More than a decade of virus research at the APS laid the groundwork for more effective COVID-19 vaccines

There is light at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic tunnel. Several vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 are now in clinical trials, with one—developed by Pfizer/BioNTech—already having been approved for emergency use in the United States. This has been the fastest development and rollout of any vaccine […]

Self-collected saliva samples prove effective for diagnosing COVID-19

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) have found that SARS-CoV-2 genetic material can be reliably detected in self-collected saliva samples at a rate similar to that of nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs. The rate of detection using saliva samples was similar across different testing platforms, and saliva samples remained […]

Peptides plus antibiotic combination may result in a more effective treatment for leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis is caused by the protozoan Leishmania parasites which are transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Although in rich countries this disease mainly affects dogs, in other countries it can wreak havoc on the health of humans, causing anything from ulcers to damage to the bone marrow, liver […]

Cognitive behavioral therapy delivered electronically more effective than face-to-face, says researchers

Cognitive behavioral therapy delivered electronically to treat people with depression is more effective than face to face, suggests an evidence review led by McMaster University. Based on randomized control trials, the systematic review and analysis revealed that cognitive behavioral therapy that connected therapists and patients through such modes as web-based […]

Researchers propose effective method for skin lesion segmentation

Skin lesion recognition is essential for melanoma diagnosis. However, different melanoma appearances and low contrast between the lesion region and normal skin complicate precise segment lesion region recognition.  According to the study published in Medical Image Analysis, researchers from the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and their collaborators […]