NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Takeda Pharmaceutical Co-led group that is developing a blood plasma treatment for COVID-19 has started manufacturing while the late-stage trial to determine whether it works is ongoing, Takeda Chief Executive Christophe Weber said on Monday.
The group, known as the CoVIg Plasma Alliance, enrolled its first patient in the Phase III trial on Friday after months of delays. It aims to enroll 500 adult patients from the United States, Mexico and 16 other countries and hope to have results by the end of the year.
“The likelihood it works is very high,” Weber said in an interview. “And that’s why we have launched a campaign in order to accelerate the donation of convalescent plasma to manufacture and produce this product.”
The alliance, which includes CSL Behring, Germany’s Biotest AG and other companies, is testing a hyperimmune globulin therapy, which is derived from blood plasma of
A 17-member group of doctors, public health experts, lawmakers and community activists will guide Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration on how to distribute a coronavirus vaccine — once one is available — equitably, safely and efficiently.
There are currently 11 vaccine candidates in the last phase of clinical trials testing for safety and efficacy, according to the New York Times vaccine tracker. Massachusetts’ own Moderna is currently conducting some of its trials at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Moderna and Pfizer are leading the pack, most likely to cross the finish line to a viable vaccine first, experts have said.
The advisory group held its first meeting last week and the governor’s office said its work will build on vaccine planning that has been underway since August.
Members are working closely with leaders from the Department of Public Health and adding to the commonwealth’s state-of-the-art Massachusetts Immunization Information System, which
The hospital is among 90 sites testing to see whether the prospective vaccine made by Moderna is safe and protects people against the coronavirus. The Cambridge biotech’s vaccine is among 11 candidates worldwide that have entered late-stage clinical trials.
“We want our study and enrollment to be representative of the epidemic and the communities disproportionately impacted,” said Baden, who is also one of three leaders of the national study.
Since the study began in the first week of August, Brigham and Women’s has recruited “many hundreds” of participants, he said, adding that he was not free to say exactly how many. Recruitment is continuing and is likely to be completed in “weeks, if not sooner,” Baden said.
Half the participants enrolled nationwide will receive the vaccine candidate, and half will get a placebo, in two injections 28 days apart. Then researchers will watch to see if those who received the
Oct. 6 (UPI) — Popular K-pop band Blackpink is under fire in their native South Korea for their depiction of nurses in a recent music video.
The Korean Nurses Association, South Korea’s oldest professional organization for nurses, said Tuesday in statement they condemn the sexualized image of a nurse in Blackpink’s music video Lovesick Girls, South Korean media service XSportsNews reported.
“One scene in the music video, where band member Jennie wears a nurse’s cap, a short skirt and high heels, turns nurses into sexual objects,” the group said, adding they sent a “letter of protest” to YG Entertainment, Blackpink’s agency.
On Tuesday, YG expressed “concern” and issued an apology. But the agency also defended creativity.
“The scene in which a nurse and patient appear reflect the lyrics,” the agency said, quoting the song’s lyrics, “No doctor could help when I’m lovesick.”
“There was no specific intention,” the agency said.
CHICAGO, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Preferred Podiatry Group (PPG) welcomes recent guidance from CMS and State-based Agencies that request that Long Term Care (LTC) Communities allow healthcare workers like Podiatrists to deliver care to patients in need.
“Over the past several weeks, I have seen residents in dire need of podiatric care,” said Dr. Brian Leykum, Regional Medical Director at PPG. “The postponement of Podiatry visits has led to a noticeable increase in wounds and infections. Thickened, overgrown nails and calluses have also altered the way many residents ambulate, altering their gait and increasing their chance of falling.”
PPG remains steadfast in providing much needed Podiatric care to residents in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team implemented strict infection control protocols to ensure the health and safety of staff and residents at LTC Communities.
“We have been shipping our Podiatrists adequate supplies of PPE so our
Alfardan Group in partnership with Northwestern Medicine, has ventured into the medical sector in the country with the opening of Alfardan Medical with Northwestern Medicine (AMNM), a patient-centric, ambulatory care centre at Lusail City.
The details of the new centre were announced at a webinar on Sunday, attended by officials of Alfardan Group as well as Northwestern Medicine.
Omar Hussain Alfardan, president and CEO of Alfardan Group; Dr Jessica Adam, chief medical officer of AMNM; Dr Daniel Derman from Northwestern Medicine and other officials took part in the webinar.
AMNM is the result of an international collaboration between Alfardan Group and US-based Northwestern Medicine. At AMNM’s state-of-the-art treatment facilities, service excellence, combined with advanced patient-centric care, is provided by a multinational medical team with top US medical talent making up a large proportion of the centre’s staff.
Omar Alfardan said: “The co-operation between us and Northwestern Medicine is built on
Have you ever participated in a group fitness class and thought, “Hey, this is fun! I wish I could lead this”? Group fitness instructors are needed and used in virtually every fitness area that exists. Zumba, indoor cycling, CrossFit, yoga, boot camp, kickboxing, pilates; you name it, group fitness instructors are present. While a lot of these areas don’t need to be completed in a group setting, many individuals find that participating in a class causes them to work harder, and learn faster, as they have more than one person from whom to learn.
The most successful fitness instructors have high energy, and are outgoing, friendly, and describe themselves as a “people person.” In addition to having certain characteristics, group instructors must also be very knowledgeable in whatever class they are leading. Most of these individuals must also be certified. Sometimes, the hardest part is deciding which activity to instruct. … Read More