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Thursday, April 16, 2020

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Newswise Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Wire 16-Apr-2020

This special edition of the Newswise Wires provides up-to-date news and experts on the developing coronavirus outbreak known as COVID-19.

For more updates and resources on the coronavirus outbreak, see our Coronavirus Channel here.

Media Invited to Ask Qs - COVID-19 Update, April 16, 2020

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This live event will also be recorded and transcribed for use by media and communicators after it is concluded.


How Do Commonly Used Blood Pressure Medications Affect Outcomes Among Patients with COVID-19?

A new international trial will evaluate whether the use of medications to treat high blood pressure affect outcomes among patients who are prescribed the medication and hospitalized with COVID-19. Investigators will examine whether ACEI or ARBs help ...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Embargo expired on 16-Apr-2020 at 11:00 ET

Impaired Blood Clotting May Explain Higher COVID-19 Risk

A new review suggests that higher-than-normal levels of an enzyme involved in blood clot prevention may be a common risk factor for developing COVID-19—a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2—in some populations. The revi...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Physiological Reviews

Caring for Those Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Requires Vigilance

Early reports suggest the case fatality rate for those over 80, which constitutes nearly half of nursing home residents, is more than 15 percent. In areas where there is a shortage of ICU beds and respirators, even the most carefully thought out ethi...

– Florida Atlantic University

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Daddy day-care: new-look flexible work options, thanks to pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting flexible work on the table for thousands of fathers as they prove that working from home can be just as viable as working in a traditional office environment.

– University of South Australia

Wiley Online Library

Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

journal Science Advances; journal BMJ ; PLOS Biology; American Heart Association

Economic Impact of COVID-19 will Make the Fight Against Climate Change Harder

Measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus have reduced the demand for fuel and slashed oil prices. Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the chief long-term cause of climate warming, have slid perhaps by one-fifth and pollution is down, but ...

– University of California San Diego

UNC Health Workers Called to Join National PCORnet® Study to Fight COVID-19

The Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry launched this week, inviting U.S. health care workers to share clinical and life experiences in order to understand the perspectives and problems faced by those on the COVID-19 pande...

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Scientists developing portable viral tests for future pandemics

Iowa State University researchers are developing a portable, inexpensive technology that could allow people to test for the presence of a virus or antibodies without having to go to a medical facility. The technology is still about a year away, but i...

– Iowa State University

Parkdale Center and AANA Launch Free Virtual Support for Healthcare Professionals During COVID-19 Pandemic

Committed to supporting healthcare professionals serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parkdale Center and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) have launched the free “Support The Front” program to service healthcar...

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Hospital patients can do their part in COVID-19 fight

A clinical researcher, who has studied the lack of hygiene practices among hospital patients, is urging not just hospitals—but those who end up there—to do more to fight against the novel coronavirus, which had infected more than 2 million people...

Expert Available

– Case Western Reserve University

A Coronavirus Vaccine Is in the Works But Won’t Just Emerge Overnight

Supriya Munshaw, a senior lecturer at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, offers insights on the likely time frame for a coronavirus vaccine, the steps involved in developing one, the most promising candidates currently in the labs of biotech compan...

Expert Available

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School


Researchers Develop Potential COVID-19 Protease Inhibitors

Researchers at UC San Diego recently created a pharmacophore model and conducted data mining of the conformational database of FDA-approved drugs that identifies 64 compounds as potential inhibitors of the COVID-19 protease. Among the selected compou...

– University of California San Diego

ChemRxiv April-2020

Embargo expired on 15-Apr-2020 at 15:00 ET

ECMO Physicians Offer Guidance in the Context of Resource-scarce COVID-19 Treatment

Rapidly escalating numbers of COVID-19 patients suffering from respiratory failure threaten to overwhelm hospital capacity and force healthcare providers into making challenging decisions about the care they provide. Of particular interest is the rol...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Researchers Create New Tools for Disaster Response Volunteers

In the wake of a disaster, many people want to help. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Alabama have developed tools to help emergency response and relief managers coordinate volunteer efforts in order to do the mo...

– North Carolina State University

Omega: the International Journal of Management Science, Feb-2020

UCI team develops smartphone application for coronavirus contact tracing

Irvine, Calif., April 15, 2020 – On Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested that reopening the state’s economy will require six steps, the first of which involves “tracing and tracking individuals” in order to identify those who need ...

– University of California, Irvine

JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Apr-2020

Depression, anxiety may be side effects as nation grapples with COVID-19

Millions of Americans are being impacted by the psychological fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic aftermath

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

New England Journal of Medicine

Your nose may know more when it comes to COVID-19

A University of Cincinnati ear, nose and throat specialist says your nose may hold a clue in identifying COVID-19.

– University of Cincinnati

Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology

Staff at Berkeley Lab’s X-ray Facility Mobilize to Support COVID-19-Related Research

Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source X-ray facility has been recalled to action to support research related to COVID-19, the coronavirus disease that has already infected about 2 million people around the world.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Finding Credible Cancer Education Resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic

While most public, hospital and academic libraries are closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a wealth of information available online, especially for cancer patients seeking disease specific information. Rutgers Cancer Institute o...

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

A closer look at agriculture market interruptions during COVID-19

Disruptions caused to the food and agriculture sector’s supply chains by the COVID-19 pandemic are being analyzed by the Texas A&M AgriLife-led Center of Excellence for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense Center, or CBTS, a Depar...

– Texas A&M AgriLife

ORNL is in the fight against COVID-19

In the race to identify solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are joining the fight by applying expertise in computational science, advanced manufacturing, data science and neutr...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Pharmacists separate COVID-19 fact from fiction

UGA medication experts answer common questions they're receiving from patients

Expert Available

– University of Georgia

Are Contact Lenses a COVID-19 Infection Risk?

If you’re not supposed to touch your face, should contact lens wearers shift to glasses during the COVID-19 pandemic? David Chu, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, discusses contact lens safety precautions a...

Expert Available

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


COVID-19 may impact treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes

Individuals with diabetes are at increased risk for bacterial, parasitic and viral infections. New research published in Endocrine Reviews, a journal of the Endocrine Society, illuminates how intersections of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) and ...

– Endocrine Society

Endocrine Reviews

NYU Marron Institute report recommends ways to release prisoners early amid COVID-19 outbreak

The challenge of successful reentry of releasees into communities can be overcome, but many actions are needed first, the report says.

– New York University

Oak Ridge neutron facilities ramping up research to combat COVID-19

At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, it’s all-hands-on-deck for the world-leading experts in neutron scattering as they enter the fight against COVID-19. Researchers at the lab’s Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor have a plan of...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Coronavirus Testing Begins at the Weizmann Institute of Science

On April 12, the Weizmann Institute began using its cutting-edge PCR facilities to perform coronavirus testing after an agreement was reached with Israel's Ministry of Health.

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Making the Most of Your Groceries During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Tara Harman, RDN, has tips on how to stretch your groceries while saving money.

Expert Available

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Smoking Increases Risk for COVID-19 Complications—So It’s a Great Time to Quit

It is well known that smoking results in worse outcomes in people with pneumonia or influenza, and we are learning that smoking can pose significant risks in those with COVID-19.

Expert Available

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Policy and Public Affairs

AANA Urges Congress to Provide Front-Line Healthcare Workers Proper Compensation During Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain the physical and emotional well-being of front-line healthcare workers, many also are facing a financial burden and strain on their personal lives.

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center joins global clinical trial evaluating antiviral drug remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has begun enrolling participants in an international clinical trial evaluating an investigational antiviral drug, remdesivir, for treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

– Penn State College of Medicine

Penn Medicine Partners with Local Restaurants to Create Healthcare Meal Delivery Platform

Penn Medicine created a new meal delivery platform for frontline hospital staff called Nourished, to ensure safe and convenient access to local takeout meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nourished allows staff to easily order affordable meals from a...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

HEMEMICS Biotechnologies, Inc. Receives HHS Support to Develop Rapid Antigen, Antibody Diagnostic to Identify COVID-19 Infected Americans

Rapid Testing and Cloud-based Networking Allow Real-Time Outbreak Alerts for Health Agencies

– Hememics Biotechnologies Inc.

COVID-19 Concerns? FAU Medicine Now Offers Telehealth

FAU Medicine, a primary care practice in Boca Raton is now offering “virtual visits” (telehealth) with its physicians. These virtual visits can be related to preventive care, check-ups, follow-ups or acute illnesses, including supporting patient...

– Florida Atlantic University

Synapse Biomedical receives FDA emergency approval to use temporary breathing pacing device for COVID-19

Synapse Biomedical, a spin out company from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UH) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), has received FDA approval for emergency use of its TransAeris Diaphragmatic Pacing Stimulator System to help we...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

University Hospitals Surpasses $5 Million in Community Support in Fight Against COVID-19

More than $5 million in community giving is helping to support University Hospitals’ response to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Contributions from community hospital foundations, totaling $2.25 million, and a $1 million clinical research grant...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Mount Sinai Launches Personalized Online Learning Platform for Nurses on the Front Line of COVID-19 Fight

Project Florence enhances skills of nurses serving critically ill patients; curriculum is free to hospitals worldwide

– Mount Sinai Health System

Penn Nursing Offering New Telehealth Online Course Free to All Healthcare Providers

During these times of uncertainty, we’re all having to change what we do and how we do it—including health care providers who have had to swiftly migrate to telehealth to offer care that doesn’t require patients to travel and visit crowded faci...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

COVID-19: Researchers to model novel coronavirus for spread mitigation

In an effort to help mitigate the disruptive effects of the deadly COVID-19 virus, an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers are developing a novel methodology to analyze its spread and the impacts on policy with a goal of creating better-...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Expert Pitch

Media Invited to Ask Qs: COVID-19 Expert Panel Thursday, April 16 from 2-3 PM EDT

– Newswise

The Presence of ROBOTS during a global health crisis

– California State University, Fullerton

Household items, inexpensive workout gear are good alternatives to gym equipment during social distancing

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Rutgers Experts Available to Discuss Environmental Protection During COVID-19 Crisis

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Looking ahead, the United States has an obligation to help other countries fight the coronavirus

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

WashU Expert: Decrease in abuse hotline calls not a good sign

– Washington University in St. Louis

WashU Expert: What tax refunds tell us about use of CARES payments

– Washington University in St. Louis

India frees agriculture from lockdown, ending nutrition chokehold

– Cornell University

Healthcare safety expert: culture of PPE use and actively caring is critical

– Virginia Tech

Pandemic philosopher @FurmanU offers encouraging perspective through daily videos for the public

– Furman University

How families can use technology to juggle childcare and remote life during the COVID-19 pandemic

– University of Washington

Nonprofits Navigate Uncertain Times Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


Researchers develop models to track, forecast COVID-19

A team of Iowa State University researchers has developed a mathematical model that reveals critical characteristics about COVID-19—such as how contagious the virus is and how rapidly it spreads through populations.

– Iowa State University





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