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News on in vitro diagnostics for gastrointestinal disease.

The test uses turbidimetry to measure levels of fecal calprotectin, a neutrophilic protein biomarker of intestinal mucosal inflammation.

An increased blood-to-stool ratio in the concentration of bacterial short-chain fatty acids marked higher permeability in the intestinal wall.

The firm, Phenomix Sciences, anticipates that its test will help drive adoption of medications for obesity at a time when patients are reluctant to take them.

By examining metagenomic data of bacterial species in a patient's gut, the researchers aim to improve diagnosis and long-term nutritional intervention and treatment.

The microfluidic immunoassay uses spectrometry and a lateral flow method to diagnose the "very large global health problem" in about 20 minutes.