Scientists from the University.Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) have developed a new test, with which you can quickly and accurately distinguish between viral and bacterial infections for 5 hours.Treatment of viral infections with antibiotics is ineffective and causes antibiotic resistance, allergic reactions, intoxication, and also requires a large expense.Now for the test required 24 to 48 hours and the results are not always accurate enough to arm a clear diagnosis.Doctors often prescribe antibiotics even before the results of the test in order to facilitate the patient's condition.According to a study published in the "Journal of Analytical Chemistry» (the Journal of Analytical Chemistry), University research team has shown that it is possible to recognize whether a viral infection in a patient, or a bacterial, by adding luminol in a blood sample and measuring the glow.
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In a study of 69 patients with different types of infections were examined at the medical center "Soroka" in Beer Sheva (Israel).Scientists have observed not only for the most infected as the reaction of the immune system to infection.The discovery made interdisciplinary research group of the Department of Biotechnology Engineering and the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, under the direction of Professor Robert Marx.A member of the group, a doctoral student of Darius Prilutsky took up the project by part of its scholarships for interdisciplinary technology allocated organizational and Financial Committee of the Council for Higher Education.
«This is an excellent example of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach University.Ben-Gurion, in which there are innovative research that leads to results that have an impact on the whole world.Such a test is essential for reducing health care costs, and provides a more accurate treatment, "- explains Doron Krakow, vice president of the American Association of University them.Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
The study is published in the "Journal of Analytical Chemistry» (the Journal of Analytical Chemistry).