New Blood Test Could Diagnose Diseases With No Known Microbial Causes
One of the first steps toward seeking Social Security disability benefits is to have a medical diagnosis of your condition. This can be difficult if there is no known antigen or microbial cause lab tests can identify. Researchers at the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh are looking to change that reality with a new blood test.
The research team recently published the details of the new test in the Journal of Immunological Methods. The test uses a single drop of blood to identify antibodies within the patient’s blood stream and assess their purpose. The testing method uses molecular shapes called peptoids attached to tiny plastic beads. When mixed into the blood sample, the peptoids bind to any antibodies present, which allows the scientists to retrieve them.
The blood samples were from HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients. By identifying the peptoids that bind to HIV antibodies, the researchers were able to distinguish between HIV-positive and negative samples with a high level of accuracy.
The technique has a potential for application to many other health conditions that produce antibodies in response to no identifiable bacteria, virus, or chemical agent. This new blood test could lead to new ways of detecting traumatic injuries, cancer, and other autoimmune diseases that are difficult to diagnose without extensive testing.
Call the Disability Help Group for Help with Medical Evidence of Disability
When applying for disability benefits, you must have a medical diagnosis of your condition and be able to prove it has lasted for at least 12 months or is expected to last that long or result in death. These facts take extensive medical evidence to establish, and the Social Security Administration may not be able to help you as quickly as we can. Contact the Disability Help Group at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with one of our disability advocates.