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Image: The Quantiflour dsDNA system for sensitive quantitation of double-stranded DNA in solution (Photo courtesy of Promega).

Bacterial Composition Linked to Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women (after skin cancer) in the USA, where one in eight women will develop the disease in their lifetimes. Bacteria that live in the body is known as the microbiome, and influence many diseases. More...
19 Oct 2017
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
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Image: Hookworm eggs examined microscopically on wet mount using the Kato-Katz technique (eggs of Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus cannot be distinguished morphologically. The embryo in (B) has begun cellular division and is at an early (gastrula) developmental stage (Photo courtesy of Vishnu Vardhan Serla / Maheep Sangha).

Diagnostic Sensitivity of Kato-Katz Technique Estimated

Soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) and schistosomiasis are two of the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases with more than one billion and over 250 million people affected worldwide, respectively. More...
17 Oct 2017
Image: The Aptima Mycoplasma genitalium Assay (Photo courtesy of Hologic).

New Aptima Mycoplasma genitalium Assay Evaluated

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) frequently causes non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) in males, and is associated with cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometritis and probably infertility. More...
12 Oct 2017
Image: The EbolaCheck device for the diagnosis of Ebola virus (Photo courtesy of Westminster University).

Rapid Screening Test Developed for Ebola Virus

During the Ebola outbreak in Africa in 2014, patients tested for the disease had to provide a blood sample for testing in a specialist laboratories by highly trained staff. There are only a few of these facilities in the world. More...
12 Oct 2017
Image: Digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts a blue-colored, human white blood cell (WBC) known specifically as a neutrophil, interacting with two pink-colored, rod-shaped, multidrug-resistant (MDR) Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria (Photo courtesy of the CDC).

Technology Diagnoses Pneumonia Caused by Undetected Pathogens

A novel next-generation sequencing (NGS) test for respiratory infections has been launched. The test provides a new solution for thousands of physicians who currently experience difficulty in diagnosing and treating patients with pneumonia and other respiratory diseases. More...
11 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

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