Category Archives: News

Tech sites hype Apple Watch for COVID-19 prediction without providing the evidence

Milwaukee oncologist Michael Thompson, MD, wrote to me yesterday morning (February 10)  about an article – “New Study Suggests Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Can Predict COVID-19 Up to a Week Before a Swab Test” – promoted on Twitter by MacRumors.com. The story was about the so-called Warrior Watch Study at Mount Sinai Medical Center in… Read More »

3D Printed Microfluidic Bioreactor for Brain Organoid Culture

Researchers at MIT and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras have developed a 3D-printed microfluidic bioreactor that can be used to culture and study brain organoids. The tiny self-organizing nodules of brain tissue are very useful in studying neurological disease and the effects of drugs. However, the bioreactors used to grow brain organoids can be… Read More »

HHS renews TeleTracking contract for collecting COVID-19 patient data

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a six-month contract to Pittsburgh-based analytics firm TeleTracking to continue collecting and reporting COVID-19 patient information. TeleTracking will continue working with the government to provide public health officials with COVID-19 data through HHS Protect, according to a press release from the company earlier this week.  … Read More »

What’s the Skinny on Fat?

Low-fat foods may seem healthy, but they’re often loaded with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. These can lead to excessive hunger, weight gain and disease. The truth is that in order to make something taste good and be shelf-stable while removing fat, manufacturers increase sugar, salt, add emulsifiers and other chemicals. What should be a… Read More »

Higher rates of non-communicable diseases contribute to persisting mortality in people with HIV

A Danish study with data on people diagnosed with HIV between 1985 and 2017 shows dramatic declines in death rates over the course of the HIV epidemic. In the years since 2006, the mortality of people living with HIV who survived their first two years after HIV diagnosis was close to that of the general… Read More »