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HEALTH CARE WEEK IN REVIEW: What To Know About Coronavirus Testing, Amazon Rolls Out Alexa Prescription Drugs Feature, Nation's NP Workforce Continues To Grow, Scientists Use Revolutionary Gene-Editing Tool To Edit Inside A Patient

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Expect to see a significant increase in identified COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks. After a false start and slow initial rollout, test kits for the new coronavirus are now becoming more widely available in the United States, which will most likely uncover cases that have gone undetected thus far. The CDC estimates they will have nearly one million test kits available by the end of the week.  Read More

Alexa, what are the side effects of my sertraline medication? Consumers can now ask questions about certain drugs such as side effects, drug interactions, precautions, and classification thanks to a new partnership between Amazon and First Databank. This represents another big push into health care for the tech behemoth, giving consumers another resource to arm themselves with important information about the medications they are taking.  Read More

According to a recent survey, the nation's nurse practitioner (NP) workforce grew by 20,000 in the past year, with more than 290,000 full-time NPs accounting for more than one billion patient visits. As the number of seniors increases and the demand for health care access grows, NPs are meeting that need in rural and urban areas across the nation.  Read More

• CRISPR has been making headlines throughout the year, but for the first time, scientists have used the gene-editing technique CRISPR to try to edit a gene while the DNA is still inside a person's body. The groundbreaking procedure involved injecting the microscopic gene-editing tool into the eye of a patient blinded by a rare genetic disorder, in hopes of enabling the patient to see.  Read More

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