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Newborn screening is a process where infants are screened for specific conditions shortly after birth. These conditions may not always be clinically evident in the newborn period.
Newborn screening (NBS) is a form of preventative health care and entails the process of screening infants for specific genetic conditions in the first few days of their life.
Chromosomal aneuploidies (abnormal number of chromosomes) are the most common of first trimester miscarriage, accounting for more than 50% of spontaneous abortions.
Genetics is an evolving field, and even though technology has improved in order to identify more disease-causing genetic variants, current laboratory testing strategies still have significant limitations.
A fairly recent article on the nationwide outbreak of Hepatitis E (HEV) in informal settlements in Namibia as well as the recent academic interest in this previously mostly ignored virus, prompted this EduPath.
PathCare has introduced an antibody test that is capable of detecting antibodies directed against the SARS-CoV-2 spike (“S”) protein, induced by SARS-CoV-2 vaccines or by natural infection
Testing for respiratory pathogens using comprehensive multiplex molecular panels have become a valuable diagnostic tool to assist in early identification of causative organisms. Appropriate use supports timely and directed antimicrobial therapy, especially for organisms that cannot be routinely cultured (e.g Mycoplasma, Legionella, Chlamydophila, Bordetella, and viruses); decreases in-hospital admission rate, length of hospital stay, and also assists in antimicrobial stewardship by avoiding the use of empiric antimicrobial agents
Immune-mediated diabetes is characterized by the presence of circulating specific antibodies against the pancreatic islets such as glutamic acid decarboxylase autoantibodies (GADA), islet antigen-2 autoantibodies (IA-2A), or zinc transporter-8 autoantibodies (ZnT8A).
The presence of viral RNA in respiratory samples is critical information in the diagnosis of an acute SARS-COV-2 infection. The real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) detects these pieces of RNA. But RT-PCR is a poor test of cure. The presence of RNA does not imply the presence of infectious or replication-competent virus.