via McGill University
Infectious diseases and respiratory infections in particular are a leading cause of global mortality. As such, there is an urgent need for rapid, large-scale diagnostic tools that can detect these diseases early, something which doesn’t currently exist. To address these problems, McGill University Professor of Bioengineering Sara Mahshid’s lab has developed an all-in-one detection platform (QolorEX) that can deliver test results in just 13 minutes.
For use in locations where people congregate, such as hospitals, schools, and airports, the tests are conducted by taking a saliva sample (no swabs needed) and transferring it to a microfluid device which then uses machine learning to automatically take microscopic images of the sample. Those images are sent to a cellphone application that decodes the data into a test result.
“Because we will likely see more pandemics in the future, our lab aims to build portable, low-cost technologies with practical clinical results for use in low-resource settings, at-home, or communal environments,” says Mahshid and her students, PhD candidates Tamer Abdel Fatah and Mahsa Jalali, coauthors of the paper recently published in Nature Nanotechnology
“This platform shown to have a 95% accuracy rate, on par with quantitative PCR when it comes to COVID testing using saliva samples is potentially a valuable tool for monitoring emerging viral infections, and variants, and even bacteria. Thanks to its accessibility, the number of tests being performed can be increased, potentially leading to an early diagnosis that could save lives and curb the spread of respiratory diseases globally,” adds Mahshid, who is also Canada Research Chair in Nano-Biosensing Devices.
More from: McGill University
The Latest Updates from Bing News
Go deeper with Bing News on:
All-in-one detection platform
- Gizmodo Writer Goes Incognito as 'Slackbot' Without Detection for Months
In this amusing incident, a former writer at Gizmodo executed a clever prank by assuming the identity of 'Slackbot' within the platform. The secret behind the successful prank was the ability to act ...
- Best ecommerce platforms of 2024: great picks for businesses of all sizes
These dedicated platforms supply you with all the tools you need to create ... any technical or design skills. It’s a one-stop e-commerce platform that provides everything you need to build ...
- Will new all-in-one streaming platform be a threat to YouTube TV?
It also has led to a lot of discourse, largely from YouTube TV users, about how necessary it will be to keep YouTube TV with the emergence of this new platform ... and almost all of my usage ...
- “Data is complex, it's messy, it doesn’t live in one place” — how Dynatrace leveraged its own platform to drive digital transformation
The Dynatrace platform provides cloud and technology integration, giving businesses total observability over their data all in one place. As Tack pointed out, “Transformation is going to depend ...
- JPS Health Network deploys ZeroEyes AI gun detection platform
The JPS Health Network is also the second healthcare facility to adopt the Zero Eyes AI gun detection platform in the past year following its deployment by UMC Health System in July of 2023. ZeroEyes' ...
Go deeper with Bing News on:
Diagnosing infectious diseases
- Awareness walk on rare diseases
and many infectious diseases. A majority of the diseases have no treatment, and the existing treatments are mostly unaffordable. Early diagnosis is critical; however, it often takes nearly 7 years to ...
- Scientists develop a simple blood test to quickly diagnose sarcoidosis
A research project supported by the National Institutes of Health has developed a tool to rapidly and inexpensively diagnose sarcoidosis, a chronic inflammatory disease marked by the growth of tiny ...
- Erie-area Cracker Barrel worker diagnosed with Hepatitis A. What should customers know?
Erie County Department of Health officials are asking customers who consumed food at Cracker Barrel, at 7810 Interstate Drive, between Jan. 30 and Wednesday to look for symptoms of Hepatitis A.
- Person in Oregon diagnosed with bubonic plague, health officials say
Those severe forms of the disease are more difficult to treat. But overall, “the plague is easily recognized, easily diagnosed and easily treated” with antibiotics nowadays, said Dr. Harish Moorjani, ...
- ‘Zombie deer disease’ is spreading. Scientists are worried it could infect humans
The condition, also known as Chronic Wasting Disease, is spreading among deer populations and potentially humans. Click the link to learn more.