by ozierja (584 Posts), Wed Feb 10, 2010 08:38 am
This is getting publicity, at least in the "lab medicine" world.
Urine test may help clinicians diagnose preeclampsia.
Medscape (2/9, Larson) reported, "In the United States, the lack of an effective test makes it difficult to distinguish mild preeclampsia, severe preeclampsia, and hypertension unrelated to pregnancy," Yale researchers explained. "Preeclampsia is distinguished by an elevated excretion of misfolded, or misshapen, proteins that are attracted to an azo dye called Congo red." With that in mind, investigators were able to "create and confirm a Congo Red Dot urine test" that "rapidly predicts and diagnoses preeclampsia."
With a quote from Eleni: