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    No idea... but as an example of the timelines of the supply chain, here is Minnesota's grid of what they ordered and when it is expected.
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    The Medical Thread: Vaccine Search / Staying Healthy / Treatments Etc

    It looks like at least one of the ongoing trials is testing it in patients with milder cases. https://tinyurl.com/ycjgx728 And researchers are continuing to investigate other treatments - UMN has around 20 studies in various stages of readiness (most are not yet recruiting).
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    Unfortunately that is true, although these days there's a movement away from cytotoxic therapies and toward immunotherapies. But a cancer cell is a cell that has mutated from a regular cell (e.g. melanoma cells are mutated from skin cells), which means they have originated from within the body...
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    The Medical Thread: Vaccine Search / Staying Healthy / Treatments Etc

    Studies using healthy volunteers are used to test a multitude of treatments (and depending on what the treatment is for, is sometimes even required prior to the treatment being tested in sick patients - we had a trial last year that the FDA requested we test in healthy volunteers, prior to...
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    Minnesota updates - UMN and Mayo clinic partnering to expand testing, potentially to 20,000 a day. Articles here and here.
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    Memes and humor to lift your spirits up

    Indiana weatherman's cat becomes the co-host: https://www.upworthy.com/betty-the-weather-cat-news-anchor
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    More information about the antibody testing performed by the Mayo Clinic and the U of Minnesota. (Note: the Bethesda Hospital mentioned in the article is the hospital that's fully dedicated to ***** patients).
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    Minnesota's Governor's plan sounds similar to some others that have been outlined above. From the article:
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    For the data crunchers, there's a dashboard project that tracks how many patients are currently in the hospital in the U.S. - so far about half of the states are reporting this data (the dashboard has information about cumulative hospitalizations for most states): https://tinyurl.com/twzm4g5
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    If anyone is interested in filling out a survey (it took me about 10) minutes to go through all the questions the University of Minnesota (Duluth campus) has one online: Take a survey to provide data that will help people face crises in the future. Dr. Mustafa al’Absi’s team in Duluth has...
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    A fast way to tell where (and what) clinical trials are being conducted (on any disease, actually) is to go to clinicaltrials.gov and then narrow the search by disease, then by drug and/or where you live. Here are the current ***** trials: https://tinyurl.com/r52wrdk In the US, all...
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    Memes and humor to lift your spirits up

    So very typical of Minnesota: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/04/07/daily-dose-of-sweetness-minnesotans-cant-stop-being-minnesotans-wont-take-last-of-anything
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    Governor of Minnesota just unveiled a dashboard to do just that.
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    University of MN & Mayo Clinic are also close to having an antibody test:
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    FDA is fast tracking review of treatments: https://tinyurl.com/v98zvxt This is interesting to me, since it affects my job - I'm still primarily supporting cancer research, but we're (cancer clinical trials) also being loaned out to Infectious Disease to help with regulatory and other writing...
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