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Dried blood spots have clear advantages over mini tubes when it comes to lab analysis of home collected samples for HIV and syphilis testing

Blood samples taken at home and sent by post to labs to screen for HIV and syphilis are more likely to be successfully processed when the collection technique used is dried blood spots rather than mini tubes, investigators from the UK report in Sexually Transmitted Infections. Close to 95% of dried blood spot samples were… Read More »

Roundup: Digital immunity passports to ramp up testing, London Tech Week on AI in healthcare and more briefs

LONDON TECH WEEK: AI WILL ‘BLOW OUR MINDS’ The first virtual London Tech Week took place on 1-11 September, bringing together tech brands to discuss the unprecedented challenges facing the tech sector today. Speaking on one of the panels on AI, founder and CEO of babylon health, Ali Parsa said: “AI, like any other technology,… Read More »

Health Insurance and Demand for Masking, Testing and Contact Tracing – New Data from The Commonwealth Fund

The coronavirus pandemic occasioned the Great Lockdown for people to shelter-at-home, tele-work if possible, and shut down large parts of the U.S. economy considered “non-essential.” As health insurance for working-age people is tied to employment, COVID-19 led to disproportionate loss of health plan coverage especially among people earning lower incomes, as well as non-white workers,… Read More »

The CDC ‘let the country down’ with coronavirus testing, White House trade advisor Navarro says

White House Trade and Manufacturing Policy Director Peter Navarro speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer | Getty Images The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “let the country down” early in the nation’s response… Read More »

US coronavirus death toll tops 40,000 as researchers call for more testing before reopening economy

The 40,461 deaths are among more than 755,533 coronavirus cases, the university’s Covid-19 tracker says. The grim milestone was reached as Harvard researchers warned that if the country wants the economy to open back up — and stay that way — testing must go up to at least 500,000 people per day. Testing nationwide is… Read More »