Drug being tested for at-home treatment in hopes of slowing virus

A new trial at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is aiming to disrupt COVID-19’s attack early in its course by treating patients immediately after symptoms appear with a widely used antiviral drug that, if it works, could be rapidly repurposed to fight the coronavirus.

Alvin Powell • harvard
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center antiviral nathan-shapiro treat-now

An interdisciplinary approach to sustainable PPE

United under the Sustainability Incubator Fund, researchers strategize sustainable sourcing solution for crises at the local and global level.

Nicole Morell | MIT Office of Sustainability • mit
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: sustainability covid-19 pandemic supply-chains research community idss center-for-transportation-and-logistics institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes undergraduate-research-opportunities-program-urop mit-sloan-school-of-management mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing concrete-sustainability-hub

Can gargling saltwater replace nasal swab COVID tests?

A new COVID test uses gargling with saltwater instead of a stick up your nose. Researchers say initial results are promising.

Daniel Stolte • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses featured health-and-medicine medical-tests saliva


Simple skin test identifies Parkinson’s disease

Using a method originally developed to detect mad cow disease, researchers discovered that a simple skin test can accurately identify Parkinson's disease.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Oct. 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: parkinsons-disease aging skin health-and-medicine medical-tests

COVID testing is still too slow in the US

Even though wait times for COVID test results have dropped in the United States, they still don't come back fast enough to be useful for contact tracing.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: covid-19 united-states featured health-and-medicine medical-tests trends

Enzymatic DNA synthesis sees the light

Controlling a DNA-synthesizing enzyme with photolithographic methods from the computer chip industry facilitates multiplexed writing and storage of digital data in DNA.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
Oct. 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-technology dna harvard-medical-school george-church wyss-institute

New drug prolongs ALS patient survival in trial

An experimental medication that was recently shown to slow the progression of ALS has now demonstrated the potential to also prolong patient survival.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Oct. 16, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: harvard-medical-school health-medicine als massachusetts-general-hospital mgh lou-gehrigs-disease sean-m-healey-amg-center-for-als

What is osteopathic medicine? A D.O. explains

Almost 10% of physicians in the US are doctors of osteopathic medicine, and that proportion is rising. Their medical knowledge matches that of other doctors; the difference is the philosophy behind it.

Andrea Amalfitano, Dean of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: history-of-medicine physicians musculoskeletal medical-training medical-schools medical-students musculoskeletal-pain patient-care

What is HIPAA? 5 questions answered about the medical privacy law that protects Trump's test results and yours

A health law expert explains what the regulation does and doesn't protect.

Margaret Riley, Professor of Law, Public Health Sciences, and Public Policy, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medical-records data-breaches health-data apple-watch fitbit 2020-us-elections privacy-law privacy-rights medical-privacy health-law privacy-policies genetic-databases privacy-laws medical-providers

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