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Trials, Audio Diary from Epidemiologist helping UK Hospital

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 2 excellent BBC World Service programmes I heard last night

the first centres around an audio diary kept by a hospital doctor which he started the week before lockdown.

last night was episode 8.

very revealing and sensitive radio

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"The way we treat those with Covid-19 looks set to change. Doctors are looking ahead to a time, not too far off, when anyone with early symptoms will be able to drive to a testing centre, get swabbed and an instant result, and then receive a prescription for a combination of effective drugs before the worst of their symptoms take hold. Winifred Robinson hears from doctors and patients, including the first patient in the United Kingdom to take part in one of the new trials.

With the death toll from this pandemic still rising across the world, clinical trials that would have taken years to approve and carry out are being done in weeks. Bradford Royal Infirmary has been recruiting for the United Kingdom-wide Recovery Trial, which involves thousands of patients at 165 hospitals. When 18-year-old Marium Zummer was rushed to hospital with symptoms of Covid-19, doctors feared she might need to be placed on a ventilator. Her father begged for her to be given one of the new treatments, and Winifred follows her progress.

This series comes from a hospital in the North of England, with recordings made by Dr John Wright, who works there. Hes an epidemiologist and has helped the hospital prepare and cope with a huge influx of patients. The hospital layout has been redesigned to try to keep Covid and non-Covid patients apart, but without a testing system that delivers results within hours, its proving hard to rule out the risks of infection taking place. This is becoming more of an issue as the hospital increasingly opens up for non-urgent care."


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct0t4l

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Re: Trials, Audio Diary from Epidemiologist helping UK Hospital
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2020, 01:35:02 PM »
the second was an item in Digital Planet

Covid-19 treatment trials in AI
It is possible to do drug trials in vitro and in vivo but what about simulating them? The Cambridge-based company AI VIVO uses machine learning and AI to model diseased cells and their potential treatments. For Covid-19, they screened 90,000 different compounds to find out which drugs could be effective against the virus. Could this be a new way to discover drug treatments? Gareth speaks to David Cleevely to find out how it works.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csz97y