Did you know that the US supply of “brain tickler” nasopharyngeal swabs depends entirely on a company run by two feuding cousins in Maine?   US officials didn’t either until they were scrambling for swabs last March. Puritan is one of only 2 companies in the world who…

Health systems are struggling with the tension between  COVID-19’s immediate demands and the long-term struggle against tuberculosis—one of the deadliest infectious diseases.  

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The latest mutation of concern: A sample in Oregon was found to contain both the B.1.1.7 coronavirus mutation first discovered in the UK and the E484K mutation known as “Eek,” which has been found in variants in South Africa, Brazil, and New York City.  

Baltimore is piloting new software aimed at identifying gun trafficking patterns and illegal firearms sales.   Developed by the advocacy group Everytown For Gun Safety, the Gun Trafficking Intelligence Platform works as a “flashlight” for gun crime patterns. It combines…

Good news on reinfection front: US NIH researchers found that people with SARS-CoV-2 antibodies showed “substantial” immunity to the virus at least for a few months, 

Early in the pandemic, the dominant COVID-19 forecasting systems produced pretty patchy results.   Then, with no formal training in medicine or epidemiology, data scientist Youyang Gu built his his own model. He took on heavyweights like the Institute for Health Metrics and…

We’re not sure—but there are promising clues with new results expected in the coming weeks,

Good News: A new collaboration is seeking to upend the current gene therapies approach for sickle cell disease.

Health workers forced to reuse N95 respirators designed to be disposable have been a hallmark of pandemic supply shortages.   A year on, US hospitals are still rationing N95s despite significantly ramped up production.