Diagnostic technologies are used in healthcare to identify the nature or cause of a disease. Rapid and accurate diagnosis is critical for providing the most effective and potentially lifesaving treatments in a timely manner. In developed regions, most of the healthcare diagnostic tests are performed at central laboratories equipped with sophisticated molecular analyzers and other advanced techniques. However, resources in central laboratories are limited, thus there is an urgent need for fast, easy, and affordable diagnostic devices for healthcare applications, especially in developing regions. Notably, recent developments in point-of-care (POC) diagnostics can provide in vitro diagnostics and immediately actionable healthcare information at accident sites. POC tests can also, potentially, allow patients to self-test and self-manage care at their homes.
In this virtual issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials, we bring you a collection of cutting-edge research on healthcare diagnostic technologies, for instance on flexible and wearable health-monitoring devices, optical fiber-based sensing systems, contact lens sensors in ocular diagnostics, microneedles for transdermal biosensing, molecular diagnostic tools for atherosclerosis, diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases, and rapid visual screening with programmable subtype classification of Ebola virus biomarkers. All articles are currently freely available for everybody to access, download, and read until the end of 2017.
Brit M. Quandt, Lukas J. Scherer, Luciano F. Boesel, Martin Wolf, Gian-Luca Bona, and René M. Rossi
Kuniharu Takei, Wataru Honda, Shingo Harada, Takayuki Arie, and Seiji Akita
Geon-Tae Hwang, Myunghwan Byun, Chang Kyu Jeong, and Keon Jae Lee
Nicholas M. Farandos, Ali K. Yetisen, Michael J. Monteiro, Christopher R. Lowe, and Seok Hyun Yun
Letizia Ventrelli, Lucanos Marsilio Strambini, and Giuseppe Barillaro
Zongbin Liu, Xin Han, and Lidong Qin
Sue Hyun Lee, Jung Bok Lee, Min Soo Bae, Daniel A. Balikov, Amy Hwang, Timothy C. Boire, Il Keun Kwon, Hak-Joon Sung, and Jae Won Yang
Original research articles:
Eun Ji Chung, Laurie B. Mlinar, Kathryn Nord, Matthew J. Sugimoto, Emily Wonder, Francis J. Alenghat, Yun Fang, and Matthew Tirrell
Daniil Karnaushenko, Bergoi Ibarlucea, Sanghun Lee, Gungun Lin, Larysa Baraban, Sebastian Pregl, Michael Melzer, Denys Makarov, Walter M. Weber, Thomas Mikolajick, Oliver G. Schmidt, and Gianaurelio Cuniberti
Mustafa Balcioglu, Muhit Rana, Mustafa Salih Hizir, Neil M. Robertson, Kashfia Haque, and Mehmet V. Yigit
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