According tomedia reports, the efficiency of modern medicine is improving year by year, for example, AI paves the way for doctors to spend more time talking to patients to make more accurate diagnoses. Now, health researchers have developed a simplified blood test that allows doctors to detect a variety of diseases and health factors with a single blood sample.
Anyone who goes through regular check-ups knows that the process is not only long but also expensive. And that’s what researchers and biotech company SomaLogic are all about. In an early proof-of-concept study, scientists from SomaLogic HQ and the University of Cambridge and San Francisco in California scanned each study participant with 5,000 proteins using their new blood tests — about 17,000 participants. After processing the data using statistical analysis and machine learning techniques, researchers were able to develop “predictive models” for a variety of potential health problems.
Given that these assessments or conclusions often require a patient to be not only open about his or her health but also actively participate in follow-up visits, the benefits of this latest set of testing techniques are obvious.
Of course, given the small size of the number of participants, humans are, after all, a complex creature, so the results available today do not prove anything. Still, this is the beginning of a promising study that may one day reduce the number of barriers that patients and even doctors need to cross during routine health checks.