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Essential Science: Round-up of COVID-19 drug developments

For this week's Essential science column, we delve into the latest research on the quest to develop drugs to help combat COVID-19 symptoms or to eliminate the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus itself.

Nathan Adrian pays tribute to healthcare workers during pandemic

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Nathan Adrian paid tribute to the healthcare workers and people on the frontline during this pandemic.

Big variation across U.S. states over coronavirus response

While the U.S. has responded at a federal level to the coronavirus pandemic (albeit slower than many other countries), at state level the response has varied considerably, as new data indicates.

Where are the best and worst U.S. states for medical provision?

A new survey, from WalletHub, reveals the extent of medical provision in the U.S. The survey draws out some stark contrasts between different states in relation to healthcare resources.

Op-Ed: Myth-busting: The worst of the coronavirus falsehoods

The global preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic is, unfortunately, leading to a plethora of fake news stories geared around attempts at self-protection and cures. Some are due to ignorance, others more malicious. We look at a few of these.

Q&A: Healthcare is using machine learning to improve clarity Special

To make health information more accessible, healthcare organizations are turning to algorithms tailored specifically for medical terminology, removing jargon from text, and making the wording far easier for the general population to understand.

Q&A: Meet the crockpot of cannabis extraction Special

High recreational cannabis taxes and hazardous black market concentrates are leading consumers to make homemade concentrates. It is now safe to make homemade concentrates by using Source Turbo by ExtractCraft. Troy Ivan explains.

Skincare company to boost research using next-generation AI

Beiersdorf is one of the most advanced skincare companies in the world. The company has been using artificial intelligence, in partnership with Insilico Medicine, to improve its range of skincare products.

Healing powers of Manuka honey explored in new study

A new investigation finds that Manuka honey could help with the recovery of patients from certain post-operative infections. This is due to the antimicrobial properties of the chemicals within the honey, confirming some earlier studies.

Microsoft creates first-ever medical school of innovation

The University of South Florida medical school and Microsoft have created the first-ever Medical School of Innovation. Classes begin Jan 13th, 2020, and students will learn from the most recent cutting edge technology

Walgreens’ shares tumble by 5% on earnings posting

Walgreens just released its earnings and fell short by 5 percent.m The healthcare giant is one of many companies in the sector being forced to compete with the likes of Amazon, and the share price drop reflects market uncertainty.

Amazon given access to all 'healthcare information' of NHS Special

Concerns have been expressed by the public and the medical establishment over news that Amazon has been given access to all “healthcare information” of the NHS in England except patients’ records.

Air Doctor launches new telemedicine service

Air Doctor has announced it will make available telemedicine services to all travelers, aimed at improving insurer care, and reducing costs by up to 75 percent.

Q&A: Transforming healthcare through eLearning Special

E-learning is being applied to healthcare in various ways, from helping with trainee nurses to providing support learning to medical staff in mental health issues. Recognized expert Elaine Teale explains more.

Amazon is diving ever deeper into healthcare Special

Amazon is showing an increased interest in healthcare and health-related technology. The latest news is with Amazon announcing it has launched a speech recognition tool for doctors.

Why scientists are using fungi to make medicinal drugs

A new review of reviews finds that an array of products drawn from in excess of 10,000 fungi could be the key to the development of new medicines. Included among the compounds was a product that led to the cholesterol lowering drug lovastatin.

Interview: How to identify lung disease linked to vaping Special

The U.S. CDC has confirmed that EVALI, the name given by the CDC to identify lung disease linked to vaping is caused by illicit THC, not legal vapes. We looks at a new test called Cann-ID will be able to screen for vitamin E acetate.

Q&A: When hackers have your healthcare IT department outgunned Special

Keeping on top of regulations is a burdensome task for any healthcare IT department, including HIPAA compliance, especially when cash-strapped or low in headcount. So what can they do? Max Pruger of Kaseya has some answers.

Telemedicine Report: Patients are keen to use remote services

A new survey finds that 53 percent of the respondents have indicated that a major benefit of Telemedicine Service is to get consultation without leaving the comfort of home. Despite these advantages, the provision and take-up of telemedicine remains slow.

New tool helps 5 million Canadians without regular healthcare

To mark International Digital Health Week a Canadian dietician has developed a digital health tool that aims to fill the void for the almost 5 million Canadians who do not have access to a regular healthcare provider.

Does Brexit mean a U.S. healthcare model for the U.K.?

One of the hotly discussed topics in relation to Britain’s exit from the European Union is whether the planned trade deal with the U.S. will lead to the precious National Health Service being partly subsumed by U.S. private healthcare.

WHO pledges to support digital health expansion

Digital health initiatives have been given a boost by the World Health Organization, which has pledged to help with the development of new technology while also working on a governance structure.

Essential Science: Edging towards a universal flu vaccine?

Virologists are edging closer to developing a universal flu vaccine, based on an antibody that attaches to a protein. Given that flu viruses require this protein to reproduce in the body, this could provide the basis for a ‘universal’ vaccine.

Better health effects by exercising before breakfast

Bath - When is the best time to workout, in order to maximize the health-effects? The answer, according to a new study, is early – undertaking an exercise routine prior to breakfast. This is because more fat is burnt.

Dog ownership is associated with longer life

A new study finds that dog ownership is associated with longer life. This finding is especially so when it applies heart attack and stroke survivors, where owning a dog was found to lower the risk of death for those who live alone.

Best hospital cities of 2019 revealed

A new survey shows the 100 leading hospital cities globally, drawn from data relating to infrastructure, the medical workforce, education, quality of care, satisfaction, treatment efficiency, citizen accessibility, and other factors.

AI adoption and investments growing among health industry leaders

AI has proven to be a transformative force in entertainment, retail, technology but has struggled to gain traction in healthcare, until now. A new survey finds a recent surge in AI for healthcare investments.

Indiana health system breach impacts 68K patients Special

Indiana-based Methodist Hospitals is currently notifying 68,039 patients that their protected health information may have been exposed in a data breach. Peter Goldstein, CTO and co-founder, Valimail provides an assessment.

Venezuelans turn to alternative medicine amid shortages

Caracas - The small waiting room at the home of self-styled healer "Brother Guayanes" in Caracas' rundown Petare district fills up quickly with patients -- business has never been better.

Social media is driving more people to self-care

Social media appears to be driving more people towards self-caring and, at the same time, shunning conventional healthcare services. One poll finds 70 percent of U.S. adults have used social media to find a medical answer.
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