Growth disorders are one reason why patients are referred to endocrinologists. Pediatric endocrinologists diagnose growth hormone deficiency or excess and provide treatment options for children. Blood tests, such as IGF-I, aid the making of correct diagnosis.
Dermatomycosis refers to a fungal infection of the hair, skin, and nails which are caused by fungi called dermatophytes, in addition to molds and yeasts. In this blog, we summarize the key points of our recent review article on “The need for fast and accurate detection of dermatomycosis” including how newer molecular methods can help close the “diagnostic gap” observed with traditional fungal diagnostics and allow for a rapid detection of dermatomycosis with increased accuracy.
As summer approaches, cases of Tick-borne diseases (TBDs) are on the rise. Lyme disease (LD) is the most common TBD and is generally cured with antibiotic treatment. Testing relies on detecting a patient’s immune response to infection. However, diagnosis of LD can be challenging. Optimal diagnostic accuracy of LD can be achieved by combining two separate antibody tests with consideration of a patient’s symptoms and tick exposure.
KOL Spotlight Interviews is a segment where we interview experts from various fields on their expertise and insights that help shape the diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries. This month, we had the pleasure of speaking to Dr. Balazs Halmos, Professor of Medicine, Chief, Thoracic/Head & Neck Oncology, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In this interview, Dr. Halmos shared his experience as an oncologist during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with hematological malignancies, or blood cancers.
What is celiac disease? Celiac disease (CD), also known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is prompted by an autoimmune…
Bartonellosis is an infectious disease caused by Bartonella species and is implicated in causing many emerging and re-emerging infections globally. While there are multiple species, the three most common Bartonella species (and the infections they cause) are: Bartonella henselae (Cat Scratch Disease), Bartonella quintana (Trench fever), and Bartonella bacilliformis (Oroya fever).
Autoimmune neurological disorders encompass disorders of nervous system caused by dysfunction of the immune system. Through this…
Food sensitivity Food sensitivity could be caused by increased permeability of the small intestine (as called leaky…
Dengue fever has no specific treatment, but supportive care can help manage the symptoms. Only one vaccine, Dengvaxia® from Sanofi, has been approved by the FDA to prevent severe disease. It is approved for children aged 9 to 16 who live in an endemic area and have previously been infected with DENV as confirmed by a laboratory serological assay.
In the autoimmune kidney disease Membranous Nephropathy (MN), the immune system launches an attack against the glomerulus of the kidney, which normally aids in filtering fluids and wastes. In 2009, autoantibodies against phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) were discovered to be responsible for MN and have been shown to have a high diagnostic value.