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Maybe They Need to Make It More Glamorous

Clinical trials in the US are suffering from a lack of patients, says the Los Angeles Times. Americans are not enrolling in clinical trials -- fewer than 5 percent of cancer patients enter clinical trials -- and this is partly due to patients not understanding that they will receive the standard of care, not a placebo, or receive standard care plus the experimental treatment. Some researchers are trying to boost enrollment by backing legislation to require insurance companies to pay for care during a clinical trial and by involving the patient in the process by including a patient advocate on the steering committee and briefing the patients on the study's outcome.

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Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.