One of the best tools for predicting COVID-19 outbreaks? Sewage. – National Geographic

CICERO, ILLINOISA noxious odor hits me as soon as I step in the Westside fine screening building at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant—one of the world’s largest wastewater treatment facilities, located outside of Chicago. In this industrial-looking brick building with exposed pipes, conveyer belts, and clunky machinery are chambers carrying raw sewage—mostly from people’s homes—that will be screened to remove […]

Machine-learning algorithms can help distinguish acute cholangitis and alcohol-associated hepatitis – News-Medical.Net

Acute cholangitis is a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection that often is associated with gallstones. Symptoms include fever, jaundice, right upper quadrant pain, and elevated liver enzymes. While these may seem like distinctive, telltale symptoms, unfortunately, they are similar to those of a much different condition: alcohol-associated hepatitis. This challenges emergency department staff and other health care professionals who need to […]

VR and AR are maturing as healthcare technologies, but what about mixed reality? – Medical Device Network

VR can simulate large, expensive, or rare scenarios or objects, allowing staff to work with and learn from a model. Credit: metamorworks / Shutterstock. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have long been the holy grail of communications technology, allowing us to not only see and hear our object of interest but also to virtually represent physically being there. […]

BNT162b2 vaccine induces moderate SARS-CoV-2 immunity in children 5 to 11 – News-Medical.Net

In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers evaluated the effectiveness of the BNT162b2 vaccine against the new severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variant of concern (VOC) Omicron in five to 11-year-old children. Only a few studies have evaluated the effectiveness of the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA)-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccine BNT162b2 in real-world settings. […]