Open-source toolkit helps developing countries meet demand for COVID-19 research and diagnostics

Researchers have developed a free, open-source toolkit that allows laboratories in developing countries to produce their own tools for COVID-19 research and

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 8, 2020 ~6 min

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CT scans and X-rays may up testicular cancer risk

Early and repeated exposure to X-rays and CT scans may increase the chance of testicular cancer. The findings support the use of more testicular shielding.

Steve Graff-Pennsylvania • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~5 min

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Older people like President Trump are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages

Older coronavirus patients face grimmer outlooks. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.

Brian Geiss, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology, Colorado State University • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~7 min

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Dynamic tattoos promise to warn wearers of health threats

Researchers are developing tattoo inks that do more than make pretty colors. Some can sense chemicals, temperature and UV radiation, setting the stage for tattoos that diagnose health problems.

Carson J Bruns, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~8 min

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Coronavirus nanoscience: the tiny technologies tackling a global pandemic

Nanotechnology has an impressive record against viruses.

Josh Davies, PhD Candidate in Chemistry, Cardiff University • conversation
Sept. 7, 2020 ~7 min

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Rapid screening tests that prioritize speed over accuracy could be key to ending the coronavirus pandemic

Testing large numbers of people regularly would reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the US. Laboratory testing is slow and expensive, but rapid screening tests could be the answer.

Zoë McLaren, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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Exhaled biomarkers can reveal lung disease

Specialized nanoparticles create a “breath signal” that could be used to diagnose pneumonia and other infectious or genetic diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 20, 2020 ~5 min

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MIT team collaborates with 3M to develop rapid Covid-19 test

Company working with Sikes Lab to test feasibility of low-cost diagnostic that could be manufactured by the millions each day.

Shirley Goh | Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation • mit
July 14, 2020 ~7 min

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Group testing for coronavirus – called pooled testing – could be the fastest and cheapest way to increase screening nationwide

Screening multiple samples with a single test gets more people diagnosed using fewer supplies. Two health policy researchers explain how it works and how it could help the U.S.

Erin Trish, Associate Director, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics, University of Southern California • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~8 min

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Rapid coronavirus test speeds up access to urgent care and will free up beds ahead of winter

First study of SAMBA II devices on hospital wards finds patient time on COVID ‘holding wards’ was almost halved. Researchers say faster tests helped expedite access to life-saving treatments such as organ transplants – and might make all the difference later this year.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 3, 2020 ~6 min

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