Month: August 2021

According to a recent study by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) have been on the rise since the start of the pandemic. Now more than ever, medical device manufacturers must ensure that life-saving products are protected and sterile to avoid HAIs in healthcare environments. During the COVID-19 pandemic,
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Researchers at Rice University managed to create flexible carbon nanotube fibers that can be incorporated into clothing to function as wearable health monitors. The new thread is highly conductive, but it is washable and strong, allowing it to function as an unobtrusive component of clothing. So far, the researchers have incorporated the fibers into a
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A team of scientists from Israel has recently claimed that antiviral immunity induced by the mRNA-based coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) BNT162b2 gradually declines over time, highlighting the need for a third booster dose. The study is currently available on the medRxiv* preprint server. Background Mass vaccination is one of the key interventions to bring an
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From L to R: Frank Vinluan, senior biopharma reporter; Anuja Vaidya, hospitals, health IT and payer reporter; and Elise Reuter, health tech and retail health reporter MedCity News reporters get pitched almost every day of the week via email. How do they decide whether to delete the email, open it or follow up? What is
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INVEST Digital Health, a conference that brings together innovative investors across the healthcare spectrum, prominent industry players and the most promising digital health startups, is scheduled for September 20-23, and held in collaboration with Medical Alley. It will be virtual this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference will highlight aspects of digital health from
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Latest Travel Health News MONDAY, Aug. 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) Due to surging coronavirus cases, the United States will be removed from the European Union’s “safe list” of countries whose citizens can travel to the 27-nation bloc without additional restrictions such as testing and quarantines. The change is expected to be announced Monday, but will
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Latest Coronavirus News By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters MONDAY, Aug. 30, 2021 In another grim reminder of the toll that the pandemic continues to take on Americans, the daily average for hospitalized COVID-19 patients is now higher than any previous case surge except last winter. As that daily average topped 100,000, coronavirus
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Latest Healthy Kids News SUNDAY, Aug. 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) A common bug called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) circulating among American kids during what’s normally its off-season may cause concern if parents don’t know how to tell it apart from COVID-19, experts say. Getting RSV during the summer is unusual, but the U.S. Centers for
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The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic caught the world off guard – completely. Despite considerable research on the genomes of its distant cousins like SARS-CoV-1 and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), showing a 70-80% similarity with the current SARS-CoV-2, the entire world was initially clueless on
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Accelerators and incubators can be a tremendous source of support for budding medical device innovators. Thanks to these programs, entrepreneurs, engineers, students, and even clinicians with an idea can often find the resources they need to nurture their emerging medical devices. We’ve taken our 2017 list (26 Medtech Incubators and Accelerators You Need to Know)
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In a new study available on the preprint server Preprints*, researchers have innovated a transparent face shield with intrinsic antimicrobial activity that serves dual purposes – extra protection against microbial infections and reduced generation of infectious wastes. Study: Antimicrobial Face Shield: Next Generation of Facial Protective Equipment against SARS-CoV-2 and Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria. Image Credit: Kamil
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The Biden administration is providing funds to 60 Affordable Care Act navigator organizations for the 2022 plan year, up from 30 that received funding this year. These organizations train and certify navigators who help consumers find coverage on the federally funded marketplaces. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is providing $80 million in grant
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BioVentus is exercising its option to acquire CartiHeal, a maker of cartilage implants. The Durham, NC-based company elected to make a $50 million escrow payment to CartiHeal – signaling its intent to move forward with the acquisition. The company’s decision came following its review of a statistical analysis report of the pivotal clinical trial of
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As BIOMEDevice Boston prepares to reunite industry in person September 21-22 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the show announced its keynote speakers as part of the Center Stage lineup. Taking the stage will be returning presenter Harel Gadot, company group chairman, MEDX Ventures Group, and Carolyn Yang, MD, attending physician, Hospital at Home
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In a trailblazing engineering effort, Canadian and US researchers indicate that the emergence of novel variants of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) stems from the mutations of spike glycoprotein that confer either increased affinity for the host cell receptor or increased antibody evasion. The paper is currently available on the bioRxiv* preprint
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