Largest Health Insurance Scheme Launched

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced that India wants to offer free coverage for over half a billion of its poorest citizen. The new insurance scheme — dubbed Modicare — will cover 100 million of the country’s lowest-income families. Each will receive services equivalent to the sizeable sum of 500,000 rupees (roughly $6,900) per year to treat serious ailments.