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Image: Rare gene variant APOE3ch may hold clues to preventing Alzheimer’s disease (Photo courtesy of Alice Bough).

Early-Onset Alzheimer's Mutation Possibly Mitigated by APOE Variant

Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer's, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. More...
19 Nov 2019
Image: The DxH 900 hematology analyzer (Photo courtesy of Beckman Coulter)

Project Set to Develop Algorithm Able to Accurately Predict and Detect Sepsis

A large research contract has been signed that will enable the development and commercialization of a novel machine-learning-based sepsis detection algorithm. More...
18 Nov 2019
Image: The BD Phoenix CPO detect test will allow hospitals to identify infections caused by carbapenemase-producing organisms (CPOs) (Photo courtesy of Becton-Dickinson).

Phoenix CPO Test Evaluated for Detection of Carbapenemase Producers

The use of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) to identify rapidly Carbapenemase-Producing Organisms (CPO) from samples such as positive blood culture and stools is an alternative approach to establish rapidly an optimal empirical antibiotic therapy or for infectious control management. More...
14 Nov 2019
Image: The fluorescence fingerprinting device can test saliva for the presence of the synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonist “spice” in about five minutes (Photo courtesy of University of Bath)

Rapid Fluorescence Fingerprinting Assay for Identification of Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists

A team of British researchers developed a rapid real-time, point-of-care test for the identification of synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists (SCRAs), a class of illegal drugs known colloquilly as “Spice” or “K2”. More...
14 Nov 2019
Image: High magnification micrograph of a meningioma showing the characteristic whirling (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Newly Identified Biomarker Distinguishes Potentially Aggressive Meningiomas

 Identification of a novel biomarker will allow clinicians to differentiate between truly benign meningiomas and those that will eventually progress, grow rapidly, and spread. More...
13 Nov 2019
Image: Simultaneous detection of Anaplasma spp., Bartonella spp., Borrelia spp., Coxiella burnetii, Francisella spp., and Rickettsia spp. on a tick-borne bacteria flow chip (TBFC) kit (Photo courtesy of Rutgers University).

Rapid DNA Flow Technology Platform Detects Tick-Borne Bacterial Pathogens

 Ticks are the most important vectors for infectious diseases in the northern hemisphere and second only after mosquitos worldwide. As a result, there is an increasing public health interest in tick-borne pathogens. More...
13 Nov 2019
Image: Serum flotillin levels in patients with AD were lower than those in non-AD cases (Photo courtesy of Makoto Michikawa, Nagoya City University)

Researchers Recommend the Membrane Protein Flotillin as a Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease

A team of Japanese researchers have suggested adding the protein flotillin to the arsenal of biomarkers that can be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. More...
12 Nov 2019

Genetic Testing channel of LabMedica brings the latest in molecular genetics, cytogenetics, and epigenetics, and methods from PCR to FISH, and more.
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