Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test could bypass the lab, study finds

Researchers have demonstrated a prototype of a rapid COVID-19 molecular test and a simple-to-use, portable instrument for reading the results with a smartphone in 30 minutes, which could enable point-of-care diagnosis without needing to send samples to a lab. Source: Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test could bypass the lab, study finds

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People with less body response to stress task had more PTSD signs after COVID-19 began

People who did not have a large heart rate response to a stress task surprised researchers later — after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic — when they showed more symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder related to the crisis than others who also did the stress task and COVID-19 stress ratings. Source: People with less […]

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Improving FDA's COVID-19 vaccine authorization and approval process: Lessons from hydroxychloroquine

In a new article, researchers propose reforms that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could implement to improve the emergency use authorization process and drug approvals during public health crises, which could increase the FDA’s credibility and the public’s trust in it. Source: Improving FDA's COVID-19 vaccine authorization and approval process: Lessons from hydroxychloroquine

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To the choir: Forward-thinking faculty sharing innovations mostly among themselves

Surveys and network analyses of 192 STEM faculty at three universities revealed that frequent users of evidence-based instructional practices are far more likely to engage one another than colleagues less familiar with the practices. The finding suggests that faculty networks alone are not enough to disseminate and drive the adoption of evidence-based practices that could […]

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Being a selfish jerk doesn't get you ahead: Study

Two studies provide empirical evidence to settle the question of whether being aggressively Machiavellian helps people get ahead. The studies concluded that being a jerk provides no advantage in career advancement. Any power boost disagreeable people get from being intimidating is offset by their poor interpersonal relationships, the studies concluded. Source: Being a selfish jerk […]

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Genetic mutations may be linked to infertility, early menopause

A new study identifies a specific gene’s previously unknown role in fertility. When the gene is missing in fruit flies, roundworms, zebrafish and mice, the animals are infertile or lose their fertility unusually early but appear otherwise healthy. Analyzing genetic data in people, the researchers found an association between mutations in this gene and early […]

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