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Image: Researchers have devised a new microscopic tool to detect and analyze single melanoma cells that are more representative of the skin cancers developed by most patients (Photo courtesy of the University of Missouri).

Microscopy Innovation Developed to Diagnose Cancer

Researchers have developed a spectrophotometric technique for microscopic analysis of variations in single cancer cells, enabling more efficient diagnosis of melanomas, including metastasize forms. More...
23 May 2017
Image: The prototype device and kit for the influenza Antiviral Resistance Test (iART) (Photo courtesy of Becton Dickinson).

Rapid Assay Monitors Influenza Virus Susceptibility

Early detection of drug-resistant influenza viruses is needed for timely modification of policies and recommendations on the use of antivirals. In many countries, neuraminidase (NA) inhibitor(s) are the medications of choice for treatment and prophylaxis of influenza infections, with oseltamivir being most commonly prescribed. More...
17 May 2017
Image: The low-cost manual “paperfuge” was inspired by the whirligig toy, in which a loop of twine is thread through two holes in a button or disk. The loop ends are grabbed then rhythmically pulled. As the twine coils and uncoils, the button spins at a high speed. Bioengineers designed the paperfuge to concentrate parasites like malaria in blood (Photo courtesy of Stanford University).

Manually Powered Device Separates Blood for Diagnosis

Inspired by a whirligig toy, researchers have used its mechanical principles to develop an ultra-low-cost, hand-powered blood centrifuge out of paper, no electricity required. The tool could improve diagnosis of diseases like malaria, African sleeping sickness, and tuberculosis in resource-poor, off-the-grid regions where these diseases are prevalent. More...
16 May 2017
Image: Scientists have developed a new way to detect a flu infection through detecting neuraminidase, a spiky enzyme that helps the influenza virus spread to other cells in the body (Photo courtesy of Deposit Photos).

Research Makes Flu Virus Visible to Naked Eye

Researchers have discovered a way to make influenza visible to the naked eye by engineering fluorescent dye molecules to target a specific enzyme of the virus. The team was able to develop a prototype test kit that detects influenza in samples using a handheld lamp or blue laser pointer, and that even helps determine if a given antiviral therapy will likely be effective. More...
16 May 2017
Image: The Xpert HCV Viral Load cartridge, a quantitative test that provides on-demand molecular testing for confirmation of infection and monitoring of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) (Photo courtesy of Cepheid).

POC Test Advances Hepatitis C Diagnosis

A new test that enables diagnosis of hepatitis C infection in a single visit could improve access to early diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment service for some of the most vulnerable people in Australia and the world. More...
10 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: Recent phase-I clinical trials suggest that smart pills may have potential to revolutionize diagnosis and prevention of several gut disorders (Photo courtesy of RMIT University).

Smart Pills Offer Diagnostic Tool for Gut Disorders

Researchers have completed successful phase-one human clinical trials of ingestible capsules (the size of a vitamin pill) that have potential to revolutionize diagnosis and prevention of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and diseases. More...
08 May 2017


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