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A new FDA-authorized COVID-19 test doesn’t need a lab and can produce results in just 5 minutes

There’s a new COVID-19 test from healthcare technology maker Abbott that looks to be the fastest yet in terms of producing results, and that can do so on the spot right at point-of-care, without requiring a round trip to a lab. This test for the novel coronavirus causing the current global pandemic has received emergency clearance for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and will begin production next week, with output of 50,000 per day possible starting next week. The new Abbott ID ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Biotech, Viruses, Infection, Abbott, Veterinary Medicine, U S Food and Drug Administration, Coronavirus


The FDA just okayed multiple 15-minute blood tests to screen for coronavirus, but there are caveats

On Thursday, the FDA amended their emergency policy around diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Following on a change made March 16, the agency opened the door for a number of specific private entities and labs to develop and distribute tests that can provide results on the spot in as little as 15 minutes – but there are some pretty big caveats to keep in mind as you hear about more of these coming to market. The tests, which are ‘serological,’ meaning t...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, China, Singapore, Tech, Taiwan, United States, Fda, Viruses, Infection, China Taiwan, EUA, Fox Rothschild, Coronavirus


Fact check: Drugmaker Gilead Sciences claimed rights to a possible COVID-19 treatment

Gilead Sciences received special FDA protection for the antiviral drug remdesivir. Facing criticism, it withdrew its request for "orphan status."
Tags: Science, Fda, Gilead Sciences


How one company is fast-tracking development of potential plasma-based treatments for the coronavirus

Medical biotech company Emergent BioSolutions is one of the many health industry players turning its efforts towards addressing the current global coronavirus pandemic. Their work includes a two-pronged effort to pursue plasma-based treatments that could help lessen the impact of COVID-19 on health care systems, with a fast-tracked development timeline that could see human clinical trials start as soon as this summer. The company is simultaneously working on two different therapeutic approaches,...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Tech, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Manufacturing, Biotech, Infection, Head, Drug Development, Emergent, Saward, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Study behind updated FDA guidance shows self-swab tests are as effective as those done by clinicians

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would be updating its guidance to allow self-swab tests for COVID-19, in which a patient collects a sample for their own nose for a health professional to test. On Wednesday, UnitedHealth Group revealed the results of a peer-reviewed large scale study that provided the science behind the decision to switch to the less-invasive sample collection method. The self-swab process doesn’t change where FDA-approved testing ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Washington, Tech, Healthcare, Fda, Infection, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, University of Washington, UnitedHealth Group, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Quest Diagnostics, Coronavirus, COVID-19


UK researchers develop new low-cost, rapid COVID-19 test that could even be used at home

A new type of test developed by UK researchers from the Brunel University London, Lancaster University and the University of Surrey can provide COVID-19 detection in as little as 30 minutes, using hand-held hardware that costs as little as £100 (around $120 USD) with individual swab sample kits that cost around $5 per person. The test is based on existing technology that has been used in the Philippines for testing viral spread in chickens, but it’s been adapted by researchers for use with COVID...
Tags: Health, TC, UK, Science, Medicine, China, Tech, Eu, European Union, Smartphone, Philippines, United Kingdom, Fda, Biotech, Software Testing, University of Surrey


New study casts doubt on hyrdoxychloroquine’s effectiveness in treating coronavirus

In a prime example of why President Trump shouldn’t be endorsing any unproven potential treatments for the novel coronavirus behind the current global pandemic, a new small-scale study by researchers in China indicates that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine actually isn’t any more effective than standard, existing best practice for conventional care of patients with the virus. The study, which included 30 patients with a control of 15 who received no treatment, with the other half being t...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, White House, China, Tech, President, Fda, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Phoenix, Fauci, Physician, Hydroxychloroquine, Coronavirus


FDA now allows treatment of life-threatening COVID-19 cases using blood from patients who have recovered

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its rules around use of experimental treatments for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to include use of ‘convalescent plasma,’ in cases where the patient’s life is seriously or immediately threatened. This isn’t an approval of the procedure as a certified treatment, but rather an emergency clearance that applies only on a case-by-case basis, and only in extreme cases, as a means of helping further research being done into the possible efficacy ...
Tags: Health, TC, New York, Science, Medicine, White House, Tech, Disease, Fda, Andrew Cuomo, Blood, Director, Blood Donation, Governor, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, Transfusion


Nonprofit aims to get COVID-19 field tests, N95 masks and more to healthcare workers without markups

A new Sydney-based nonprofit volunteer organization called RapidWard launched this week, with a focus on getting critical medical supplies from producers in China to healthcare professionals, doctors, hospitals and governments worldwide who need them. The group, founded by serial entrepreneur and advisor Milton Zhou, has ample supply chain experience and recognized the need for a solution that focused on establishing distribution pathways that eschew markups in order to make supplies available a...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Australia, China, Tech, United States, Korea, Sydney, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Sustainable Energy, Medical Device, Biotechnology, Zhou


Non-profit aims to get COVID-19 field tests, N95 masks and more to healthcare workers without markups

A new Sydney-based non-profit volunteer organization called RapidWard launches this week, with a focus on getting critical medical supplies from producers in China to healthcare professionals, doctors, hospitals and governments worldwide who need them. The group, founded by serial entrepreneur and advisor Milton Zhou, has ample supply chain experience and recognized the need for a solution that focused on establishing distribution pathways that eschew markups in order to make supplies available ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Australia, China, Articles, Tech, Ceo, United States, Korea, Sydney, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Sustainable Energy, Medical Device


Mesa Biotech gains emergency FDA approval for rapid, point-of-care COVID-19 test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making use of its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) powers to expand the pool of available COVID-19 testing resources in the U.S., and now you can add another rapid test that delivers results in just 30 minutes to the list. Mesa’s test is also small enough to be able to be used right at the frontline of care, including in clinics and hospitals, with multiple tests able to be run in parallel. Mesa’s rapid test follows one from Cepheid that was app...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Science, Tech, United States, Food And Drug Administration, Flu, Fda, Influenza, Amplifiers, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, EUA, Mesa, Coronavirus, COVID-19


FDA updates COVID-19 testing guidelines to allow self-swab tests

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its guidelines for COVID-19 testing procedures, in a bid to both make the process easier and less uncomfortable for patients, and to help limit the impact of testing on the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers, including protective masks, face shields, gloves and gowns. The change means that people undertaking a test will be able to conduct their own swab, which will involve swabbing shallowly in their...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Cdc, Articles, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Vice President, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Mike Pence, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, Pence, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC


YC startup Felix wants to replace antibiotics with programmable viruses

Right now the world is at war. But this is no ordinary war. It’s a fight with an organism so small we can only detect it through use of a microscope — and if we don’t stop it, it could kill millions of us in the next several decades. No, I’m not talking about COVID-19, though that organism is the one on everyone’s mind right now. I’m talking about antibiotic-resistant bacteria. You see, more than 700,000 people died globally from bacterial infections last year — 35,000 of them in the U.S. If we ...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Science, Medicine, Articles, Tech, United States, United Nations, Disease, Jurassic Park, Fda, Biotech, Antibiotic Resistance, TechCrunch


The FDA just approved a new rapid coronavirus test that can diagnose the virus in 45 minutes

The rapid test, made by California-based Cepheid, got emergency clearance on Saturday, eight days after the FDA approved a rapid test from Roche.
Tags: Science, California, Fda, Cepheid


Healthcare startups Nurx and Carbon Health ship at-home COVID-19 test sample kits

Efforts to get at-home test kits for the COVID-19 coronavirus are ramping up quickly, and two more health industry startups are bringing their own products to market, with both Carbon Health and Nurx starting shipping of their own in-home sample collection kits. Both of these new offerings are the same in terms of approach to testing: They deliver swab-based sample collection hardware that people can use at home to collect a mucus sample which they then ship back using including safety approved,...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Medicine, Fsa, Tech, Carbon, Food And Drug Administration, HPV, Fda, HSA, Nurx, EverlyWell, Carbon Health, Eren Bali


4 potential coronavirus treatments that researchers are working on right now

There's no FDA-approved treatments or vaccines for the coronavirus, but researchers are looking at ways to repurpose existing drugs.
Tags: Science, Fda


The FDA is allowing two drugs to be used for 'compassionate use' to treat the coronavirus. Here's what that means.

The term "compassionate use" refers to using a drug that's not FDA approved when other treatment options are not available.
Tags: Science, Fda


Hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and other potential COVID-19 treatments explained

During two of this week’s White House briefings, President Trump referred specifically to two potential treatments that have been identified by medical researchers and clinicians, and that have undergone various degrees of investigation and testing in the ongoing fight against the global coronavirus pandemic. It’s important to note upfront that regardless of what you may have heard, from Trump or any other sources, no drugs or treatments have been proven as effective for either the prevention of...
Tags: Health, TC, Ebola, Science, France, White House, China, Tech, United States, President, Food And Drug Administration, Disease, Fda, Anthony Fauci, Malaria, Director


For more than 2 weeks, state labs were told they couldn't use the CDC's coronavirus tests — but the tests were working all along

The FDA and CDC took 16 days to notify state labs of the solution to their faulty test kits: throwing out an ingredient that had never been necessary.
Tags: Science, Cdc, Fda


For more than 2 weeks, state labs were told they couldn't use the CDC's coronavirus tests — but the tests could have been used all along

The FDA and the CDC took 16 days to notify state labs of the solution to their faulty test kits: tossing an ingredient that had never been necessary.
Tags: Science, Cdc, Fda


Trump weighs controls on companies that take coronavirus bailouts

By JILL COLVIN and DEB RIECHMANN WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday the government should take an equity stake in some companies that need bailouts because of devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economy. Trump told a briefing he has executive authority to curb the impact on businesses. “There’s a lot of executive power,” he said. “If we don’t have to use it, that would be a good thing, not a bad thing.” Such a move could be an extraordinary reach by governm...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, News, Congress, Navy, Washington, Mexico, France, Senate, White House, China, New York City, Uncategorized, Sport, Canada


White House provides an update on COVID-19 testing in the US, says there’s been a ‘dramatic ramp’

During a White House press briefing on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., members of the White House coronavirus task force provided updates about the current state of coronavirus testing in the U.S. Given that the World Health Organization has said that testing is perhaps one of the most important parts of any effective method of combatting the outbreak, this is a crucial metric to track. “As we talked about earlier this week, the commercial system is rapidly advancing in the testi...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Cdc, White House, US, Tech, United States, World Health Organization, Fda, Anthony Fauci, Brett Giroir, BRIX, Commissioned Corps, U S Given, Coronavirus


White House provides an update on COVID-19 testing in the U.S., says there’s been a ‘dramatic ramp’

During a White House press briefing on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., members of the White House coronavirus task force provided updates about the current state of coronavirus testing in the U.S., which is a crucial metric to track given that the World Health Organization has said that testing is perhaps one of the most important parts of any effective method of combatting the outbreak. “As we talked about earlier this week, the commercial system is rapidly advancing in the test...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Cdc, White House, Tech, United States, World Health Organization, Fda, Anthony Fauci, Brett Giroir, BRIX, Commissioned Corps, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Deborah Birx


Engineered botox is more potent and safer in mice

Botulinum toxin (BoNT) is used for a range of applications, but when injected it can diffuse into the surrounding tissue and give rise to adverse effects. A new study publishing March 17 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Linxiang Yin and Min Dong of Boston Children's Hospital, USA and colleagues shows that a subtle modification of an FDA-approved form of BoNT enhances binding to the nerve cells and improves the drug's potency and safety.
Tags: Science, Fda, PLOS Biology, Linxiang Yin, Min Dong of Boston Children s Hospital USA


Building a better botox

Botulinum toxins are FDA-approved and widely used. Although they are safe and effective, they can drift away from the site of injection, reducing efficacy and causing side effects. New work from Boston Children's Hospital on botulinum B combined structural modeling and genetic engineering to enable the toxin to bind more tightly to nerve cells and stay in place. This led to more effective, longer-lasting local muscle paralysis and reduced toxicity.
Tags: Science, Fda, Boston Children s Hospital


Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing to Open in Colorado But Patients Need a Doctor's Note

The state of Colorado is opening the country’s second drive-thru coronavirus testing station in Denver on Wednesday, according to a press release sent to Gizmodo late Tuesday. But there’s one catch: People can only get tested if they receive a doctor’s note recommending a test for the virus.Read more...
Tags: South Korea, Science, Colorado, Australia, Cdc, Germany, Testing, Italy, Fda, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, Denver, Pandemics, Mike Pence, Jared Polis, President Trump


FDA and FTC Warn Televangelist Jim Bakker Over Claims 'Silver Solution' Kills Coronavirus

On Friday, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent a warning letter to televangelist Jim Bakker’s “Jim Bakker Show” for advertising a product misleadingly peddled as a coronavirus cure.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fda, Quackery, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Jim Bakker, United States Food and Drug Administration FDA, Colloidal Silver, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Coronavirus: How to find hidden infections? Stanford and UC fast-track new tests

Feeling mildly feverish? Have a cough? Are you a little short of breath? To test you for the flu, your doctor will do a simple nasal swab and then send you home. But a coronavirus test, if it’s available, is more like a triathlon. Even as cases escalate, tests remain limited, despite White House assurances. So you must first be approved by government health officials for testing, and share your name, address and contact information. Your doctor can’t test you; only the county health department c...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Hong Kong, Europe, Politics, New York, Science, News, Medicine, Cdc, Washington, Stanford, White House, China, Boston, California News


You Can Learn a Lot About Yourself From a DNA Test. Here’s What Your Genes Cannot Tell You

“Have you found an article of clothing with a suspicious stain?” asks the website of one Florida-based company called All About Truth DNA Services, which informs readers that “aprrpoximately [sic] 60% of husbands and 40% of wives will have an affair at some point,” and recommends consumers wait for their “suspicious item” to dry and then send it in for testing. Also accepted: cigarette butts, toothpicks, hair. The landscape of the consumer genomics market now would have been barely recogniz...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, Dna, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Walgreens, Atlantic, United States, Bill Clinton, Fifa, Food And Drug Administration, Helix, Fda, University of Oxford, Human Genome Project


Many States Still Can't Test Locally For Coronavirus Despite Promises From Trump Regime

Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), appeared on the Sunday political TV shows this weekend to reassure Americans that federal health authorities were prepared to tackle the coronavirus crisis, which has so far sickened at least 89 people in 12 states across the U.S. and killed…Read more...
Tags: South Korea, New York, Science, California, Cdc, Washington, Oregon, Fda, Donald Trump, Pandemics, Department of Health and Human Services HHS, Big Pharma, Eli Lilly, Outbreaks, Drug Companies, President Trump



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