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Image: A colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicting two rod-shaped carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) bacteria interacting with a human neutrophil (Photo courtesy of the NIAID).

Test Developed for Healthcare-Acquired Infections Validated

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) kill tens of thousands of people each year and add significantly to healthcare costs. Multidrug resistant and epidemic strains are a large proportion of HAI agents, and multidrug resistant strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae, a leading HAI agent, have become an urgent public health crisis. More...
22 Sep 2016
Image: The CareStart Malaria rapid diagnostic tests diagnose malaria infection from whole blood of patients in 20 minutes (Photo courtesy of Access Bio).

Performance of Field Evaluated Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests

The introduction of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) has enhanced quick examination of blood samples from suspected malaria patients; however, it is not clear which RDT is the most appropriate in different endemic areas with mono and mixed infections of different parasites. More...
22 Sep 2016
Sekisui Diagnostics
Image: The MicroVue complement sC5b-9 Plus enzyme immunoassay kit (Photo courtesy of Quidel Corporation).

Biomarker Outperforms Current Gold Standard to Detect Brain Shunt Infections

Children treated with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunts to manage hydrocephalus frequently develop shunt failure and/or infections, conditions that present with overlapping symptoms. More...
15 Sep 2016
Image: The GenRead isothermal nucleic acid amplification device (Photo courtesy of Orion Diagnostica).

Rapid Molecular Diagnostic Test Detects Zika Virus

Zika virus has only recently gained attention due to recent large outbreaks worldwide and an easy to use nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) could play an important role in the early detection of the infection and patient management. More...
14 Sep 2016

Urinary Tract Infection Tracked by Routine and Automated Urinalysis

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are frequently encountered and the diagnosis of UTI using urine dipstick, Gram stain, urine culture often lack proven accuracy and precision in the emergency department (ED). More...
13 Sep 2016
Image: The ImmunoCard C. difficile GDH rapid enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for the detection of Clostridium difficile common antigen glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) in stool specimens (Photo courtesy of Meridian Bioscience).

Clostridium Difficile Diagnostic Guidelines Updated

New guidelines on the best practice methods to diagnose Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) have been released and the latest document updates the original 2009, and includes recommendations concerning the use of new diagnostic technology such as nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT). More...
08 Sep 2016
Image: A microscopic appearance of non-aggregate-forming isolates (A) and aggregate-forming isolates (B) of Candida auris in phosphate buffered saline suspensions (Photo courtesy of Public Health England).

Fatal Fungal Infection Has Unique Growth Patterns

The multidrug-resistant yeast Candida auris, which has caused fatal infections in some hospitalized patients, has at least two different growth patterns and some of its strains are as capable of causing disease as the most invasive type of yeast called Candida albicans. More...
08 Sep 2016

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