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06 Feb 2017 - 09 Feb 2017
09 Feb 2017 - 10 Feb 2017



Dysbiosis of Urinary Microbiota Positively Correlated with Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) accounts for 90% of diabetes, and T2DM is not due to insufficient use of insulin but due to insufficient insulin secretion and insufficient insulin action. Hospitalization rate for urinary tract infection (UTI) caused by diabetes is over twice as much as those caused by other factors. More...
19 Jan 2017
Image: The 2200 TapeStation instrument (Photo courtesy of Agilent Technologies).

Vaginal Microbes Denote Early Detection of Endometrial Cancer

Endometrial cancer triggers remain elusive, but given the typical inflammatory profile in these cases, microbes in the uterine environment are suspected to play a role in the development of this disease. More...
19 Jan 2017
Image: Babesia microti in a thin blood smear stained with Giemsa (Photo courtesy of Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library).

Molecular Test Improves Diagnosis of Human Babesiosis

Babesia species are tick-borne apicomplexan parasites that infect erythrocytes and several species including B. microti, B. duncani, B. venatorum, B. divergens and B. divergens-like organisms can infect humans. More...
18 Jan 2017
Image: A new study found that screening for sepsis by PCT testing at admission to the ICU reduced the patient’s length of hospital stay and total cost of care (Photo courtesy of Medscape).

Procalcitonin Screening Helps Provide Early Identification of Sepsis

In a retrospective study of a large and diverse population of critically ill patients, researchers have found that screening for sepsis by procalcitonin (PCT) testing at admission to intensive care unit (ICU) notably reduced the hospitalization length-of-stay and total cost of care. The study clearly suggests that PCT screening on the first day of ICU admission is a potentially important diagnostic tool. More...
17 Jan 2017
Image: Fluorescence from on-chip Recombinase Polymerase Amplifications assay for Staphylococcus aureus (Photo courtesy of Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research).

Diagnostic Test Kit Offers Easy Identification of Virulent Pathogens

A technology gap associated with commercially available diagnostic tests in remote and underdeveloped regions prevents timely pathogen identification for effective antibiotic chemotherapies for infected patients. More...
12 Jan 2017
Image: The Wizard SV Genomic DNA purification system (Photo courtesy of Promega).

Genomic Sequencing Illuminates Recent Shigellosis Outbreaks

Shigellosis is an acute gastrointestinal infection caused by bacteria belonging to the genus Shigella. Shigellosis is the third most common enteric bacterial infection in the USA with 500,000 infections, 6,000 hospitalizations, and 70 deaths each year. More...
12 Jan 2017
Image: The Xpert Next generation methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) assay cartridge (Photo courtesy of Cepheid).

Next Generation Qualitative In Vitro MRSA Diagnostic Test Approved

An accurate, on-demand, molecular test for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which returns results within an hour, has been officially approved for use. More...
11 Jan 2017

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