Little skates could hold the key to cartilage therapy in humans
(Marine Biological Laboratory) Unlike humans and other mammals, the skeletons of sharks, skates, and rays are made entirely of cartilage and they continue to grow that cartilage throughout adulthood. New research published this week in eLife finds that adult skates go one step further than cartilage growth: They can also spontaneously repair injured cartilage. This is the first known example of adult cartilage repair in a research organism. The team also found that newly healed skate cartilage did not form scar tissue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

All protocols for setting up of BSL-3 lab completed, waiting for ICMR nod: Health Secretary
All measures have been carefully completed and sent to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) New Delhi, he said, adding that the department is waiting on further updates on the functionality of the laboratory. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH Terminates Bat Coronavirus Research Grant
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has terminated a grant supporting research in China on how coronaviruses spread from bats to humans, according to a report in Politico. The decision followed unverified reports from U.S. lawmakers and conservative media suggesting that the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic originated in a laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, which employs a Chinese virologist who had been receiving funding from the NIH grant in question. Seven days before the grant was terminated, President Trump, when asked about the project, said, “We will end that gra...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 11, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
President Trump has announced his intent to nominate three new members to the National Science Board (NSB), the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. He will nominate Catholic University Provost and particle physicist Dr. Aaron Dominguez, Director of IBM Research Dr. Dario Gil, and Dr. Sudarsanam Babu of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to serve six year terms on the board. Dr. Roger Beachy, Professor Emeritus in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, will be reappointed to serve another six-year term. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is soliciting nominations for member...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 11, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

A formative figure in the company's history: Roche Honorary Chairman Fritz Gerber dies at the age of 91
Basel, 11 Mai 2020- On May 10th 2020 Dr. h.c. Fritz Gerber died in his 92nd year. For more than two decades, he had shaped Roche's development into a leading global healthcare company in an exceptionally successful dual role as Group CEO (1978-1998) and Chairman of the Board (1978-2001). He remained closely associated with Roche throughout his life as Honorary Chairman. Starting at the end of the 1970s, Fritz Gerber led the company from a difficult situation to new success. Under his leadership, Roche's Group structures were fundamentally renewed and decentralized – ranging from focusing on the core businesses to mod...
Source: Roche Investor Update - May 11, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

A formative figure in the company's history: Roche Honorary Chairman Fritz Gerber dies at the age of 91
Basel, 11 Mai 2020 - On May 10th 2020 Dr. h.c. Fritz Gerber died in his 92nd year. For more than two decades, he had shaped Roche's development into a leading global healthcare company in an exceptionally successful dual role as Group CEO (1978-1998) and Chairman of the Board (1978-2001). He remained closely associated with Roche throughout his life as Honorary Chairman. Starting at the end of the 1970s, Fritz Gerber led the company from a difficult situation to new success. Under his leadership, Roche's Group structures were fundamentally renewed and decentralized – ranging from focusing on the core businesses to mo...
Source: Roche Media News - May 11, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New CDC-led Genomics Consortium That Harnessed Genetic Sequencing to Track the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus includes Clinical Laboratories and IVD Firms
Medical laboratories are already using gene sequencing as part of a global effort to identify new variants of the coronavirus and their genetic ancestors Thanks to advances in genetic sequencing technology that enable medical laboratories to sequence organisms faster, more accurately, and at lower cost than ever before, clinical pathology laboratories worldwide are using that […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 11, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Precision Medicine Abbott Diagnostics Advanced Molecular Detection AMD anatomic pathology bioMerieux CDC centers for disease control and prevention clinical laboratory cl Source Type: news

El Ni ñ o-linked decreases in soil moisture could trigger massive tropical-plant die offs
(DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory) New research has found that El Ni ñ o events are often associated with droughts in some of the world's more vulnerable tropical regions. Associated with warmer than average ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific, El Ni ñ os can in turn influence global weather patterns and tropical precipitation, and these changes can lead to massive plant die-offs if other extreme factors are also at play. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 11, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How to tune out common odors and focus on important ones
(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) Quantitative biologists at CSHL have figured out how a fly brain learns to ignore overwhelmingly prevalent, mundane odors to focus on more important ones. It's an important step towards understanding how our senses work and how computer sensing could work better. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UWC and SU isolate South Africa's first laboratory culture of SARS-CoV-2
(Stellenbosch University) While much of the scientific and medical community rushes to develop therapeutic agents for COVID-19 based on clinical data, getting a better understanding of the brand-new virus remains crucial. That's why it's so important that South Africa obtained its very first known laboratory isolate of SARS-Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) on 1 April 2020, courtesy of the collaborative efforts of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and Stellenbosch University (SU). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Sokoto Inaugurates 3000 Volunteers to Fight COVID-19
[This Day] Sokoto -Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal yesterday inaugurated over 3000 health worker volunteers comprising medical doctors, nurses, medical laboratory scientists, pharmacists and environmental health workers to fight against the spread of coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Was the coronavirus made in a Wuhan lab? Here's what the genetic evidence shows
Despite President Trump's statements that the coronavirus was released from a laboratory in Wuhan, scientist say the evidence points to a natural origin. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 9, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Was the coronavirus made in a Wuhan lab? Here's what the genetic evidence shows
Despite President Trump's statements that the coronavirus was released from a laboratory in Wuhan, scientist say the evidence points to a natural origin. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - May 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Test Using Saliva Collected at Home
FDA has given the green light to Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory for its COVID-19 laboratory developed test (LDT), which now offers the option of using home-collected saliva samples. The test remains prescription only. To be clear, this isn't the first test the agency has authorized with a home-collection option, but it is the first saliva-based COVID-19 test with a home-collection option. Rutgers' test previously had been added to FDA's high-complexity molecular-based LDT "umbrella" emergency use authorization to permit testing of samples self-collected by patients at home using the Spectrum Sol...
Source: MDDI - May 9, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: COVID-19 IVD Source Type: news

FDA Approves First At-Home Saliva Test for COVID-19
FRIDAY, May 8, 2020 -- The first COVID-19 test using saliva samples that patients collect at home has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The emergency use authorization was issued to Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory for the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 8, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Inherent Flaws in COVID-19 Testing Mean Some of Those Infected Don ’t Get the Treatment They Need
In late February, several weeks before the coronavirus outbreak shut down American cities and rose to the level of a national crisis, Kerri Rawson began to feel sick. “I was hit out of nowhere with what feels like the flu at first,” says Rawson, who also has asthma and takes cardiac medication for high-blood pressure. “You’re fine, and then all of a sudden you have a fever below 100°F and chest congestion.” Rawson is a 41-year-old writer and mother of two in Florida. (You may recognize her name from her 2019 memoir, about growing up as the daughter of a serial killer.) Her fever lasted for...
Source: TIME: Health - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zach Schonfeld Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Source Type: news

Virologists are LYING about the origins of coronavirus: Yes, the coronavirus contains gain-of-function gene sequences that were INSERTED into the virus
(Natural News) For months, the establishment has been dishing out a narrative claiming that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is a natural, albeit mysterious and unexplained, phenomenon that probably originated at a Chinese meat market. But contrary evidence continues to surface suggesting that the virus actually originated inside a Chinese laboratory and research center. Many virologists... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Pandemic Triggers Decline in Anatomic Pathology Testing and Shows How Digital Pathology, Remote Sign-Out Can Increase Pathology Services
Because of ‘shelter in place’ orders, many anatomic pathologists are reviewing digital images from home during the COVID-19 outbreak and demonstrating the value of whole slide imaging, digital pathology, and CMS’ recent amended remote sign-out policy COVID-19 is already triggering many permanent changes in the way healthcare is organized and delivered in the United States. […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 8, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Originated in Bats and Can Infect Cats, WHO Scientist Says
A World Health Organization scientist said Covid-19 comes from bats and can infect cats and ferrets, but more research is needed into the suspected animal link to the disease. The novel coronavirus comes from a group of viruses that originate or spread in bats, and it’s still unclear what animal may have transmitted the disease to humans, Peter Ben Embarek, a WHO expert in animal diseases that jump to humans, said Friday in a briefing with reporters. The virus probably arrived in humans through contact with animals raised for food supply, though scientists have yet to determine which species, he said. Studies have sh...
Source: TIME: Health - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Janice Kew and John Lauerman / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight wire Source Type: news

COVID-19 strikes Yemen as humanitarian funding dries up
SANA ’A, Yemen – On 10 April, Yemen announced its first laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. Since then,34 more cases and 7 deathshave been reported. Health workers, already stretched to the limit by five years of grinding conflict, are sounding the alarm that the pandemic could spell catastrophe for the country. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

FREE SPECIAL EDITION WHITE PAPER | Risk Management Specimen Management and Logistics Issues to Evaluate for Continuous Quality Improvement – 3 High-Risk Medical Courier Support Services
As a member of your laboratory’s leadership team, learn what you need to know as a competitive laboratory to maximize efficiency, increase profitability, and decrease costs over the long run by leveraging effective medical courier services and those that utilize digital technologies. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 7, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Pathology White Papers dark daily white paper free white paper Lab Logistics white paper quality improvement white paper risk management white paper specimen management white paper Source Type: news

Anti-Coronavirus Surface Coating Could Be Effective for Months
SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, has a nasty habit of lingering on surfaces for extended periods of time. For example, active virus particles were found on the Diamond Princess cruise ship 17 days after it had been evacuated. Disinfectants in current use temporarily remove the virus from surfaces such as doorknobs and handrails but don’t protect them from being contaminated anew. Scientists in Israel are engineering novel surface coatings that will have a long-term effect neutralizing the virus, according to a news report. The coatings contain nanoparticles of safe metal ions and polymers...
Source: MDDI - May 7, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Tags: Design News Source Type: news

Scientists warn about new "mutant" strain of the coronavirus that's MORE infectious
(Natural News) A new strain of novel coronavirus has been identified that scientists claim may be more contagious than the one that predominantly spread during the early days of the pandemic. A new study by researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory contends that this new strain of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) first appeared in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts Cast Doubt on Notion That New Strain of Coronavirus Is More Infectious
THURSDAY, May 7, 2020 -- A new study suggesting that the new coronavirus has mutated to become even more infectious should be viewed with skepticism, multiple experts said Wednesday. Earlier this week, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 7, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers: Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory TaqPath SARS-CoV-2 Assay
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Published: 5/7/2020. This three-page fact sheet informs healthcare providers of the significant known and potential risks and benefits of the emergency use of the Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory TaqPath SARS-CoV-2 Assay, which received an Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on May 7, 2020. The Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory TaqPath SARS-CoV-2 Assay is authorized for use on respiratory specimens from individuals suspected of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by their healthcare provider. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide f...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Early onset sepsis calculator implementation is associated with reduced healthcare utilization and financial costs in late preterm and term newborns
Conclusion(s): In addition to the well-known positive impact on antibiotic stewardship, implementation of the EOS calculator is also clearly associated with reductions in healthcare utilization related to suspected EOS in late preterm and term newborns and with a reduction in associated financial costs among those born term.What is Known:* The early-onset sepsis (EOS) calculator is a novel tool for antibiotic stewardship in newborns, associated with a reduction in empiric antibiotic treatment for suspected EOS.What is New:* In newborns at risk for EOS, EOS calculator implementation is associated with a significant reductio...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quantum Dots-Based Point-of-Care Measurement of Procalcitonin Quantum Dots-Based Point-of-Care Measurement of Procalcitonin
This study evaluated the accuracy and sensitivity of a new quantum dots-based POCT device which measures the concentration of procalcitonin in plasma, venous whole blood, and finger-prick blood.Laboratory Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Coronavirus Live News and Updates
The European Union ’s economy is set to contract 7.4 percent this year. Jared Kushner’s volunteer brigade complicated the hunt for medical supplies. China criticized the United States government for asserting that the virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

UC Berkeley Creates COVID-19 Robotic Testing Laboratory in Record Time by Reallocating Equipment and Training Researchers to Do Clinical Analysis
Medical laboratory leaders may be inspired by this rapid start-up and its outreach to students and the Bay area In what could take a typical clinical laboratory months or even years to launch, the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) at the University of California, Berkeley managed to make a COVID-19 diagnostic testing laboratory operational in just […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 6, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Pathology 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel anatomic pathology California state of emergency declaration CDC centers for disease control and prevention clinical laboratory Coronavirus COVID-19 COVID-19 Testing Lab Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Europe and UK strain more infectious than China's
Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico found that a newer, faster-spreading version of the virus seems to edge out the older type. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Reporting COVID-19 Laboratory Data
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Infectious Diseases (CDC OID). Published: 5/6/2020. This web page outlines reporting requirements for laboratories for collecting and sending COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 laboratory testing data. It also details how to report using standard terminology. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA Answers Most Frequent Regulatory Questions about COVID-19 Testing
The weeds of misinformation about COVID-19 are tall and thick, but an update to FDA's frequently-asked questions page should clear some things up, both for test makers and the general public. Because this is such a fluid situation, we have also included the date in parentheses beside each question to indicate when the information was last updated by FDA. Q: What is the difference between the types of available SARS-CoV-2 tests (May 4) The term diagnostic test is generally used to refer to molecular or antigen tests, both of which can be used to diagnose infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  Molecula...
Source: MDDI - May 6, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: COVID-19 Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Mutant strain of coronavirus that may make it more infectious now 'dominant'
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered a mutation to the coronavirus's spike protein that may make it more infectious - and it has spread around the globe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Safety Considerations in the Lab: Specimens of SARS-CoV-2 Safety Considerations in the Lab: Specimens of SARS-CoV-2
This article underscores the importance of reviewing in-house laboratory biosafety practices and offers guidance for working with clinical specimens that might contain SARS-CoV-2.American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Bringing Point-of-Care Testing to Consumer End-Points
The medical diagnostics industry has been moving steadily from centralized testing toward a decentralized model that brings testing ever closer to the patient. The benefits of point-of-care (POC) interventions are significant, and new technologies have expanded the options of home testing, while new generations of testing kits offer enhanced accuracy, reliability, and speed. Detection and monitoring are especially critical for diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis C (HVC), and colon cancer, and POC technologies can encourage early detection and better testing compliance as they are more accessible for patients. They are also les...
Source: MDDI - May 5, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Maria De Capua Tags: IVD Source Type: news

WHO says Pompeo remarks on virus origin 'speculative', seeks data
The World Health Organization said on Monday that comments by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo citing "evidence" that the new coronavirus had emerged from a Chinese laboratory were "speculative", and called for a science-based inquiry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA Officials on COVID-19 Tests: Flexibility Never Meant We Would Allow Fraud
As the diagnostic community shifts its attention SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing, FDA flags a concerning number of COVID-19 antibody tests marketed under false and inappropriate claims. In response, the agency this week revised its March 16 policy, which has served as a regulatory roadmap for COVID-19 antibody tests, also known as serology tests. The revision comes about two weeks after FDA issued a warning to healthcare providers about the limitations of such tests. "In mid-March, it was critical for the FDA to provide regulatory flexibil...
Source: MDDI - May 4, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: COVID-19 Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Five Eyes network contradicts theory Covid-19 leaked from lab
No current evidence to suggest coronavirus leaked from Wuhan research lab, agencies sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere is no current evidence to suggest that coronavirus leaked from a Chinese research laboratory, intelligence sources have told the Guardian, contradicting recent White House claims that there is growing proof this is how the pandemic began.The sources also insisted that a “15-page dossier” highlighted by the Australian Daily Telegraph which accused China of a deadly cover up was not culled from intelligence from theFive Eyes network, an alliance between the...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 4, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor Tags: Surveillance Espionage Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases World news Science China Source Type: news

COVID-19 Triggers a Cash Flow Crash at Clinical Labs Totaling US $5.2 Billion in Past Seven Weeks; Many Labs Are at Brink of Financial Collapse
Limited availability of COVID-19 clinical lab tests is major topic at federal briefings and news stories, yet many of nation’s labs are laying off staff and at point of closing Cash flow at the nation’s clinical laboratories has crashed, with revenues down by more than $5 billion since early March. This is the biggest financial […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 4, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations News From Dark Daily Advocate Aurora Health anatomic pathology ARUP Laboratories BioReference Laboratories Cleveland Clinic CLIA Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Public Meeting on June 22, 2020 Regarding New and Reconsidered Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Test Codes for the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2021
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announces a virtual public meeting on June 22, 2020 to receive recommendations and comments regarding payment amounts for new or substantially revised test codes Medicare is considering under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) for calendar year 2021. Written comments are due by June 4, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Study shows how microorganisms survive in harsh environments
(U.S. Army Research Laboratory) In northern Chile's Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, microorganisms are able to eke out an existence by extracting water from the rocks they colonize.An Army-funded project by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, Johns Hopkins University and University of California, Riverside gained an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms by which some cyanobacteria, an ancient group of photosynthetic microbes, survive in harsh environments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 4, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Software flaws often first reported on social media networks, PNNL researchers find
(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Software vulnerabilities are more likely to be discussed on social media before they're revealed on a government reporting site, a practice that could pose a national security threat, according to computer scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Abbott's COVID-19 laboratory-based antibody tests to be available in India by May-end
Antibody testing is an important step to tell if someone has been previously infected. It will provide more understanding of the virus including how long antibodies stay in the body and if they provide immunity, the statement said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain tumors respond well to combo of radiation, schizophrenia drug
Researchers at theUCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and colleagues have found that adding a drug once commonly used to treat schizophrenia to traditional radiation therapy helped improve overall survival in mice with glioblastoma, one of the deadliest and most difficult-to-treat brain tumors.The findings,published May 1 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that a combination of radiation and the drug trifluoperazine not only targets glioblastoma cells but also helps overcome the resistance to treatment so common to this aggressive form of cancer. The results could prove promising for patients wit...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 2, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Remdesivir for COVID-19 FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Remdesivir for COVID-19
The investigational antiviral drug remdesivir can now be used to treat suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalized with severe disease. (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - May 2, 2020 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Senior intel official says evidence for "both" virus origin scenarios exists
The intelligence community is examining whether the virus originated from human contact with infected animals or came about as the result of a laboratory accident in Wuhan, China. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Potential COVID-19 Treatment
FDA has issued emergency use authorization for the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalized with severe disease. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - May 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Nigeria: NCDC Activates 2nd COVID-19 Test Centre in Kano
[Vanguard] The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has activated the second Molecular Laboratory in Kano State, to enhance detection and prevent further spread of the coronavirus in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 1, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Disruptions of Supply Chains Are One More Challenge for Clinical Laboratories to Bring Value to Hospitals and Healthcare Networks
Supply chain experts can explain ways clinical laboratories should evaluate their suppliers and sources Suddenly, supply chain management has become a critical success factor as hospitals, health systems, and clinical laboratories throughout the United States respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Demand for essential supplies has left many health network medical laboratories vulnerable and understocked. One […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 1, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Potential COVID-19 Treatment
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalized with severe disease. While there is limited information known about the safety and effectiveness of using remdesivir to (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - May 1, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured FDA Regulatory Affairs Source Type: news