An Expert’s Guide to COVID-19 Tests

The reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test has been the gold standard for the diagnosis of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. This highly sensitive molecular test amplifies specific segments of the transcribed viral DNA collected in a sample. Specialized labs can usually provide results in 12 to 24 hours. In contrast, rapid point-of-care antigen tests for COVID-19, which have been on the market since the […]

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Colorado “cautiously optimistic” omicron has peaked in state

With new COVID-19 cases falling in Colorado, public health officials expressed optimism Thursday that the state’s omicron surge has peaked — but cautioned that the virus remains widespread and hospitalizations are still very high. The percentage of tests coming back positive and the number of new cases both have been falling for about a week, though it’s not clear whether […]

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Survey Shows More Women Drinking During Pregnancy

More pregnant Americans indulged ― and overindulged ―- in alcohol from 2018 to 2020 than in previous years, but researchers found no sharp increase associated with the first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The pandemic notwithstanding, health officials worry about a rising tide of pregnant women using […]

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Surprise medical bills: A guide to Colorado, federal laws

Coloradans not covered by the state’s law preventing surprise medical bills now have similar protection under federal law, but there are a few important differences. Both Colorado law and the federal No Surprises Act, which took effect Jan. 1, limit how much you can be charged if you get emergency care from an out-of-network hospital, or happen to have an […]

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The COVID generation: The effects of the pandemic on youth mental health

Children and adolescents tend to have more mild disease compared to adults if they catch the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but they are still struggling to cope with the pandemic. Curfews, closures, and lockdowns are taking their toll on their emotional wellbeing. Against a decade-long pattern of deteriorating mental health among European youths, experts warn the COVID-19 pandemic made everything […]

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U.S. researchers test pig-to-human transplant in donated body – The Denver Post

Researchers on Thursday reported the latest in a surprising string of experiments in the quest to save human lives with organs from genetically modified pigs. This time around, surgeons in Alabama transplanted a pig’s kidneys into a brain-dead man — a step-by-step rehearsal for an operation they hope to try in living patients possibly later this year. “The organ shortage […]

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Cholesterol buildup in brain presents new target to reduce dementia risk from stroke

University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers discovered a potential treatment to reduce the risk of post-stroke dementia, which may be influenced by the immune response to dead brain tissue left in the wake of a stroke, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The research team investigated cyclodextrin, which is FDA-approved for use as an ingredient in […]

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Mexico reports record 60,000 daily COVID-19 cases

Mexico’s new COVID-19 cases hit a daily record above 60,000 on Wednesday, official figures showed, as the hard-hit country faces a fourth wave of infections linked to the Omicron variant. The health ministry reported 60,552 new coronavirus infections—the most yet for a 24-hour period—taking the total number since the pandemic began to nearly 4.5 million. Mexico’s official COVID-19 death toll—the […]

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