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Last Posted: Jan-20-2022 10:33:30

There Will Be Another Variant. Here’s What the World Can Do Now.
J Nkengason, NY Times, January 20, 2022

SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, will continue to change and produce new variants. This is especially true as long as there are large groups of unvaccinated people around the world whom the virus can easily infect and use as hosts to replicate inside and mutate. Because of this, it’s impossible for a single country to end the pandemic alone.

In Sewage, Clues to Omicron’s Surge
E Anthes et al, NY Times, January 19, 2022

As the highly contagious Omicron variant pushes national coronavirus case numbers to record highs and sends hospitals across the country into crisis mode, public health officials are eagerly searching for an indication of how long this surge might last. The clues are emerging from an unlikely source: sewage. People who contract the coronavirus shed the virus in their stool, and the virus levels in local wastewater provide a strong, independent signal of how much is circulating in a given community.

A systematic review of geographical inequities for accessing clinical genomic and genetic services for non-cancer related rare disease
S Best, et al, EJHG, January 20, 2022

We undertook a systematic review searching for articles relating to geographical access to genetic/genomic services for rare disease. Searching the databases Medline, EMBASE and PubMed returned 1803 papers. Screening led to the inclusion of 20 articles for data extraction. Using inductive thematic analysis, we identified four themes (i) Current service model design, (ii) Logistical issues facing clinicians and communities, (iii) Workforce capacity and capability and iv) Rural culture and consumer beliefs.

Lynch syndrome
FORCE, January 2022

People diagnosed with Lynch syndrome have an increased risk for colorectal, endometrial and other cancers. Options are available for cancer treatment, screening and prevention for people with Lynch syndrome. If you have been diagnosed with Lynch syndrome, you have may questions about your medical care. This page has information on cancer risk, screening, prevention and treatment for people with an inherited mutation in a Lynch syndrome gene. We've compiled expert-reviewed resources to help you take steps to protect your own health and the health of your relatives. Click on each topic below to learn more

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