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Patients did DIY blood draws in a new vaccine study

A Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster study sent participants a device they could use to collect their own blood at home. The study looked at antibody...

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Sunny Balwani found guilty of defrauding Theranos investors and patients

Sunny Balwani, who was Elizabeth Holmes’ business partner at Theranos and romantic interest, was found guilty of 12 counts of fraud. He is guilty...

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Blood oxygen monitors miss concerning COVID-19 symptoms more often in patients of color

Black, Asian, and Hispanic patients are more likely to have their blood oxygen levels overestimated by common pulse oximeter devices. For COVID-19...

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Writing Google reviews about patients is actually a HIPAA violation

A dentist was fined $50,000 for including patient information in response to a negative Google review, which violates HIPAA. It’s not uncommon for...

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Go read this dystopian story about patients whose bionic eyes went obsolete

Second Sight Medical Products made a bionic eye that could help restore some elements of sight in blind people. The company stopped supporting the...

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COVID-19 patients only need to isolate for five days as long as symptoms are gone, CDC says

The CDC shortened isolation guidelines for people testing positive for COVID-19 to five days, down from 10 days. The agency says the move reflects...

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Ransomware attack on Planned Parenthood LA exposes info for 400,000 patients

Planned Parenthood’s Los Angeles branch has reported that it fell victim to a ransomware attack and that an unknown hacker was able to get some of...

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Medical photography is failing patients with darker skin

Doctors aren’t trained on how to photograph darker skin, so skin conditions often aren’t represented accurately. That makes it harder for...

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Hospitals are at a high risk of cyberattacks, but patients don’t realize it

Information technology experts are worried about increasing rates of ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations. Most patients, though, don’t...

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Digital messages from patients to doctors spiked during the pandemic

Patient messages to doctors went up by 157 percent from 2019 to 2020. The spike in messaging was overwhelming to doctors. Better systems could...

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Kidney transplant patients will test a COVID-19 booster shot in new trial

A new National Institutes of Health trial will give kidney transplant patients a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Many transplant recipients and...

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One Medical charged some patients a fee for the COVID-19 vaccine

Health care company One Medical charged some patients in Washington, DC fees for the COVID-19 vaccine. There are not supposed to be any charges for...

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Long COVID patients say they feel better after getting vaccinated

Some people with long COVID say that they feel better after they get vaccinated. If that’s the case, it could help scientists understand why...

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Telehealth app Babylon Health allowed users to view other patients’ video consultations

Babylon Health, one of the world’s biggest telehealth companies, has admitted that a data breach allowed a small number of users in the UK to view...

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New study finds chloroquine doesn’t help COVID-19 patients — and it might even hurt

A study by researchers at Harvard and other institutions, published in The Lancet, finds that taking hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine is associated...

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Fitbit is reportedly planning to build ventilators to help treat COVID-19 patients

Fitbit is one of many companies shifting resources to make ventilators Fitbit, which makes fitness-tracking wearables, will be shifting supply chain...

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FDA authorizes experimental drug remdesivir for emergency use in COVID-19 patients

The FDA authorized the emergency use of the drug in COVID-19 patients, but it has not been proven to be effective. Study results have been mixed. The...

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US wireless carriers are delivering phone chargers to hospitals for COVID-19 patients

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all partnered with iHeartMedia to deliver thousands of phone chargers to hospitals so that COVID-19 patients can...

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How a team of NASA engineers developed a ventilator for COVID-19 patients in just a month

In 37 days, a team of engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory created a prototype ventilator called VITAL, which is tailored specifically to...

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Dyson says the UK doesn’t need the ventilator it developed to treat COVID-19 patients

After spending about $25 million on the project, British technology company Dyson says the UK government doesn’t need the CoVent ventilator it...

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Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot is helping hospitals remotely treat coronavirus patients

Robot maker Boston Dynamics announced on Thursday that it’s quadruped Spot robot is already in use at one Boston hospital to help with coronavirus...

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Microsoft launches ‘Plasma Bot’ to recruit recovered COVID-19 patients to help treat sick ones

As part of its work with the CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance, Microsoft is launching a self-screening tool for people to check whether they qualify to...

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After recovering, COVID-19 patients struggle to know when to stop isolating

The CDC has guidelines on when people with COIVD-19 can leave isolation. But there is limited data on how long people are contagious. Reyhan Harmanci...

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Dyson developed and is producing ventilators to help treat COVID-19 patients

Dyson has developed a new ventilator, the CoVent, designed specifically to help treat COVID-19 patients as the need for ventilators continues to grow...

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Blood from recovered COVID-19 patients is a key resource for scientists

Blood samples help scientists understand how long people are protected against reinfection with the novel coronavirus. Blood from recovered COVID-19...

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NYC mayor asks Elon Musk to manufacture ventilators for COVID-19 patients

Elon Musk tweeted that he’s willing to make ventilators to help patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel...

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