A new research usher in a very cheap and easy technique to find sleeping sickness - Cheap and Easy
Monday, 07 October 2013
A new research is ushering in a new technology that will make it
cheaper and easier to early identify those affected by deadly diseases
such as malaria, and sleeping sickness.
The research, which is an international project led by Lund University,
reports radio Sweden is poised to have a positive impact on tropical
areas ravaged by these typos of diseases and which have limited
technical and scientifically knowhow.
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"These devices are very simple and it means that one can do a very
quick blood test. At the same time, they are very cheap and it means
that one can have a broad testing of very many patients who might not
have been tested with conventional methods," says Jonas Tegenfeldt,
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund to radio
He shows the prototype, which is not much bigger than a matchbox. The
small chip is composed of silicone tubing, where the channels inside is
as thin as a human hair with built obstacles.
A drop of blood is introduced into one end under a certain pressure, it
is very simply divided up the blood, and sleeping sickness or malaria
parasite gets into a part of the small chip where it can be easily
Every year, over 50,000 people in Africa die from sleeping sickness and an early and accurate diagnosis can be crucial.
For health care in Africa and elsewhere where tropical diseases are
rife this means that the techniques can be done far away from
expensive hospital laboratory and immediate results quickly
by Scancomark.com Team
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