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Immunology

Image: Microscopy image of the small intestine mucosa of a patient with active celiac disease (Photo courtesy of Ann-Christin Røberg Beitnes).

Novel Method Identifies Patients with Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a T cell-mediated autoimmune disease triggered by the ingestion of gluten from wheat, rye and barley in genetically susceptible individuals. A gluten-free diet is the only current management for this disease. More...
24 May 2017
Image: The Cryptococcal Antigen Lateral Flow Assay (CrAg LFA) Immy test (Photo courtesy of Immuno-Mycologics).

Specificity Improved for Urinary Antigen Testing

The cryptococcal antigen lateral flow assay (CrAg LFA) Immy test is standardized for a fast screening point-of-care test for cryptococcosis, detecting cryptococcal antigen in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). More...
23 May 2017
Image: The FACS Canto II, an 8-color, flow cytometric analyzer (Photo courtesy of BD BioScience).

Lab Parameters Assessed for New Infectious Disease

Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is a newly emerging infectious disease and the etiological agent of SFTS has been revealed to be a novel phlebovirus in the family Bunyaviridae, termed severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV). More...
23 May 2017
Image: Researchers found that a group of seven genes showed a different pattern of expression in patients with malaria, compared with healthy people and patients with other infectious diseases (Photo courtesy of iStock).

Immune Response Differentiates Malaria from Other Infections

Malaria affects around 200 million people around the world but its non-specific symptoms, coupled with a lack of access to testing facilities, mean it is difficult to distinguish from other infectious diseases. More...
11 May 2017
Image: Researchers used a custom STED microscope to determine the cause of NMO, an uncommon disease syndrome of the central nervous system (CNS) that affects the optic nerves and spinal cord (Photo courtesy of Dr. William Pawluk).

Cause of NMO Illuminated by High-Tech Microscope

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO), also known as Devic's disease or Devic's syndrome, is a heterogeneous condition consisting of the simultaneous inflammation and demyelination of the optic nerve (optic neuritis) and the spinal cord (myelitis) and it can be monophasic or recurrent. More...
10 May 2017
Image: A researcher working on a vaccine for the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Blood Test Predicts Vaccine Immunogenicity

A blood test early after vaccination can predict whether vaccines based on living, modified viruses have had the desired effect within seven days of vaccination. More...
09 May 2017
Image: A new blood test for pregnant women may predict gestational diabetes better than existing methods (Photo courtesy of the APA).

New Test May Predict Gestational Diabetes Better

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs during a woman's pregnancy, increasing the mother's risk of delivering a large-for-gestational-age baby, which can lead to pre-term birth, fetal injury, perinatal mortality and cesarean delivery. More...
09 May 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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