Researchers have developed a smartphone add-on that allows doctors to detect interleukin 6 with 99 percent accuracy.
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“The spectrometer would be especially useful in clinics and hospitals that have a large number of samples without on-site labs, or for doctors who practice abroad or in remote areas,” he told Washington State News. “They can’t carry a whole lab with them. They need a portable and efficient device.”
Everyone carries trace amounts of IL-6 in their systems. The IL-6 protein responds when the body sustains inflammation or tissue damage. It controls the blood’s temperature and identifies potentially harmful cells in the body.
However, advanced cancer patients were found to have high amounts of IL-6 in their bodies. Studies also linked IL-6 to major depressive disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and possibly schizophrenia.