Urine test accurately flags prostate cancer

A new urine test is extremely accurate at detecting aggressive prostate cancer. It could help avoid unecessary biopsies.

Ian Demsky-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 15, 2021 ~5 min

Repeat COVID-19 testing could save lives and money

To slow its spread, everyone in the US should be tested for COVID-19 on a regular, rotating basis, epidemiologists say.

Esther Robards-Forbes - UT Austin • futurity
Feb. 9, 2021 ~5 min

Gut-testing capsule indicates benefits to prebiotics

A bioluminescent capsule tests levels of bile salt hydrolase in the gut and its creators say its findings suggest the power of probiotics.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Feb. 5, 2021 ~6 min

Microneedle patch tests for antibodies without the ouch

A new microneedle patch is low cost and easy to use. But another feature may offer it's biggest advantage for some: It's almost completely pain-free.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Jan. 25, 2021 ~8 min

COVID-19 spit tests work just as well as nose swabs

Saliva tests for COVID-19 are just as effective as nasal swabs and cost less, a pair of studies shows.

Fabienne Landry-McGill • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~4 min

Chip ditches blood test snapshots for real-time checks

A new lab-on-a-chip device called real-time ELISA combines blood tests to provide something more like a movie than a photo.

Andrew Myers-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 24, 2020 ~7 min

Smartphone device checks spit for COVID-19

A 15-minute COVID-19 test that uses a smartphone device could one day address the need to expand testing capacity in outpatient clinics.

Carolyn Scofield-Tulane • futurity
Dec. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Bartonella infection can bring mental symptoms

There's growing evidence that Bartonella infection can involve skin lesions and mental symptoms, report researchers.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~5 min

This bodily fluid could provide new biomarkers

"Interstitial fluid originates in the blood and then leaks out of capillaries to bring nutrients to cells in the body's tissues." New microneedles can sample it for testing.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Dec. 2, 2020 ~9 min

Credit-card-sized ‘microlab’ detects COVID-19 in minutes

Using "lab on a chip" technology, researchers have created a microlab half the size of a credit card that can detect COVID-19 in just 30 minutes.

Andrew Myers-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~6 min