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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

Clearstep’s COVID-19 chat-based screener goes in-depth to preserve healthcare resources

There are a growing number of symptom checker and screening tools that you can use at home if you suspect you might have contracted the new coronavirus that is causing the global COVID-19 pandemic. Most of these are relatively simple, including around three or four questions that basically cover the top reported symptoms experienced by anyone who has confirmed to have had the disease. Chatbot-based symptom checking software startup Clearstep has created its own COVID-19 screener, which goes more...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Florida, Science, Medicine, Cdc, Articles, Tech, Heart Attack, United States, Disease, Infection, Mobile Device, Johns Hopkins University, Chatbot

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

French study finds anti-malarial and antibiotic combo could reduce COVID-19 duration

A new study whose results were published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents has found early evidence that the combination of hydroxychloroquine, a popular anti-malaria drug known under the trade name Plaqenuil, and antibiotic azithromycin (aka Zithromax or Azithrocin) could be especially effective in treating the COVID-19 coronavirus and reducing the duration of the virus in patients. The researchers performed a study on 30 confirmed COVID-19 patients, treating each with either...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, China, Tech, Infection, Coronavirus, COVID-19, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

New study of COVID-19 patient’s immune response could inform future treatment

A new study published in science journal Nature Medicine (via Bloomberg) examines the case of a patient who contracted COVID-19 in Wuhan and fell ill in Melbourne, Australia could provide a more comprehensive view of how and why certain people react to the virus more seriously than others. The patient’s case was described as a “mild-to-moderate” case, and while she was hospitalized, she was only treated with intravenous fluids to counter dehydration and didn’t receive any other drugs, nor did sh...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Australia, Tech, Bloomberg, Dehydration, Flu, Melbourne, Influenza, Vaccines, Infection, Wuhan, Melbourne Australia, Nature Medicine

Up to $818 million deal between J&J and Locus Biosciences points to a new path for CRISPR therapies

The up to $818 million deal between Locus Biosciences and Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a division of Johnson & Johnson) that was announced yesterday points toward a new path for CRISPR gene editing technologies and (potentially) the whole field of microbiome-targeted therapies. Based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Locus is commercializing research initially developed by scientists at North Carolina State University that focused on Cas3 proteins, which devour DNA Pac-Man-style, rather than edit it ...
Tags: TC, Science, Biology, Los Angeles, Tech, Genetics, Tencent, Food And Drug Administration, Disease, North Carolina, Infection, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Executive, Biotechnology, University Of Southern California

The Universal Flu Vaccine Is Still A Pipe Dream for Now, FDA Chief Says

In a speech made to Congress in Thursday, US Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb took stock of how his agency handled the ongoing, record-breaking flu season this winter, as well as discussed the future of flu vaccination in the US. Among other tidbits, Gottlieb made clear that it’s going to be a long…Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, US, Vaccination, Disease, Flu, Fda, Infection, US Food and Drug Administration, Gottlieb, Scott Gottlieb

A Vaccine for Flesh-Eating Bacteria Is Now in Sight

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have taken a significant step forward in the effort to develop a vaccine against the bacteria responsible for strep throat, toxic shock syndrome, and flesh-eating disease. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Medicine, Bacteria, Microbiology, Vaccines, Infection, University Of California San Diego

You Can Contract Fatal Bacteria Just By Sniffing

Everything is dangerous. Sitting too much is bad , washing machines are infestation sites for E. coli, and now the simple act of sniffing can infect you with a bacteria that has a 50 percent chance of killing you.Read more...
Tags: Science, Bacteria, Infection

How a Flu Virus Invades a Cell

Researchers from the University of Washington are the first to visualize the insidious way that the flu virus latches onto a cell and plows its way inside, causing an infection.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Flu, Influenza, Viruses, Infection, Microscopy, Diseases, University of Washington, Cellular Biology

Your cat may be giving you road rage

Could cats be to blame for road rage? A new study has discovered a potential link between Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite carried by cats, and intermittent explosive disorder (IED) in humans. But don’t give up your cats for adoption just yet. --> --> --> Read the rest of Your cat may be giving you road rage
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cats, Animals, Infection, Toxoplasma, Parasite, Toxoplasma Gondii, Scientific Study, Health & Science

Biologist: We're Completey Unprepared to Handle a Zombie Outbreak

A zombie virus may not be at the top of your list of likely apocalypses, but I think we can all agree that it would suck to get caught unprepared. Unfortunately, we are. As proven by countless movies, TV shows, and novels, society is woefully unready to deal with an infectious, flesh-eating horde.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Horror, Zombies, Public Health, Disease, Infection, Zombie Outbreaks, Epidemiology

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