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Inside the Lab Clinical care, Point of care testing, Laboratory management, Technology and innovation

21st Century Diagnostics

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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About the Author

Jasmina Casals-Terré

Jasmina Casals-Terré is Associate Professor and Principal Investigator in MICROTECH LAB, Mechanical Engineering Department, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

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