Tag: Tests (Medical)

Why Didn’t the U.S. Detect Omicron Cases Sooner?

Last Friday, just a day after South African scientists first announced the discovery of the Omicron variant, Europe reported its first case: The new coronavirus variant was in Belgium. Before the weekend was out, Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy and other countries had all found cases. But in the United States, scientists kept […]

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Travelers to U.S.: Can They Get Their Tests Back in Time?

LONDON — Deborah Tudhope was growing anxious. An American lawyer living in London, she was hoping to fly back to the United States in two weeks to see her 96-year-old mother, who lives in a retirement home in Maine. But the Omicron-driven travel restrictions announced on Thursday by the White House have her worrying that […]

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Why Hasn’t the U.S. Found More Omicron Cases?

Last Friday, just a day after South African scientists first announced the discovery of the Omicron variant, Europe reported its first case: The new coronavirus variant was in Belgium. Before the weekend was out, Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy and other countries had all found cases. But in the United States, scientists kept […]

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The Toddler Was Bowlegged, Her Gait Awkward. What Was It?

Paloian and Nemeth had reviewed the X-ray and labs. Like Furukawa, they weren’t sure exactly what was causing the little girl to lose so much phosphate that her bones were bending. From talking to the parents, it was clear that it wasn’t a problem of nutrition. And while there are other diseases that can cause […]

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Prosecutors Push Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos to Take Responsibility

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For four days, Elizabeth Holmes took the stand to blame others for the alleged fraud at her blood testing start-up, Theranos. On the fifth day, prosecutors tried making one thing clear: She knew. Over more than five hours of cross-examination on Tuesday, Robert Leach, the assistant U.S. attorney and lead prosecutor […]

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Elizabeth Holmes Testimony: Updates From Day 4

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos, took the stand for a fourth day on Monday to defend herself in a fraud trial that has been billed as a test of start-up hubris and hype. Ms. Holmes faces 11 charges of defrauding patients, doctors and investors by […]

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Antiviral Covid-19 Pills Are Coming. Will There Be Enough Tests?

Currently, the most effective treatments available for Covid in the U.S. are monoclonal antibody drugs, which bind to the virus and stop it from infecting cells. But these treatments are typically administered intravenously by health care workers. This can pose logistical challenges both for hospitals, many of which are overburdened and short-staffed, and for patients, […]

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New ‘Omicron’ Variant Stokes Concern but Vaccines May Still Work

Scientific experts at the World Health Organization warned on Friday that a new coronavirus variant discovered in southern Africa was a “variant of concern,” the most serious category the agency uses for such tracking. The designation, announced after an emergency meeting of the health body, is reserved for dangerous variants that may spread quickly, cause […]

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Genetic Risks for Cancer Should Not Mean Financial Hardship

Tens of millions of Americans have received genetic tests illuminating their risk of disease, and a majority of adults in the United States say they would be interested in getting tested. When we each turned 20, we sought genetic testing to learn whether we had inherited our mother’s BRCA mutation, which significantly increases the risk […]

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Coronary Calcium Scan: A Heart Test That Can Help Guide Treatment

In an editorial on “The Potential and Pitfalls of Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring,” published in JAMA Cardiology in October, Dr. Khan and her co-author, Dr. Ann Marie Navar, a cardiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, concluded that for middle-aged and older adults like my friend, the calcium test is one of the […]

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Elizabeth Holmes Points Fingers at Others and Says She Was a Believer

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Using charisma, poise and a smattering of scientific jargon, Elizabeth Holmes persuaded investors to give her nearly $1 billion to build Theranos, her blood testing start-up. That all came crashing down in 2018, after the company’s technology and business dealings were revealed to have major problems. On Tuesday, Ms. Holmes used […]

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U.S. Rests Its Case in the Elizabeth Holmes Trial

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For the past 11 weeks, prosecutors revealed emails from desperate investors. They held up falsified documents side-by-side with the originals. They called dozens of witnesses who lobbed accusations of deceit and evasiveness. And on Friday, after questioning their 29th witness, prosecutors concluded their arguments against Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the […]

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How Elizabeth Holmes Soured the Media on Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, Calif. — At the height of her acclaim in 2015, Elizabeth Holmes, the entrepreneur who founded the blood testing start-up Theranos, was named Glamour’s “Woman of the Year.” Time put her on its list of 100 luminaries. And she graced the covers of Fortune, Forbes, Inc. and T Magazine. Theranos collapsed in scandal […]

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Our Covid Failures Don’t Have to Define Our Future

I’ve made peace with the idea of getting an eventual breakthrough infection myself — my risk for severe outcomes seems low and similar to other things I do in life — but I would hate to pass Covid-19 to someone else. I’ve been using rapid tests, especially before meeting people to spend time with them […]

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NFL Adds Mask Requirement, Increases Covid Testing

The N.F.L. strengthened its Covid-19 protocols as the number of positive cases rises across the country and people make plans to convene for Thanksgiving, and recommended facilitating testing for families of players and other employees. Every person, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear masks inside team facilities between Nov. 25 and Dec. 1, and […]

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Planning for Surgery? You Might Not Need All Those Tests Beforehand.

Sometimes a preoperative test of questionable value results in unanticipated complications, as happened to a man in his 50s scheduled for repair of a very painful hernia. Two Colorado doctors reported in 2014 that the man’s lab tests and physical exam were normal. But a chest X-ray, ordered because he had a history of mild […]

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Key takeaways from Week 10 of the Elizabeth Holmes trial.

This week, the main witnesses at the fraud trial of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the blood testing start-up Theranos, were former lab directors who testified about some of the inner workings of the failed company. But a different issue increasingly loomed over the proceedings: Just how long is Ms. Holmes’s trial going to last? […]

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A Doctor Asks Two Strange Questions That Reveal a Mysterious Disease

Probing for Inflammation James Katz was a senior research physician at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. After hearing the patient’s story, he stepped out of the exam room to give her a chance to change into a hospital gown. As he […]

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Elizabeth Holmes Trial Exposes Investors’ Lack of Due Diligence

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In 2014, Dan Mosley, a lawyer and power broker among wealthy families, asked the entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes for audited financial statements of Theranos, her blood testing start-up. Theranos never produced any, but Mr. Mosley invested $6 million in the company anyway — and wrote Ms. Holmes a gushing thank-you email for […]

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Has the Virus Infected Huge Numbers of Younger Children?

“There are too many unknowns on that, whereas the vaccine is known — that’s my caution,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, San Francisco. “Certainly, I wouldn’t put all my eggs into the previous infection, natural immunity basket.” As with the protection conferred by vaccines, immunity from natural […]

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Bill Clinton Is Released From Hospital

Former President Bill Clinton was released from a California hospital on Sunday after being admitted on Tuesday for treatment of a urological infection that developed into sepsis, officials said. A spokesman for Mr. Clinton shared a statement on Twitter from Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, the chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of […]

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Elizabeth Holmes Trial: Key Moments From Week 6

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Was Theranos a small start-up struggling to meet the demands of working with big, sophisticated and powerful corporations? Or was Elizabeth Holmes, the former chief executive of the blood testing company, misleading and deceiving those corporations to get money? That debate was at the heart of testimony in the sixth week […]

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Italy Puts in Force Tough New Law Requiring Workers to Test or Vaccinate

ROME — Italy on Friday set a new bar for major Western democracies seeking to move beyond the pandemic by enacting a sweeping law that requires the nation’s entire work force — public and private — to have government-issued health passes, essentially forcing Italians to choose between getting a pass and earning a living. With […]

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Italy Enacts Law Requiring Workers to Test or Vaccinate

ROME — Italy on Friday set a new bar for major Western democracies seeking to move beyond the pandemic by enacting a sweeping law that requires the nation’s entire work force — public and private — to have government-issued health passes, essentially forcing Italians to choose between getting a pass and earning a living. With […]

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Bill Clinton Is Hospitalized for Infection, Aide Says

Former President Bill Clinton has been hospitalized after he had a urological infection that developed into sepsis, an aide said on Thursday. The aide said Mr. Clinton’s sepsis was not considered to be acute. In a statement on Twitter, a spokesman for Mr. Clinton, 75, said the former president had been admitted on Tuesday evening […]

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Inside the Courtroom With Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Three days a week, Adriana Kratzmann, an administrator, opens the door at 8:30 a.m. to Courtroom 4 of the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. Journalists and spectators present her with numbered paper tickets that they get from security guards at the building entrance. Once Ms. Kratzmann checks their […]

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