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Image: Examples of negative and positive Chagas Stat-Pak RDT results. From left to right, negative, weakly positive, and strongly positive Stat-Pak results are shown (Photo courtesy of Yves Jackson)

Rapid Diagnostic Tests Evaluated for Chronic Chagas Disease Patients

Chagas is a disease caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, and is one of the most important public health concerns affecting the population of Latin America. This disease presents an acute phase that generally goes undiagnosed and a chronic phase with cardiac manifests principally, is diagnosed through serological tests that are generally not available. More...
05 Oct 2021
Image: The MicroIDSys Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) system (Photo courtesy of ASTA Corp)

Direct Bacterial Identification and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Evaluated

Rapid and accurate microbial identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) are essential for timely use of appropriate antimicrobial agents for bloodstream infection. Rapid, accurate diagnostic tests, and innovative treatments constitute the key for improvement of bloodstream infection outcome. More...
01 Jul 2021
Image: The Bioanalyzer RNA 6000 Nano assay provides reliable and reproducible characterization of total RNA and mRNA from multiple sample types, from as low as 5 ng of total RNA (Photo courtesy of Agilent)

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Bronchiolitis Has Different Subtypes

Bronchiolitis is the leading cause of hospitalization in infants in the USA, accounting for about 110,000 hospitalizations annually. In addition to the substantial acute morbidity, around 30% of infants hospitalized for bronchiolitis (“severe bronchiolitis”) subsequently develop asthma in childhood. More...
30 Jun 2021
Image: Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra assay is an automated molecular test that has improved the detection of tuberculosis and rifampicin resistance (Photo courtesy of Cepheid)

Highly Sensitive Molecular Test Detects Cases of Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection spread through inhaling tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person. It mainly affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body, including the tummy (abdomen), glands, bones and nervous system. More...
28 Jun 2021
Image: A molecular model of the spike proteins (red) of SARS-CoV-2 binding to the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) protein, the receptor (blue) which is it’s entry route to the target cell (Photo courtesy of the Juan Gaertner/ Science Photo Library)

Plasma ACE2 Predicts Prognosis of COVID-19 Hospitalized Patients

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has caused a devastating global pandemic. The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection has been termed coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) with clinical manifestations ranging from asymptomatic and subclinical infection to severe hyperinflammatory syndrome and death. More...
24 Jun 2021
Image: The OnSite Dengue Ag Rapid Test is a lateral flow chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of dengue NS1 antigen (DEN1, 2, 3, 4) in human serum, plasma or whole blood (Photo courtesy of CTK BioTech)

Novel Dengue Virus IgG Rapid Diagnostic Test Evaluated

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection. These may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash. More...
16 Jun 2021
Image: Quantikine ELISA kits are available in a range of formats for measuring intracellular and extracellular proteins (Photo courtesy of R&D Systems)

Serum Biomarkers Differentiates COVID-19 From Classic Cytokine Storm Syndromes

A cytokine storm, also called hypercytokinemia, is a physiological reaction in humans and other animals in which the innate immune system causes an uncontrolled and excessive release of pro-inflammatory signaling molecules called cytokines. More...
10 Jun 2021

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