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Image: The Synergy H1 Hybrid Multi-Mode Microplate Reader (Photo courtesy of BioTek).

Vitamin D Blood Test May Speed Pediatric Bipolar Diagnosis

Major mood disorders (MMD), specifically bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD), are some of the most prevalent albeit under-diagnosed health problems in children and adolescents. Worldwide among adolescents, MDD and BD are the first and fourth most disabling conditions, respectively. More...
18 Apr 2018
Image: Using darkfield microscopy technique, this photomicrograph, magnified ×400, reveals the presence of spirochete, or \"corkscrew-shaped\" bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the pathogen that causes Lyme disease (Photo courtesy of the CDC).

New POC Test Quickly Detects Lyme Neuroborreliosis

The clinical pictures of borreliosis vary from local skin infection to infections of the central nervous system, joints or the heart. A typical red rash, the so-called erythema migrans lesion, developing and spreading around the tick bite should always be treated with antibiotics without laboratory tests. More...
17 Apr 2018
Image: A transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a number of Lassa virus virions adjacent to some cell debris (Photo courtesy of C. S. Goldsmith/CDC).

Immunoassay Developed for Lassa Fever Virus

Lassa fever is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever and is endemic in several West African countries. However, only few hospitals and laboratories in the region have the capacity to conduct molecular or serological Lassa fever diagnostics. More...
12 Apr 2018
Image: A histopathology of a deep vein inflammatory infiltrate with wall dissociated by edema, observed in a skin lesion of a leprosy patient suffering an erythema nodosum leprosum episode (Photo courtesy of Oswaldo Cruz Institute).

Unusual Blood Clots Characterized in Leprosy Patients

Leprosy is a chronic infection by Mycobacterium leprae and causes body-wide symptoms, deformities, and disability. It remains a public health problem worldwide, despite the existence of antibiotic combinations that can cure it. More...
03 Apr 2018
Image: The cobas e 601 immunology analyzer (Photo courtesy of Roche Diagnostics).

Biomarker Assay Recommended for Heart Failure Diagnosis

The value of a biomarker to accurately diagnose or rule out acute heart failure in patients seen for shortness of breath at hospital emergency departments has been validated. More...
02 Apr 2018
Image: A cardiac troponin I sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit (Photo courtesy of Cell Biolabs).

New Heart Attack Test Better Informs Underlying Condition

The serum troponin assay is the biochemical gold standard for detecting myocardial infarction (MI). A major diagnostic issue is that some believe troponin levels can rise with reversible injury, in the absence of radiologically detectable infarct. More...
27 Mar 2018
Image: Extracellular vesicles (red) released from a patient’s tumor and captured on the surfaces of the EVHB-Chip (Photo courtesy of Professor Shannon Stott, PhD).

Microfluidic Device Captures Tumor-Specific Extracellular Vesicles

A microfluidic device has been developed that can capture glioblastoma-derived extracellular vesicles, with high specificity, using very small blood samples, which would be useful for pediatric patients. More...
21 Mar 2018

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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