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Image: Dr. Georgios Tsiminis in his photonics laboratory (Photo courtesy of the University of Adelaide).

Optical Sensor to Detect Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Researchers have developed the first optical sensor that can detect vitamin B12 in diluted human blood – and a first step towards a low-cost, portable, broadscale B12 deficiency test that would overcome limitations of current methods for monitoring levels in high-risk individuals and populations. More...
26 Oct 2016
Image: The Afinion C-reactive protein (CRP) test cartridge and Afinion AS100 analyzer (Photo courtesy of Alere).

Rapid Blood Test Can Rule Out Serious Childhood Infections

The care for acutely ill children has traditionally been a primary care responsibility, but increasing numbers are being seen in secondary care, but a simple decision rule and a finger prick to test blood, general practitioners can now detect serious infections in children very quickly. More...
19 Oct 2016
Mayo Medical Laboratories

Simple Blood Test Vastly Improves Severe Liver Disease Detection

A new non-invasive method of predicting the risk of developing a severe form of liver disease could ensure patients receive early and potentially life-saving medical intervention before irreversible damage is done. More...
19 Oct 2016
Image: The Quantum Blue rapid test allow for the immediate measurement of fecal calprotectin (Photo courtesy of Bühlmann Laboratories).

Unnecessary Endoscopies Could Be Avoided with Fecal Blood Test

The majority of primary care patients referred for bowel endoscopy do not have significant colorectal disease (SCD), and are unnecessarily exposed to a small but realistic risk of severe endoscopy-associated complications. More...
14 Oct 2016
Image: Professor Bernhard Boehm and Dr Hou Han Wei holding their quick test kit for inflammation in diabetic patients (Photo courtesy of Nanyang Technological University).

Quick Test Detects Inflammation in Diabetic Patients

A new kit has been developed that will allow doctors to find out within minutes if diabetic patients are suffering from inflammation. Current procedures require patients to wait for several hours for the results obtained from the conventional full blood count test. More...
12 Oct 2016
Image: The Agilent 6890 gas chromatograph (Photo courtesy of Agilent Technologies).

Serum Metabolites Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury Severity

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults and is an example of a medical condition where there are still major deficits in diagnostics and outcome prediction. More...
11 Oct 2016
Image: A new citrate-based material, made with naturally fluorescing polymer nanoparticles, can now be used for highly sensitive detection of chloride, a key marker of cystic fibrosis (Photo courtesy of the Yang Laboratory, Penn State University).

Low-Cost Sensor Developed for Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosis and Monitoring

Biomaterials scientists have developed an inexpensive method for detecting salt concentrations in sweat or other bodily fluids with a fluorescent sensor derived from citric acid molecules. The sensor is highly sensitive and highly selective for chloride, the key diagnostic marker in cystic fibrosis (CF). More...
04 Oct 2016

The Clinical Chemistry channel updates the reader on tests, techniques, and research in the field - from routine assays to specialized tests on blood, urine, enzymes, lipids, hormones and more.
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