Covid-19 exposed critical shortcomings of existing diagnostic techniques.
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The pandemic spurred the diagnostics industry to consider aspects like scale, affordability, speed and portability of tests.
Pathology analyzes bodily fluids and tissues using a variety of methods.
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Lab testing provides doctors with essential information to help them diagnose and treat disease. Here’s what happens behind the scenes after you roll up your sleeve for a blood draw.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is not only associated with aging. It can also be caused by different stresses on the cartilage, such as a knee injury or a strenuous job.
A technology that measures three-dimensional movement of the knee in real-time enables health professionals to make better assessments of the joint.
Scientists at Cambridge are developing a lab-in-a-briefcase for rapidly and cheaply identifying disease-causing bacteria.
Alongside doctors, AI could be a useful tool for providing better diagnosis.
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An AI trained to look at heart scans was able to successfully predict risk of death. But one expert cautions we still need to be careful about designing – and using – AI for medical diagnosis.
Soon you could be looking at microscopic creatures with your mobile phone.
Even though you don’t think of your mobile phone as being anything like a microscope, it’s got almost all the parts you need.
Images are so useful in medical diagnosis - but there are legal and ethical concerns about how they’re used.
Has your doctor ever taken a photo of your medical condition? It’s really useful to aid diagnosis, but we still don’t have the right legislation to ensure legal and ethical protections.
QuRapID can find Ebola in a drop of blood in just over an hour.
Antibiotics are wrongly being prescribed for infections where they won’t work and cutting this down could help combat resistance. But change isn’t as easy as just providing the means.
Machines don’t make the same errors as humans when it comes to decisions based on visual analysis.
The value of machine learning is not only that it is more accurate than humans. It is also cheaper and more consistent in its diagnoses.
Thinking too fast?
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Cognitive traps can steer doctors away from the right diagnosis.
Theranos founder and CEO Elizathbeth Holmes arrives at the WSJDLive in October 2015.
Theranos has had medical laboratory experts scratching their heads for some time. What the company was promising just didn’t make a lot of sense.
Meeting people out of context can be tricky.
Face blindness is believed to be a fairly common condition but, until now, diagnosis has been complicated and expensive
Health technology such as apps is changing doctor and patient interaction for the better.
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New tests and drugs have always impacted health care. But completely different kinds of emerging technologies will soon radically alter how health care is both accessed and delivered.
A world in a drop.
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Complex algorithms and personalised medicine promise a new way of diagnosing disease.
The new chemistry lab – just add water.
Reagent pencils, the Caran d'Ache of the chemical world.
A simple solution to a persistent problem.
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Every year, 300,000 children are born with sickle-cell disease, primarily in Africa and India. It is a genetic disorder that causes some blood cells to become abnormally shaped. The result is that those…
Malaria testing could soon be done in the cloud.
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Remote diagnostics is an emerging field that allows healthcare workers to perform tests on patient samples in the field and to get results interpreted by medical experts remotely. This is a groundbreaking…
Peeling after healing.
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Average life expectancy has nearly doubled since 1800, thanks to progress in medicine. Most of that was made by developing drugs and improving public health services. The medical revolution of the 21st…
What is going on inside plant cells? Metabolomics has answers.
Rapid developments in tools to study complex interactions are transforming biology and biomedical research. A series of powerful analytical methods coined “omics” is driving us away from reductionist approaches…