Wondering if the Covid Vaccine Worked? Get the Right Test, at the Right Time

Scientists generally recommend against antibody testing after vaccination. But for some people, it makes sense.

#antibodies, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #lat-david-b, #organ-donation, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Traveling to Hawaii? Be Prepared to Pay

Interest in visiting the islands is running high, but the price of paradise can be multiple Covid tests, expensive stints in quarantine, long waits in line and more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hawaii, #kauai-hawaii, #oahu-hawaii, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

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What to Know About Testing and Vaccine Requirements for Travel

Do you need to be vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test for your next trip? Check this guide before traveling domestically or abroad.

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Germany Makes Rapid Virus Tests a Key to Everyday Freedoms

As the country begins reopening, it is relying on widespread, free antigen tests to ensure that anyone not yet vaccinated against the coronavirus is also not infectious.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #germany, #tests-medical

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Mount Sinai Seeks to Expand School Virus Testing Program

The health system, which is preparing to open a new laboratory that could process 100,000 tests a day, wants to take its program to public schools this fall.

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These Sisters With Sickle Cell Had Devastating — and Preventable — Strokes

Kyra and Kami never got a simple test that could have protected them. Their story exemplifies the failure to care for people with the disease, most of whom are Black.

#black-people, #children-and-childhood, #doctors, #genetics-and-heredity, #national-institutes-of-health, #preventive-medicine, #race-and-ethnicity, #sickle-cell-anemia, #stroke, #tests-medical, #transfusions, #ultrasonic-imaging-and-sonograms

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Ventilation and Testing Can Help Keep U.S. Schools Open in Fall, Studies Suggest

The studies follow recent federal guidance that all schools teaching students from kindergarten through grade 12 should continue to implement mask-wearing policies through the end of the current school year.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #heating-ventilation-and-cooling-hvac, #internal-essential, #research, #tests-medical

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Can a Smartwatch Save Your Life?

The advent of wearable devices that monitor our heart rhythms both excites and worries doctors.

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Cuomo Investigation by U.S. Examines Virus Tests for ‘Specials’

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was already under fire after members of his family received expedited testing in the pandemic’s early weeks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #cuomo-christopher, #cuomo-mariah-kennedy, #derosa-giorgio, #derosa-melissa, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #nepotism, #new-york-state, #tests-medical

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Can I Keep My Husband From Visiting India Amid Its Covid Surge?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on balancing staying safe against traveling to care for family members abroad sickened by the coronavirus.

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The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus

Colorado Mesa University and the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard have spent the last year exploring new approaches to managing outbreaks.

#cambridge-mass, #colleges-and-universities, #colorado, #computers-and-the-internet, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dormitories, #epidemics, #mesa-county-colo, #mobile-applications, #quarantines, #sabeti-pardis-c, #tests-medical, #water-pollution, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Is It Covid or the Flu? New Combo Tests Can Find Out.

New tests for respiratory illnesses can look for more than 20 pathogens at a time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #influenza, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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From the Wastewater Drain, Solid Pandemic Data

The coronavirus could turn sewage surveillance into a mainstream public health practice.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #kansas-city-mo, #medicine-and-health, #microbiology, #sewers-and-sewage, #tests-medical, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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An Olympic Dream Dashed by a Nasal Swab

Qualifying for the Games can be the achievement of a lifetime. In the coronavirus era, though, that opportunity can vanish without warning.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olympic-games-2020, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Covid on the Border: Migrants Aren’t Tested on Arrival in U.S.

The Border Patrol says it has insufficient time and space to conduct coronavirus testing at crowded processing stations. Officials in border cities fear further spread of the virus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #tests-medical

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Thomas Brock, Whose Discovery Paved the Way for PCR Tests, Dies at 94

In 1966, he found heat-resistant bacteria in a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park. That led to the development of the chemical process behind the coronavirus test.

#brock-thomas-1926-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #microbiology, #mullis-kary-b, #research, #tests-medical, #university-of-wisconsin, #yellowstone-national-park

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What the Coronavirus Variants Mean for Testing

Most tests should be able to detect the variants of concern, but test developers and health officials must remain vigilant, scientists say.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Nothing Could Make Her Body Stop Itching. Would It Ever End?

It felt like the itch was coming from somehow under her skin. The cause ended up being even deeper.

#allergies, #eczema, #itching, #lymph-nodes-and-lymphatic-system, #skin, #tests-medical

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Why I Gave My Mosaic Embryo a Chance

“It was like rolling the dice, except for someone you’ve never met.”

#disabilities, #embryos-human, #genetics-and-heredity, #in-vitro-fertilization, #infertility, #miscarriages, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #reproduction-biological, #tests-medical

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Breast Cancer Centers Urge Annual Scans, Counter to U.S. Guidelines

A panel recommends biennial screenings, starting at 50, but a new study took issue with the way hundreds of centers are telling women 40 and up to come in yearly. Some experts contend that frequent mammograms can “do more harm than good.”

#breast-cancer, #cancer, #jama-internal-medicine-journal, #mammography, #preventive-medicine, #research, #tests-medical, #united-states-preventive-services-task-force, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare

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Argentina’s President Has Preliminary Positive Virus Test Despite Vaccination

The president, who received the test result on his 62nd birthday, said he will remain in isolation while waiting for the results of the more rigorous PCR test

#argentina, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fernandez-alberto-1959, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How to Nudge People Into Getting Tested for the Coronavirus

Insights from behavioral economics and other fields suggest strategies that could increase participation in mass screening programs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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The City Losing Its Children to H.I.V.

A pediatric outbreak in a remote Pakistan city shows the urgency of global health after Covid.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pakistan, #tests-medical

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‘It Felt Like Deception’: An Elite NYC Hospital Charges Huge Covid Test Fees

Insurers are stuck with the big bills from Lenox Hill, but the public ultimately pays through higher premiums.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #lenox-hill-hospital, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical

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Why Virus Tests at One Elite School Ran Afoul of Regulators

In the suburbs of Chicago, New Trier High School offers a lesson in just how complicated it can be to track the coronavirus in schools.

#chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #illinois, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #new-trier-high-school, #safeguard-screening-llc, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical, #your-feed-science

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Coronavirus Origins Remain Unclear in W.H.O.-China Inquiry

Far more work is needed to understand how the pandemic began, the report says, but it is not clear that Beijing will cooperate. “We may never find the true origins,” an expert said.

#bats, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tests-medical, #wuhan-china, #your-feed-science

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Why Coronavirus Testing Still Matters

With case numbers still high, coronavirus testing remains essential, experts say, but the goals and approach will change as vaccines roll out.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #disease-rates, #los-angeles-calif, #medicine-and-health, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Cuomo Family’s Access to Virus Tests Is Now Part of Impeachment Inquiry

State health officials tested members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s family for the coronavirus early last year, when testing was not widely available.

#cnn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #cuomo-christopher, #new-york-state, #tests-medical

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Cuomo’s Family Is Said to Have Received Special Access to Virus Tests

Top health officials tested Chris Cuomo, the governor’s brother, when testing was not widely available, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

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The Next Trick: Pulling Coronavirus Out of Thin Air

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s new air sampler can help monitor for airborne pathogens, and signals renewed interest in bioaerosol surveillance.

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Black N.F.L. Players Want New Advocate in Concussion Settlement

Players said the lawyer for the N.F.L. retiree class knew that race-based criteria were used to deny Black players’ dementia claims. A review of eight such rejections seems to support their argument.

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Coronavirus Reinfections Are Rare, Danish Researchers Report

People over 65 are more likely to experience a second bout with the virus, according to a large study of medical records.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denmark, #elderly, #immune-system, #lancet-the-journal, #research, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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White House to Spend Billions to Increase Virus Testing and Ease Reopening

As coronavirus infection rates decline, fewer are getting tested for the virus. The Biden administration wants to reverse that to ensure that schools and workplaces can reopen safely.

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Advanced Cancers Are Emerging, Doctors Warn, Citing Pandemic Drop in Screenings

People have skipped their cancer screenings and ignored possible symptoms as a result of the pandemic. In some cases, the delay has come at a great cost.

#breast-cancer, #colon-and-colorectal-cancer, #colonoscopy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mammography, #telemedicine, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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His Sister Died 12 Days After Suffering Mysterious Spells. Now He Had Them.

The clock was ticking. An M.R.I., a spinal tap and blood tests weren’t revealing the culprit. Could it be psychological?

#genetics-and-heredity, #magnetic-resonance-imagers, #proteins, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #tests-medical

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How the NCAA Hopes to Pull Off March Madness Amid Covid-19

Financially, the N.C.A.A. needs its men’s basketball tournament to happen. Here’s how it hopes to pull off the event, and the concurrent women’s tournament, during a pandemic.

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Covid Vaccines Aren’t Enough. We Need More Coronavirus Tests.

Even with vaccines, the coronavirus won’t subside if we can’t keep tabs on it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

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More Childhood Lead Poisoning Is a Side Effect of Covid Lockdowns

Lead screenings for children plummeted last spring, and stay-at-home orders may have increased household exposure to the toxic metal.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lead, #michigan, #minnesota, #new-york-city, #poisoning-and-poisons, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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A $22,368 Bill That Dodged and Weaved to Find a Gap in America’s Health System

Bad news for one unlucky patient is also a stark example of how dysfunctional U.S. health coverage can be.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #tests-medical

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Woman’s Search for Her Birth Parents Leads to a Story of Murder

Kathy Gillcrist said a DNA test she took in 2017 revealed that her father may have been William Bradford Bishop Jr., a fugitive suspected of killing his wife, mother and three sons in 1976.

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Lung Cancer Scans Are Recommended for People 50 and Older With Shorter Smoking Histories

New advice from an influential panel will make more women and African-Americans eligible for CT scans, but some who need them most may not be able to afford them.

#american-academy-of-family-physicians, #american-cancer-society, #computerized-axial-tomography-cat-scans, #lung-cancer, #preventive-medicine, #smoking-and-tobacco, #tests-medical, #united-states-preventive-services-task-force, #your-feed-healthcare

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Her Eyelid Drooped and She Kept Getting Weaker. What Was Going On?

Dozens of tests turned up nothing. Then a specialist had a theory.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #immune-system, #tests-medical

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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.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #families-and-family-life, #race-and-ethnicity, #tests-medical

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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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