ACTG launches clinical trial testing treatment for COVID-19

Los Angeles, Calif. — The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), the world’s largest and longest established HIV research network, today announced the initiation of ACTG 5395, a clinical trial to evaluate whether the drug combination hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19 (which is caused by infection with the virus SARS-CoV-2). There…

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Online exercise advice rarely aligns with national physical activity guidelines

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Whether for convenience, cost or comfort, many people look to online resources for fitness and exercise information — especially when faced with fitness center and gym closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, most internet-based recommendations for physical activity don’t match up with the guidelines supported by national health organizations, a recent study…

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Tracking an organism’s development, cell by cell

Scientists at the Stem Cell Research program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School have devised a mouse model that lets researchers track every cell in the body, from the embryonic stage until adulthood. Using a «barcoding» technique and CRISPR gene editing technology, the model can identify different cell types as they…

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BioCompute Object Specification Project receives IEEE Standardization Acceptance

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2020) — The BioCompute Object Specification Project led by a team at the George Washington University has been officially approved for publication as an internationally recognized standard by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association. Standardization will open the door to government agencies and large institutions formalizing the process…

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Scientists discover why some birds live fast and die young

Research from the University of Sheffield has revealed why some bird species take longer to develop than others Findings could help scientists predict how animals will adapt to climate breakdown and habitat destruction The study is the first to consider the importance of lifestyle, environment, evolutionary history and body size when explaining variation Size,…

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SCAI issues device selection guidelines for aorto-iliac arterial interventions

WASHINGTON — The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) has released guidelines that provide a comprehensive review of comparative effectiveness data for devices used in aorto-iliac arterial interventions. The recommendations aim to provide clinicians with guidance for device selection in patients for whom these devices are intended as definitive therapy. The document was published…

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SCAI releases official position statement on optimal percutaneous interventional therapy for complex coronary artery disease

WASHINGTON — The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) has published a position statement addressing optimal percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) treatment of patients with complex coronary artery disease (CAD). The position statement was presented today during the SCAI 2020 Scientific Sessions Virtual Conference and published in SCAI’s official journal, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. While…

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SCAI issues position statement on the performance of percutaneous coronary intervention in ambulatory surgical centers

WASHINGTON — The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) today issued a position statement on the performance of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). The document was published in SCAI’s official journal, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. Earlier this year, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began reimbursement for PCI…

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ACMG updates seminal laboratory standard on CFTR variant testing

It has been nearly two decades since the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), together with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, made the landmark recommendation that cystic fibrosis (CF) become the first target of pan-ethnic universal carrier screening, with ACMG identifying a core panel of 23 pathogenic variants to be tested.…

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SCAI issues expert consensus on managing patients with out of hospital cardiac arrest

WASHINGTON — The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) has released an expert consensus statement describing recommendations for the management of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The statement, published today in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, was presented during the SCAI 2020 Scientific Sessions Virtual Conference. OHCA continues to present as significant public health…

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