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Image: The Biacore T200 used for single-cycle kinetic surface plasmon resonance (Photo courtesy of GE Healthcare).

Link Discovered Between Strep Infections and Blood Type

There are many different types of Streptococcal infection, from mild sore throats to deadly infections of the blood or organs and repeated infections can lead to chronic conditions, such as rheumatic heart disease. More...
27 Apr 2017
Image: The Ziplex System, a medium-density microarray platform (Photo courtesy of Axela).

Blood Test Could Detect Abusive Head Trauma in Infants

A blood test has been developed and refined that could help clinicians identify infants who may have had bleeding of the brain as a result of abusive head trauma, sometimes referred to as shaken baby syndrome. More...
26 Apr 2017
Image: Scientists loading the integrated electrokinetically driven microfluidic device with pH-mediated solid-phase extraction coupled to microchip electrophoresis for preterm birth biomarkers (Photo courtesy of Nate Edwards, Brigham Young University).

Lab-On-A-Chip Designed to Minimize Preterm Births

In the USA, a half million babies are born preterm; worldwide, the number is an estimated 15 million and complications associated with preterm birth are the number one cause of death for children under five, and those who live often face a range of health problems. More...
25 Apr 2017
Image: A photomicrograph of a histological section of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, a non-cancerous condition of the prostate gland. The hyperplastic glands have papillary-like infoldings, with a myoepithelial cell layer (small nuclei near basement membrane) (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Urinary Volatiles Tested for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Early detection is one of the most important factors in helping men to survive prostate cancer, but the diagnosis is not straightforward. It usually relies on a combination of a digital rectal exam and a blood test to measure prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to help decide whether a biopsy should be done. More...
21 Apr 2017
Image: A cross-section of an artery with atheroma visible in the upper section (Photo courtesy of Dr. Jules Y. T. Lam, MD).

Thyroid Hormone Level Identifies Risk of Atherosclerosis

High levels of thyroid hormone in middle-aged and older people are linked to higher risk for atherosclerosis, a condition in which arteries become clogged up and which is a major cause of heart attacks and strokes. More...
21 Apr 2017
Image: A chart comparing blood glucose levels and HbA1c for diabetes control (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Extra Tests Help Screen High-Risk Children for Diabetes

Doctors should add an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) to their hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) test, also known as glycated hemoglobin, when they screen high-risk children for prediabetes and diabetes. More...
20 Apr 2017
Image: New recommendations for endocrine hypertension screening are intended to identify hormonal causes for elevated blood pressure (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

New Recommendations Issued for Endocrine Hypertension Screening

A new Scientific Statement offers guidance to healthcare providers on ways to identify underlying hormonal causes of high blood pressure, particularly conditions that can be cured with surgery or treated effectively with medication. More...
19 Apr 2017


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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