Portable lab you plug into your phone can diagnose illnesses like coronavirus

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Source:  University of Cincinnati

 

Engineers with the University of Cincinnati have created a tiny portable lab that plugs into your phone, connecting it automatically to a doctor’s office through a custom app UC developed.

The lab the size of a credit card can diagnose infectious diseases such as coronavirus, malaria, HIV or Lyme disease or countless other health conditions like depression and anxiety.

The patient simply puts a single-use plastic lab chip into his or her mouth then plugs that into a slot in the box to test the saliva.

The device automatically transmits results to the patient’s doctor through a custom app UC created for nearly instant results.

UC professor Chong Ahn and his research team used the smartphone device to test for malaria. But the device could be used for smart point of care testing for countless chronic or infectious diseases or to measure hormones related to stress.

“Right now it takes several hours or even days to diagnose in a lab, even when people  […]

 

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Link:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200206134748.htm

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