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Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Newswise Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Wire 23-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 23, 2020

A Panel of Experts will discuss: Managing stress during crisis, Innovative ways tech is being used to help healthcare industry, and what is on the horizon for the U.S. economy. More information on the experts here.

Where: Newswise Live event space on Zoom -

Registration for media, as well as colleagues from participating Newswise member institutions

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


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

Circulation; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Patient Education and Counseling; npg Breast Cancer

COVID-19 and Your Heart

Sam Torbati, MD, has a message for anyone experiencing symptoms of heart disease in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic:"Either call your doctor or come to the Emergency Department. Don't take chances with heart disease." Torbati is worried that patie...

– Cedars-Sinai

Recognizing Your Asthma Is Not Well Controlled Is the First Step in Controlling it

Especially as asthma patients around the world deal with COVID-19, staying on course with their regular treatment in order to keep their asthma under control is more important than ever.

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Mount Sinai Researchers Collaborate with GenScript to Develop a COVID-19 Antibody to Treat Sick Patients

The highly targeted antibody may block the coronaviruses’ ability to enter human lung cells

– Mount Sinai Health System

Children Ages 5 to 18 Create Hundreds of 3D Printed PPEs and Donate Them to Local Hospitals

Over the last month, FAU elementary and high schools students ages 5 to 18, along with two faculty members, have worked tirelessly to create 3D printed face shields, intubation chambers and ear savers for several local hospitals in Palm Beach County....

– Florida Atlantic University

Unique System for Using UVC Light to Sterilize Masks in Bulk Developed at Rensselaer

The shortage of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) has been a persistent problem for medical and other front-line workers as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic at close range day after day. A team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Ins...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

UChicago Medicine doctors see ‘remarkable’ success using ventilator alternatives to treat COVID-19

Doctors at the University of Chicago Medicine are seeing “truly remarkable” results using high-flow nasal cannulas rather than ventilators and intubation to treat some COVID-19 patients. A team from UChicago Medicine’s emergency room took 24 CO...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Move it or lose it: Sitting around while avoiding COVID-19 creates other health risks, warns exercise researcher

Prolonged pandemic-related isolation, physical distancing and workplace closures are leading a McMaster University researcher to raise concern over the health impacts of inactivity.

Expert Available

– McMaster University


Gen Z's surprising response to remote learning

While studying student use of digital devices in college classrooms in the United States and Canada, Nebraska Professor Barney McCoy learned Generation Z students are using devices less often in the classroom than their millenial counterparts. His st...

– University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Journal of Media Education

Researchers identify cells likely targeted by COVID-19 virus

Researchers at MIT; the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard; and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; along with colleagues from around the world have identified specific types of cells that appear to be targets of the coronavirus that is cau...

– Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


New heart attack testing protocol expedites treatment in ER

A new protocol using highly sensitive blood tests to determine whether someone is having a heart attack

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Isn’t Sexually Transmitted

COVID-19 is unlikely to be spread through semen, according to University of Utah Health scientists who participated in an international study of Chinese men who recently had the disease. The researchers found no evidence of the virus that causes COVI...

– University of Utah Health

Fertility & Sterility

Action Needed to Prevent Long-term Damage to Pre-K Amid COVID-19 Crisis

A new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) warns of the long-term dangers to pre-K from the current health and economic crisis and points to the potential for bipartisan support to improve pre-K access and quality d...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

New Device Allows Clinicians to Safely Monitor Older Adults with COVID-19

MIT CSAIL device lets McLean Hospital clinicians monitor COVID-19 patients from a distance

– McLean Hospital

Georgia Tech Produces Key Components for Coronavirus Test Initiative

With not nearly enough coronavirus tests to go around, researchers usually seeking new scientific insights have reworked their labs to produce the enzymes for 3,000 new tests per day.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Rutgers Supplies Hospitals with PPE to Battle COVID-19

During the coronavirus pandemic, health care professionals worldwide are facing shortages of personal protection equipment (PPE). But faculty, students and staff from across Rutgers are coming together to produce face shields and intubation boxes the...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Personalized device could support multiple COVID-19 patients from a single ventilator

-M and Michigan Medicine researchers have invented an individualized vent-splitter that may allow multiple patients to receive customized pressures while sharing a single ventilator.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

New website charts daily COVID-19 spread across NYS

A website developed by a Cornell University team offers insight into the rate of coronavirus infections across New York state.

– Cornell University

UCI launches comprehensive COVID-19 resource site

Irvine, Calif., April 22, 2020 — To provide helpful advice and informative stories about life during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of California, Irvine has launched a comprehensive news site – – to serve Orange County an...

– University of California, Irvine

Amid Pandemic, Climate Scientists Imagine Earth Day 2070

Their responses underscore the reality of a world in concurrent crises, an undeniable need for action now and hope for the future.

Expert Available

– University of Notre Dame

What the Negative Oil Price Says About the Economy

The April 12 multinational coalition announcement to slash oil production amid the coronavirus crisis wasn’t enough, says energy economist Charles Olson at the University of Maryland, who describes the implications and dilemma for policymakers and ...

Expert Available

– University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Pandemic’s Effect on Undocumented Immigrants’ Health

A Rutgers expert discusses why immigrants are especially vulnerable during the pandemic

Expert Available

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Lopinavir/ritonavir and Arbidol not effective for mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults

An exploratory randomized, controlled study on the safety and efficacy of either lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r) or Arbidol--antivirals that are used in some countries against HIV-1 and to treat influenza , respectively--as treatments for COVID-19, the d...

– Cell Press


Keep children from hospital during crisis

With stressed hospital services, and concerns about the spread of COVID-19, experts are reminding carers of children and young people of the importance of adhering to supported chronic condition self-management plans from the safety of their home.

– Flinders University

Patient Education and Counseling

Expansion of world's cities creating 'new ecological niches' for infectious diseases

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Lincoln, UK, and York University, Canada, investigated how the global trend towards urbanisation has contributed to the rise in the total number of disease outbreaks per decade since the...

– University of Lincoln

Urban Studies

Marrying molecular farming and advanced manufacturing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine

UC San Diego nanoengineers received a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation to develop—using a plant virus—a stable, easy to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine patch that can be shipped around the world and painless...

– University of California San Diego

Stay Strong: Keeping Your Mind and Body Healthy

Efforts to contain the current pandemic have caused many of us to drastically, though temporarily, change our lifestyles. Learn how you can build in new routines to keep your mind and body active during this time.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Pivoting Critical Care Research to Help with the COVID-19 Pandemic

From a negative pressure helmet to enhanced protocols, investigators are adapting their research to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

University of Utah law professor searches for COVID-19 answers through push to share intellectual property

The pledge emerged as a response to reports that intellectual property was emerging as a barrier to research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapies for COVID-19, as well as the manufacture and deployment of lifesaving equipment and p...

Expert Available

– University of Utah


Cleveland Clinic Establishes Center for Global and Emerging Pathogens Research

Cleveland Clinic is establishing the Center for Global and Emerging Pathogens Research to broaden understanding of emerging pathogens – ranging from Zika virus to SARS-CoV-2 (which causes COVID-19) – and to expedite critically needed treatments a...

– Cleveland Clinic

UTHealth is joining forces with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and NIST on COVID-19 search engine effort

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has teamed up with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop search engines that will help stre...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The PALM Trial honored with the Society for Clinical Trials’ prestigious David Sackett Trial of the Year Award for 2020

Each year since 2008, SCT has awarded the David Sackett Trial of the Year Award to a randomized, controlled trial published (either electronically or in print) in the previous calendar year. The 2020 recipient is Pamoja Tulinde Maisha (PALM [“Toget...

– Society for Clinical Trials

AANA Partners with 24 Organizations to Ensure Access to Quality Patient Care

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has partnered with 24 national organizations to request HHS Secretary Alex Azar support key provisions of the U.S. president’s executive order #13890, which provides a path to the permanent remo...

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

AANA Joins Nursing Organizations to Thank and Encourage Governors in Removing Regulatory Barriers

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is one of seven organizations to endorse a statement on the pivotal role advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are playing in the care of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Expert Pitch

A contact-tracing app that helps public health agencies and doesn't compromise your privacy

– University of Washington

Buffalo State College's Peter Yacobucci on Changes at the Supreme Court

– SUNY Buffalo State

Ticks aren’t social distancing: Here’s how to protect yourself

– Cornell University

6 Tips for Clinicians to Promote Self-Care

– McLean Hospital

Economist Available to Discuss New Immigration Order

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Businesses need to consider health, financial situation of employees in return to work amidst COVID-10

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

COVID-19 and the Ethical Questions it Poses

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

In-home COVID-19 tests without contact tracing is ‘bad public health’

– Cornell University

UC San Diego Health Emergency Departments Equipped to Safely Treat all Patients During Global Pandemic

– University of California San Diego Health

Expert available to discuss ways to talk to your child about missing out due to COVID-19

– Indiana University

Experts offer tips for preserving food during COVID-19

– Virginia Tech

UCLA Health experts advise on how we can protect ourselves from COVID-19

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Love Under Lockdown: How Couples Can Cope During COVID-19

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Lauren Clark, PhD, RN, quality of life expert in issues for persons with developmental disabilities, can speak to their vulnerabilities during COVID.

– UCLA School of Nursing

With executive order, Trump advances restrictive policies for immigrants, refugees

– Cornell University

Public health experts explain what our new normal will look like

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Rutgers Experts Can Discuss Food Shortages Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

EU seeks path towards recovery, but populist forces lurk

– Cornell University


Penn State engineer aims to tackle COVID-19 from two angles

– Penn State College of Engineering





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