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
yesterday ~8 min

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Signs of concussion turn up in spit

"Analyzing microRNA profiles in saliva... is a non-invasive way to test for concussion that can't be influenced by a patient's feelings or motives."

Barbara Schindo-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Malaria test is as simple as putting on a bandage

Researchers have created a low-cost, pain-free, super simple malaria test that delivers results in just a few minutes with a microneedle patch.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~5 min

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Can gargling saltwater replace nasal swab COVID tests?

A new COVID test uses gargling with saltwater instead of a stick up your nose. Researchers say initial results are promising.

Daniel Stolte • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~10 min

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