The year 2020 can be summarized simply by one word—COVID-19—as it was the culprit that froze the entire world. For more than eight months so far, movement between nations has been paralyzed—all because there are no means to prevent or treat the virus and diagnosis takes too long.
Patients with COVID-19 who were treated with baricitinib and remdesivir had a lower median time to hospital discharge and lower mortality rates than patients treated with remdesivir alone, Eli Lilly & Co. and Incyte announced in a press release.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will no longer review emergency use authorization (EUA) requests for COVID-19 lab developed tests (LDTs). The agency outlined the change on its webpage FAQs on Testing for SARS-CoV-2, according to a press release.
Frustrated by shortages of essential COVID-19 tests and supplies—as well by lengthy coronavirus test turn-around times—researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine have created an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm that can use routine clinical laboratory test data to determine if a patient is infected with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease.
Racial and ethnic diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) remains low, continuing to raise concerns for equity and inclusion of scholars from minoritized communities.
Analysis of DNA copy number variants (CNVs) in the cells exfoliated in urine showed better sensitivity and similar specificity in detecting urothelial carcinoma compared with urine cytology, according to a recent study in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
The idea that fleets of flying drones may someday legally transport clinical laboratory specimens may sound good—it may even be beneficial from a healthcare perspective—but it also could be hugely disruptive to medical labs that maintain large and expensive courier/logistics capabilities.
Vasu Rangadass, PhD, is the president and CEO at L7 Informatics, Inc., a leader in life sciences workflow and data management.
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