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Image: Taenia solium cysticerci, which represent the larval or intermediate, immature developmental stages of this pork tapeworm (Photo courtesy of Dr. George R. Healy).

Screening Tool Simplifies Serological Diagnosis of Neurocysticercosis

The availability of a rapid serological diagnosis that targets stage-specific antibodies for human cysticercosis is considered very helpful in control programs for estimating the sero-prevalence or burden of the disease in susceptible population groups. More...
24 Jul 2014
Image: A cDNA microarray on a chip for rapid detection of dengue fever (Photo courtesy of Investigación y Desarrollo).

Microarray Chip Rapidly Detects Dengue Fever

A chip has been developed that allows for the detection of the ribonucleic acid strand of the virus that causes dengue fever, now endemic in 110 countries. More...
21 Jul 2014
Sekisui Diagnostics
Image: Histology of a brain from a patient with cerebral malaria showing sequestration of parasites, pigmentation and obstruction of blood vessels (Photo courtesy of Chulalongkorn University).

Cerebral Malaria Biomarker Quantified

The detection, semi-quantification, and clinical use of the Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein-2 as a parasite antigen biomarker for cerebral malaria had been investigated.  More...
16 Jul 2014
Image: Egg of Schistosoma haematobium in a wet mount of urine concentrates, showing the characteristic terminal spine (Photo courtesy of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention).

Low-Cost Urine Filtration Helps Diagnose Schistosomiasis

Urogenital schistosomiasis, which is caused by Schistosoma haematobium, is diagnosed by finding the blood-borne flukes eggs in urine samples and simplifying sample preparation in the field before microscopy is vital for efficient and cost-effective diagnostic strategies in resource-constrained settings.   More...
15 Jul 2014
Image: Glass SlipChip for growing microbes, shown next to a US quarter dollar coin (left); fluorescent in situ hybridization image of the target organism (right, top); transmission electron microscopy image of a single cell of the target organism (right, bottom) (Photo courtesy of the California Institute of Technology).

Microfluidics Device Captures and Isolates Slow Growing Gut Bacteria

Microbiologists have used a novel "lab-on-a-chip" approach to isolate and cultivate fastidious, slow growing bacteria from the human digestive tract.  More...
15 Jul 2014
Life Technologies

Novel Microbes Identified, Linked to Severe Diarrhea

Microorganisms have been identified that may trigger diarrheal disease and others that may protect against it, which were not widely linked to the condition previously.   More...
09 Jul 2014
Image: Scanning electron micrograph of multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, a non-fermentative aerobic Gram-negative rod (Photo courtesy of Bioquell).

New Rapid Diagnostic Test Developed for Antibiotics Resistance

A rapid diagnostic test for multiresistance to broad-spectrum antibiotics has been developed for multidrug-resistant strains of Acinetobacter baumannii, an important hospital pathogen.  More...
08 Jul 2014

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