The Sunday Read: ‘Sigrid Johnson Was Black. A DNA Test Said She Wasn’t’

The surge in popularity of services like 23andMe and Ancestry means that more and more people are unearthing surprises in their ancestry.

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At-Home Covid Testing Is Here

But does it work?

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How Meaningful Is Prediabetes for Older Adults?

A new study indicates that the condition might be less of a worry than once believed.

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C.D.C. Announces $200 Million ‘Down Payment’ to Track Virus Variants

Scientists say the new investment will help in the next couple of months, but hope that the stimulus package will provide much more.

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Dozens Contract Covid-19 After Abundance 360 Conference

Peter Diamandis thought extensive testing could help create an “immunity bubble” for a conference in Culver City, Calif. It didn’t work. “I hope others can learn from my mistakes,” he said.

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Piecing Together the Next Pandemic

From a small lab in Cambodia, Dr. Jessica Manning is on the lookout for emerging diseases.

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Scientists Are Trying to Spot New Viruses Before They Cause Pandemics

Scientists want to build a weather system for viruses. It would require a big financial investment, plus buy-in from doctors, hospitals and blood banks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tests-medical, #viruses, #your-feed-healthcare

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How Scientists Are Trying to Spot New Viruses Before They Cause Pandemics

Scientists want to build a weather system for viruses. It would require a big financial investment, plus buy-in from doctors, hospitals and blood banks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tests-medical, #viruses, #your-feed-healthcare

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Don’t Assume Your Covid-19 Test Is a False Positive

It’s rare for the tests to return incorrect positive results. And behaving as if you aren’t contagious can put others at significant risk.

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Burned by Low Reimbursements, Some Doctors Stop Testing for Covid

Some insurers pay pediatricians less than the cost of the test itself, jeopardizing a tool to help control the pandemic.

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New York City Barely Tests for Virus Variants. Can That Change?

Only about 1 percent of new cases were sequenced last month, a rate far below the 10 percent recommended by some experts. Now, officials are aiming to put a more robust program in place.

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Alzheimer’s Prediction May Be Found in Writing Tests

IBM researchers trained artificial intelligence to pick up hints of changes in language ahead of the onset of neurological diseases.

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Andrew Brooks, Who Developed a Covid Spit Test, Dies at 51

His breakthrough helped millions get their results quickly in the early days of the pandemic, when tests were scarce and lines were long.

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‘Like Wartime’: Canadian Companies Unite to Start Mass Virus Testing

A consortium of some of Canada’s largest companies, representing 350,000 employees nationwide, has launched a rapid testing program aimed at reopening the country’s economy.

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Testing Requirement Is the Latest Curveball for the Travel Industry

The United States now requires a negative coronavirus test for all arriving international travelers, which has hotels adding testing suites and airlines enhancing mobile apps with health features.

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Could a Small Test Screen People for Covid-19?

A new modeling study hints that odor-based screens could quash outbreaks. But some experts are skeptical it would work in the real world.

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Could a Smell Test Screen People for Covid?

A new modeling study hints that odor-based screens could quash outbreaks. But some experts are skeptical it would work in the real world.

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Pentagon Moves to Block Exam of Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner

In his final days in office before a new administration takes over, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy changed a regulation to sidestep court rulings requiring the medical examination.

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A Colonoscopy Alternative Comes Home

An at-home test for colon cancer is as reliable as the traditional screening, health experts say, and more agreeable.

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U.S. Is Blind to Contagious New Virus Variant, Scientists Warn

It’s not too late to curb the contagious variant’s spread in the U.S., experts say — but only with a national program for genetic sequencing.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #genetics-and-heredity, #politics-and-government, #research, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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You’re Infected With the Coronavirus. But How Infected?

Knowing the amount of virus carried in the body could help doctors predict the course of a patient’s illness.

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U.S. to Require Negative Covid-19 Test for All Travelers From U.K.

The new rule, which takes effect on Monday, will apply to Americans as well as foreign nationals.

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How Confident Can You Be in a Coronavirus Test?

Things like which kind of test it was, and the reason for taking it, should factor into how much credence to give a positive or negative result.

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‘Such a Personal, Private Thing’: Rethinking the Home Pregnancy Test

The home pregnancy test has long been lauded for giving women privacy and autonomy. But that’s not the case for everyone who takes it.

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Pulse Oximeters and Coronavirus: Devices Have Higher Error Rate in Black Patients

A study showed that the devices, which measure oxygen levels in the blood, were three times more likely to give misleading readings in people with dark skin.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #oxygen, #pulse-oximetry, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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Covid Guide: How to Get Through the Pandemic

Times are tough now, but the end is in sight. If we hunker down, keep our families safe during the holidays and monitor our health at home, life will get better in the spring. Here’s how to get through it.

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New Scan Finds Prostate Cancer Cells Hiding in the Body

The test seems likely to improve the diagnosis and treatment of a disease that kills 33,000 American men each year.

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Amid Pandemic, Scientists Reassess Routine Medical Care

All this year, patients stayed away from doctors’ offices in droves, postponing tests and treatments. Maybe there’s a silver lining.

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Australia Scraps Covid-19 Vaccine That Produced H.I.V. False Positives

Of the dozens of coronavirus vaccines being tested worldwide, the one under development at the University of Queensland was the first to be abandoned.

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Covid Testing: What You Need to Know

Long lines, slow results and inconsistent advice have left many of us confused about when and how to get tested. We talked to the experts to answer your questions.

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Here’s Why Vaccinated People Still Need to Wear a Mask

The new vaccines will probably prevent you from getting sick with Covid. No one knows yet whether they will keep you from spreading the virus to others — but that information is coming.

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Some Colleges Plan to Bring Back More Students in the Spring

College officials say they have learned important lessons about managing the pandemic on their campuses. Not everyone is so confident.

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Spit in a Tube and Mail It In: A New Frontier in Covid Testing

Communities across the country are starting to roll out at-home saliva test kits. Health officials say they could be a game-changer in detecting and slowing the spread of the virus.

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Why Some Women Might Want ‘Missed-Period Pills’

Abortion drugs administered as early as 28 days after a woman’s last period can offer comfort in uncertainty to those who want it.

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‘Nobody Sees Us’: Testing-Lab Workers Strain Under Demand

Laboratory technologists have been working nonstop to help the nation diagnose an ever-growing number of coronavirus cases.

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Rapid Testing for Children Barrels Ahead, Despite a Lack of Data

Testing companies have revealed little about how their products perform in minors. That could be a problem.

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Despite Pandemic Shutdowns, Cancer Doesn’t Take a Break

The danger of delayed screenings is greatest for people with known risk factors for cancer.

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Should Isolation Periods Be Shorter for People With Covid-19?

Patients are usually most infectious two days before symptoms begin and for five days after, a new analysis finds.

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The Lost Days That Made Bergamo a Coronavirus Tragedy

The northern Italian province became one of the deadliest killing fields for the virus in the Western world. But a Times investigation found that faulty guidance and bureaucratic delays rendered the toll far worse than it had to be.

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The Unexpected Message Revealed by Long Lines for Coronavirus Testing

All over New York City, thousands spent hours waiting at clinics, motivated by a deep need to visit their parents.

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Covid-19 Data Is a Mess. We Need a Way to Make Sense of It.

The government needs stringent standards for how states report Covid-19 testing.

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New York City Hit a 3% Positive Test Rate. Or Did It?

The city and state use different approaches for calculations. That has led to confusion and has a big impact on which restrictions are adopted.

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No, a Negative Coronavirus Test Does Not Mean You Can Safely Socialize

A negative test is helpful, scientists and doctors say. But it doesn’t mean you should skip other measures, like quarantining, masking and distancing.

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These Algorithms Could End the Scourge of Tuberculosis

In rural India and other places where tuberculosis is rampant, A.I. that scans lung X-rays might eliminate the scourge.

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Many Employers Avoid Coronavirus Tests Over Cost, Not Availability

A survey sheds light on why many companies aren’t testing workers. There is also “confusion and uncertainty as to how tests work,” a researcher said.

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H.I.V. Death Rates Fell by Half 2010-2018, C.D.C. Says

From 2010-2018, significantly fewer people died of H.I.V.-related causes, although survival rates for women and people of color did not improve as much.

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F.D.A. Authorizes First At-Home Coronavirus Test

The test relies on a nose swab and can be run in just 30 minutes. But it requires a prescription, and has not been evaluated in asymptomatic people.

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How to Deal With People Who Ignore Covid Safety

First, let’s assume that they are not necessarily going to listen.

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8 Months After Virus Hit, an Ominous Sign: Long Lines for Testing Again

As the outbreak surges around the country, the testing delays show the basic public health challenges that the country still faces.

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China’s New Testing Policy for Travelers Is Problematic, Experts Say

Airline passengers must present negative antibody test results before boarding. Scientists consider it a largely useless way to curb disease transmission.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tests-medical, #travel-and-vacations, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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