July 2017: The Daily Mail “New finger-prick test to save stroke patients.”

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A new finger-prick test could be a lifesaver for stroke patients as it dramatically cuts diagnosis time to under five minutes. By avoiding the need for time-consuming scans, it means treatment to reduce permanent brain damage can begin earlier — ie, in the ambulance before the patient arrives at hospital. The device, which is similar to those used by people with diabetes to check blood sugar levels, is being trialled on 375 NHS patients and could be approved for use in hospitals by early next year.