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The desperate global need for medical diagnostics

Prince, a three-year-old boy, is brought to the emergency room in Monrovia, Liberia, with fever and a decreased level of consciousness. He is critically ill. He is treated for malaria.

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Time is the only way to tell if this was the right treatment choice — but time may not be on his side.

Enf 2bAn astute nurse asks a visiting doctor if she can borrow a blood glucose monitor and nails the diagnosis: Type 1 diabetes, requiring urgent administration of insulin to save the boy’s life.

While Prince was lucky to get a correct diagnosis on time, blood…

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