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

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Secondary blood infection linked to worse COVID-19 outcomes

People with severe COVID-19 and a secondary blood infection had longer hospital stays and poorer outcomes, research finds.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 23, 2020 ~4 min

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To find chronic lead exposure, map out the risk

A more precise screening index could monitor chronic lead exposure, say researchers. They started with Atlanta, but say the approach could work elsewhere.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Nov. 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Smoothie time? Pig blood becomes protein powder

An enzyme from papayas can turn pig blood into protein powder, report researchers. Right now, the blood ends up in animal feed.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 26, 2020 ~4 min

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Early trauma leads to changes in the blood

Early trauma changes metabolites in the blood, researchers find. Those changes can be passed down to the next generation, too, experiments with mice reveal.

Rita Ziegler-Zurich • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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Mosquito neurons for tasting blood ‘break the rules’

A unique group of neurons lights up in female mosquitoes only when they're eating the combined ingredients of blood, researchers report.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Smart wearable could better measure blood loss

A wearable device could one day help EMTs, medics, and ER doctors assess blood loss to better treat victims of accidents, gunshots, and battle injuries.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Blood test could signal Alzheimer’s in advance

Detecting a specific kind of protein in a blood test could help diagnose Alzheimer's disease far before symptoms begin to appear, reasearchers say.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~7 min

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Thin tissue flutter can damage replacement heart valves

Thinner tissues in replacement heart valves can create a problematic and even damaging flutter, new research shows.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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1 in 100 blood donations in Canada have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies

Fewer than 1% of the 10,000 samples from Canadian blood donors tested positive for antibodies to the novel coronavirus, initial results show.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~5 min

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