Paths to a COVID-19 Cure

Three scenarios for curing COVID-19. Which one will be right?

We still have a lot of uncertainty about where things are heading with COVID-19. Thus, it is helpful to consider some of the possible scenarios that exist with regard to treating and preventing the disease.

Here is one such scenario analysis.

SynBioBeta is proud to partner with Leaps by Bayer to make a visual timeline for COVID-19 treatment and prevention. The scientific community is working around the clock, not only to protect us from COVID-19, but to prevent future strains from causing disruption and chaos.

We invite you to share this infographic with friends, family, and peers in your digital community, to bring much needed awareness to the synthetic biology solutions being developed, as well as the underlying science employed in developing both preventative measures and future treatments.

See the three paths below.

Paths to COVID-19 Cure

 

Next-Generation Nurses

Why nurses are great!!

Earlier this year, we reported some of the results of  the state of the U.S. healthcare system by  Wolters Kluwer.  But what about the state of U.S. nursing? That’s today’s discussion.

Wolters Kluwer on Next-Generation Nurses

Although the survey was done pre-COVID-19,  this report from Wolters Kluwer references the impact of COVID-19.  Let’s present a few highlights:

Social distancing. Panic buying. Flattening the curve. Those are some of the expressions we started using at the beginning of 2020.

And even though the lives of nurses across the world have changed dramatically — perhaps permanently — since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the words we use to describe nurses are still the same: Resilient. Selfless. Powerful.

Nurses are the true heroes who serve on the front lines of patient care. They bring not only care but also hope to patients in need. Even at times of great personal risk and under sometimes suboptimal conditions, the world’s nurses unite in a common mission to defeat an invisible enemy. And they have been at patients’ bedsides despite the lack of hospital equipment, the under preparedness, and in many cases, the necessary protective gear.

The survey results yield insights based on the views of a group of next- generation nurses (in practice less than 10 years) who are tuned in to today’s rapidly changing healthcare system. The responses reveal those nurses’ confidence and social savvy—qualities that are certainly helping them navigate the perils of the pandemic and that are also making them the best poised to navigate changing care models.

The survey results also show that these nurses are making their mark.  They’re bringing a new perspective on such topics as societal needs, the patient’s role in care, technology, the opioid crisis, and continuing education for nurses.

It’s become a very different world, but we hope we can learn from the generational characteristics of this committed group of nurses, who are among the best positioned to sustain the profession while becoming key architects of what the future healthcare system might look like.

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Rewarding Our Brains to Break Bad Habits

Two non-threatening animations from Dr. Jud

On Monday, we presented an infographic to help reduce anxiety. PLEASE take a look.

Now, we offer a brief discussion and two clever videos on changing bad habits by Jud Brewer, M.D., Ph.D.: “Dr. Jud [as he is called] is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University, as well as a research affiliate at MIT.”

As per Dr. Jud:

“How are habits formed? What is the biggest secret behind our mind’s choices? Why is it so hard to break some of our most unhelpful habits, including worry and panic during this challenging time? How can we upgrade our mind’s habit system?”

Video 1: The Habit Loop — Anxiety

The first animation deals with the three stages of the habit loop: trigger->behavior->reward.

Video 2: Breaking Bad Habits

The second animation notes some recent research that Dr. Jud’s lab has done to help people quit smoking and stop overeating. And it provides simple tips on how you can learn to leverage your own brain for habit change.