Respiratory infections: laboratory reports 2020, PHE (updated 23rd June 2020)
Monthly reports on laboratory confirmed respiratory infections in England and Wales. 23 June 2020 Added Health Protection Report (HPR) 14(12) monthly report (weeks 20 to 23). 27 May 2020 Added Health Protection Report (HPR) 14(10) monthly report (weeks 16 to 19). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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FREE SPECIAL EDITION WHITE PAPER | Case Studies in Clinical Laboratory Test Stewardship: The Financial and Clinical Impact of Clinical Decision Support in Hospital Laboratories
This white paper – the third in a three-part series developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic Laboratories and Change Healthcare – provides frontline perspective and commentary from experts and physicians on the application and value of decision support in the laboratory. It also includes early-adopter proof points from hospital laboratories that have successfully implemented third-party decision support to achieve their stewardship goals, including EHR interventions and ongoing monitoring of utilization. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 23, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology White Papers Source Type: news

Case Studies in Clinical Laboratory Test Stewardship: The Financial and Clinical Impact of Clinical Decision Support in Hospital Laboratories
This white paper – the third in a three-part series developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic Laboratories and Change Healthcare – provides frontline perspective and commentary from experts and physicians on the application and value of decision support in the laboratory. It also includes early-adopter proof points from hospital laboratories that have successfully implemented third-party decision support to achieve their stewardship goals, including EHR interventions and ongoing monitoring of utilization. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 23, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology White Papers Source Type: news

Research determines financial benefit from driving electric vehicles
(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Motorists can save as much as $14,500 on fuel costs over 15 years by driving an electric vehicle instead of a similar one fueled by gasoline, according to a new analysis conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL). (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 23, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

FREE SPECIAL EDITION WHITE PAPER | Translating Clinical Laboratory Science Into Business Objectives: How an Educational Program Measured and Analyzed Performance and Transformed the Approach to Improving Laboratory Operations
Now more than ever before, clinical labs are under pressure to operate efficiently, accurately, and timely, all while still making money. Doctors and patients have come to expect a 24-hour turnaround for most tests. Clinical labs throughout the United States have been slashing budgets, many literally to the point of no return. At least 13 public health labs in four states have shuttered since 2003, which posed a serious problem when COVID-19 hit because resources did not meet demand. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Translating Clinical Laboratory Science Into Business Objectives: How an Educational Program Measured and Analyzed Performance and Transformed the Approach to Improving Laboratory Operations
Now more than ever before, clinical labs are under pressure to operate efficiently, accurately, and timely, all while still making money. Doctors and patients have come to expect a 24-hour turnaround for most tests. Clinical labs throughout the United States have been slashing budgets, many literally to the point of no return. At least 13 public health labs in four states have shuttered since 2003, which posed a serious problem when COVID-19 hit because resources did not meet demand. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 22, 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

West Sac company working double shifts in two labs making Covid-19 testing media
Gemini Bio-Products LLC is now working in its new 25,000-square-foot laboratory building, and also still working in its previous 12,000-square-foot space as it fulfills a federal contract to supply Covid-19 testing products. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Anderson Source Type: news

FDA Issues its First Emergency Use Authorization for an Antigen-based Diagnostic as Top IVD Manufacturers Race to Supply Medical Laboratories with COVID-19 Tests
Though experts say an antigen test is not as accurate as PCR tests, its low cost, ease of use, and widespread availability make it a boon for clinical labs performing COVID-19 testing While COVID-19 exploded around the world, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unleashed the nation’s in vitro diagnostics developers by issuing dozens […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 22, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Abbott Diagnostics anatomic pathology Cepheid clinical laboratory clinical pathology Coronavirus COVID-19 Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Rep Source Type: news

TGen, Ashion and HonorHealth: Organoids can help pinpoint the right therapies for cancer patients
(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) A new program called PATRIOT, developed by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, is using organoids -- laboratory cultures derived from samples of patient tumors -- to provide a new level of accuracy in prescribing anti-cancer treatments. PATRIOT builds on other precision medicine programs devised by Ashion Analytics, a TGen clinical laboratory, which uses its GEM ExTra ® proprietary test to match each patient's unique cancer to the best available cancer treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers say genetics may determine wound infection and healing
(Texas Tech University) In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have determined that genetics may play a role in how wounds heal. Caleb Phillips, an assistant professor at Texas Tech University and director of the Phillips Laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences, and doctoral student Craig Tipton led the study, " Patient genetics is linked to chronic wound microbiome composition and healing, " published Thursday (June 18) in the open-access, peer-reviewed medical journal PLOS Pathogens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

EMBL survey studies effects of COVID-19 pandemic on life scientists
(European Molecular Biology Laboratory) Scientists all over the world experience drawbacks due to the ongoing pandemic -- but there are also advantages. Two group leaders at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory performed a survey among life scientists to learn more about how they deal with the current situation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

App determines COVID-19 disease severity using artificial intelligence, biomarkers
COVID-19 severity score, built with data from china and new york city, can help clinicians identify the most at-risk patientsNew York UniversityA new mobile app can help clinicians determine which patients with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are likely to have severe cases. Created by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry, the app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to assess risk factors and key biomarkers from blood tests, producing a COVID-19 " severity score. "Current diagnostic tests for COVID-19 detect viral RNA to determine whether someone does or does not have the virus--but they do not provide clues as...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - June 19, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Mobile Device Software Companies Are Developing Smartphone Apps That Use Artificial Intelligence to Test for COVID-19, Potentially Bypassing the Clinical Laboratory Altogether
This is another example of technology companies working to develop medical laboratory testing that consumers can use without requiring a doctor’s order for the test Here’s new technology that could be a gamechanger in the fight against COVID-19 if further research allows it to be used in patient care. The goal of the researchers involved […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 19, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing A Source Type: news

A Machine Learning Approach to Identify Unhealthy Drinking A Machine Learning Approach to Identify Unhealthy Drinking
The authors developed a a clinical prediction tool for unhealthy drinking based on routinely available demographic and laboratory data.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Global team develops open-source N95 respirator
(University of Massachusetts Amherst) In one of the latest COVID-19 response projects at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication (ADDFab) laboratory is collaborating with a global network of design, engineering and manufacturing experts to help develop an open-source N95 face mask. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How chandelier cells light up the brain
(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) Chandelier cells stand out among brain cells for their elaborate, branching structure. A single chandelier cell reaches out to connect and communicate with more than 100 other neurons. Abnormalities in chandelier cells have been linked to epilepsy, autism, and schizophrenia. However, these cells have been notoriously difficult to study as their numbers are few, so until recently, chandelier cells remained largely enigmatic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New research leads to Army drones changing shape mid-flight
(U.S. Army Research Laboratory) oon, the U.S. Army will be able to deploy autonomous air vehicles that can change shape during flight, according to new research presented at the AIAA Aviation Forum and Exposition's virtual event June 16. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers discover unique material design for brain-like computations
(U.S. Army Research Laboratory) Over the past few decades, computers have seen dramatic progress in processing power; however, even the most advanced computers are relatively rudimentary in comparison with the complexities and capabilities of the human brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 18, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Reclamation awards $5.8 million to 22 laboratory and pilot-scale desalination research
(Bureau of Reclamation) The Bureau of Reclamation awarded $5.8 million to 22 laboratory and pilot-scale desalination research projects to enable broader deployment of desalination and recycled water technologies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 18, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
No new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu Provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 27 April 2020 (Figure 1). While this is a positive development, there remains a risk of re-emergence of EVD. It is critical to maintain surveillance and response operations in the period leading up to the declaration of the end of the outbreak, as well as after the declaration – as outlined in the WHO recommended criteria for declaring the end of the EVD outbreak. From 11 to 16 June 2020, an average of 2939 alerts were reported per day, of which 2788 (about...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Biosero Announces New Webinar Series: Automate Your Lab with Software...
Learn how laboratory automation software increases throughput, maximizes walk away time and generates reliable data at July 9 webinar(PRWeb June 18, 2020)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/biosero_announces_new_webinar_series_automate_your_lab_with_software_for_data_driven_decisions/prweb17199253.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Regular physical activity, short-term exercise, mental health, and well-being among university students: the results of an online and a laboratory study - Herbert C, Meixner F, Wiebking C, Gilg V.
The health benefits of regular physical activity and aerobic exercise are undisputed in the literature. The present series of pilot studies had two major objectives: (a) examine mental health, well-being, and regular physical activity of university student... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Can ‘Nanosponges’ Help Treat Patients With Coronavirus?
Nanosponges, biodegradable polymers created in the laboratory, and 1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, may hold promise in treating and preventing infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 17, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Coronavirus business pharma Source Type: news

Chinese scientist who was removed from Canadian lab sent deadly viruses to Wuhan Institute of Virology
(Natural News) Deadly viruses were sent from Canada’s National Microbiology Lab to a Wuhan laboratory months before the coronavirus outbreak, recently released documents show, and the scientist who sent them was removed from the only level 4 lab in Canada over a “policy breach.” Live Ebola and Henipah viruses, which are among the deadliest viruses... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
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Harsh Vardhan launches mobile laboratory for coronavirus testing
The mobile lab, also called I-Lab or Infectious Diseases Diagnostics Lab, can run 50 RT-PCR and about 200 ELISA tests in a day. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DHS Announces COVID-19 Population Health Studies
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is partnering with theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison ’s Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) andWisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), and theWisconsin Department of Natural Resources to conduct two population health studies that will...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 17, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

FDA ’s Regulatory Hurdles ‘Paralyzed’ Efforts of CLIA-Certified Clinical Laboratories to Offer Alternatives to CDC’s Flawed COVID-19 Test
Washington Post investigation outlines scientists’ frustrations in the early days of the pandemic, as they worked to deploy laboratory-developed tests for the novel coronavirus In the wake of the failed rollout of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 diagnostic test last February, many CLIA-certified academic and public health laboratories were ready, and […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 17, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Alex Azar Al Source Type: news

False-Negative Urine Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Testing False-Negative Urine Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Testing
What clinical factors might contribute to false-negative urinary hCG testing results done in the laboratory?Laboratory Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Next-generation sequencing
(BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a scientific opinion on the potential utility of next-generation sequencing (NGS) for application in foodborne outbreak investigations and when testing food for microbial pathogens. Entitled " Whole genome sequencing and metagenomics for outbreak investigation, source attribution and risk assessment of food-borne microorganisms " , this opinion document also discusses the value of new molecular laboratory methods for risk assessment in food monitoring. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Yellow fever – Gabon
On 15 April 2020, WHO received information regarding a confirmed case of yellow fever in Magandi village, Tchibanga city in Nyanga Province of southern Gabon, 590 km from the capital, Libreville. The case is an 83-year-old male with no known vaccination history for yellow fever. He had onset of symptoms on 30 January 2020 and presented to a health facility on 2 February 2020 with abdominal pain and jaundice. Between 2 February and 9 April, he consulted the Urban Health Centre in Tchibanga, the Christian Alliance Hospital in Bongolo and the University hospital in the capital Libreville where the case received anti-malarial ...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Antibody Tests Don ’t Mean a Ton Right Now. But That Could Change Soon
In the largest study to date looking at the antibodies produced by people who have recovered from COVID-19, researchers uncovered a few surprises that could have implications for not only how useful antibody-based treatments might be, but also what the results from an individual’s antibody test actually means. Right now, most people that get antibody tests want to learn if they have been infected with COVID-19 or not, since so many experience mild, or no symptoms of the illness. But that information could in theory be used to answer questions well beyond personal curiosity. For public health experts, these results ar...
Source: TIME: Health - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

BioRescue's most successful oocyte collection and embryo creation in southern white rhinos
(Forschungsverbund Berlin) On May 26, 2020, BioRescue team extracted oocytes from the southern white rhino female " Makena " in Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen, Germany, and then fertilized them in the Avantea laboratory in Italy to create four viable embryos. This was the team's most successful procedure of its kind and nourishes the hope that advanced assisted reproduction technologies (aART) are well established to ensure the survival of the northern white rhino in the near future. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 16, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

FDA nixes hydroxychloroquine, warns not to take with Gilead's Covid-fighting drug
Regulators on Monday withdrew emergency use authorization of a drug promoted by President Donald Trump for use against Covid-19 and warned that its combination with Gilead Sciences Inc.'s remdesivir could have side effects. The Food and Drug Administration said a nonclinical laboratory study of Foster City-based Gilead's (NASDQ: GILD) remdesivir, which also has emergency use authorization, with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine indicated "potential drug interactions." It recommended against administering… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

FDA nixes hydroxychloroquine, warns not to take with Gilead's Covid-fighting drug
Regulators on Monday withdrew emergency use authorization of a drug promoted by President Donald Trump for use against Covid-19 and warned that its combination with Gilead Sciences Inc.'s remdesivir could have side effects. The Food and Drug Administration said a nonclinical laboratory study of Foster City-based Gilead's (NASDQ: GILD) remdesivir, which also has emergency use authorization, with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine indicated "potential drug interactions." It recommended against administering… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 15, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

UCLA receives nearly $14 million from NIH to investigate gene therapy to combat HIV
UCLA researchers and colleagues have received a $13.65 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate and further develop an immunotherapy known as CAR T, which uses genetically modified stem cells to target and destroy HIV.The five-year grant, part of an NIH effort to develop gene-engineering technologies to cure HIV/AIDS, will fund a collaboration among UCLA; CSL-Behring, a biotechnology company in the United States and Australia; and the University of Washington –Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.Scott Kitchen, an associate professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology,...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 15, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Subcutaneous Daratumumab Combination Resulted in Deep and Rapid Hematologic Responses and Improved Clinical Outcomes in the Treatment of Patients with Newly Diagnosed Light Chain (AL) Amyloidosis
RARITAN, NJ, June 13, 2020 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today results from the first randomized Phase 3 study investigating subcutaneous daratumumab[i] in the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed light chain (AL) amyloidosis, a rare and potentially fatal disease.[1],[2] The data demonstrated subcutaneous daratumumab in combination with cyclophosphamide, bortezomib, and dexamethasone (D-CyBorD) resulted in a higher hematologic complete response rate (CR), (53 percent vs. 18 percent [P
Source: Johnson and Johnson - June 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Human and Societal Behaviour: How Pandemics Have Shaped Them
Left: German Ambassador to Singapore Ulrich Sante and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the official opening of the German European School Singapore on Sept 13, 2018. Dr Sante says he will be leaving Singapore with a heavy heart but also a treasure trove of good memories. PHOTO: GERMAN EUROPEAN SCHOOL SINGAPOREBy Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed ChowdhurySINGAPORE, Jun 15 2020 (IPS-Partners) The departing German envoy in Singapore, Ambassador Ulrich Sante, in a recent published article in the Straits Times shared some of his thoughts with the readership including on the impact on the community of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Among other...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury Tags: Economy & Trade Health Source Type: news

African Development Bank COVID-19 response: moving from commitment to action
By African Development BankJun 15 2020 (IPS-Partners) The African Development Bank has responded swiftly to the needs of its member countries during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Bank’s operations have continued to run smoothly since the first cases appeared in early March, despite the wide range of lockdowns and measures imposed by governments to flatten the curve. The COVID-19 pandemic is forecast to cause Africa’s GDP to drop by between $22.1 billion and $88.3 billion. African countries, with the experience of having fought off Ebola, are working to adapt to this new threat and looking to the Bank for ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: African Development Bank Tags: Africa Aid Economy & Trade Health Source Type: news

Washington Post Investigation into CDC ’s Failed Rollout of COVID-19 Tests Shows Federal Government’s Missteps and Miscalculations, Part One of Two
Previously unreported email messages and documents paint vivid picture of public health laboratory officials’ dismay and frustration over testing delays Between late January and early March, Clinical laboratory leaders watched with dismay as federal government missteps crippled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) rollout of its COVID-19 diagnostic testing in the early days […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 15, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Uncategorized anatomic pathology Associated Press Association of Public Health Laboratories CDC centers for disease control and prevention clinical laboratory clinical pathology CNBC Coronavirus COVID-19 Dark Daily dark intelligenc Source Type: news

What Zebra Mussels Can Tell Us About Errors In Coronavirus Tests
The standard test for infection with the coronavirus looks for a genetic fingerprint. Laboratory errors, including contamination, can lead to false results, a problem seen with environmental testing.(Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Delivering Humanitarian Assistance in Cox ’s Bazar During COVID-19
Congestion before the project came into force. Credit: WFP/Nalifa MehelinBy Srabasti SarkerCox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Jun 15 2020 (IPS) The novel coronavirus has affected the lives of millions worldwide at its very onset. The situation in Bangladesh is no different. Wearing masks and washing hands frequently have become the new normal. The first laboratory confirmed COVID-19 case was identified in Cox’s Bazar on 23 March. Unforeseen circumstances often lead to unprecedented innovative actions as is exemplified by a Humanitarian Access Project. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 amongst the 860,000 Rohingya refug...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Srabasti Sarker Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Combination drug treatments for COVID-19 show promise in cell culture tests
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) A team of Norwegian and Estonian researchers have established a cell culture that allows them to test antibody-laden plasma, drugs and drug combinations in the laboratory. A screen of 136 safe-in-human antiviral drugs and identified six promising candidates. One combination of two drugs was so effective that researchers hope others can begin clinical trials on the drugs now. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Canadian scientist sent deadly viruses to Wuhan lab months before RCMP asked to investigate
One of the scientists escorted from the National Microbiology Lab last year amid an RCMP investigation was responsible for a shipment of Ebola and Henipah viruses to the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory four months earlier. Coronavirus was not part of the shipment. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Mutation Helps Coronavirus Infect More Human Cells, Study Shows
SATURDAY, June 13, 2020 -- A particular mutation in one strain of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus may have helped it infect more human cells and turn it into the dominant strain worldwide, new laboratory research shows. Researchers at Scripps... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 13, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Lab in Ecuador's capital forced to halt coronavirus testing
A major laboratory in Ecuador’s capital has closed and halted processing coronavirus tests because technicians didn’t have basic supplies like tubes, pipettes, masks and gloves needed to safely analyze the specimens (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Tens of thousands of UK coronavirus tests rendered invalid
(Natural News) Nearly 30,000 Britons had to be retested for the coronavirus after their swabs, which their government had flown out to the U.S., turned out to be invalid. The voided tests were part of a batch of 67,000 that had to be sent over to a university in the U.S. after the privately run Randox laboratory... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thirty US Congress Members Ask HHS To Send COVID-19 Testing Funds Directly to Clinical Laboratories
US Representatives want clinical laboratories to have better support for their increased efforts to expand testing for the coronavirus On June 8, Congressmen Tom Reed (NY-23), Scott Peters (CA-52), and 28 other members of the US House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 12, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Uncategorized ACLA AMA american clinical laboratory association american medical association anatomic pathology BARDA Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority CARES Act CDC centers for disease control and prevention CLF Source Type: news

Scientists say coronavirus has higher affinity for human cells than bat cells – does this prove it was laboratory made?
(Natural News) The Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) has a much higher affinity for human cells, according to Australian scientists. The findings call into question the thinking that the virus came from bats. Nikolai Petrovsky and his research team at Australia’s Flinders University School of Medicine and Latrobe University found that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus — the pathogen behind the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Army Futures Command lab to begin manufacturing Covid-19 vaccine candidate for testing
A U.S. Army laboratory under the command of the Austin-headquartered Army Futures Command announced June 11 it selected a Covid-19 vaccine candidate to enter manufacturing for clinical trials. “This is a critical stage where we can't and won't take any short cuts, so as to ensure absolute safety in the end product that goes into people's arms,” Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, said in an email. “That… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 11, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mike Cronin Source Type: news

Injuries and physical characteristics affecting swimmer participation in the Olympics: a prospective survey - Matsuura Y, Hangai M, Koizumi K, Ueno K, Hirai N, Akuzawa H, Kaneoka K.
OBJECTIVE: To identify injuries and physical characteristics affecting swimmers' performance. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: Laboratory-based. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-four Rio Olympic candidates (36 men, 28 women), who were high level swimmers r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news