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Infectious Disease Diagnostics – News and Features

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Additional HPV Test Prequalified by WHO

WHO has added a fourth test to the list of prequalified tests for human papillomavirus (HPV). Although most HPV infections clear up on their own, some high-risk types could lead to cervical cancer. Testing for HPV infection is an integral part of cervical cancer screening.
Microscopy image of clumps of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in amongst sputum.

Gene Discovered That Drives Pseudomonas Infections To Switch From Chronic to Acute

Scientists have identified the major mechanism behind the transition between chronic and acute Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections, which could inform the development of future treatments for life-threatening acute infections.
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Low Prostate Cancer Screening Levels for American Indian and Alaska Native Men

A new study shows that American Indian and Alaska Native men are less likely to be screened for prostate cancer compared to other racial/ethnic groups.
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Synthetic Peptide Developed for Inflammatory Disease Diagnosis

Scientists in Switzerland have developed a peptide that binds to the protein calprotectin, a marker of major inflammatory disorders, and shown that it is suitable for diagnostic tests.
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"Pandemic Brain" May Be Affecting College Students' Performance

Decision-making capabilities of college students – including some graduating this spring – were likely negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests.
Medical illustration of drug-resistant, nontyphoidal, Salmonella sp. bacteria.

Study Identifies Mechanisms Underpinning Rapid Antibiotic Resistance

A new study has found that some bacteria can rapidly develop resistance to antibiotics by modifying pumps that remove drugs from the inside of bacterial cells.
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Laser-Based Breathalyzer Can Sniff Out COVID

Scientists made an important leap forward in the quest to diagnose disease using exhaled breath, reporting that a new laser-based breathalyzer powered by artificial intelligence (AI) can detect COVID-19 in real-time with excellent accuracy.
Graphic of the new nanoparticle sensor showing the nanoparticles carrying DNA barcodes.

Simple Paper Test Could Enable Early Cancer Diagnosis

MIT engineers have designed a new nanoparticle sensor that could enable early diagnosis of cancer with a simple urine test.
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Biomarker Patterns Unique to MIS-C Identified

Using powerful sequencing technology, researchers have identified specific biomarker patterns in the blood that are unique to severe COVID-19 infection, as well as others unique to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children.
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Molecular Compounds in Maternal Blood Linked to Autism Risk

New research moves us one step closer to early diagnosis and treatment for autism spectrum disorder.