Medicine


CVS opening 16 self-swab, drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in MI CVS opening 16 self-swab, drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in MI
- May 29, 2020

According to the CVS website, there is no expected out-of-pocket cost for receiving a test at a CVS drive-thru location, but if you have insurance, you will need to bring your insurance information with you. Larry J. Merlo, CVS president and CEO, said customers can pick up the tests in the pharmacy drive-thru lanes and the company's effort "represents an important milestone in our response to the pandemic". (more...)
GSK to produce 1 bln doses of coronavirus vaccine booster in 2021 GSK to produce 1 bln doses of coronavirus vaccine booster in 2021
- May 28, 2020

While explaining when the results of the trial will be available, the university said that to assess whether the vaccine works to protect from Covid-19, the statisticians in the team team will compare the number of infections in the control group with the number of infections in the vaccinated group. (more...)
World Health Organization warns of 'second peak' in coronavirus cases if we aren't careful World Health Organization warns of 'second peak' in coronavirus cases if we aren't careful
- May 28, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump has similar travel bans in place on China, Iran, Britain, Ireland, and the 26 countries in Europe's Schengen area. Epidemics often come in waves and the world hasn't even exited the first wave of the pandemic, said Dr. (more...)
French govt bans use of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19 patients French govt bans use of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19 patients
- May 28, 2020

The UK's Oxford University and government study has also been paused, only a week after it started. World Health Organization is now assessing the use of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients within the Solidarity Trial , stated the document. (more...)
Antibody tests wrong half the time — CDC Antibody tests wrong half the time — CDC
- May 28, 2020

The timing of antibody tests can affect the result as well; as the CDC notes, the most useful antibodies for assessing antibody response are not present early in infection, and only become detectable 1-3 weeks after symptom onset. A false positive will lead someone to believe they have been infected when in fact they have not been. The CDC said that while the presence of antibodies "likely indicates at least some degree of immunity, until the durability and duration of immunity is ... (more...)
What does Hong Kong losing its special status with the USA mean? What does Hong Kong losing its special status with the USA mean?
- May 28, 2020

But many things have changed since 1997, when the former British colony became an integral part of China. Business groups are urging U.S. President Donald Trump to go slowly in responding to Beijing's planned imposition of new national security laws on Hong Kong, warning revoking the city's special U.S. (more...)
Merck Enters Race to Develop COVID Vaccine Merck Enters Race to Develop COVID Vaccine
- May 28, 2020

Gerberding said the "lessons learned" through Merck's Ebola virus research and development research and development make her reluctant to over-promise on how quickly a vaccine can be delivered. Additionally, Merck announced a new collaboration with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, a closely held biotechnology company, to develop EIDD-2801, an orally available antiviral candidate now in early clinical development for the treatment of patients with COVID-19. (more...)
Hospital Workers Develop COVID-19 Antibodies, Study Shows Hospital Workers Develop COVID-19 Antibodies, Study Shows
- May 28, 2020

The findings could be important as lockdown restrictions begin to be eased, and they highlight the need for accurate data on how many people worldwide have been infected, journal joint editor-in-chief Alan Smyth said in a linked blog. By day 13, eight passengers and crewmembers - many of whom were over the age of 60 or had underlying conditions - required medical evacuation for respiratory failure. (more...)
New York Will 'Supercharge' the Reopening New York Will 'Supercharge' the Reopening
- May 28, 2020

Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that the state will take action to resume this week while the fight against the coronavirus persists. "He understood what we were talking about". Wall Street is not only a symbol of NY and the nation's economy, it also generates 17% of the state's revenue. Cuomo and Trump have a history of publicly sparring, sometimes becoming combative earlier in the pandemic as NY requested coronavirus-related resources. (more...)
Coronavirus: UK deaths pass 47000 today
- May 28, 2020

There were 382 Covid-19 deaths in the West Midlands over the same period. Since the coronavirus lockdown began there have been 53,960 "excess deaths" in England and Wales, meaning all of those people died on top of the number that would be expected in a normal year. (more...)
Local Lockdowns to be Introduced in United Kingdom for Future Coronavirus ‘Flare Ups’ Local Lockdowns to be Introduced in United Kingdom for Future Coronavirus ‘Flare Ups’
- May 28, 2020

It has also been ramping up the country's testing capability to 200,000 tests a day, through the establishment of 50 drive-through sites, more than 100 mobile testing units and three mega laboratories. They will then be told to isolate for up to 14 days, depending on their level of risk. It is how we will be able to protect our friends and family from infection, and protect our NHS. (more...)
What is remdesivir, and can it help stop the spread of coronavirus? What is remdesivir, and can it help stop the spread of coronavirus?
- May 28, 2020

Remdesivir is now available through an FDA emergency use authorization (EUA) for treatment of children and adults with severe Covid-19. Remdesivir patients faced a mortality rate of 7.1 percent at 14 days. "We can instead hope for improved recovery rates and a reduction in patient mortality", Griffin said. But others have raised concerns about the trial's data, noting researchers changed the study's main goal before they analyzed the data, which could lead to skewed results, STAT News ... (more...)
Coronavirus Antibody Tests Can Give Inaccurate Results Half The Time, Warns CDC Coronavirus Antibody Tests Can Give Inaccurate Results Half The Time, Warns CDC
- May 27, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in new guidance that COVID-19 antibody tests could be wrong half the time and so should not be relied on to guide policy decisions regarding the deadly disease. Since the EEOC has largely deferred to the CDC on this issue, employers who condition an employee's return to work on a positive test for antibodies may be subject to claims by both the individual and the EEOC. (more...)
Novavax Leaps on Vaccine Trials Novavax Leaps on Vaccine Trials
- May 27, 2020

In these people, "their immune systems will essentially rear up and blunt the effect of the vaccine", said Kirsten Lyke, a vaccinologist at the University of Maryland who is leading another COVID-19 vaccine trial. If the vaccine works, researchers hope 100 million doses can be made by the end of this year and 1.5 billion next year. He added that should this or any other vaccine prove to be a success, it would most likely be delivered via a risk-based approach. (more...)
Military report on Quebec senior homes says conditions hard but improving Military report on Quebec senior homes says conditions hard but improving
- May 27, 2020

Arsenault, details the observations made by military staff that worked at 25 of the residences in the Montreal area over the past few weeks. "What we are going to see going in towards the end of this week will really be based more on the opening up of the economy that started up last week and that's where both Dr. (more...)
Latest Pharmacy News: Remdesivir to be used on 'selected' Covid-19 cases Latest Pharmacy News: Remdesivir to be used on 'selected' Covid-19 cases
- May 27, 2020

The preliminary analysis is based on data from the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT), sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID ), part of the National Institutes of Health. Remdesivir was discovered to reduce median healing interval to 11 days among patients handled the medication when compared with the 15 normally accepted by individuals who had been on placebo or standard care, according to a statement on April 27, that had been followed closely ... (more...)
Novavax starts Phase 1 clinical trial of coronavirus vaccine candidate Reuters Novavax starts Phase 1 clinical trial of coronavirus vaccine candidate Reuters
- May 27, 2020

App to help enrol COVID-19 patients into clinical trials developed ... KAZINFORM Thai COVID-19 vaccine research team on Monday said it will be recruiting human beings for vaccine trials later this year following an ongoing three months test on monkeys. (more...)
Ontario reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases in past two weeks Ontario reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases in past two weeks
- May 27, 2020

Ontario's number of COVID-19 cases has grown by 1.1 per cent from yesterday, the province's lowest growth rate since early March. The province's total is now 26,191 but 76.2% of the cases have been resolved, with 19,958 patients recovered. (more...)
Man, 30, dies of coronavirus in central Queensland Man, 30, dies of coronavirus in central Queensland
- May 27, 2020

QLD Health Minister and Deputy Premier Steven Miles stated that the case was a reminder for Queenslanders to not let their guard down, particularly men. "That's been part of our planning from day one". She said the miner's partner was in Rockhampton hospital and has been tested again and health authorities were now awaiting those results. (more...)
US company begins human trial of COVID-19 vaccine in Australia US company begins human trial of COVID-19 vaccine in Australia
- May 27, 2020

Researchers say the study aims to assess how well people across a broad range of ages could be protected from Covid-19 with this new vaccine called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19. "Everything is very accelerated, vaccines can take eight to 10 years to develop". 130 healthy people aged between 18 and 59 in Melbourne and Brisbane have volunteered to participate in the trial, which is being conducted by Australian firm Q-Pharm. (more...)

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