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Image: Co-inventors Igor Stagljar, investigator at the Donnelly Centre and U of T professor, and Zhong Yao, senior research associate at the Donnelly Centre (Photo courtesy of Farzaneh Aboualizadeh)

Low Cost Pinprick COVID-19 Test Detects SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies in Drop of Blood in Under an Hour

A new COVID-19 serology test uses highly sensitive protein complementation chemistry to detect SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in a drop of blood in less than an hour. More...
23 Mar 2021
Image: A UNMC team developed this ultra-absorptive nanofiber swab (Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska Medical Center)

New Ultra-Absorptive Nanofiber Swabs Could Improve COVID-19 Test Sensitivity

A team of researchers has developed an ultra-absorptive nanofiber swab that could reduce the number of false-negative COVID-19 tests by improving sample collection and test sensitivity. More...
22 Mar 2021
Image: Automated System for SARS-CoV-2 Analysis (Photo courtesy of Robotic Biology Institute Inc.)

Automated System for SARS-CoV-2 Analysis in Wastewater to Enable Early Detection of COVID-19 Prevalence and Mutants

A joint project aims to establish an automated analytical system that enables mass diagnosis by early detection of viral disease prevalence and mutants, based on wastewater-based epidemiology. More...
22 Mar 2021
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AI-Powered COVID-19 Solution to Analyze Chest-CT Scans Reduces Turnaround Time, Finds Large-Scale Study

A large-scale multi-medical center study has found that an AI-powered COVID-19 solution reduces report turnaround time by 30%. More...
22 Mar 2021
Image: Potent antibodies (shown in red, purple, turquoise and white) attach to a region called the N-terminal domain on the pandemic coronavirus (Photo courtesy of Vir Biotechnolog & Veesler Lab)

Targeting New Antibody Supersite Key to COVID-19 Immunity

Antibodies from recovered patients have been shown to recognize a lesser-known site on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and block infection in lab studies. More...
22 Mar 2021
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Ultrasound Waves at Medical Imaging Frequencies Can Damage SARS-CoV-2 and Could Treat COVID-19

Simulations have shown that ultrasound waves at medical imaging frequencies can cause the shell and spikes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to collapse and rupture, suggesting the possibility of ultrasound-based treatment for COVID-19. More...
19 Mar 2021
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Aspirin’s Lung-Protective Effects Could Decrease Ventilation, ICU Admission and Death in COVID-19 Patients

Researchers have found that aspirin may have lung-protective effects and reduce the need for mechanical ventilation, ICU admission and in-hospital mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. More...
19 Mar 2021
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