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Publication Date: February 18, 2021
Post Date: February 18, 2021
This article suggests yellow fever outbreaks can be stopped before they start by vaccinating monkeys who are hosts for yellow fever.

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Publication Date: February 16, 2021
Post Date: February 19, 2021
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are conducting experiments with an antimicrobial surface coating designed to fight the spread of bacteria and viruses. The coating was developed by The University of Queensland and Boeing as a joint research project to inhibit viral agents, such as the Earth-bound coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tags: COVID-19antiviralantimicrobial

Publication Date: February 16, 2021
Post Date: February 19, 2021
Efficient and cost-effective vaccine distribution remains one of the biggest challenges of 2021, so it’s no surprise that startup Notable Health wants to use their automation platform to help. Initially started to address the nearly $250 billion annual administrative costs in healthcare, Notable Health launched in 2017 to use automation to replace time-consuming and repetitive simple tasks in health industry admin. In early January of this year, they announced plans to use that technology as a way to help manage vaccine distribution.

Tags: artificial intelligenceCOVID-19vaccine distribution

Publication Date: February 15, 2021
Post Date: February 19, 2021
Biosensors can track metrics for a number of health-related concerns using monitors, smart watches, and smartphone applications. Researchers at University of California, San Diego's Center for Wearable Sensors have engineered a skin patch combining electrochemical sensors for alcohol, caffeine, glucose, and lactate with an ultrasound-based sensor to monitor blood pressure in the body. The first wearable device that tracks heart signals and biochemical levels at the same time is described in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering.

Tags: biosensor technology

Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Post Date: February 18, 2021
Rice University researchers have developed a new genome editing tool by programming a modified CRISPR/Cas9 complex to target specific histones, epigenetic proteins that keep DNA in order, opening the door to potential new therapies for cancer and other diseases.

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Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Post Date: February 18, 2021
University of Copenhagen researchers have developed an AI tool that can predict with 90 percent accuracy which patients will die from COVID-19, as well as which patients will need a ventilator while hospitalized. Using data from almost 4,000 COVID-19 patients in Denmark, the tool was trained to find patterns in patients' medical histories. The tool would be helpful in prioritizing vaccine administration and determining the number of ventilators that might be necessary for each hospital.

Tags: artificial intelligenceCOVID-19infectious disease response

Publication Date: January 31, 2021
Post Date: February 1, 2021
Leading Latin American medical research organization Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) is conducing a study on the new COVID-19 variant spreading across Brazil. According to research studies, 91 percent of cases found in Amazonas are linked to the new variant, indicating it is more transmissible.

Tags: COVID-19mutationSARS-associated coronavirus

Publication Date: January 30, 2021
Post Date: February 1, 2021
Faced with an impossible challenge, researchers developed ways to test and distribute Ebola vaccines to villages with no power, all while being stored at -80 degrees Celsius.

Tags: vaccine distributionEbolacountermeasures

Publication Date: January 28, 2021
Post Date: January 29, 2021
A Harvard Engineer and technology expert has warned the next global pandemic could be the result of a bioterrorist attack, thanks to advances in accessible, inexpensive genetic engineering methods. Preparation and analysis of lessons learned could prove invaluable to combatting a man-made engineered virus.

Tags: genetic engineering technologybioterrorismbiodefense

Publication Date: January 26, 2021
Post Date: February 1, 2021
Preventing the introduction of harmful pathogens on farms remains crucial to maintaining a healthy swine population. Proactive methods can be used to ensure proper biosecurity measures are taken, this article shares more details about how farmers can institute biosecurity best practices to prevent disease.

Tags: swine diseaseswine biosecurityagriculture best practice