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Statement from NIH and BARDA on the FDA Emergency Use Authorization of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson for its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, called Ad.26.COV2S or JNJ-78436725. The Janssen vaccine is a recombinant vector vaccine that uses a human adenovirus to express the spike protein found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Adenoviruses are a group of viruses that cause infections in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts; the adenovirus vector used in the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has been modified so it no longer can replicate in humans and cause illness. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the As

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Improving Efficiency To Meet Demand For Percutaneous Procedures

Demand for percutaneous procedures including ablations, biopsies and targeted drug delivery has expanded in recent years and is projected to continue to grow in the years ahead. Efforts to keep up with demand can present significant challenges to radiology teams and departments based on factors including limited availability of OR space to perform surgical procedures and limited time available from experienced radiologists.

In most cases, percutaneous procedures are performed manually. For smaller targets or efforts to access hard-to-reach locations in the body, procedures must often be performed by the most experienced radiologists. Even with years of experience, manual percutaneous procedures can have unpredictable procedure times and require multiple insertions when a needle must be removed, redirected, and reinserted to reach a target. These variables can limit the ability of IR

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Healthcare Innovation Eases Burden on ICU Staff

A cross-institutional team of physicians created a “COVID line team,” serving as a hub for placing central and arterial lines in critically ill COVID-19 patients, allowing ICU staff to concentrate on patient care.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Cedars-Sinai employees have stepped-up and stepped-in to support patients and colleagues alike. And while there has been no shortage of selflessness, one group of volunteers shines a bright light on both the innovation and teamwork spurring from the past 10 months of treating the sickest of patients.

"We saw a need and quickly identified a solution," said Evan Zahn, MD, a congenital heart disease expert, when recalling how the innovative idea came to be.

The medical innovation was first conceived by Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, executive director of the Smidt Heart Institute and the Mark S. Siegel Family Foundation Distinguished Professor, last

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'Shot in the Dark' Provides a Path Toward Collaborative Research That Better Predicts COVID-19 Severity

A chance phone call between a physician and an artificial intelligence expert at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has led to a neural network tool that can read X-rays and better predict potential health complications from COVID-19 and other causes.

Dr. Ayis Pyrros said his call three years ago to David Forsyth, a professor of computer science at UIUC's Grainger College of Engineering, was a "shot in the dark."

The radiologist for DuPage Medical Group only knew Forsyth as a leading expert in Artificial Intelligence. Their lack of a relationship didn't undo the excitement he had to form a collaborative research effort, though. His goal was to guide medical imaging in a new direction, one that could offset a few growing trends in this country's healthcare system.

Gaps in healthcare - especially inconsistencies in electronic medical record-keeping and difficulties in sharing pati

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