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Image: The FLUOstar Omega microplate reader (Photo courtesy of BMG Labtech).

New Assay Improves Detection Of Deadly Prion Diseases

Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases, are a family of rare progressive, neurodegenerative illnesses that affect both humans and animals and TSE surveillance is important for public health and food safety. More...
28 Apr 2016
Image: The SD BIOLINE HAT prototype rapid diagnostic test for the detection of Trypanosoma brucei gambiense infection (Photo courtesy of Standard Diagnostics).

Prototype Rapid Diagnostic Test Detects Human African Trypanosomiasis

Early diagnosis and treatment of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) is essential for safe and effective treatment but the tests used to screen suspected patients and populations at risk are difficult to implement in remote rural settings where the disease occurs. More...
27 Apr 2016
MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE
Image: The TestPack Strep A test is a simple rapid immunochromatographic assay for the qualitative detection of Group A Strep antigen from throat swabs (Photo courtesy of Alere).

Group A Streptococcus Rapid Immunoassay Evaluated

Clinical reasoning utilizing certain symptoms and scores has not proven to be a reliable decision-making tool to determine whether or not to suspect a group A Streptococcus (GAS) infection in the patient presenting with a sore throat. More...
27 Apr 2016
Image: A map showing tuberculosis cases in Europe from 2014 (Photo courtesy of European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control).

Tuberculosis Elimination at Stake

Ahead of World TB Day, a new guidance paper and surveillance report on tuberculosis (TB) in Europe urge for immediate diagnostic screening and care of the most vulnerable populations, including refugees and migrants, and the poor and marginalized. More...
26 Apr 2016
Image: A disposable cartridge for testing for a sexually transmitted disease (Photo courtesy of Atlas Genetics).

Multiple STIs Could Be Detected with A Single Rapid Test

One test that could detect four of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in 30 minutes and allow them to be rapidly treated is under development. A GBP150,000 grant has been awarded to develop the test that will detect STIs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea. More...
26 Apr 2016

Immunoassay Detects Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Virus

Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is a tick-borne infectious disease with a high case fatality rate, and is caused by the SFTS virus (SFTSV) and the disease is endemic to China, South Korea, and Japan. More...
25 Apr 2016
Image: A depiction of the novel diagnostic platform that may soon enable low-cost, POC diagnosis of HIV & HCV co-infections within serum samples: a portable, paper-based microfluidic platform with multiplexing and telemedicine capabilities (Photo courtesy of C. Zhao, McGill University).

On-the-Go Microfluidics Device May Provide Better Diagnostics of HIV/HCV

Researchers have created the first paper-based electrochemical immunosensing platform for rapid, inexpensive, point-of-care (POC) diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infections with broader multiplexing range and higher sensitivity than currently available antibody tests.  More...
21 Apr 2016


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