FDA gives emergency authorization to most precise coronavirus-antibody test yet
NEW YORK — A new, next-level coronavirus-antibody test that measures not just antibodies’ presence but also how much protection they afford are on the way.The test, which on Wednesday received emergency-use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, measures the number of neutralizing antibodies that the body’s immune system has produced after exposure, reported CNBC. While previous tests have measured antibody levels, this one zeroes in on the antibodies that attack two specific aspects of the novel coronavirus.This “new generation” of test, the COVID-SeroKlir, was developed by...
New York Daily News
Sex robots: An answer for aging, lonely Americans in the age of AI?
Fear not the march of time. For you may be accompanied by a certain sort of clank — a sex robot to get you through your twilight years.A University of Washington professor of bioethics and humanities has just published a paper saying that “sex robots” and artificial intelligence may be the breakthrough our ever-growing aging population needs to relieve social isolation.“Alexa …” Oh, never mind.In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Ethics titled “Nothing to Be Ashamed of: Sex Robots for Older Adults with Disabilities,” Nancy Jecker of the UW’s School of Medicine connects society’s embr...
The Seattle Times
Emotional moment shows health care workers feel COVID-19 fatigue too. 'We feel trapped in many ways'
CHICAGO — Dr. Seth Trueger is tired of the pandemic.He misses his regular breakfast restaurant, which he now passes without stopping because of the risk of eating indoors. He misses his beard, which is now shaved because he wears masks every day. And he misses the old version of his job, when he didn’t have to calculate the risk of possible death with every action.Trueger is an emergency room doctor at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he has been on the front lines of COVID-19 since it was declared a pandemic in March.Fatigue caused by restrictions and hardships of COVID-19 are ...
COVID-19 positivity jumps to 9% in Minnesota — 3,483 new cases, 15 deaths
MINNEAPOLIS — In Minnesota, 9% of COVID-19 diagnostic tests are coming up positive, a warning sign to state health officials that the infectious disease is spreading rapidly.The increase in the seven-day average positivity rate came Tuesday as the Minnesota Department of Health reported a single-day record of 3,483 new infections with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and 15 deaths. Totals in the pandemic have reached 157,096 infections and 2,499 deaths.Infections were reported Tuesday from 86 of 87 Minnesota counties, reflecting the viral spread that health officials said is happenin...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
As COVID-19 cases rise again, are Michigan health care providers ready? It's complicated
When the coronavirus pandemic struck, it caught many Michigan health systems without enough personal protective equipment — surgical masks, gloves, gowns, N95 masks and eye protection — to safeguard their workers from the deadly pathogen.Nurses, doctors and other front-line staff had to reuse N-95 masks, sometimes for days at a time, when metro Detroit became a COVID-19 hot spot in late March and early April. Others couldn’t get N95 masks at all.Some health care workers were infected with COVID-19. Among 6,700 adults hospitalized with COVID-19 from March 1-May 31 in the U.S., about 6% were hea...
Detroit Free Press
Trump administration again touts COVID-19 antigen tests, despite concerns of false results
In the month since the Trump administration got a flood of favorable press for its plan to ship 150 million rapid coronavirus diagnostic tests to states, the tests have proved problematic.That didn’t stop the administration’s publicists from continuing to tout antigen tests on Tuesday, emailing a news release to media across the country about distributing the latest batch of tests.This time, the template press release was customized to name the state, mention the governor, and quantify the allotted number of tests. While the latest pitch didn’t generate the big headlines of September, the rele...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Seattle-area man is the third person in the US confirmed to have been infected twice with coronavirus
SEATTLE — The Seattle-area nursing home resident first tested positive for the novel coronavirus in early March. He spent more than 40 days in the hospital with fever, pneumonia and difficulty breathing before testing negative multiple times and being discharged.Then, nearly five months later, he got sick again with COVID-19.Now, genetic testing by a team of Seattle physicians and scientists has revealed that sexagenarian’s second bout of the illness caused by the coronavirus in July wasn’t a relapse but a new infection with a slightly different variant of the virus.The patient is only the thi...
The Seattle Times
Patriots' game vs. Chiefs postponed after QB Cam Newton reportedly tests positive for coronavirus
A Patriots player has tested positive for coronavirus, and according to multiple reports, that player is starting quarterback Cam Newton. The Patriots canceled their Saturday afternoon flight to Kansas City and the NFL has announced that it will move the game against the Chiefs to Monday or Tuesday.Right now, the team is waiting to hear back about more test results that players and coaches took on Saturday morning. The team announced that the first round of tests all came back negative.The statement read:“Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19. ...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
What Trump's positive coronavirus test means for his health and recovery
President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday morning that he and his wife, Melania, have tested positive for COVID-19, the illness that has killed more than 207,000 Americans and that he has tried to downplay in his public remarks. The couple will quarantine in the White House, which means he will be off the campaign trail, at least temporarily, just 32 days before the election.Details so far are few, although the First Lady tweeted that she and her husband were “feeling good.”Later Friday morning she added that she had mild symptoms of the virus.Here are answers to some questions you may have:...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Medtronic 'cooperating fully' as US investigates ventilator competition
Federal investigators have subpoenaed information from medical device maker Medtronic in a probe over why private companies failed to provide low-cost mechanical ventilators for patients suffering from severe respiratory conditions including COVID-19.The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Justice Department has sent a civil subpoena to Medtronic asking whether a 2012 acquisition of California-based Newport Medical Instruments by Covidien hindered competition in the market for the lifesaving devices.Medtronic, which is run from offices in Minnesota, received the subpoena because it ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)