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Image: The SD Bioline Dengue Duo Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) (Photo courtesy of Standard Diagnostics).

Dengue Rapid Diagnostic Tests Recycled For Serotyping

Dengue virus infection causes major public health problems in tropical and subtropical areas, but in many endemic areas, inadequate access to laboratory facilities is a major obstacle to surveillance and study of dengue epidemiology. More...
25 May 2016
Image: The Xpert Norovirus assay cartridge (Photo courtesy of Cepheid).

Norovirus Assays Compared In Acute Gastroenteritis Patients

Noroviruses (NoVs) are the most common cause of acute viral gastroenteritis worldwide and they affect all age group and are frequently involved in outbreaks in communal facilities, such as hospitals, schools, prisons, cruise ships. More...
24 May 2016
Image: A transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika Virus particles (red) (Photo courtesy of the CDC / Cynthia Goldsmith).

Optimized Tests for Highly Reliable Diagnosis of Zika

Upon finding that several conventional Zika virus tests are not sufficiently reliable, scientists have developed and made available optimized assays as well as a control for quantifying Zika virus RNA in patient samples (blood and urine). More...
24 May 2016
Image: Adult deer tick Ixodes scapularis. Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia bacteria and transmitted to humans upon the bite of infected ticks of the genus Ixodes (Photo courtesy of Scott Bauer, Agricultural Research Service of United States Department of Agriculture).

Differentiating Septic Arthritis from Lyme Disease Arthritis in Children’s Knees

The two conditions often include similar symptoms and both can show elevated measurements in laboratory tests for inflammation and for white blood cell (WBC) counts – however each condition requires different immediate treatment. A new study identifies symptoms that are predictive of septic arthritis when the condition presents itself in a child’s knee – an important distinction in areas where Lyme disease is endemic. More...
24 May 2016
Image: The Genome Sequencer FLX instrument (Photo courtesy of 454 Life Sciences-Roche).

Gut Microbiome Pretreatment Predicts Chemotherapy-Related Bloodstream Infection

Bacteria are thought to enter the bloodstream through intestinal lesions due to chemotherapy-induced inflammation of the membrane lining the digestive tract. Once the infection begins, patients' own immune systems are depleted and are often unable to fight off the pathogens and antibiotics are often ineffective. More...
19 May 2016
Image: The Xpert HPV assay is a qualitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) test for automated and rapid detection of Human Papillomaviruses (Photo courtesy of Cepheid).

HPV Infection Identified In Self-Collected Vaginal Swabs

High risk, potentially cancer causing human papillomavirus infections (HPV) are common among women in the developing world, but self-sampling with vaginal swabs may provide materials that screen as accurately as the more labor-intensive approach using cervical samples obtained by clinicians. More...
19 May 2016

Chemical Sensor Rapidly Detects Fungal Infections

An elevated concentration of D-arabitol, a simple sugar alcohol, in urine, especially compared to that of L-arabitol or creatinine, is indicative of a fungal infection, which can become deadly. More...
19 May 2016

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