The Disease Detective

Joe DeRisi invented a way to find pathogens that scientists didn’t even know to look for. Can it help prevent the next pandemic?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #research, #university-of-california-san-francisco

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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.

#california, #cancer, #clinical-trials, #food-and-drug-administration, #prostate-cancer, #prostate-gland, #radiation, #tests-medical, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #university-of-california-san-francisco

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A Rapid Test Offers Hope for Community Screening

In a small study in San Francisco, Abbott’s BinaxNOW identified infectious people nearly as accurately as a P.C.R. test.

#abbott-laboratories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #food-and-drug-administration, #hispanic-americans, #mission-district-san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-calif, #tests-medical, #united-states, #university-of-california-san-francisco, #your-feed-science

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Novel Brain Surgery Seeks to Reverse Epilepsy in Sea Lion

Cronutt, like a growing number of ocean mammals, developed seizures because of toxins in the water. Scientists hope the pioneering procedure he underwent this week could help.

#animal-behavior, #brain, #epilepsy, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #mammals, #sea-lions, #seizures-medical, #six-flags-great-adventure, #surgery-and-surgeons, #university-of-california-san-francisco, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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A Black Nurse Saved Lives. Today She May Save Art.

Once a slave, Biddy Mason went on to a life of extraordinary accomplishments. The fact that she figures in W.P.A. murals in San Francisco may save them from destruction.

#art, #black-people, #mason-biddy, #murals, #san-francisco-calif, #university-of-california-san-francisco, #zakheim-bernard-1898-1985

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‘Amazing, Isn’t It?’ Long Sought Blood Test for Alzheimer’s in Reach

Scientists say such tests could be available in a few years, speeding research for treatments and providing a diagnosis for dementia patients who want to know if they have Alzheimer’s disease.

#alzheimers-assn, #alzheimers-disease, #clinical-trials, #dementia, #eli-lilly-and-company, #frontotemporal-dementia, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #lund-university, #research, #tests-medical, #university-of-california-san-francisco, #your-feed-science

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My Uncle Died of Covid-19 in America. In China, Would He Have Lived?

My father, a Chinese pulmonologist, believes his brother could have been saved.

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #life-sustaining-support-systems-withdrawal-of, #nanchang-china, #politics-and-government, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-general-hospital, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #taiwan, #united-states, #university-of-california-san-francisco, #wuhan-china

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Patient Is Reported Free of H.I.V., but Scientists Urge Caution

Brazilian scientists say the man no longer shows signs of the infection after taking a powerful drug cocktail. But the preliminary results require confirmation.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #brazil, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #tests-medical, #university-of-california-san-francisco, #your-feed-science

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Many Latinos Couldn’t Stay Home. Now Virus Cases Are Soaring.

Rates of coronavirus infection among Latinos have risen rapidly across the United States.

#california, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dinuba-calif, #hispanic-americans, #quarantines, #ruiz-food-products, #university-of-california-san-francisco

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What Is ‘Covid Toe’? Maybe a Strange Sign of Coronavirus Infection

Dermatologists say the lesions should prompt testing for the virus, even though many patients have no other symptoms.

#american-academy-of-dermatology, #boston-mass, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #feet, #massachusetts-general-hospital, #skin, #smell-olfaction, #spain, #university-of-california-san-francisco, #your-feed-science, #youth

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Coronavirus Antibody Tests: Can You Trust the Results?

A team of scientists worked around the clock to evaluate 14 antibody tests. A few worked as advertised. Most did not.

#antibodies, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #marson-alexander, #massachusetts-general-hospital, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #tests-medical, #university-of-california-berkeley, #university-of-california-san-francisco, #your-feed-science

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Doctors Press F.D.A. to Let More Gay Men Donate Blood

A letter signed by more than 500 medical professionals cited recent fears of a blood shortage during the coronavirus pandemic.

#american-red-cross, #blood-donation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ellis-sarah-kate, #food-and-drug-administration, #gay-and-lesbian-alliance-against-defamation, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #monica-hahn, #university-of-california-san-francisco

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