Prometheus Fuels licenses energy-saving ORNL ethanol-to-jet-fuel process
(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Prometheus Fuels has licensed an ethanol-to-jet-fuel conversion process developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The ORNL technology will enable cost-competitive production of jet fuel and co-production of butadiene for use in renewable polymer synthesis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 15, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

UTHealth joins trial to test antibodies and other experimental outpatient COVID treatments
(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) A study on the effectiveness of multiple treatments, including laboratory-made antibodies, at preventing mild COVID-19 from advancing to severe illness in the outpatient setting is underway by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Chinese virologist claims to have "smoking gun" evidence that COVID-19 is lab-created
(Natural News) Dr. Li-Meng Yan, M.D., Ph.D., a virologist from China who recently fled the communist country as well as her prestigious job at Hong Kong University (HKU), is back in the news with claims that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was created by Chinese scientists in a laboratory. Appearing on British television, Dr. Li-Meng talked... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Monoclonal antibodies to begin UK trial
Laboratory-made antibodies are to be trialled on 2,000 people with coronavirus in UK hospitals. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kissinger, Mattis, and Murdoch Possible Government Witnesses for the Prosecution against Elizabeth Holmes in Theranos Clinical Laboratory Testing Fraud Case
The federal trial, now set to begin in March 2021, could become a media spectacle given the marquee names on the witness list Clinical laboratories following the federal criminal proceedings against Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes will have to wait until next year for the case to go to trial. When it does, […] The post Kissinger, Mattis, and Murdoch Possible Government Witnesses for the Prosecution against Elizabeth Holmes in Theranos Clinical Laboratory Testing Fraud Case first appeared on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 14, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations anatomic pathology Bechtel Corporation clinical pathology Dark Daily dark intell Source Type: news

CDC: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC)
Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) to be held on October 28, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Eastern and October 29, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include agency updates from CDC, CMS, and FDA. The focus of the meeting is Clinical Laboratory Medicine in the Age of COVID-19 and will include presentations and discussions on preparedness and response: the partnership between clinical laboratories and public health; laboratory data exchanges during COVID-19; and the clinical laboratory's role in identifying health inequities durin...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Characteristics of U.S. Persons Who Died With COVID-19 Characteristics of U.S. Persons Who Died With COVID-19
This report analyzed detailed demographic and clinical data of more than 10,000 decedents with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Nigeria: WHO Names Nigerian Centre As African Reference Laboratory for Genome Research
[Premium Times] The African Centre of Excellence for the Genomics of Infectious Disease (ACEGID), Redeemer's University, Ede, Osun State, has been named one of the regional repository and bioinformatics centres by the WHO and Africa CDC to provide sequencing, data analysis and other technical support services to the countries where they are located as well as to neighbouring countries and countries in their sub-regions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 13, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Methodist I-35 hospital expansion to top $85M
Methodist Healthcare has nearly doubled — to $86 million — its planned investment to expand its Live Oak hospital in the next phase of a broader master plan that's expected to include still more significant spending. In 2018, Methodist shared with the Business Journal a $46 million expansion plan for Methodist Hospital-Northeast in L ive Oak. With the revised plan, the larger scope of work will include expanded operating rooms and cardiac catheter laboratory facilities, as well as the construction… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 11, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

Exclusive: Methodist I-35 hospital expansion to top $85M
Methodist Healthcare has nearly doubled — to $86 million — its planned investment to expand its Live Oak hospital in the next phase of a broader master plan that's expected to include still more significant spending. In 2018, Methodist shared with the Business Journal a $46 million expansion plan for Methodist Hospital-Northeast in L ive Oak. With the revised plan, the larger scope of work will include expanded operating rooms and cardiac catheter laboratory facilities, as well as the construction… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 11, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

Cancer Projects to Diversify Genetic Research Receive New Grants
Because much cancer research and clinical trials have been based on white populations, efforts to explore the ways race and ethnicity influence disease are underway. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emma Goldberg Tags: Race and Ethnicity Colon and Colorectal Cancer Pancreatic Cancer Bladder Cancer Breast Cancer Black People Genetics and Heredity Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Mount Si Source Type: news

Angola: Angola Strengthens Covid-19 Testing Capacity
[ANGOP] Luanda -- Angola has increased its capacity for mass Covid-19 tests, with the Viana Laboratory Diagnostic Centre coming into operation this Thursday, with the capacity to process 6,000 samples per day. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Delays in Reporting Results of COVID-19 Clinical Laboratory Tests Prompt Florida Governor to End SARS-CoV-2 Testing Contract with Quest Diagnostics
Quest said a ‘technical issue’ had delayed reporting of test data to the state and claimed that patients and providers still received the results in a timely manner Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered state agencies to cut ties with Quest Diagnostics due to delays in reporting nearly 75,000 COVID-19 clinical laboratory test results going […] The post Delays in Reporting Results of COVID-19 Clinical Laboratory Tests Prompt Florida Governor to End SARS-CoV-2 Testing Contract with Quest Diagnostics first appeared on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 11, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Source Type: news

Researchers develop rapid test for ovarian cancer detection
(University of Turku) Researchers at the University of Turku, Finland, have developed a test for ovarian cancer detection with a sensitivity 4.5 times higher than that of the conventional laboratory test. The simple lateral flow test is based on rapid detection of abnormal sugar structures directly from the blood sample. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 11, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Cochrane Rapid Review investigates the effectiveness of screening for COVID-19
How effective is screening for COVID-19?Why does screening matter?Screening aims to identify a condition in people who may not be showing any symptoms. Some people may have the COVID-19 virus but appear healthy or have only mild symptoms. It is important to identify infected people so they can stay away from others and seek appropriate care. Incorrectly identifying COVID-19 in healthy people could lead to unnecessary self-isolation and further tests. Incorrectly identifying no infection in infected people could spread the virus.Screening for COVID-19 can include temperature checks, or asking about international travel or c...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Batten Down the Hatches for Thyroid Storm Batten Down the Hatches for Thyroid Storm
"What's tricky is there really are no specific biochemical level cutoffs for thyroid storm, and also no unique laboratory abnormalities. In the end, it's a clinical diagnosis and a clinical judgment."The Hospitalist (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

The Great Vaccine Race: Inside the Unprecedented Scramble to Immunize the World Against COVID-19
The cleverest of enemies thrive on surprise attacks. Viruses—and coronaviruses in particular—know this well. Remaining hidden in animal hosts for decades, they mutate steadily, sometimes serendipitously morphing into more effective and efficient infectious agents. When a strain with just the right combination of genetic codes that spell trouble for people makes the leap from animal to human, the ambush begins. Such was the case with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus behind COVID-19, and the attack was mostly silent and insidious at first. Many people infected with SARS-CoV-2 remained oblivious as they served as the v...
Source: TIME: Health - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Magazine Source Type: news

Africa: Covid-19 Genome Sequencing Laboratory Network Launches in Africa
[WHO] Brazzaville -- With several African countries now expanding COVID-19 testing, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a network of laboratories to reinforce genome sequencing of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, in Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

HHS: Request for Information (RFI): Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-Surge Capacity
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a request for information regarding the ability of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified/accredited commercial, academic, medical center, and public health laboratories to provide additional COVID-19 testing capability if supplementary testing instruments are made available. Submissions are due by September 21, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 10, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

UNC researchers publish striking images of SARS-CoV-2 infected cells
(University of North Carolina Health Care) The UNC School of Medicine laboratory of Camille Ehre, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, produced striking images in respiratory tract cultures of the infectious form of the SARS-CoV-2 virus produced by infected respiratory epithelial cells. The New England Journal of Medicine featured this work in its 'Images in Medicine' section. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 10, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The web of death
(Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research) Cancer is one of the most frequent causes of death. Chemotherapy is often used as a treatment, but also brings side effects for healthy organs. Scientists around David Ng, group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, are now trying to take a completely different approach: By means of targeted and localized disruption of the cancer cells' structure, its self-destruction mechanism can be activated. In laboratory experiments, they have already demonstrated initial successes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 10, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Paradoxical Hypercholesterolemia in an Otherwise Healthy Man Paradoxical Hypercholesterolemia in an Otherwise Healthy Man
With familial hypercholesterolemia ruled out, what was the cause of this 23-year-old patient's hyperlipidemic state?Laboratory Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

US Government Purchases 150 Million COVID-19 Antigen Tests from Abbott Laboratories for $760 Million; Only CLIA-Certified Clinical Laboratories Can Do Testing
Abbott sends the SARS-CoV-2 test results directly to patients’ smartphones, which can be displayed to gain entrance into areas requiring proof of COVID-19 testing There is no greater example that COVID-19 is a major force for change in the clinical laboratory industry than the fact that—though the US federal government pays 50% of the nation’s […] The post US Government Purchases 150 Million COVID-19 Antigen Tests from Abbott Laboratories for 0 Million; Only CLIA-Certified Clinical Laboratories Can Do Testing first appeared on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 9, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Webinars Abbott Laboratories anatomic pathology Source Type: news

MDIBL scientists decipher role of a stress response gene
(Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory) A team of scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, led by James A. Coffman, Ph.D., is shedding new light on the gene regulatory pathways activated by cortisol, a hormone secreted in response to stress. Their research helps explain why exposure to chronic stress early in life shortens lifespan and contribute to age-related chronic diseases later in life -- long after the source of stress has been removed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The neurons that connect stress, insomnia, and the immune system
(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) Researchers have pinpointed the circuit in the brain that is responsible for sleepless nights in times of stress--and it turns out that circuit does more than make you toss and turn. Their study, done in mice, ties the same neuronal connections that trigger insomnia to a stress-induced weakening of the immune system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Substances with anti-cancer action are identified in Brazilian red propolis
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Researchers isolated eight novel polyphenols from the rarest type of propolis. Two of them were found to inhibit tumor cell proliferation in laboratory assays. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 9, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

California Scientists Build A Camera To Take Pictures Of Huge Swath Of Sky
Scientists and engineers in California are building a unique 3.2 billion pixel camera for a telescope under construction in Chile. The camera has taken its first test pictures — of broccoli.(Image credit: LSST Camera team/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory/Rubin Observatory) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Keir Starmer warns UK's test-and-trace system on 'verge of collapse'
Ministers concede lack of laboratory capacity for tests could take fortnight to resolveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageKeir Starmer has warned the coronavirus test-and-trace system is “on the verge of collapse”, as ministers conceded that a lack of laboratory capacity which has prevented many people getting a test could take a fortnight to be resolved.The hold-up in processing Covid results, which has seen some peopleasked to travel from London to Scotland for tests, prompted alarm from council leaders who said it could be calamitous in the period that pupils and students retur...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 8, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Peter Walker and Simon Murphy and Ian Sample Tags: Keir Starmer Politics Coronavirus outbreak UK news Health policy Infectious diseases Science Boris Johnson Sadiq Khan Public services policy Source Type: news

Boston lab suspends Covid-19 testing after at least 383 false positives
This article first appeared on MassLive.com. Boston-based laboratory Orig3n halted its coronavirus testing in Massachusetts last month after reporting hundreds of false positive test results, with officials chalking up the mistakes to a lack of direction and proper documentation at the lab, among other factors. In early August, the Massachu setts Department of Public Health opened an investigation after it became aware of an unusually high positive rate of Covid-19 tests reported by Orig3n Laboratory,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jackson Cote Source Type: news

Army fields new chemical detection technology
(U.S. Army Research Laboratory) Chemical weapons pose a serious threat to civilian and warfighter lives, but technology from the U.S. Army Small Business Technology Transfer program reduces those risks. Researchers developed a product to detect chemical weapons accurately at low concentration levels. Active Army, Reserve and National Guard units started to receive the Chemical Agent Disclosure Spray and the Contamination Indicator/Decontamination Assurance System, known as CIDAS. The Army is fielding it to all units in areas where there is a threat of chemical agents. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 8, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Fighting cardiovascular disease with acne drug
(European Molecular Biology Laboratory) Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg and Stanford University have found the cause of dilated cardiomyopathy - a leading cause of heart failure - and identified a potential treatment for it: a drug already used to treat acne. The study was published on 8 September in Cell Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Acute time-course changes in CCL11, CCL2, and IL-10 levels after controlled subconcussive head impacts: a pilot randomized clinical trial - Huibregtse ME, Ejima K, Chen Z, Kalbfell RM, Koppineni A, Kawata K.
OBJECTIVE: To examine changes in plasma levels of CCL11, CCL2, and IL-10 after 10 controlled soccer headers. SETTING: Laboratory setting. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-nine healthy soccer players with at least 3 years of soccer heading experience, between 1... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Genome sequencing accelerates cancer detection
(European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute) Recent cancer studies have shown that genomic mutations leading to cancer can occur years, or even decades, before a patient is diagnosed. Researchers have developed a statistical model that analyses genomic data to predict whether a patient has a high or low risk of developing oesophageal cancer.The results could enable early detection and improve treatment of oesophageal cancer in future. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What Is In A Ketogenic Diet?
Discussion Epilepsy is a common problem for the general pediatrician. Its incidence is estimated at 41-87/100,000 children. While many children are controlled with medication, it is also estimated that up to 1/3 will develop drug-resistant epilepsy. Some children may have an identifiable seizure focus that may be amenable to surgery, but many others do not. One option for potential control is a ketogenic diet (KD). Indications for KD usually are for drug-resistant epilepsy including partial and complex seizure patterns as well as some metabolic disorders such as glucose transport 1 deficiency syndrome. It has also found ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 7, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

First Human Death from Eastern Equine Encephalitis Reported in Chippewa County
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Chippewa County Health Department today announced that laboratory testing has confirmed a case ofeastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus infection in a woman in her 60 ’s who had been living in Chippewa County. This is the second human case of EEE in state so far this year, and the first resulting in a death. “We are very sad to report that one of our fellow Wisconsinites has contracted EEE and has passed...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 5, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Visual attention in realistic driving situations: attentional capture and hazard prediction - Muela I, Chica AB, Garcia-Fernandez P, Castro C.
In real life, many objects catch our attention involuntarily or exogenously. Exogenous attention occurs fast and its effects are short-lived. In the laboratory, when attentional orientation is studied, both valid and invalid attentional signals are used: t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Characteristics of COVID-19 Patients at a Safety-net Center Characteristics of COVID-19 Patients at a Safety-net Center
This report describes the characteristics and clinical outcomes of adult patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 treated at a safety-net hospital.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Africa: How Pooled Testing Can Increase Access to Essential Laboratory Tests
[The Conversation Africa] The COVID-19 pandemic tends to conceal other important health issues. One of these is the global target for reducing HIV infections and increasing access to treatment. Progress is well under way. In 2019, 67% of those living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 85% of pregnant women with HIV were receiving medication to prevent transmission to their babies. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

‘There’s an App for That’ is Becoming the Norm in Healthcare as Smartphones Provide Access to Patient Medical Records and Clinical Laboratory Test Results
Amazon’s app-based employee healthcare service could be first step toward retailer becoming a disruptive force in healthcare; federal VA develops its own mHealth apps More consumers are using smartphone applications (apps) to manage different aspects of their healthcare. That fact should put clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups on the alert, because a passive “wait […] The post ‘There’s an App for That’ is Becoming the Norm in Healthcare as Smartphones Provide Access to Patient Medical Records and Clinical Laboratory Test Results first appeared on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 4, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Amazon Care anatomic pathology App Annie clinical laboratory clinical Source Type: news

Roche receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the cobas SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems
Basel, 04 September 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the cobas ® SARS-CoV-2& Influenza A/B Test for use on the cobas ® 6800/8800 Systems has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This test is intended for the simultaneous qualitative detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A and Influenza B in patients suspected by their healthcare provider of having respiratory viral infection consistent with COVID-19. Additionally, it is available in markets accepting the CE mark.“With the approaching flu season, this new...
Source: Roche Investor Update - September 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the cobas SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems
Basel, 04 September 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the cobas ® SARS-CoV-2& Influenza A/B Test for use on the cobas ® 6800/8800 Systems has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This test is intended for the simultaneous qualitative detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A and Influenza B in patients suspected by their healthcare provider of having respiratory viral infection consistent with COVID-19. Additionally, it is available in markets accepting the CE mark.“With the approaching flu season, this new...
Source: Roche Media News - September 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Can we improve early identification of neonatal late-onset sepsis? A validated prediction model
Conclusion(s): Clinical evaluation with neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio and C-reactive protein can rapidly identify LOS enabling decreased health costs and antibiotic use. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: A New Covid-19 Testing Laboratory Commissioned in Rural Sierra Leone Supported By WHO
[WHO] On 29 August 2020, a newly established WHO-supported COVID-19 testing molecular laboratory was commissioned in Makeni City, northern Sierra Leone, to facilitate scaling up of testing capacity for the disease in the country. This makes the 6th COVID-19 testing site in Sierra Leone, in addition to; Central Public Health Reference laboratory, Jui P3 laboratory, Connaught National Teaching and Referral Hospital laboratory, 34 Military laboratory and Kenema Government Hospital laboratory. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Innovative biocontainment unit shows promise to protect healthcare workers
(U.S. Army Research Laboratory) The U.S. Army partnered with the University of Pittsburg Medical Center to create a biocontainment unit that could help healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients.Researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory and UPMC created an individual biocontainment unit that uses negative pressure to suction the air from around a patient and filter out viral particles. This prevents environmental contamination and limits exposure to SARS-CoV-2. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 3, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Predicting temperature mortality and selection in natural Drosophila populations
Average and extreme temperatures will increase in the near future, but how such shifts will affect mortality in natural populations is still unclear. We used a dynamic model to predict mortality under variable temperatures on the basis of heat tolerance laboratory measurements. Theoretical lethal temperatures for 11 Drosophila species under different warming conditions were virtually indistinguishable from empirical results. For Drosophila in the field, daily mortality predicted from ambient temperature records accumulate over weeks or months, consistent with observed seasonal fluctuations and population collapse in nature...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Rezende, E. L., Bozinovic, F., Szilagyi, A., Santos, M. Tags: Anatomy, Morphology, Biomechanics, Ecology reports Source Type: news

More about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, CEBM (updated 30th August 2020)
VERDICT The hypothesis that the 4-aminoquinolines chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine may be beneficial in the treatment of COVID-19 is a weak one, based on poor mechanistic reasoning and inconsistent results of studies in vitro, in laboratory animals, and in humans. It is likely that even if chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are effective in COVID-19, the beneficial effects will be small. The risks of adverse reactions to these drugs may be increased in patients who are acutely ill with severe COVID-19, in many of whom high doses are being used. Macrolide antibacterial drugs, such as azithromycin, clarithromycin, ery...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First Human Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in Wisconsin in 2020
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Eau Claire County Health Department today announced that laboratory testing has confirmed the first human case ofeastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus infection this year, in a female under the age of 18 who is a resident of Eau Claire County. As a result, DHS and Eau Claire County Health Department are reminding everyone to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using mosquito repellent any time...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 2, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Inside the Dangerous Mission to Understand What Makes Extremists Tick —and How to Change Their Minds
On a cool winter’s day in early 2014, the American academic Nafees Hamid was invited for tea at the second-story at the Barcelona apartment of a young Moroccan man. It started well enough; they sat down at the kitchen table, chatting amiably in French while two acquaintances of the host sat nearby in the living room. Halfway through the conversation, though, things took a turn. “He started saying things like, ‘Why should we trust any Westerner?’” Hamid recalls. “‘Why would we not kill every one of them? Why should I even trust you—you are an American—sitting here? Why s...
Source: TIME: Science - September 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Emily Feldman and Malia Politzer Tags: Uncategorized extremism feature Londontime Source Type: news

NIH continues to boost national COVID-19 testing capacity
New laboratory and point-of-care tests to enable access and rapid result. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - September 2, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

UPMC Researchers Develop Artificial Intelligence Algorithm That Detects Prostate Cancer with ‘Near Perfect Accuracy’ in Effort to Improve How Pathologists Diagnose Cancer
Working from tissue slides similar to those used by surgical pathologists, the algorithm accurately detects prostate cancer with an impressive 98% sensitivity It could be that a new milestone has been reached on the road to using artificial intelligence (AI) to help anatomic pathologists diagnose cancer and other diseases. A research collaboration between a major […] The post UPMC Researchers Develop Artificial Intelligence Algorithm That Detects Prostate Cancer with ‘Near Perfect Accuracy’ in Effort to Improve How Pathologists Diagnose Cancer first appeared on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 2, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations AI American Cancer Society anatomic pathology artificial intelligence clinical laboratory clinical pathology Dark Da Source Type: news