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Image: A new study assessing the global state of myocarditis examines diagnostics, treatments, and causes. The results suggest that even though diagnosis is difficult, early diagnosis is key to preventing long-term heart damage from the disease (Photo courtesy of the Mayo Clinic).

Study Finds Myocarditis Caused by Infection Rising Globally

A new assessment of the global state of myocarditis examines diagnostics, treatments, and causes, the most common cause being viral infections. More...
07 Dec 2016
Image: The rapid influenza detection test Quick Navi-Flu (Photo courtesy of Otsuka Pharmaceutical).

Rapid Influenza Detection Tests Evaluated for Viral Antigens

Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) has a high sensitivity and a high specificity for the rapid diagnosis of influenza infection; however, the high cost and necessity of specialized equipment have limited the use of RT-PCR in the clinical setting. More...
01 Dec 2016
Image: The SD BIOLINE Malaria Ag P.f., rapid diagnostic test for Plasmodium falciparum (Photo courtesy of Standard Diagnostics).

Malaria Parasite Evades Rapid Test Detection in Children

Rapid diagnostic tests account for more than 70% of diagnostic testing for malaria in Africa and most rapid test diagnostics rely on the detection an antigen specific to Plasmodium falciparum malaria. More...
30 Nov 2016
Image: The ThinPrep 2000 processor, an automated slide preparation system for use with the ThinPrep Pap test (Photo courtesy of Hologic).

Human Papilloma Virus Tests Compared and Evaluated

High-risk human papillomavirus testing is already part of cervical cancer screening programs in a number of countries and new tests need to be validated not only in clinical studies but also in routine screening settings with regard to their clinical performance. More...
29 Nov 2016
Image: The Determine TB LAM Ag test is targeted for the most vulnerable and hard to diagnose patients (Photo courtesy of Alere).

Urinary Lipoarabinomannan Assay Screens for Active Tuberculosis

Symptom-based screening misses approximately one-quarter of active tuberculosis (TB) cases among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected adults, and a more recent study suggested this might be as high as 76% of active TB cases in western South Africa. More...
29 Nov 2016
Image: The GeneXpert CT/NG rapid diagnostic test cartridge (Photo courtesy of Cepheid).

Rapid Diagnostic Testing Evaluated for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

Prolonged turnaround time of Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) and Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) test results may delay time to notification and treatment of test-positive patients and result in unnecessary antimicrobial use in test-negative patients. More...
23 Nov 2016
Image: The Xpert Xpress Flu/RSV test provides results within 30 minutes, twice as fast as its predecessor Xpert Flu/RSV XC (Photo courtesy of Cepheid).

Molecular Flu/RSV Test Provides Accurate Results in 30 Minutes

The new assay rapidly tests for influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections on the GeneXpert System and is now available in the EU and all countries recognizing the CE Mark. More...
22 Nov 2016


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