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
today ~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

Technique recovers lost single-cell RNA-sequencing information

Boosting the efficiency of single-cell RNA-sequencing helps reveal subtle differences between healthy and dysfunctional cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: chemistry broad-institute ragon-institute research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes

Spending on ‘orphan drugs’ for kids rose 65% in 5 years

The percentage of health spending that went to "orphan drugs" for rare childhood diseases rose 65% in 5 years. Families’ portion rose even faster.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Oct. 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health-care-costs childrens-health health-and-medicine medications

BCG: Can a vaccine from 1921 save lives from Covid-19?

Vaccines may cause wide-scale changes in the immune system which can boost the body's protection.

bbcnews
Oct. 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: immune-system vaccination coronavirus-pandemic medical-research university-of-oxford

Strong government response needed in COVID battle

The international forum “Global Perspectives on COVID-19,” co-sponsored by Harvard Medical School, cited the importance of strong, coordinated government response as a key to stopping the novel coronavirus’ spread.

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 harvard-medical-school clea-simon health-medicine paul-farmer massachusetts-consortium-on-pathogen-readiness global-perspectives-on-covid-19 centre-for-the-aids-programme-of-research-in-south-africa fabio-ciceri george-q-daly guangzhou-medical-university mark-elliott megan-murray professor-of-respiratory-medicine salim-abdool-karim san-raffaele-scientific-institute zhong-nanshan

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