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

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“Cardiovascular deaths increased with COVID-19”

The biggest increases in deaths were seen among Asian, Black and Hispanic people, it reported.

Under the microscope: pharmabiome

I’ve not heard of “pharmabiome”, what is it?

Rapid, sensitive point-of-care-testing

Researchers have developed a method for binding specific molecules in samples and serums, such as antibodies in the blood, to the surface of iron oxide particles thus allowing them to be

Blood sugar monitoring devices

In an initial trial of continuous glucometer use, faulty device adhesive and patient difficulty in interpreting graphs produced by the device, were noted.

DNA biosensor for low-cost diagnostics

It identifies biomarkers by measuring how binding occurs between DNA strands and the device.

Vaccine protects against brain damage

Using a mouse model susceptible to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection, a team of Spanish researchers has demonstrated the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to infect different regions of the brain

How old is your brain?

It could be used to accurately capture cognitive decline linked to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, much earlier than previous methods, they claim.