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What You Need To Know About The Delta Variant

For more than 40 years, UCI infectious disease researcher Michael Buchmeier has studied coronaviruses, and he’s one of the leading experts on SARS-CoV-2, the version of the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. As a more lethal mutation of the virus, called the delta variant, sparks another wave of cases, he offers his expertise about this threat.

How does the delta variant differ from the original form of the COVID-19 coronavirus?

The form of the original coronavirus is really not clear. If, as we think, SARS-CoV-2 appeared in humans after jumping from an animal host, such as a bat, then the sequence may have already contained mutations in its genome that allowed that species jump. Many of the so-called emerging diseases represent jumps from a zoonotic animal host to humans.

The power of this genetic flexibility is characteristic of RNA viruses. This flexibility results in the produ

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SIR Publishes New Position Statement And Quality Improvement Document On Percutaneous Lung Ablation

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) issued a new position statement on percutaneous lung ablation. The position statement was published in the August issue of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) with an accompanying quality improvement document, which establishes performance thresholds for patient safety.

“Minimally invasive, image-guided thermal ablation offers patients with early stage, non-small-cell lung cancer, recurring lung cancer, and metastatic disease a safe and effective treatment option,” said Mark Baerlocher, MD, SIR’s standards division councilor and an author of the position statement and quality improvement document.

“The two publications provide physicians with guidance on everything from patient selection to treatment delivery and post-treatment care and follow-up, ensuring high-quality care that improves patients’ lives,” said Baerlo

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New Partnership to Advance Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology

The American College of Radiology® Data Science Institute® (ACR DSI) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology announced a collaboration that will expand ACR DSI’s groundbreaking AI-LAB™ platform to include eye care. Leveraging use cases and data from the Academy, this collaboration will accelerate the use of machine learning in the ophthalmic industry to the benefit of patients across the globe.

“We’ve now made it easier for the ophthalmology community to access real world examples for our own use cases. By working together with ACR, we are leveraging a platform developed for the radiology community to educate our own community about AI development and encouraging new AI to be developed that will benefit our specialty,” said Tamara R. Fountain, MD, president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

The Academy will provide the ophthalmology content and the ACR will provide the IT inf

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United States Supports IAEA Cancer Activities with US $5 Million Contribution

The United States announced it will provide US $5 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for activities in support of cancer care in low- and middle-income countries, many of which lack adequate equipment and trained personnel to tackle a growing cancer burden.

“We are grateful to the government of the United States for this generous and most welcome contribution,” IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said. “Many countries count on the IAEA’s expertise and ability to deliver concrete assistance that directly impacts the lives of cancer patients. These funds will go where they are needed the most.”

Announced during an IAEA event to raise funds for cancer control projects, the U.S. contribution will support training and education, capacity building, procurement of equipment, and the promotion of innovative technologies. It includes US $500 000 for paediatric canc

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