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Image: Researchers found that a group of seven genes showed a different pattern of expression in patients with malaria, compared with healthy people and patients with other infectious diseases (Photo courtesy of iStock).

Immune Response Differentiates Malaria from Other Infections

Malaria affects around 200 million people around the world but its non-specific symptoms, coupled with a lack of access to testing facilities, mean it is difficult to distinguish from other infectious diseases. More...
11 May 2017
Image: Researchers used a custom STED microscope to determine the cause of NMO, an uncommon disease syndrome of the central nervous system (CNS) that affects the optic nerves and spinal cord (Photo courtesy of Dr. William Pawluk).

Cause of NMO Illuminated by High-Tech Microscope

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO), also known as Devic's disease or Devic's syndrome, is a heterogeneous condition consisting of the simultaneous inflammation and demyelination of the optic nerve (optic neuritis) and the spinal cord (myelitis) and it can be monophasic or recurrent. More...
10 May 2017
Image: A researcher working on a vaccine for the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Blood Test Predicts Vaccine Immunogenicity

A blood test early after vaccination can predict whether vaccines based on living, modified viruses have had the desired effect within seven days of vaccination. More...
09 May 2017
Image: A new blood test for pregnant women may predict gestational diabetes better than existing methods (Photo courtesy of the APA).

New Test May Predict Gestational Diabetes Better

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs during a woman's pregnancy, increasing the mother's risk of delivering a large-for-gestational-age baby, which can lead to pre-term birth, fetal injury, perinatal mortality and cesarean delivery. More...
09 May 2017
Image: The Lumipulse G HTLV-I/II chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassays loaded into LUMIPULSE G system (Photo courtesy of Fujirebio Europe).

Automated Test Screens for HTLV-I/II Viruses

Human T-lymphotropic viruses, type I (HTLV-I) and type II (HTLV-II), were the first human retroviruses discovered and are closely related but distinct retroviruses that can infect humans. HTLV-I is known to cause a type of cancer, referred to as adult T-cell leukemia and lymphoma, and a demyelinating disease called HTLV-I associated myelopathy/Tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP). More...
04 May 2017
Image: An immunohistochemistry of fine needle aspirates in acinic cell carcinoma (AciCC) for SRY-related HMG-box 10 (SOX10) and 2-deoxyglucose-6-phosphate phosphatase (DOG1) (Photo courtesy of Emory University School of Medicine).

Ancillary Tests Developed for Salivary Gland Pathology

Salivary gland tumors represent a diverse set of tumors with a broad range of biologic behaviors, ranging from completely benign tumors to low-grade malignancies to high-grade malignancies. More...
03 May 2017
Image: A scanning electron micrograph (SEM) showing how the single-molecule array digital ELISA is carried out in tiny, femtoliter-volume wells containing beads capable of binding single molecules (Photo courtesy of Rodero MP et al).

Ultrasensitive ELISA Enables Detection of Interferon

Researchers have developed a method for ultrasensitive detection of interferon alpha protein linked to multiple autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and dermatomyositis. The technique will aid the diagnosis and treatment, and has also begun to reveal differential levels and cellular sources among different autoimmune diseases. More...
02 May 2017


The Immunology channel of LabMedica deals with diagnostic techniques and immuonassays such as ELISA, pregnancy tests, immunoblotting, immunohistochemical staining, serology, and associated hardware.
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