January has been declared as the THYROID AWARENESS MONTH and New FDA Approved Test Detects Thyroid Disease in Minutes......!
There has been a desperate need for a cheaper thyroid test, and this has been highlighted on this site earlier. While a mention has been made of the possibility of reducing test costs drastically (see this article), in India, the routine Thyroid tests continue to be treated as the only available and expensive tests. Thyroid problems are ignored; treating the symptoms of a malady has become a popular thing and the root cause is being ignored. So - patients continue to rush and do cardiac profiles and diabetic profiles with great alacrity, thanks to the hype created , and the ALARM factor , as such as it exists. Cardiac speciality hospitals continue to proliferate in the city of Mumbai, and patients deliberate and do research on which hosiptal offers the best etc.
While pathological testing companies continue to offer "special executive tests" so that big companies can offer free medical testing to their upper rung and middle rung executives, no special thinking has gone into designing and offering special tests for women in the in their midlife.
THEY ARE ALSO 20% MORE LIKELY TO HAVE THYROID PROBLEMS.......!
It may be coincidental, but recently there has been an announcement from a company called Thyrotec in the US, about a new , cheaper, qualitative thyroid test.
What this test really does, is that it offers a quick yes/no categorization of whether your results warrant further thyroid detailed investigation.
ThyroTest by ThyroTec, Inc. is a rapid immunoassay, similar to a rapid pregnancy test. By using 2 drops of blood from a finger-stick and 5 drops of diluent, a qualitative TSH level is indicated in minutes.
For Details, see HERE .