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Immunology

Image: The QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus) is the fourth generation of the leading blood test for tuberculosis (Photo courtesy of Qiagen).

Improved Blood Test for TB Launched

Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious bacterial infection spread primarily by coughing of patients with the active pulmonary form of the disease. In 2015, it was estimated that there were 10.4 million new cases of active TB worldwide and 1.8 million deaths from TB. More...
18 Oct 2017
Image: the ImmunoXpert is a pioneering in-vitro diagnostic test that accurately distinguishes between bacterial and viral infections based on the patient’s immune response (Photo courtesy of MeMed).

Blood Test Accurately Distinguishes Bacterial and Viral Infections

The difficulty in properly distinguishing between viral and bacterial infections results in one of two outcomes. Either there is an overuse of antibiotics, which results in a rise in antibiotic resistance; or antibiotics are under-prescribed, which hurts those patients who have a legitimate need. More...
11 Oct 2017
ELITech Group
Image: Micrograph showing tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes in colorectal carcinoma. H&E stain. Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) are suggestive of microsatellite instability (MSI) (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia).

Tumor Microenvironment May Provide Biomarker for Women with TNBC

Researchers found that the presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) varied significantly in the tumors of African-American and European-American women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), suggesting that TILs counts may help determine prognosis. More...
09 Oct 2017
Image: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) tests are immunochromatographic rapid tests for the qualitative detection of antibodies specific to HCV in human serum, plasma or whole blood (Photo courtesy of Dr. Robert Cox, MD).

Rapid Hepatitis C Testing Helps Screen Young Adults

Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral infection that affects the liver and an estimated 3.2 million people in the USA are infected with HCV, and most do not feel ill or know that they are infected. Since 2010, acute cases of HCV have more than doubled, with new cases predominantly among young, white individuals with a history of injection drug use. More...
04 Oct 2017
Image: The Accuri C6 Plus flow cytometer (Photo courtesy of BD Biosciences).

New Markers Revealed for Severe Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic condition that affects an estimated 2.3 million people worldwide. In MS, the sheath covering nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord becomes damaged, slowing or blocking electrical signals from the brain reaching the eyes, muscles, and other parts of the body. More...
03 Oct 2017
Image: An illustration of the ZnT8 protein imbedded in a fatty membrane and attached to the P-Gold Assay (Photo courtesy of Dr. Dax Fu).

Pancreatic Proteins Increase Sensitivity of Type 1 Diabetes Tests

There are approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes and about 18,000 children in the USA are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, with diagnoses peaking around the age of 14. The disease is controllable with insulin injections, pumps and constant blood sugar testing. More...
27 Sep 2017
Image: The infinite F50 absorbance reader (Photo courtesy of Tecan).

Low-Volume Aldosterone Immunoassay Validated for Small Samples

Heart failure is a severe cardiovascular disease in adults and children and is characterized by structural or functional abnormalities of the heart. Heart failure leads to an inappropriate blood circulation and subsequently to an undersupply of metabolizing tissues with oxygen and nutrients. More...
26 Sep 2017


The Immunology channel of LabMedica deals with diagnostic techniques and immuonassays such as ELISA, pregnancy tests, immunoblotting, immunohistochemical staining, serology, and associated hardware.
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