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Image: The Xpert Carba-R assay cartridge for the detection of Carbapenem-resistant genes (Photo courtesy of Cepheid).

FDA Supports Expanded Claims for Carbapenem Resistance Test

An infection control aid that tests patient specimens to detect specific genetic markers associated with bacteria that are resistant to Carbapenem antibiotics has been cleared for marketing. More...
20 Jul 2016
Image: A scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Puumala virus, a species of hantavirus (Photo courtesy of Hans R. Gelderblom, Freya Kaulbars/RKI).

Potential Biomarker Found for Severe Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) are common representatives of viral hemorrhagic fevers still often neglected in some parts of the world. More...
20 Jul 2016

DNA-Based Platform Detects Traces of Molecules from Broad Range of Sources

Researchers have harnessed synthetic DNA technology to develop a super-efficient nanomachine that detects trace amounts of substances that range from viruses and bacteria to cocaine and metals. More...
19 Jul 2016
Image: The breakthrough 7-gene blood test may enable physicians to determine whether their patients have a bacterial or viral infection (Photo courtesy of Erin Kunkel and Stanford University Medical Center).

Low-Cost Genetic Test Can Distinguish Bacterial from Viral Infections

Upon identifying a set of seven relevant genes, a breakthrough rapid blood test has been developed that, with further development and testing, may soon enable physicians to determine if a patient has a bacterial or viral infection. More...
19 Jul 2016

Field Test for Zika Virus Combines PCR Components into a Single Low Cost Unit

A prototype PCR-based field test for the detection of the Zika virus (ZIKV) incorporates all required components and delivers accurate results in only about 40 minutes. More...
18 Jul 2016
Image: The protozoan parasite Dientamoeba fragilis from a stool sample. Trophozoites exhibit an amoeba-like morphology and are often bi-nucleated (Photo courtesy of Tulane University).

Laboratory Diagnosis Required for Treating Patients with Persistent Diarrhea

Persistent diarrhea, which is diarrhea that lasts at least 14 days, is an illness typically caused by parasites or bacteria and requires accurate diagnosis in order to determine the proper etiologic diagnosis which is important for appropriate therapeutic management. More...
13 Jul 2016
Image: Handheld- and mobile phone-based microscopes: A) The Newton Nm1-600 XY portable field microscope B) The reversed-lens CellScope attached to an iPhone 5s (Photo courtesy of University Health Network).

Mobile Phone-Based Microscopes Diagnose Intestinal Parasites

Handheld, mobile phone-based microscopes can be used in developing countries after minimal training of community laboratory technicians to diagnose intestinal parasites quickly and accurately. More...
13 Jul 2016

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