Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Use AI and Human Gut Bacteria to Predict Age of Microbiome Hosts

Clinical laboratories could soon have new tests for determining how fast a patient’s digestive system is aging as part of a precision medicine treatment protocol When it comes to assessing human age and longevity, much research has focused on telomeres in recent years. Now clinical laboratory managers and pathologists will be interested to learn that provocative new research demonstrates that the human microbiome may also contain useful information about aging. Microbes that can be diagnostic...

Swiss Post Medical Drone Carrying Clinical Laboratory Specimens Crashes in Switzerland

Crash into Lake Zurich of American-made drone carrying blood specimens is first setback for pioneering Swiss Post medical drone program Medical drones shuttling clinical laboratory specimens across open terrain is an exciting reality that Dark Daily has reported on in previous e-briefings. However, the medical drone revolution experienced a setback in January when drone-pioneer Swiss Post (Switzerland’s postal service) saw one of its American-made Matternet drones crash into Lake Zurich,...

University of Georgia Researchers Develop Algorithm That Determines Source of Salmonella Bacteria Based on Its Genomes

Microbiologists may soon have a new tool to identify sources of infections in humans and track infections across patient populations Researchers at the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety have developed an algorithm that can identify genetic variations in Salmonella found in the feces of four of the most common hosts of the bacteria—pigs, cows, poultry, and birds. Led by Xiangyu Deng, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia (UGA), the research team...

Max Planck Institute Scientists Develop Molecular Biosensor Assay That Enables Paper-based Fingerprick Test for Measuring Metabolites in Blood

A digital camera or smartphone visualizes bioluminescent characteristics of test sample to display levels of Phe in blood, potentially giving medical laboratories a way to support home-based or point of care metabolite tests Clinical laboratories may soon have a new paper-based finger prick assay that can quickly measure metabolites in blood samples and enable patients who need to monitor certain conditions, such as congenital phenylketonuria, to do so at home. The test also could be used at...

Fingerstick Blood Test May Prove to Be Lifesaver for Ischemic Stroke Victims by Speeding Diagnosis and Treatment of Brain Injury

SMARTChip biosensor undergoing clinical trials in England could pave way for clinical laboratories to provide additional diagnostic tests for monitoring patient progress Emergency medical workers and mobile clinical laboratory technicians may soon have a point-of-care blood test that can identify patients having a stroke from its earliest moments. Currently being developed by Sarissa Biomedical at the University of Warwick in England, the SMARTChip is a finger-prick blood test that reportedly...

Blockchain Continues to Present Opportunities for Independent Hospital and Clinical Laboratories, as Aetna and Ascension Join Synaptic Health Alliance

These new additions to the Synaptic Health Alliance demonstrate an increasing belief among insurers that blockchain will improve the accuracy and exchange of critical healthcare data Is blockchain technology ready for widespread use within healthcare? New developments show a growing interest among major health insurers to incorporate blockchain technology into their ongoing operations. As this happens, clinical laboratories will need a strategy, since a large proportion of all health data is...