COVID-19 immune response over time

Immunity from COVID-19 appears to gather strength with more time between vaccination and infection, a new laboratory study from researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) suggests. The findings carry implications for vaccine recommendations as the pandemic transitions to an endemic state.

Accurately predicting delirium in intensive care

More than one-third of all people admitted to hospital, and as many as 80% of all patients in an intensive care unit (ICU), develop delirium, it is reported.

Test for Alzheimer’s 3.5 years before diagnosis

New research has established a blood-based test that could be used to predict the risk of Alzheimer’s disease up to 3.5 years before clinical diagnosis.

Tech news: March 2023

This month's top tech news stories

“Cardiovascular deaths increased with COVID-19”

More people in the US died from cardiovascular-related causes in 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, than in any year since 2003, according to the American Heart Association’s 2023 update.

Rapid, sensitive point-of-care-testing

Functionalised nanoparticles could soon revolutionise point-of-care diagnostics, it is claimed.

Diagnostic potential of amniotic fluid cells

A clinical research team from the University of Hong Kong is behind the discovery of applying amniotic fluid cells obtained during 16-24 weeks of pregnancy as a novel sample type for RNA sequencing in prenatal diagnosis.

Under the microscope: Gardening

This month: Gardening

Role of glucose in a deadly kidney disease

A research team has developed a new approach to better understand the biology of polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

CRISPR and developing diagnostics

In a first for the genetic toolset CRISPR, a recently discovered protein has been found to act as a kind of multipurpose self-destruct system for bacteria, capable of degrading single-stranded RNA and single- and double-stranded DNA.