Forbes, September 20, 2018
Judy Stone

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A new smartphone app and and lab kit can identify urinary tract infections (UTI) in an hour, with remarkable detail. The app, from UCSB researcher Michael Mahan's and Stanford’s Tom Soh’s teams, can give surprising detail with which to guide therapy as well.

At least half of women will develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) during their life. UTIs account for 25% of the cases of sepsis, and sepsis is a major cause of death, higher than heart attacks, diabetes, or breast cancer.

Besides being speedy and easy to use, diagnosing a UTI accurately down to what the organism is, will be inexpensive. Formally called a smartphone-based real-time loop-mediated isothermal amplification (smaRT-LAMP) system, it is based on nucleic acid detection. The assay uses simple equipment and is designed for point-of-care testing in low-resource settings. [...]

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