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Future of Medicine #17

  • Experimental HIV treatment
  • Airborne virus
  • Acute flaccid myelitis
  • Pooled testing
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South China Morning Post

US increasingly excludes China from coronavirus research projects

In the years that followed, Thompson’s team partnered with the Chinese Ministry of Health, helping train thousands of public health staff and build a surveillance system that included hundreds of laboratories and hospitals. The system tested more than 20,000 influenza viruses each year and eventually provided the World Health Organisation with crucial vaccine strain information. That was a different time. Today, as another coronavirus grips the world, Washington is looking the other way.

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Managing COVID-19 in Surgical Systems

As COVID-19 spreads quickly from Europe and Asia to the rest of the world, hospitals are rapidly becoming hot zones for treatment and transmission of this disease in settings with rising community transmission. Health care workers are increasingly contracting this illness, decreasing the human resources available to care for a population in crisis.

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Associated Press

Doctors say experimental treatment may have rid man of HIV

A Brazilian man infected with the AIDS virus has shown no sign of it for more than a year since he stopped HIV medicines after an intense experimental drug therapy aimed at purging hidden, dormant virus from his body, doctors reported Tuesday.

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Editor’s Note:

While much of the news is about COVID, there is also groundbreaking research happening in other areas. Here AP reports on the progress of a Brazilian patient who has eliminated HIV with drugs rather than a transplant.

New York Times

239 experts with 1 big claim: The coronavirus is airborne

If airborne transmission of coronavirus is a significant factor in the pandemic, especially in crowded spaces with poor ventilation, the consequences for containment will be significant. Masks may be needed indoors, even in socially distant settings.

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A Paralyzing Childhood Disease Is Set to Surge This Summer, but Coronavirus Precautions Could Stop It

Outbreaks of an infectious, polio-like disease have popped up every other summer in the U.S. since 2012. This year, the viral illness would have been expected to surge yet again — but the widespread measures taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus may also prevent large spikes of the paralyzing condition it can cause, known as acute flaccid myelitis.

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Editor’s Note:

Coronavirus is disrupting many aspects of life, but it may also be disrupting other diseases. Here Ed Cara digs into the details of AFM for Gizmodo.

3D Printing Industry

University of Minnesota researchers use 3D bioprinting to create beating human heart

Researchers from the University of Minnesota have developed a novel bio-ink, enabling them to create a functional 3D printed beating human heart.

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The Atlantic

The Pandemic Experts Are Not Okay

Many American public-health specialists are at risk of burning out as the coronavirus surges back.

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The Conversation

Group testing for coronavirus – called pooled testing – could be the fastest and cheapest way to increase screening nationwide

Hopes for a summertime reprieve from Covid-19 have been dashed as cases surged in June. As infections rise, so does the need for testing.

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Editor’s Note:

Some parts of the world face continued issues with testing capacity for COVID. Here two professors from the University of Southern California look into the benefits of pooled testing, particularly on asymptomatic populations.

Al Jazeera

Who is to blame for the collapse of India’s healthcare system?

For far too long Indians have done nothing to pressure their politicians into making healthcare a national priority.

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ABC (Australia)

Each year, 65,000 people become a ‘silent’ statistic. Graeme is one of them

For every death by suicide, as many as 30 others attempt to end their life. Australia has a suicide problem — it seems we can all agree on that — but when it comes to solutions, the verdict isn’t so clear.

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