A case report in Radiology described a 12-year-old boy with seizures who was diagnosed with COVID-19 whose MRI scans showed that he had a stroke, but findings were normal in his other imaging scans. The boy still had right-side paralysis when he was discharged from the hospital, researchers reported.
Mary Denigan-Macauley, director of health care at the Government Accountability Office, expressed concerns during a Senate panel hearing that the FDA is not adequately inspecting foreign drug firms, leaving the US supply chain at risk as the number of foreign-made drugs sold in the US continues to grow. Denigan-Macauley also voiced concerns on the agency's practice of warning foreign drug firms of impending inspections, which is not being applied to US drugmakers.
Medtech industry leaders including AdvaMed, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and Edwards Lifesciences are speaking out against social injustice. "While we continue our single-minded pursuit of medical breakthroughs to treat and cure disease, we must also have a single-minded focus on eradicating the disease of racism in this country and around the world," said AdvaMed CEO and President Scott Whitaker in a letter on LinkedIn.
Monish Patolawala has been tapped by 3M to serve as chief financial officer, effective July 1. Patolawala is currently CFO at GE Healthcare.
Canon Virginia has entered a deal with PAVmed that will allow the latter to manufacture its DisappEAR molded pediatric ear tubes using Canon's scalable and commercial-grade aqueous silk fibroin molding process.
Researchers from the University of Victoria are developing an at-home COVID-19 testing kit using nanotechnology that can deliver results within 15 minutes. "What we are trying to do is make a plastic strip that, when you expose it to saliva that contains COVID-19, [changes] color," said chemistry professor Alexandre Brolo.
The FDA has given emergency use authorization to Roche for its Elecsys IL-6 test, which measures the level of interleukin 6 in the blood and can help identify if a COVID-19 patient is at high-risk of intubation via mechanical ventilation.
Researchers from the Center for Infectious Disease Research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research have developed a coronavirus vaccine from an isolated virus taken from the blood of the first US COVID-19 patient who died. The vaccine has been tested in animals, and testing in humans is slated to begin by the end of the summer.
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