In this feature from the British Medical Journal (BMJ), associate editor Peter Doshi explores the emerging research on immunological responses to COVID-19. Is it true that the human population had no pre-existing immunity to SARS-CoV-2? The article attempts to answer this question with a deeper discussion around herd immunity, T cells, antibodies, and more.
Our friends at the Mayo Clinic have provided this excellent resource to track the data you need to help protect yourself, your patients, your friends, your family, and anyone else you may come in contact with during this unprecedented time. Trends for the US are simple to access and see, whether they are new cases, […]
Doctors who participate in these surveys point to the ability to earn cash in just a few minutes, when you’re in line for coffee or during a commercial break while watching TV. But others say they can be more trouble than they’re worth if you’re not careful. Here’s an overview of how doctors can get […]
An urgent need exists for innovative testing strategies to expedite identification of COVID-19 cases and facilitate mass testing. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, this recent study aimed to determine the detection rate of SARS-CoV-2 using a novel, self-administered kit for saliva collection compared with standard swab testing.
Very cool or very scary? Published in the European Journey of Cardiology, a recent paper discussed a deep learning algorithm that uses facial recognition to assist in coronary artery disease (CAD) detection. The first work to demonstrate artificial intelligence (AI) being used to analyze faces to detect heart disease, can the technology be used for […]
In this research article, the authors demonstrate a simple optical measurement method to evaluate the efficacy of masks to reduce the transmission of respiratory droplets during regular speech. They tested 14 commonly available masks or masks alternatives, one patch of mask material, and a professionally fit-tested N95 mask.
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In addition to reducing pack-years history of smoking, the recommendation calls for annual screening for lung cancer at age 50 years instead of age 55 years, an update of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidance on lung cancer screening issued 7 years ago.
Day two of ASCO 2020 featured late-breaking data from a phase 3 trial evaluating early local therapy in metastatic breast cancer, as well as results of the phase 3 ENDURANCE trial, the ALPHA CAR T-cell trial, and the C-144-01 trial assessing TIL therapy.
This JAMA “Viewpoint” describes how to interpret 2 types of diagnostic tests commonly in use for SARS-CoV-2 infections—reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and IgM and IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)—and how the results may vary over time.