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Image: In an innovative new diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB), a green glow highlights live TB bacteria cells against a field of other debris in a saliva sample (Photo courtesy of Prof. CR Bertozzi, Stanford University).

Simple Test Could Improve TB Diagnosis in Developing Countries

Researchers have developed an innovative diagnostic assay for tuberculosis (TB) that may replace the complicated error-prone test often used in resource-limited areas. Field trials of the experimental new test began in June 2016 in South Africa, which has a high incidence of TB. More...
29 Aug 2016
Image: The NucliSENS EasyMAG automated platform for total DNA extraction (Photo courtesy of BioMérieux).

Cell-Free DNA Sequencing Confirms Myelodysplastic Syndrome Diagnosis

The use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods to analyze cell-free DNA (cf-DNA) in the blood of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) yields more accurate results than the current standard approach of Sanger sequencing. More...
25 Aug 2016
Abbott Diagnostics
Image: The UriSwab is an advanced system for collection, transport and preservation of urine specimens from the collection site to the testing laboratory (Photo courtesy of Copan).

Alternative Methods Compared for Urine Culture Collection and Transport

The ability to isolate and identify causative agents of urinary tract infections relies primarily on the quality of the urine sample that is submitted to the microbiology laboratory. More...
24 Aug 2016

Lateral Flow-Based Antibody Test Developed for Trachoma

Trachoma, resulting from repeated infection with the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, is the leading global infectious cause of blindness and blinding trachoma as a public health problem is targeted for elimination by 2020. More...
24 Aug 2016
Image: The Alfred 60AST bacterial identification system with antibiogram (Photo courtesy of Alifax).

Rapid Method Developed for Direct Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

Rapid identification (ID) and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) of the causative agent(s) of bloodstream infections (BSI) are essential for the timely selection of an appropriate antimicrobial therapy, which may result in a better outcome for patients and contribute to combat the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. More...
23 Aug 2016
Image: The NyoCard II reader and test kits (Photo courtesy of Alere Technologies).

Rapid Bacterial Infection Test Reduces Antibiotic Use

Inappropriate antibiotic use for acute respiratory tract infections is common in primary health care, but distinguishing serious from self-limiting infections is difficult, particularly in low-resource settings. More...
18 Aug 2016
Image: A microfilaria of Wuchereria bancrofti in a thick blood smear stained with Giemsa (Photo courtesy of the CDC).

Increased Risk of HIV Associated with Parasitic Worm Infections

People infected with a parasitic worm called Wuchereria bancrofti in areas where human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is endemic may be more likely to acquire HIV than people who are not infected with the worm. More...
18 Aug 2016

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