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Image: The Vitek MS matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (Photo courtesy of bioMérieux).

Rapid Detection in Blood Cultures of ESBL-Producing Enterobacteriaceae

Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry technology has been used directly with blood cultures and was found to help guide clinical management of bacteremia caused by gram-negative bacteria.  More...
05 Mar 2015
Image: A three dimensional illustration of the herpes simplex virus (HSV) (Photo courtesy of Bryan Brandenburg).

Herpes Simplex Virus Molecular Test Receives US FDA Clearance

A leading developer of multiplex polymerase chain reaction technology has announced that its herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 assay has been granted 510 (k) market clearance.   More...
03 Mar 2015

Imminent Danger of Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreading from Myanmar

Resistance of the malaria parasite P. falciparum to artemisinin has been spreading and is on the verge of entering India, according to a new study.  More...
03 Mar 2015

Test Helps Physicians Remove Suspected TB Patients from Isolation

Tuberculosis is caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and usually attacks the lungs and many people carry the MTB-complex bacteria without ever developing active disease.  More...
26 Feb 2015
Image: The Idylla cartridge fully automated, molecular diagnostics system (Photo courtesy of Biocartis).

Rapid Ebolavirus Triage Test Developed

A Rapid Ebolavirus Triage Test is designed to enable healthcare workers, even in challenging environments, to test blood samples and aims at providing accurate and fast diagnosis of Ebola. The test is designed to offer a unique combination of speed, sensitivity, accuracy and ease-of-use required for outbreaks where time is of the essence.   More...
26 Feb 2015

Five Serologic Tests Evaluated for Threadworm Infection Follow-Up

Traditional fecal-based methods have poor sensitivity for the detection of Strongyloides stercoralis, therefore are inadequate for post-treatment evaluation of infected patients who should be carefully monitored to exclude the persistence of the infection.  More...
25 Feb 2015

Pivotal Study Supports Modern Blood Test Over Common Skin Test for Latent Tuberculosis Screening

A groundbreaking study in China finds, by comparison with results from a highly accurate commercial test, that screening with a still commonly used tuberculin skin test for latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection clearly results in unacceptably high numbers of false positives and overestimation of infection rates. Determination of lower prevalence rates is critical for increasing effectiveness and efficiency of LTBI screening as a tool in reducing the TB public health burden.  More...
25 Feb 2015

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