Tag: Diagnostic tests

Is It Lyme Disease Or Not? New Test May Provide Accurate Diagnosis

While still highly experimental, initial findings on Lyme disease diagnosis may outperform current laboratory tests for uncovering early-stage Lyme. Researchers may be able to tell Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases apart with greater accuracy.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 18, 2017

First Blood Test To Accurately Diagnose Depression And Schizophrenia Developed

Current diagnostic tools are limited to behavior observations and verbal communication, making it difficult to differentiate between depression and schizophrenia in their early stages. This is the first physiological test to detect both conditions.

Biotech March 20, 2017

Simple Blood Test Could Detect Autism In Early Childhood

A blood test uses an algorithm to measure metabolite concentrations and is 98 percent effective in identifying patients with autism. This method not only detects the disease, but can also predict where it belongs on the autism spectrum.

Biotech March 17, 2017

HIV Diagnostic Kit Wins Inventors Prize In Europe

Inventors of SAMBA, an HIV diagnostic kit, won a coveted prize in the European Inventor Award. The revolutionary device can also be used to detect hepatitis B in just 2 hours.

Biotech June 11, 2016

Harvard Researchers Develop Quick And Cheap Test For Zika Virus

Harvard researchers developed a paper-based diagnostic test for Zika that is hoped to be a quick, portable and accurate way to detect the disease. Health officials previously established a definite link between the Zika virus and microcephaly.

Public Health June 6, 2016

New Urine Test Could Detect Lyme Disease Much Faster

Researchers highlight the promising results of a novel urine test for Lyme disease. The diagnostic test seeks to find trace amounts of the Lyme bacteria through a urine sample instead of the antibodies found by current tests.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 22, 2016

Theranos COO Exits As Startup Faces Federal Investigation

Theranos COO Sunny Balwani retires as the company is restructuring its organization and executive management. The California-based firm is fighting for its life following federal investigations proving the accuracy and reliability of its tests.

Biotech May 15, 2016

Portable Testing Device Can Detect Ebola At Once

A new portable device the size of a smartphone may be the lifesaver we’ve been waiting. Not only does it produce results at once, it is also highly accurate and may be designed for diagnosis of other diseases.

Medicine April 30, 2016

Theranos Blood Test Plagued By Quality, Accuracy Issues: Report

After series of controversies, Theranos receives a major blow. Federal officials released a report about the company's flaws and shortcomings.

Life April 4, 2016

New Lab Study Raises Questions About Theranos Blood Test Accuracy

Theranos Inc. faces controversy once again as a new lab study shows that the blood test results provided by the firm are not within the normal range. The company responded with a letter addressed to the journal which will publish the study on May.

Life March 29, 2016

New Ultra-Sensitive Test Up to 10,000 Times More Effective In Detecting HIV, Cancer

Stanford scientists developed a new test that is 10,000 times more sensitive than current diagnostic tests. The test can detect diseases like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and cancer.

Life March 21, 2016

3-In-1 Test For Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue Gets Emergency FDA Approval

A new three-in-one diagnostic test for Zika, chikungunya and dengue has been granted emergency approval by the FDA. The new test kits will be distributed to qualified labs across the United States.

Life March 19, 2016

3D-Printed Diagnostic Device Can Detect Anemia In Less Than 60 Seconds

Detecting anemia may be as easy as pricking your finger and running the blood sample under a smartphone. Scientists from Kansas are testing a new 3D-printed device that runs exactly like that, and can identify anemia in less than a minute.

Life February 29, 2016

Texas Hospitals Develop First Rapid Detection Test For Zika Virus

Scientists from Texas Children's and Houston Methodist hospitals have developed the first rapid test in the United States that is designed to confirm Zika virus infection in individuals. The new procedure aims to reduce the time it typically takes to make a conclusive diagnosis from one month to just a day.

Life February 24, 2016

Abbott Labs To Become Leader In Point-Of-Care Diagnostic Testing With $5.8 Billion Investment To Buy Medical Test Maker Alere

Abbott Laboratories is buying Alere for $5.8 billion in its bid to lead the point-of-care diagnostic testing market. It is currently trailing behind Roche in the global diagnostics business but expects to soar to over $7 billion after the deal.

Business February 2, 2016

FDA Sends Warning To Three Companies Over Direct-To-Consumer Gene Tests

FDA warning letters were sent to diagnostic companies DNA4Life, DNA-CardioCheck, Inc. and Interleukin Genetics, Inc. The notifications had to do with direct-to-consumer genetic tests believed to be marketed to the public without FDA clearance.

Life November 11, 2015

Memory And Thinking Tests May Reveal Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms Up To 18 Years Before Official Diagnosis

Tests could reveal physical, biological changes linked to Alzheimer's much earlier than previously thought, researchers say. Those changes could be detectable even in middle age, they suggest.

Life June 29, 2015

Star Trek-Like 'Tricorder' Laser Instrument Can Detect Malaria Through Skin

A new diagnostic technique can quickly diagnose malaria in seconds with no need to draw blood samples, researchers say. Instruments based on the technique could lower costs of testing and diagnosis to just cents, they suggest.

Life June 23, 2015

A Weak Hand Grip Could Mean Greater Chance Of Early Death Or Cardiovascular Problems

Grip strength might be a better indicator of cardiovascular health than a blood pressure measurement, researchers suggest. It could indicate chances of future health problems or disabilities, they say.

Life May 13, 2015

Smartphone-Powered Device Can Test For HIV, Syphilis

Inexpensive device powered by a smartphone could bring medical diagnoses to developing countries, researchers say. Small, self-contained device nearly as accurate as massively expensive diagnostic equipment, they say.

Life February 5, 2015

Lab-developed medical tests to receive FDA oversight

The FDA is exercising more control over laboratory blood tests. As tests get more common and sophisticated, the FDA wants to ensure that tests are accurate and reliable.

Life August 1, 2014

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