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Infectious Disease Diagnostics – News and Features

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COVID-19 Can Cause New Health Problems Three Years After Infection

New findings reveal that COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized within the first 30 days after infection face a 29% higher risk of death in the third year post-infection compared with people who have not had the virus.
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Opioid Addiction Medication Could Bring Relief to Long COVID Patients

Researchers have identified a way to restore the function of faulty ion channels on immune cells using the addiction medication naltrexone. This offers hope for alleviating various long COVID symptoms, including brain fog and muscle fatigue.
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qPCR vs dPCR: Choosing the Right PCR Technology To Suit Your Experimental Needs

How can you identify which technique is best suited to your research requirements? In this article, we explore the advantages of qPCR and dPCR, considering specific applications and deliverable metrics to help you choose the right technology to suit your experimental needs.
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Staying Updated With COVID-19 Vaccines Helps Combat Emerging Variants

New research using live SARS-CoV-2 virus reveals an updated vaccine provides a strong immune response against previous strains and emerging variants.
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Gold Nanoparticles Improve Accuracy of Infectious Disease Testing

Composite polymer particles adorned with gold nanoparticles could improve the accuracy of infectious disease testing, reports a new study.
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Novel Blood Test Provides Insights Into the Role of Epstein-Barr Virus in MS

Scientists have developed a novel blood test to measure the immune response to the Epstein-Barr virus, the leading risk factor for developing multiple sclerosis. The test has the potential to be applied in clinical trials that target the virus.
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Drawing Inspiration from Plants: A Metal-Air Paper Battery for Wearable Devices

A team of researchers at Tohoku University has reported on a high-performance magnesium-air (Mg-air) battery that is paper-based and activated by water.
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Blood Test Could Detect Tuberculosis in Silent Spreaders

Scientists have taken a major step towards developing a blood test that could identify millions of people who spread tuberculosis unknowingly.
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Rapid CRISPR-Based Test for Tropical Disease Could Save Lives

CRISPR-based test detects a genetic target that is specific to Burkholderia pseudomallei, the bacterium that causes melioidosis, with 93% sensitivity.
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New Lateral Flow Test Rapidly Detects Harmful “Forever Chemicals” in Drinking Water

MIT chemists have designed a sensor that detects tiny quantities of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — chemicals found in food packaging, nonstick cookware, and many other consumer products.