21st Century Diagnostics
Microfluidic innovations promise a new generation of point-of-care tools for the pathologist
Jasmina Casals-Terré |
By 2030, 23.5 percent of Europe’s population will have had their 65th birthday (1,2). And aging is not just a European problem; the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the proportion of deaths worldwide caused by chronic diseases will rise from 59 percent in 2002 to 69 percent in 2030 (3). Some infectious diseases too are increasing in frequency, and the combined burden of chronic and infectious disease is predicted to be an increasingly significant issue, both for public healthcare systems and – through their negative effect on gross domestic product – for the broader economy.
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