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Sequenom tumbles on test payment concerns

Sequenom Inc. reported disappointing second-quarter results Wednesday, saying it is having problems collecting revenue for its diagnostic tests because of changes made by Medicare and health insurers, and its shares plunged in after-hours trading. Full story

U.S. FDA grants emergency approval for test to detect MERS

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for a diagnostic test to detect the presence of the Middle East coronavirus at the request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Full story

New Test Could Better Detect Down Syndrome During Pregnancy

A new blood test for Down's syndrome during pregnancy could reduce the number of women who undergo further invasive testing to detect fetal abnormalities, new research suggests. Full story

Not all very short kids need screening tests: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids who are short for their age but otherwise healthy probably don't need extensive blood tests to determine if a disease is stunting their growth, researchers said in a new study. Full story

Online tool reduces inappropriate medical tests

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A web-based decision-making tool that alerts heart doctors when diagnostic tests would not be useful for a specific patient can curb wasteful procedures, according to a new study. Full story

Supreme Court rules warrants usually needed for blood tests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday limited the ability of police to take involuntary blood samples from suspected drunken drivers without a search warrant. Full story

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  Mexican consulate fund health screenings

Donation from the Mexican consulate will fund Latino health screenings in Arkansas. KARK's Jocelyn Tovar reports.