The simple medical diagnostics that are changing healthcare

As a child in Nigeria, Onyx Adegbola contracted malaria. She would come down with the typical symptoms—fever and body aches, nausea, and headaches—and to ease her suffering, she would take anti-malarial tablets. But here’s the thing. One isn’t supposed to self-diagnose malaria; there are simple tests you can perform instead to confirm it is malaria and not some other disease. The definitive one involves examining a blood smear under a microscope, but microscopes were—and are—relatively scarce in that part of the world. So are clinical laboratories… Read more at NOVA Next.

~ by jeffreyperkel on September 18, 2014.

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