Biomedical scientists working with COVID-19 have a new tool to help them better understand the virus and feel confident about the structural models they are using in their research.
World Health Organization (WHO) advisors allowed the hydroxychloroquine arm of a large multi-country treatment trial to resume, following a temporary pause to allow its safety monitoring group to review the data.
Medical laboratory scientists and clinical laboratory leaders know that the US’ inability to provide widespread diagnostic testing to detect SARS-CoV-2—the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness—in the early stages of the outbreak was a major public health failure.
The ability to test for SARS-CoV-2 is fundamental to any public health strategy aimed to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Testing identifies those who have been infected, allowing treatment, isolation and contact tracing, and enumerates the true scope of the outbreak and the velocity of transmission.
Researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will assess whether a single oral dose of the antibiotic azithromycin during labor reduces the risk of maternal and infant bacterial infection and death in seven low- and middle-income countries.
Clinical pathologists interested in pharmacogenetics tests for depression and other psychiatric disorders may be interested to learn that UnitedHealthcare (NYSE:UNH) announced in its Network Bulletin a change to its Molecular Pathology Policy and is now covering certain molecular diagnostics.
Cannabis testing laboratory facilities are now more in demand than ever before. There is a complex industry supply chain that exists between cultivators, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers, and the in-lab testing procedures that need to happen throughout the process.
Researchers at Tulane University School of Medicine identified a gene that causes an aggressive form of breast cancer to rapidly grow. More importantly, they have also discovered a way to "turn it off" and inhibit cancer from occurring.
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