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Microbiology

Image: The SD BIOLINE Onchocerciasis IgG4 rapid test preproduction prototype (Photo courtesy of  PATH/Dunia Faulx).

Positive Control Developed for Serological Tests for Onchocerciasis

Onchocerciasis, or “river blindness,” is a disease caused by the filarial parasiteOnchocerca volvulus that affects an estimated 37 million in Africa and a few thousand people in the Americas and Yemen.   More...
03 Feb 2016
Image: The circulating cathodic antigen immunochromatographic test of two patient’s urine for Schistosoma mansoni (Photo courtesy of Saarland University).

Immunochromatographic Test Evaluated to Diagnose Schistosomiasis

The Kato-Katz stool smear is the standard test for the diagnosis of Schistosoma mansoni infection but suffers from low sensitivity when infections intensities are moderate to low and therefore, misdiagnosed individuals remain untreated and contribute to the disease transmission.  More...
02 Feb 2016
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Rapid Diagnostic Assay for Ebola Field Tested

Rapid diagnostic methods are essential in control of Ebola outbreaks and lead to timely isolation of cases and improved epidemiologic surveillance, but diagnosis during Ebola outbreaks in West Africa has relied on PCRs performed in laboratories outside the region.   More...
02 Feb 2016

Increased Baseline C-Reactive Protein Linked to Heightened Infection Risk

C-reactive protein is an innate immune system recognition and effector molecule that plays a role in both the innate response and as an adaptor to the complex immune system.    More...
01 Feb 2016
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Myocardial Infarction Rapidly Diagnosed by High Sensitivity Troponin Test

A heart attack, or acute myocardial infarction, is a common cardiac event in which the blood supply to an area of the heart muscle is interrupted, causing the muscle cells to die, and therefore rapid diagnosis is essential.   More...
31 Jan 2016

Blood Test Could Identify Which Patients Need Antibiotics

Acute respiratory infections caused by bacterial or viral pathogens are among the most common reasons for seeking medical car and despite improvements in pathogen-based diagnostics, most patients receive inappropriate antibiotics.  More...
31 Jan 2016
Image: The bite of an infected female tsetse fly taking a bloodmeal can transmit Trypanosoma brucei gambiense, cause of Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), also called African sleeping sickness, usually fatal if untreated  with patients falling into a coma before death (Photo David Bygott/Flickr, courtesy of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK)).

New Rapid Diagnostic Test to Tackle Fatal Sleeping Sickness

Using an innovative approach, scientists have developed a simple serodiagnostic method, similar to a dipstick pregnancy test, to fight human African trypanosomiasis caused by Trypanosoma brucei gambiense More...
27 Jan 2016


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