As vaccine nationalism and inequitable distribution continue to plague the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, epidemiologists from leading academic institutes around world have issued a stark warning that so-called ‘variants of concern’ to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could render current vaccines ineffective in less than a year. Callan Emery reports.
Since the genome sequence of SARS-CoV-2 was first reported in January 2020, thousands of variants have been reported, the vast majority of which have not raised alarm from virologists and public health officials. However, three variants have arisen in the past few months that are cause for concern and have been designated Variants of Concern […]
By Robin Cohen Emeritus Professor, Development Studies, University of Oxford
It has been known for about a year that minks can become infected with SARSCoV- 2. The virus had been transmitted from humans to farmed mink and mutated in infected animals. Mutations were acquired in the spike protein, which is crucial for the entry of the virus into host cells and represents the central point […]
Call for more medical translators at increasingly cosmopolitan clinics
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By George I’ons, Head of Product Strategy and Insights, Owen Mumford Pharmaceutical Services
Trauma patients and patients who need emergency surgery have little to no opportunity to get acquainted with the surgeon and team that will perform their operation. However, a large study has found that effective and meaningful physician communication is a more important contributor to the overall satisfaction of trauma patients and those having emergency surgery […]
A study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging (2019)  looked at whether Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based, computer-aided detection (CAD) software can be used to reduce false positives per image (FPPI) on mammograms as compared to an FDA-approved conventional CAD. The study showed a 69% decrease in FPPI which, the researchers said, could also potentially […]