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In-Vitro Diagnostics

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Oral swabs: New approach to diagnosing TB

Drawing inspiration from veterinary medicine, researchers at the University of Washington have helped developed a new prospective approach to diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) — easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving on standard diagnostics.

“Care and control of the disease TB really… Read more →

NYU study successfully screens for diabetes at dental visits using oral blood

Researchers find a 99 percent correlation between tests for hemoglobin A1c at dental visits using finger stick and oral blood

It is estimated that 8.1 million of the 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes are undiagnosed and many who have… Read more →

Revolutionary ‘pregnancy tester’ to help UK’s 1 million undiagnosed kidney disease cases

A new medical device which combines nanotechnology with a pregnancy tester could help diagnose and treat the 1 million people in the UK who don’t know they have kidney disease, a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers reveals… Read more →

NICE publishes Medtech Innovation Briefing on ZedScan

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has developed a Medtech Innovation Briefing (MIB) on Zilico Ltd’s cervical cancer diagnostic system, ZedScan.

NICE first developed the briefings in 2013 to help boost and speed-up the uptake of innovative… Read more →

New skin test may help detect abnormal proteins in patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases

Scientists have discovered a skin test that may shed new light on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, according to a study released today will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 18 to… Read more →

Simple paper strip test can rapidly diagnose Ebola

When diagnosing a case of Ebola, time is of the essence. However, existing diagnostic tests take at least a day or two to yield results, preventing health care workers from quickly determining whether a patient needs immediate treatment and isolation.

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Saliva test holds promise to diagnose autism spectrum disorder in children

A spit test may one day be able to diagnose autism according to researchers at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Scientists at the universities have published the first study showing that children with autism… Read more →

Breath test could detect Parkinson’s

A new study starting soon will determine if a simple breath test could help detect Parkinson’s.

The researchers, with funding from Parkinson’s UK and the British Council, will study around 200 people and see if just by looking at their… Read more →

‘NanoGap’ for early detection of bladder and kidney cancer under development

Van der Wiel recently received an ERC ‘Proof of Concept’ grant for his idea. This will enable him to translate this basic research into a (commercial) application. The grant (150,000 euros) is intended for researchers who have previously received a… Read more →

Smartphone ‘dongle’ is a speedy, affordable detector for HIV and syphilis

A pocket-sized lab that connects to a smartphone through its audio port has shown promise as a rapid and affordable detector for HIV and syphilis in remote areas without a reliable electricity or health clinics nearby.

Health care workers at… Read more →

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