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From the Comfort of Home: Anemia Test Kit
Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD
Anemia is one of the most prevalent issues in public health, affecting an estimated 2 billion people worldwide. Currently, the most common way to test for anemia is by using the Complete Blood Count (CBC). The CBC test uses a large machine that must be operated by a clinical laboratory technician. Additionally, the CBC requires a blood draw to be done by a phlebotomist, calling for a clinic visit. Constantly visiting clinics or hospitals to test for anemia, however, can be a hindrance to care.
Emory hematologist-oncologist and biomedical engineer Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD and his team are developing a simple solution: an anemia test kit that people can use in their own homes.
The process is fairly straightforward: a person pricks his or her finger for a drop of blood and transfers it to a tube, which contains a solution that changes color when mixed with the blood. This change in color indicates hemoglobin levels. Similar to a pH test, the user will compare the color against a reference card detecting whether one has anemia, and if so, how severely.
Lam says the at-home anemia test kit would be useful for several demographics. One of these groups would be people who are affected by iron-deficiency or vitamin-deficiency anemia. This kit would allow these people to conduct a test at home and adjust their diets and vitamin intake accordingly. “This could be an easy way for people who are otherwise healthy to screen themselves for anemia,” says Lam of the technology.