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Lab-on-a-Stick: Cheaper miniaturisation of lab tests set to advance microbiology
 

Lab-on-a-Stick: Cheaper miniaturisation of lab tests set to advance microbiology

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A novel innovation to lab tests utilises a dipstick method with a transparent microcapillary film suitable for detection by the naked eye or measurement with portable equipment such as a smartphone camera.
 
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8 Sep 2016 - General
 
Jennifer Winter Yes, I agree that empirical data does help in most all situations, as this is what many physicians and health professionals base diagnoses on. And this is understandable, since here in the Philippines, we don't want to waste money and time requesting diagnostic tests and waiting for the results unless really necessary (compared to the idea Western settings where tests have to be done first bef...
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Yes. This will definitely be good for missions. It will up the level of care that can be given because you tests can be carried out in the field. It is highly portable, so it can be packed easily, so it will really have good applications in the field. This is quite awesome. But we'll have to know more about it... the questions that Leothel Elysse Mayores raised will definitely help clear a lot of things. This...
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Going through the article I cannot help but hear the voice of an Apple developer saying "We brought you the same technology but in a smaller device." :D I am happy about this innovation. Now we can easily perform these tests during home visits or out on medical outreach programs. There were many times during a mission when I was faced with a patient who I wanted to perform a diagnostic test on then and there. I hope though that these tests are affordable or else I would have to kiss th...
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This is interesting; I wonder if anybody has any experience about this? What kinds of bacteria aside from E. coli can be detected using this method? Are there any qualifications in order to perform this? What is the sensitivity and specificity of this method? How reliable is this? This would be great for future use, especially for those who need fast results. I hope this becomes economically feasible for developing countries and I hope more information will be provided and assurance of its relia...
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This breakthrough innovation can be enormously helpful, especially in developing countries who have areas where microbial testing facilities are unavailable. In rural areas here in the Philippines, a lot of people do not have access to efficient health care, much less diagnostic tests that help identify illnesses. Many physicians and health care professionals have to do treatment based on empirical data and simply prescribe antibiotics that could target the most likely pathogen. Having an easier...
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