Building a better lab dipstick test

Lateral flow assays (LFAs, often called “dipsticks”) have been a standard point-of-care testing platform for decades, and keep growing in popularity, especially in developing countries. These disposable, paper-based diagnostic devices are affordable, widely available, have a long shelf life, and they’re fast, typically delivering test results in less than 20 minutes. They’re also easy to use at home. The user […]

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German vaccine panel recommends booster shots for over 70s

FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and sryinge are seen in front of displayed Johnson&Johnson logo in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationBERLIN (Reuters) -Germany’s vaccine advisory committee on Thursday endorsed COVID-19 booster shots for those 70 years and older as well as medical staff interacting with patients, even as the nation’s health system is already giving […]

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New conceptual framework for protecting urban mental health

People who live in cities face many challenges that threaten their mental health. In countries in which relatively higher numbers of people live in cities, depression, anxiety and addiction are generally more common. Amid the increasing incidence of common mental disorders and ongoing urbanisation around the world, there is an urgent need to better understand the dynamic interplay between these […]

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‘Snatched away from me’ Billy Connolly issues heartbreaking update on Parkinson’s disease

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Lorraine: Billy Connolly on living with Parkinson’s disease Billy Connolly has issued a heartbreaking update on his Parkinson’s disease, revealing […]

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Some Sydney school students return as more COVID-19 curbs eased

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Thousands of children returned to school in Sydney on Monday, putting an end to months of home learning as Australia’s largest city eased more COVID-19 curbs, thanks to rising rates of vaccinations.FILE PHOTO: Shoppers wait to get inside stores with limited capacity at a city centre mall as businesses re-open to vaccinated patrons in the wake of coronavirus […]

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Merck Seeks FDA Authorization for Antiviral COVID-19 Pill

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Drugmaker Merck announced Monday that it submitted an application to the FDA for emergency use authorization of molnupiravir, an experimental antiviral COVID-19 treatment. If the FDA grants authorization, the drug would be the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19. The capsule, made by Merck and Ridgeback […]

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Developing treatment for vision loss through transplant of photoreceptor precursors

Inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) are a group of genetically and clinically homogeneous illnesses characterized by progressive retinal damage leading to vision loss. The global incidence of IRDs is approximately 1 in 2000 persons. These disorders are amongst some of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. While the introduction of gene therapy has been a significant development, its effectiveness has been […]

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