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Genius Trump Threatens to Defund World Health Organization at Height of Coronavirus Pandemic

The president has a new talking point, and per usual, it’s a thinly veiled distraction that if acted on could cause untold harm.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, United Nations, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Henry Ford Health System to conduct first large US study of hydroxychloroquine’s ability to prevent COVID-19

Despite false assertions by the president to the contrary, any potential treatments to counter or prevent COVID-19 are still only at the stage of early investigations, which include one-off treatment with special individual case authorizations, and small-scale clinical examinations. Nothing so far has approached the level of scrutiny needed to actually say anything definitively about their actual ability to treat COVID-19 or the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes it, but the first large-scale U.S. cli...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, France, White House, China, US, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Disease, Fda, Biotech, Anthony Fauci, Henry Ford


Henry Ford Health System to conduct first large U.S. study of hydroxychloroquine’s ability to prevent COVID-19

Despite false assertions by the President to the contrary, any potential treatments to counter or prevent COVID-19 are still only at the stage of early investigations, which include one-off treatment with special individual case authorizations, and small-scale clinical examinations. Nothing so far has approached the level of scrutiny needed to actually say anything definitively about their actual ability to treat COVID-19 or the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes it, but the first large-scale U.S. cli...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, France, White House, China, Tech, United States, President, Healthcare, Disease, Fda, Biotech, Anthony Fauci, Henry Ford


Private Equity-Backed Medical Staffing Firm Cuts Benefits for Health Care Workers Fighting Covid-19

Private equity-backed medical staffing company Alteon Health, which provides doctors and nurses to work in emergency rooms across the country, is cutting costs by reducing hours and slashing benefits in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Tuesday report by ProPublica.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Hospitals, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Alteon Health


Medtronic is sharing its portable ventilator design specifications and code for free to all

Healthcare and biomedical engineering company Medtronic, which was in the news recently because Tesla CEO Elon Musk had discussions with the company about the automaker’s potential plans to build ventilator hardware in order to , but today it’s doing something potentially far more impactful. Medtronic is making the full design specifications, produce manuals, design documents, and in the future, software code for its Puritan Bennett (PB) 560 portable ventilator hardware available to anyone. T...
Tags: Health, TC, Elon Musk, Science, Hardware, Medicine, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Engineer, Devices, Healthcare, World Health Organization, Biotech, Dyson, Medtronic


Human testing of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine to begin in September

American drug maker Johnson & Johnson said Monday it plans to begin the human testing phase of its experimental coronavirus vaccine by September 2020, with plans to make it available for emergency use in early 2021. In January, J&J said it was already working on a possible coronavirus vaccine, using the same technologies with which scientists there developed an experimental Ebola vaccine. From Reuters: J&J also committed more than $1 billion of investment along with U.S. agency Biomedical ...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Medicine, Johnson, Vaccines, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, Big Pharma, Moderna Inc, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19, Coronavirus Vaccine


Which US Cities Will Have the Largest Coronavirus Outbreaks in April

Which are the US cities that will have the most serious problems with coronavirus COVID-19 after New York? Newark, New Jersey is included with the New York Metro area. Detroit has 1000 cases with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: New York, Science, Medicine, Future, US, World, Public Health, Cities, United States, Innovation, Disease, Detroit, Predictions, Newark New Jersey, New York Metro, Coronavirus


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


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


New coronavirus research suggests vaccines developed to treat it could be long-lasting

A new study from Italian researchers suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic currently causing a global health crisis, is relatively slow to mutate – meaning that any effective vaccine that is developed to prevent people from getting infected should be broadly effective across geographically separated populations, and over a relatively long period of time. The research, conducted by two independent teams working separate from one another, including s...
Tags: Health, TC, UK, Science, Medicine, Tech, Rome, United Kingdom, Flu, Viruses, Wuhan, Thermo Fisher Scientific, John Hopkins University, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Ancona University Hospital


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


Man Dies, Wife Critical From Chloroquine After Hearing Trump Tout Unproven Covid-19 Treatment

An Arizona man has died and his wife is in critical condition after listening to Donald Trump promote anti-malarial drug chloroquine as a treatment for the novel coronavirus and deciding to take some themselves, CNN reported on Monday evening.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Cnn, Arizona, Donald Trump, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Chloroquine


Can Drugs for Malaria, HIV, and Ebola Treat Covid-19? New WHO Trial Aims to Find Out

The World Health Organization is launching a multinational clinical trial in which four existing drugs will be used to treat patients with covid-19. The project currently includes 10 countries and will potentially involve thousands of patients currently battling the coronavirus-caused disease.Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Moderna could make experimental COVID-19 vaccine available to healthcare workers by fall

There are some hard limits to the vaccine development process that mean we are not going to see any preventative immune therapies to fight the new coronavirus for at least a year to 18 months. But Moderna, which is behind the first potential vaccine to enter human clinical trials in the U.S., provided new info on Monday that indicates it will seek to provide access to the vaccine by as early as this fall, to a limited group likely consisting of healthcare workers. The company will look at possib...
Tags: Health, TC, Messenger, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Washington, Boston, Tech, Virus, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Vaccination, Vaccine, Vaccines


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


New York Has Over 45,000 Tests So More Infections Were Found

The US has had over 182,000 coronavirus tests and 25,000 confirmed cases. New York has had over 45,000 tests and has over 11,000 confirmed cases. As of the afternoon of March 19, there have been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: New York, Science, Technology, Medicine, US, World, Policy, Public Health, United States, Innovation, Disease, Coronavirus, COVID-19


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


Trump's Trade Adviser Pushing 'Buy American' Order on Drugs, Medical Supplies During Pandemic

White House trade adviser and arch-protectionist ideologue Peter Navarro is trying to include buy-American provisions in the Trump administration’s coronavirus relief package that could disrupt the medical supply chain while the U.S. is already ill-prepared for a projected surge in cases, the Daily Beast reported on…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, White House, China, Trade, Trump, Peter Navarro, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


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


How Medical Students May Help Fight Covid-19

The global coronavirus outbreak will continue to change our lives in ways we can’t yet anticipate. But one of the more relevant questions about this upheaval, given fears that covid-19 will overwhelm our hospitals and doctors, is how medical schools plan to respond to the pandemic and whether medical students will…Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Japanese flu drug appears ‘effective’ in coronavirus treatment in Chinese clinical trials

Japanese-made flu drug favipiravir (also known as Avigan) has been shown to be effective in both reducing the duration of the COVID-19 virus in patients, and to have improved the lung conditions of those who received treatment with the drug, based on results of clinical trials conducted with affected patients in both Wuhan and Shenzhen by Chinese medical authorities. The trials involved 340 patients in total, and since they drug has already been developed and approved for use in treating flu, it...
Tags: Health, TC, Ebola, Science, Medicine, China, Tech, The Guardian, Flu, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Gilead Sciences, Avigan, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Remdesivir


Coronavirus: Infected people without symptoms are driving epidemic’s fast spread

People with mild or no symptoms of COVID-19 are the main drivers behind the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, according to an important new analysis of China’s outbreak released on Monday. These so-called “stealth” transmissions underscore the importance of “social distancing” measures that are now being enacted in communities across the U.S. and Europe, the researchers said. Unrecognized infections can expose a far greater portion of the population to virus than would otherwise occur. “We nee...
Tags: Health, Hong Kong, Europe, Science, News, Medicine, China, California News, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, John, Seattle, Wuhan, Bay Area, Peter Bjorn


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


First US clinical human trial of potential coronavirus vaccine set to start Monday

A human clinical trial of a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus will begin on Monday, the AP reports. The trial, which will test the effects of an experimental vaccine shot developed by the National Institutes of Health and drugmaker Moderna, won’t make use of either an active or inactive sample of the virus, as is common for vaccines, but will instead use a gene-based method that uses messenger RNA to trigger an immune response in the target individual. The Wall Street Journal reported on...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Tech, Ap, Vaccination, National Institutes of Health, Vaccine, Vaccines, Nih, Wall Street Journal, National Institute of Health, Moderna, Coronavirus


First U.S. clinical human trial of potential coronavirus vaccine set to start Monday

A human clinical trial of a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus will begin on Monday, the AP reports. The trial, which will test the effects of an experimental vaccine shot developed by the National Institutes of Health and drugmaker Moderna, won’t make use of either an active or inactive sample of the virus, as is common for vaccines, but will instead use a gene-based method that uses messenger RNA to trigger an immune response in the target individual. The Wall Street Journal reported...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Tech, Ap, Vaccination, National Institutes of Health, The Wall Street Journal, Vaccine, Vaccines, Nih, Wall Street Journal, National Institute of Health, Moderna


Don't Worry: Donald Trump's Son In Law's Sister In Law's Father Is on This Whole Coronavirus Thing

These are troubled times: a global pandemic, a collapsing stock market, and widespread anxiety and uncertainty about what happens next. But never fear, Donald Trump’s administration has a secret weapon: his son in law Jared Kushner’s sister in law’s father’s Facebook poll.Read more...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Medicine, White House, Outbreak, Donald Trump, Don, Jared Kushner, Coronavirus, Covid 19



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