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Image: Optimized reaction time for Multiple Cross Displacement Amplification (MCDA-LFB) assay to detect Legionella pneumophila. The best sensitivity was seen when the amplification lasted for 35 minutes (Photo courtesy of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Hospital)

MCDA-LFB Assay Developed for Rapid Detection of Legionnaires’ Disease

Legionella pneumophila is an opportunistic waterborne pathogen of significant public health problems, which can cause serious human respiratory diseases (Legionnaires’ disease). Legionnaires’ disease is characterized by severe lung infection symptoms, including severe pneumonia with a high fatality rate. More...
18 Jan 2022
Image: ProGastro SSCS is a multiplex real time PCR for the detection and differentiation of Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, (C. jejuni and C. coli only, undifferentiated) nucleic acids and Shiga Toxin 1 (stx1) and Shiga Toxin 2 (stx2) genes (Photo courtesy of Hologic)

Commercial RT-PCR Tests Compared to Culture for Bacterial Gastroenteritis

Nucleic acid-based testing (culture-independent diagnostic testing, CIDT) for bacterial gastroenteritis offers three major advantages over culture-based diagnosis: it has better analytical sensitivity, is less labor intensive through automation, and has faster turnaround times. More...
11 Jan 2022
Image: BD Kiestra IdentifA system (Photo courtesy of Becton, Dickinson and Company)

BD Introduces Smart Connected Robotics to Automate Microbial Identification

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its BD Kiestra IdentifA system, which is designed to automate the preparation of microbiology bacterial identification testing. More...
10 Jan 2022
Image: Digitally colorized scanning electron microscopic (SEM) illustration depicts four, yellow colored, Group A Streptococcus (GAS), Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria (Photo courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

Skin Infections Confirmed as a Cause of Acute Rheumatic Fever

Infection with group A streptococcus (GAS) can trigger an immune-mediated response in a small minority of people, resulting in acute rheumatic fever (ARF). ARF produces an inequitable burden of disease, with the highest rates in low and middle-income countries and among some, often indigenous-minority populations living in high-income countries. More...
05 Jan 2022
Image: The 21 HPV GenoArray Diagnostic Kit for the rapid and accurate HPV genotyping macro array for 21 human papillomavirus identification (Photo courtesy of Hybribio Ltd)

Menstrual Blood Testing With Capture Sequencing Detects High-Risk Human Papillomavirus

Persistent infection of high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) is associated with various HPV-related pre-cancers and cancers. In recent years, HPV testing has gradually become the primary method for cervical cancer screening. More...
04 Jan 2022
Image: FastDNA Spin Kit for Soil quickly and efficiently isolates PCR-ready genomic DNA (Photo courtesy of MP Biomedicals)

Parkinson’s Disease Patients Have More Inflammatory Bacteria in Their Noses

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a complex neurodegenerative disease characterized by nigrostriatal degeneration resulting in bradykinesia, rigidity, tremor, and gait dysfunction. Non-motor symptoms are also typically present, including depression, constipation, and alteration of smell. Diminished sense of smell (hyposmia), is a common hallmark of prodromal PD. More...
29 Dec 2021
Image: The Phadia 200 instrument is capable of diagnostic testing menu of more than 700 different ImmunoCAP and EliA tests to aid in the diagnosis of allergy and autoimmune diseases (Photo courtesy of Thermo Fisher Scientific)

Calprotectin Levels Vary When Measured in Different Matrices for COVID-19

Several risk scores, diagnostic imaging and biomarkers have been evaluated and compared to help predict severe complications and outcome in COVID-19 patients. Nevertheless, early prediction of COVID-19 severity remains difficult, emphasizing the need for additional biomarkers in daily practice. More...
28 Dec 2021


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