Parechoviruses have been recognized for decades, but the lack of routine diagnostic assays targeting this virus has made it slow for clinical teams to realize the importance of this pathogen as the cause of neonatal and infant sepsis, with possible longer term neurodevelopmental sequelae.
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Researchers have developed a microfluidic device that can assess the deformability of red blood cells and consequently haemolytic anemia. In future it could be used to monitor the disease progression of malaria.
Researchers from Washington University of St. Louis have developed a proof-of-concept test that can rapidly detect the presence of Zika virus in blood, without the need for refrigeration.
This study characterizes 23 nonserotypeable Shigella using whole genome sequencing, discovering this approach for Shigella O-antigen analysis has greater discriminative power than other methods using different bioinformatics pipeline for identification of nonserotypeable Shigella.
A novel tool has been developed that could help researchers distinguish between bacterial and non-bacterial infection in patients hospitalized with lower respiratory tract infection.
Researchers have reported that 86% of heterosexuals at high-risk for HIV would use a home-based testing kit sent by post, and almost all of these individuals would seek medical advice following a positive result.
A new test to detect Zika infection has been labelled the ‘best-to-date’ in differentiating Zika from related viruses, and could become a simple and low-cost solution for detecting the infection.
In this editorial, the authors dicuss how mobile phones have the potential to transform traditional uses of imaging, sensing and diagnostic systems, especially for point-of-care applications and field settings.