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  • COVID-19 rapid tests can breed confusion; here’s how to make sense of the results
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    COVID-19 rapid tests can breed confusion; here’s how to make sense of the results

    In a piece originally published on The Conversation, Nate Hafer, PhD, and Apurv Soni, MD, PhD'21, help allay confusion about how to get the most accurate results from COVID-19 rapid tests.

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  • Body piercings may be artistic, but they bring risks
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    Body piercings may be artistic, but they bring risks

    In an article written for The Conversation, dermatology resident Vijaya Daniel, MD, discusses the medical complications that can be associated with body piercing.

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  • Just how accurate are rapid antigen tests? Two testing experts explain the latest data
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    Just how accurate are rapid antigen tests? Two testing experts explain the latest data

    In an article written for The Conversation, Nate Hafer, PhD, and Apurv Soni, MD, PhD'21, explain the data regarding accuracy of rapid COVID tests, based on their extensive research as part of the RADx team.

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  • What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses?
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    What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses?

    Kavita Babu, MD, professor of emergency medicine, writes for The Conversation about illicitly manufactured fentanyl that is driving the increasing number of opioid overdose deaths.

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  • Why pregnant people should get vaccinated for COVID-19 – a maternal care expert explains
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    Why pregnant people should get vaccinated for COVID-19 – a maternal care expert explains

    In a piece written for The Conversation, Stacy Potts, MD, explains why pregnant people should get vaccinated against COVID-19, based on her clinical experience throughout the pandemic.

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  • First gene therapy for Tay-Sachs disease successfully given to two children
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    First gene therapy for Tay-Sachs disease successfully given to two children

    In a piece written for The Conversation, Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, talks about research leading to the first ever gene therapy for Tay-Sachs disease and the launch of the Translational Institute for Molecular Therapeutics at UMass Chan.

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  • Biden to expand access to at-home COVID kits: 4 essential reads on the critical role of rapid tests
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    Biden to expand access to at-home COVID kits

    Nate Hafer, PhD, explains how rapid tests are used to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Rapid tests play a crucial role in curbing COVID-19 infections – especially as people gather for the holidays
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    Rapid tests play a crucial role in curbing COVID-19 infections – especially as people gather for the holidays

    In a piece written for The Conversation, Nate Hafer, PhD, explains why rapid tests play a critical role in fighting COVID-19 and describes how they work.

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  • What’s the difference between a PCR and antigen COVID-19 test?
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    What’s the difference between a PCR and antigen COVID-19 test?

    In a piece written for The Conversation, Nate Hafer, PhD, explains the differences between PCR and antigen tests for SAR-CoV-2. He is part of the RADx research team at UMass Chan. 

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  • A direct recommendation from a doctor may help with vaccine hesitancy
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    A direct recommendation from a doctor may help with vaccine hesitancy

    Kathleen Mazor, EdD, and Kimberly Fisher, MD, talk to The Conversation about ongoing research into COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and what it will take to influence people to get their shot.

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