Smartphones: Making Diagnostics Mobile

Article

Since the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007, smartphones have transformed many aspects of society, changing the way people communicate, shop and access entertainment. The impact they could have on global health is also increasingly being realised.

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Liquid Biopsies Coming of Age

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Based on the analysis of cells, genes, and chemical signals in body fluids, liquid biopsies provide timely, actionable information on disease states while eliminating the high cost and risks of tissue biopsies. Gene amplification through polymerase chain reaction and related techniques offer these benefits with the added advantage of amplifying low-abundance species. This article looks at the state of the art in PCR-based liquid biopsies, including a discussion of the technique's limitations.

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6 Analytical Advances in 2017

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This list highlights six of the most exciting analytical advances from 2017.

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7 Diagnostic Developments of 2017

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In this list we take a look at 7 promising developments in diagnostic technologies from the year so far.

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From the lab to the boardroom: An interview with Darlene Solomon Ph.D.

Life In Science

We spoke to Darlene to learn about her reasons for studying science, how she transitioned away from the lab and some of her proudest achievements at Agilent.

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Breath Test Could Simplify Drug and Disease Testing

Breath Test Could Simplify Drug and Disease Testing

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Testing for drug use and disease in humans could soon be much simpler, thanks to new Swedish research.Scientists have demonstrated how collecting and analysing externally-produced compounds in the lining fluid of the airways allows for non-invasive testing and monitoring.The researchers used liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry to analyse the collected samples, as well as investigating the impact of different breathing patterns.

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New Rapid Test for Valley Fever Should Help Reduce Diagnosis Delays
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November saw a spike if cases of Valley fever. Fortunately, the recent—and timely—approval of a new rapid assay test for Valley fever should reduce delays in diagnosing the respiratory fungal infections—a frequent problem in treating the disease, which is caused by spores endemic to soils in the U.S. Southwest.

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Blood Sample Detection Method for Multiple Sclerosis Discovered
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A method for quickly detecting signs of multiple sclerosis has been developed by a University of Huddersfield research team. The process will avoid the invasive, painful process of collecting fluid from the brain and spine

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Should Historic Doping Issues Strip All Athletes of World Records?
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A proposal had been put forward by the European Athletics Council to disregard all world records set before 2005 due to issues with doping. However, a recent publication suggests these plans should be abolished.

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