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Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Newswise Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Wire

 

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, May 28, 2020

College of American Pathologists and Newswise Live present an expert panel discussion Testing, Testing, and More Testing. What’s the status of current COVID-19 testing capacity, what kinds of tests are available, why tests are so crucial as we return to business, sport school and life. 

More information on the experts here

Where: Newswise Live event space on Zoom - https://newswiselive.zoom.us/j/7459578068

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.


28-May-2020


Gene Therapy Program at Penn Medicine Joins AAVCOVID Vaccine Project

The internationally-renowned Gene Therapy Program at the University of Pennsylvania is joining the AAVCOVID vaccine program led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), members of Mass General Brigham. AAVCOVID is a uniq...

– Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Embargo expired on 28-May-2020 at 08:00 ET


AAVCOVID Vaccine Program from Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General Enters Manufacturing Agreement with Gene Therapy Leader AveXis, a Novartis Company

AveXis, will lead the manufacturing efforts of the new AAVCOVID vaccine, utilizing its cutting-edge AAV technology for treatment of rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. AveXis has the option to manufacture the AAV vaccine for addi...

– Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Embargo expired on 28-May-2020 at 08:00 ET


AAVCOVID Vaccine Program Expands Manufacturing Agreements with Gene Therapy Industry Partners Viralgen, Aldevron, and Catalent

The AAVCOVID vaccine program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital has entered into manufacturing agreements with Viralgen, Aldevron and Catalent in order to support manufacturing of the experimental vaccine for clinical stu...

– Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Embargo expired on 28-May-2020 at 08:00 ET


Association for Molecular Pathology Releases Preliminary Results to Nationwide SARS-CoV-2 Molecular Testing Survey

The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), the premier global, molecular diagnostic professional society, today released the preliminary results of its April 2020 SARS-CoV-2 Testing Survey for clinical laboratories. The anonymous survey was creat...

– Association for Molecular Pathology

APRIL 2020 SARS-CoV-2 Testing Survey


Queen's research finds an increase in faith online during the coronavirus pandemic

A research study from Queen’s University Belfast has revealed how faith leaders and communities on the island of Ireland adapted and responded to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

– Queen's University Belfast

Irish Council of Churches


As hospitals walk the tightrope of patient data-sharing, one system offers a new balance

Every major medical center in America sits on a gold mine of patient data that could be worth millions of dollars to companies that could use it to develop new treatments and technologies. A new framework could help them do so more responsibly, going...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

New England Journal of Medicine, May 28, 2020


Study Shows Uptick in At-Home Pediatric Fractures During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 social distancing measures, including the closure of schools and parks and the indefinite cancellation of team sports, have led to a nearly 60% decrease overall in pediatric fractures but an increase in the proportion of fractures sustained ...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics


Robotic Cats Are ‘Purr-fect’ Companions for Seniors Isolated Due to COVID-19

Researchers provide the “purr-fect” solution to comfort and engage older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias (ADRD) during the pandemic – interactive robotic cats. Designed to respond to motion, touch and sound, these ...

– Florida Atlantic University


Laser, Biosciences Researchers Combine Efforts to Study Viruses in Droplets

Laser and biology experts at Berkeley Lab are working together to develop a platform and experiments to study the structure and components of viruses like the one causing COVID-19, and to learn how viruses interact with their surrounding environment...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


The Medical Minute: When working from home equals lack of sleep

In the rush to adjust to a work-from-home lifestyle, some people have made choices regarding sleep that are leaving them bleary-eyed morning, noon and night. A Penn State Health expert offers nine tips to reclaim a good night’s sleep.

– Penn State Health


Remdesivir trial at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center shows promise, adds second therapy to protocol

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has enrolled its first patients in the continuation of a clinical trial using the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19.

– Penn State College of Medicine

27-May-2020


Analysis Does Not Find Two Distinct Subphenotypes of COVID-19 Related ARDS

In a new paper published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, researchers have been unable to produce two theorized subphenotypes of COVID-19 related acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Scientists previously proposed that t...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Annals of the American Thoracic Society


Taking Inventory of Which Drugs the World Is Using to Treat COVID-19

New research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania catalogued every use documented in medical literature so far and found physicians have reported on the use of more than 100 different off-label and experimental treat...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Infectious Diseases and Therapy


A simple and readily available saline solution can reliably transport COVID-19 samples to testing labs

In the face of dwindling supplies of virus transport media, cheap and readily available phosphate buffered saline can be used to safely store and transport coronavirus samples for up to 18 hours, reports The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics; U01AI22285 (MJB), U01HL133817 (JC), UL1TR003017 NCATS (RAP), UH3AI122309 (MLG), P30ES005022 (JR, EB, AB, JT, RP), R01HL149450 (MLG), K23AR070286 (DBH)...


Modelling confirms: Isolating the ill and prioritising remote work are key strategies in combating the coronavirus

This release concerns conclusive results from a research project that was put together to model the potential spread of coronavirus through air particles in indoor public spaces such as supermarkets (https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/researchers-modelling...

– Aalto University

Arxiv.org


Study uncovers clues to COVID-19 in the brain

A study by University of Cincinnati researchers and four Italian institutions reviewing neuroimaging and neurological symptoms in patients with COVID-19 may shed light on the virus's impact on the central nervous system.

– University of Cincinnati

Radiology


Two anti-inflammatory drugs found that inhibit the replication of the COVID-19 virus

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its rapid spread, the scientific community has been working on developing an effective treatment for the virus responsible for the disease.

– Universitat Rovira i Virgili

International Journal of Molecular Sciences


Drastic Changes in Social Lives Raise Future Mental Health Concerns

People’s social lives aren’t what they used to be. But exactly how they’ve changed and what it might mean for mental health is what psycho-linguistic researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are trying to figure out in the Pandemic Proj...

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Pandemic Project


Pediatric scoring scale helps surgeons decide whether to operate during COVID-19 delays

Pediatric surgeons have modified an evaluation tool for use in pediatric patients that allows surgeons to prioritize operations during COVID-19.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS)


Researchers use ALCF resources to model the spread of COVID-19

Argonne researchers lead highly detailed COVID-19 modeling efforts to understand how the virus spreads through populations.

– Argonne National Laboratory


‘With This Ring,’ Scientists Hope to Predict COVID-19 in Healthcare Workers

A three-pronged approach will help to predict COVID-19 infection in healthcare workers. At the center of it all – a ring, which tracks vitals such as heart rate and temperature and alerts the user that they might be getting sick without even realiz...

– Florida Atlantic University


Houston Methodist Psychologist shares his advice on managing COVID19-related stress and anxiety

COVID-19 has caused social isolation, a disruption in routine and a fear in many that they will catch the virus. This type of sudden change can induce stress and anxiety. However, Houston Methodist psychologist, William Orme, Ph.D., says there are wa...

– Houston Methodist


Taming COVID-19 Requires Urgent Search for Both Vaccine and Treatment

While scientists around the world search for a coronavirus vaccine, an equivalent effort should be made to develop drugs that would mitigate the virus’s effects on patients, says Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Senior Lecturer Bonnie Robeson, w...

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School


UVA Darden Experts Offer Advice for Cultivating Mental Resilience During the Pandemic

Darden experts offer advice for cultivating mental resilience

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business


Student-Built Program Supports Thousands During Remote Learning Experience

In the spring 2020 semester, more than 2,000 students and 242 professors, teaching assistants and mentors relied on Submitty, the open-source tool designed and built by students, faculty, and teaching assistants at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. ...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Exploring the Zoonotic Origins of COVID-19

Around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a lot of dialog surrounding its zoonotic origins, or its transmission from animals to humans. A new study explores how zoonotic origins are communicated can influence risk perception and preventati...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)


Models for Incorporating Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

To help answer major questions about COVID19, governments have been reaching out to epidemiologists, medical practitioners and others who have some expertise in disease modeling in order to better understand the trajectory of the virus and its impact...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)


The Pandemic’s Byproduct: Work-Life Integration, At Last

Dr. Mara B. Antonoff shares how working from home and virtual meetings have improved her work-life balance and advocates for keeping some of these protocols in place after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

Expert Available

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

26-May-2020


Chinese, American scientists leading efforts on COVID-19

Despite the political tensions between the United States and China, scientists in the two countries are working together more than ever to study the COVID-19 virus, a new study suggests.

– Ohio State University

SSRN


Montefiore and Einstein Test a New Drug Combination to Conquer COVID-19

Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine have begun the next stage of the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT), to evaluate treatment options for people hospitalized with severe COVID-19 infection. The new iteration of the...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine

New England Journal of Medicine


Health System in Pandemic Epicenter Identifies Outcomes and New Risk Factors of Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19

A team of investigators at NYU Langone Health determined that just over half of 5,279 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized -- and nearly a quarter of those hospitalized died or were discharged to hospice, including 60 percent w...

– NYU Langone Health

The BMJ


High Rates of COVID-19 on American Indian Reservations – Water and Language Barriers Affect Risk

Early in the pandemic, American Indian Reservations have experienced a disproportionately high incidence of COVID-19 infections: four times higher than in the US population, reports a study in the July/August issue of the Journal of Public Health Man...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice


Peer-reviewed data shows remdesivir for COVID-19 improves time to recovery

The investigational antiviral remdesivir is superior to the standard of care for the treatment of COVID-19, according to a report published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

– NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

The New England Journal of Medicine


Dementia gene raises risk of severe COVID-19

Having a faulty gene linked to dementia doubles the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to a large-scale study.

– University of Exeter

Journal of Gerontology, Medical Sciences


Mobile Life Support Delivered to Area Hospitals During COVID-19 Pandemic

UC San Diego Health has deployed a mobile ECMO life support system to help sustain critically-ill patients during the pandemic.

– University of California San Diego Health


Experts available to comment on racial and social inequality in COVID-19 health care

As all 50 U.S. states ease economic restrictions implemented in response to the coronavirus, health and policy experts are braced for a potential second wave of COVID-19. Based on the first phase of the crisis, the hardest-hit populations are anticip...

Expert Available

– Indiana University


COVID-19: A wake-up call for the need for new antiviral weapons

Even after heroic medical and societal efforts finally break the back of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the global sigh of relief may not last long. The chilling reality is that viral threats are growing more common. And they’re getting deadlier. ...


Expert Available

– Morgridge Institute for Research

25-May-2020


Public Disclosure of COVID-19 Cases Is More Effective than Lockdowns

South Korea is a standout in the current battle against COVID-19, largely due to its widespread testing and contact tracing; however, key to its innovation is publicly disclosing detailed information on the individuals who test positive for COVID-19....

– University of California San Diego

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Embargo expired on 25-May-2020 at 01:00 ET


New report shows survival of the fittest and most agile will make or break retailers as lockdown eases

Customers panic buying in droves, running out of stock on many basic essentials, and imposing product purchase restrictions may now be less of a headache for retailers, but plenty of other hurdles lie ahead as life slowly returns to some semblance of...

– University of Bristol

Journal of Business Research


Evidence shows cloth masks may help against COVID-19

The international research team examined a century of evidence including recent data, and found strong evidence showing that cloth and cloth masks can reduce contamination of air and surfaces.

– McMaster University

Annals of Internal Medicine


Total revamp needed to secure the future of Aussie tourism

A complete reset of Australia’s tourism industry is necessary to ensure its future success, according to global tourism expert, Professor Marianna Sigala at the University of South Australia.

– University of South Australia


Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C): What You Need to Know

A panel of University of Utah Health and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital experts answered questions about what is known about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) so far.


Expert Available

– University of Utah Health


Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19

Story tips from Johns Hopkins Medicine experts on Covid-19

Expert Available

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

22-May-2020


VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: How COVID Changed Healthcare: Newswise Live Expert Panel May 21, 2020

Healthcare After COVID: what's changing about the healthcare system to adapt, what areas are under strain, the mental health of healthcare workforce, closures and job losses, adoption of telehealth and how to safely restore routine healthcare service...

– Newswise

Embargo expired on 22-May-2020 at 08:25 ET


COVID-19 Care is (Mostly) Free to Patients. Should Other Vital Care Be Too?

This spring health insurance companies, large employers, and state and federal governments, pivoted rapidly to make COVID-19 tests, treatments and even future vaccines free, or nearly free, for the people covered by their plans. A team that has work...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan


Preventing ‘Cytokine Storm’ May Ease Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

A clinical trial in people with the new coronavirus is testing a drug that may halt an overactive immune response before it ramps up.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Nature; Journal of Clinical Investigation


The Lancet: First human trial of COVID-19 vaccine finds it is safe and induces rapid immune response

The first COVID-19 vaccine to reach phase 1 clinical trial has been found to be safe, well-tolerated, and able to generate an immune response against SARS-CoV-2 in humans, according to new research published in The Lancet.

– Lancet

The Lancet


Placentas from COVID-19-positive pregnant women show injury

he placentas from 16 women who tested positive for COVID-19 while pregnant showed evidence of injury, according to pathological exams completed directly following birth, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

– Northwestern University

American Journal of Clinical Pathology


Viewing COVID-19 through the lens of data science

Multidisciplinary study of the COVID-19 pandemic and its wide-ranging impact has become an urgent endeavor worldwide. To further and deepen global understanding of the crisis, the Harvard Data Science Review (an open access platform of the Harvard Da...

– MIT Press

Harvard Data Science Review


Convalescent Plasma Is A Potentially Effective Treatment Option for Patients Hospitalized With COVID 19, According to Early Data

Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who received convalescent plasma demonstrated improved survival and were more likely than matched control patients to remain the same or have improvements in their supplemental oxygen requirements, according to a s...

– Mount Sinai Health System

medRxiv


What we can learn from SARS

Seventeen years ago, another viral outbreak was in the news. People wore masks, many were nervous to fly. This outbreak, known as SARS, was caused by a type of coronavirus we now call SARS-CoV-1. The difference was that SARS-CoV-1 was controlled and ...

– La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Trends in Microbiology; INV-006133

21-May-2020


Social isolation linked to more severe COVID-19 outbreaks

Regions of Italy with higher family fragmentation and a high number of residential nursing homes experienced the highest rate of COVID-19 infections in people over age 80, according to a new study published May 21, 2020 in the open-access journal PLO...

– PLOS

PLOS ONE

Embargo expired on 21-May-2020 at 14:00 ET


LLNL providing critical assistance in addressing national swab shortage for COVID-19 testing

To address the nationwide shortage of specialized nasal swabs used for COVID-19 diagnoses, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory engineers formed an ad hoc, rapid response team that tested more than a dozen novel, 3D-printed swab designs from a gras...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Healthcare rationing could see ‘unlawful deaths' from COVID-19, researchers claim

Current medical guidelines risk unlawful deaths of patients – with doctors, hospitals, and even the government potentially liable – if a second peak forces hard choices due to shortages of ventilators and other critical care resources.

– University of Cambridge

Journal of Medical Ethics


Latest Columbia COVID-19 Projections: Delayed Response to Rebound Would Cost Lives

New projections from Columbia University scientists find that delays in reimplementing social distancing following a relaxation of control measures could result in a stronger rebound of COVID-19 infections and deaths. If control measures had been in ...

– Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

MedRxiv


Despite COVID-19, Memorial Day traffic one of the deadliest

...

– West Virginia University

BMC Research Notes


APA Stress in America Report: High Stress Related to Coronavirus is the New Normal for Many Parents

Nearly half of parents of children under age 18 say their stress levels related to the coronavirus pandemic are high, with managing their kids’ online learning a significant source of stress for many, according to a new survey by the American Psych...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Stress in America 2020: Stress in the Time of Coronavirus, Volume One


COVID-19 Evidence and Strategies for Orthopaedic Surgeons: The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Shares Update

How should orthopaedic surgeons respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? A review in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery analyzes evidence and strategies for managing the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus – including critical lessons from past pandemics. The journal...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery


Stroke rates among COVID-19 patients are low, but cases are more severe

The rate of strokes in COVID-19 patients appears relatively low, but a higher proportion of those strokes are presenting in younger people and are often more severe compared to strokes in people who do not have the novel coronavirus, while globally r...

– American Heart Association (AHA)

Stroke


High doses of vitamin D supplementation has no current benefit in preventing or treating COVID-19

Scientists from the UK, Europe and the USA, including experts from the University of Birmingham, have published a vitamin D consensus paper warning against high doses of vitamin D supplementation.

– University of Surrey

BMJ, Nutrition, Prevention and Health


New Study Finds That Access to Education and Markets Vital for Coastal Fishing Communities Adapting to a Warming and Changing World

A new study investigating the links between coastal communities and coral reefs in Kenya and Madagascar has found that access to education and markets can help mitigate acute vulnerabilities for communities struggling with poverty and reliant on ecos...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Environmental Science & Policy


Life at Home During the Pandemic

While many Americans agree that the coronavirus is changing life at home on an unprecedented scale, men and women report significant differences in their views and behavior, according to the first comprehensive study of the social and cultural impact...

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism


ISPOR Holds Its First Completely Virtual Conference

ISPOR concluded its Virtual ISPOR 2020 conference yesterday—its first completely virtual conference. The conference was redesigned as an online event when the COVID-19 pandemic required a necessary cancellation of the in-person conference.

– ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Virtual ISPOR 2020, May-2020


During COVID-19, Telehealth Reconnects Patients with Health Care Providers

During COVID-19, UC San Diego Health expanded telehealth to provide patients with safe and convenient access to appointments with their health care providers. Video visits expanded by more than 50-fold.

– University of California San Diego Health


Researchers Collaboratively Test Mask Effectiveness to Fight Spread of COVID-19

Faculty members at Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are examining both intermediate materials and finished masks from a multidisciplinary approach.

– Texas Tech University


Responding to the response: Anthropologist conducting survey to gauge Americans' feelings on the country's response to COVID-19

Medical anthropologist Lisa Hardy knows a complex global problem like the coronavirus pandemic requires interdisciplinary solutions, so she put her experience in measuring community engagement and resilience to use collecting real-time data into what...

– Northern Arizona University


Your Ophthalmologist is Ready to See You

As all 50 states begin to reopen to some degree, the American Academy of Ophthalmology wants to share how ophthalmologists are working to protect their patients and staff.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)


Telehealth visits: What if you need an X-ray?

LifeBridge Health, in continuing to provide care while keeping patients and team members safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, is embracing telehealth visits.

– LifeBridge Health


COVID-19: How best to handle eyewear

If you wear contact lenses, eyeglasses or safety glasses, you may be wondering how to best handle eyewear to protect from the coronavirus (COVID-19) and other infections.

Expert Available

– LifeBridge Health


Tracking COVID-19: New research app will help trace the spread of the virus

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the U.S., a new free research app is hoping to slow the outbreak of the disease by tracking symptoms of millions across the country. To bring the app home to Texans, researchers at The University o...

Expert Available

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

20-May-2020


ASTRO survey: Fewer patient visits despite enhanced COVID-19 safety measures for radiation oncology clinics

Despite facing challenges such as limited access to PPE during the COVID-19 outbreak, radiation oncology clinics quickly implemented safety enhancements that allowed them to continue caring for cancer patients, according to a new national survey from...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)


Most young people with increased suicide risk only display ‘mild to moderate’ mental distress – study

• Around 70% of young people who report self-harming or suicidal thoughts are within normal or non-clinical range of mental distress. • First study to suggest ‘prevention paradox’ in mental health: tiny wellbeing improvements in entire po...

– University of Cambridge

BMJ Open


The UK Public want the NHS to be the controlling body in Covid-19 contact-tracing app – says new research

The public have massive trust in the NHS, who should have control and access to data in the Covid-19 contact-tracing app, according to new research by researchers in WMG at the University of Warwick, and at the University of Birmingham.

– University of Warwick

“Speak for Yourself! Attitudes to contact tracing applications in the context of COVID 19: results from a nationally representative survey of the UK population”


New Study Evaluates the COVID-19 Impact on Imaging Volumes

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic many radiology departments have experienced a rapid decline in imaging case volumes. This new study, funded by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and published online in Journal of the American College o...

– Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

Journal of the American College of Radiolog, May 2020


Computer science student builds website to track COVID-19 in India

In the midst of the global pandemic, a student at Binghamton University, State University of New York is helping India keep track of COVID-19 infection rates.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York


Overcoming challenges of individuals with autism spectrum disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Adrien A. Eshraghi and University of Miami Health System coauthors published a new correspondence titled COVID-19: overcoming the challenges faced by individuals with autism and their families in The Lancet Psychiatry. In this commentary, the au...

– University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

COVID-19: overcoming the challenges faced by individuals with autism and their families in The Lancet Psychiatry


Covid-19 Patients May Have Lower Stroke Rates Than Previously Suggested

Fewer people than previously reported suffer from stroke as a result of COVID-19, a new analysis finds. However, strokes that accompany the pandemic virus, SARS-CoV-2, appear to be more severe.

– NYU Langone Health

Stroke


COVID-19 tests compared

In an important, comprehensive, and timely review, an expert team from the University of California Berkeley details the methodologies used in nucleic acid-based tests for detecting the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

– Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

RNA


BIDMC-developed vaccines protect against COVID-19 in non-human primates, study finds

Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) and colleagues reported today in Science two studies of laboratory monkeys that suggest antibodies produced during recovery from COVID-19 provide immunity from the virus, whether ...

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Science; OD024917; AI129797; AI124377; AI128751; AI126603; AI135098; AI007387; AI007151; 272201700036I-0- 759301900131-1; AI100625...


Low Rate of COVID-19 Found in Women Admitted for Childbirth at Cedars-Sinai

A study conducted by investigators at Cedars-Sinai suggests that universal testing of asymptomatic pregnant women in labor may not be necessary at every hospital. The investigation was prompted by reports from several large hospitals in New York City...

– Cedars-Sinai

Obstetrics & Gynecology


Statistical approach to COVID-19 clinical trials aims to accelerate drug approval process

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have published a pair of studies in a COVID-19 special issue of the Harvard Data Science Review, freely available via open access, describing new methods...

– MIT Press

Harvard Data Science Review


Using Machine Learning to Estimate COVID-19’s Seasonal Cycle

One of the many unanswered scientific questions about COVID-19 is whether it is seasonal like the flu – waning in warm summer months then resurging in the fall and winter. Now scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are ...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


iTHRIV seeks to address COVID-19 information gap in Virginia

The Integrated Translational Health Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) has developed an online tool to collect COVID-19 information from volunteers who live in Virginia.

– University of Virginia Health System


This COVID-19 Detector Has Berkeley Lab Roots

A technology spun from carbon nanotube sensors discovered 20 years ago by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists could one day help healthcare providers test patients for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-C...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Diversity experts say COVID-19 has exacerbated class, racial disparities

Face coverings, one of the recommended strategies to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, can evoke “mental gymnastics” for some groups—particularly those in communities who are already viewed with suspicion, according to a diversity expert at W...

– West Virginia University


Penn State's supercomputer takes on COVID-19 — and its aftermath

Penn State researchers will need the power of supercomputers not just to investigate possible treatments and therapies for the novel coronavirus, but also to explore ways to help the world recover socially, economically and psychologically.

– Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences


How to Help Your Teen During COVID-19

Teens are missing out on once-in-a-lifetime milestones like prom and graduation. Our expert offers advice on how to help teens cope with their sadness and grief.

– Children's Hospital Los Angeles


Center offers COVID-19 training and resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorder

The HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training & Resource Center at IUPUI launched a Coronavirus Hub for educators, families, and medical professionals to assist them in helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder cope during the pandemic.

– Indiana University


Tip of the Iceberg: Existing Racial Inequalities in Death from COVID-19 Will Soar

Lifesaving innovations for COVID-19 will only markedly increase the already existing racial inequalities, if public health initiatives for equitable dissemination throughout all communities are not immediately developed. The introduction of drugs for...

– Florida Atlantic University

The American Journal of Medicine


Innovative Approaches to Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Healthcare

ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research held its third and final Virtual ISPOR 2020 plenary session this afternoon, “On the Road to Enhanced Cost-Effectiveness Analysis—New Directions, New Milestones.”

– ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Virtual ISPOR 2020, May-2020

19-May-2020


Researchers Urge Clinical Trial of Blood Pressure Drug to Prevent Lethal Complication of Covid-19

Researchers in the Ludwig Center at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center report they have identified a drug treatment that could—if given early enough—potentially reduce the risk of death from the most serious complication of Coronavirus diseas...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of Clinical Investigation


Children Not Immune to Coronavirus; New Study from Pandemic Epicenter Describes Severe COVID-19 Response in Children

While most children infected with the novel coronavirus have mild symptoms, a subset requires hospitalization and a small number require intensive care. A new report from pediatric anesthesiologists, infectious disease specialists and pediatricians a...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Journal of Pediatrics


Cooperation Can Be Contagious Particularly When People See the Benefit for

Seeing someone do something good for someone else motivates witnesses to perform their own helpful acts, an insight that could help drive cooperative behavior in communities navigating through the health crisis.

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

APA PsycNet


Is your job killing you? Stress, lack of autonomy and ability can lead to depression and death

As millions continue working from home during the pandemic or are required to report to jobs as essential employees, many have raised questions about how these work conditions impact our health -- and not just as they relate to COVID-19. A new study ...

– Indiana University

Applied Psychology


High rate of blood clots in COVID-19

COVID-19 is associated with a high incidence of venous thromboembolism, blood clots in the venous circulation, according to a study conducted by researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), UK.

– University of Sussex

Clinical Medicine Journal


Rutgers Pediatricians Decry Decline of Child Immunizations Due to COVID-19

Rutgers Pediatricians discuss in Q&A how parents can help keep up to date with vaccinations during the coronavirus crisis.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Partial measures compromise effectiveness of efforts to combat COVID-19

Comprehensive implementation of COVID-19 infection prevention measures boosts their effectiveness, while partial implementation compromises it.

– University of Tsukuba

Transactions of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence


UCI physicists exploring use of Blu-ray disc lasers to kill COVID-19, other viruses

Irvine, Calif., May 19, 2020 – A new weapon in the arsenal against the coronavirus may be sitting in your home entertainment console. A team led by physicist Chris Barty of the University of California, Irvine is researching the use of diodes from ...

– University of California, Irvine


Learning to Cope, Finding Hope

CSU experts weigh in on how to cope with anxiety, disappointment and loss during COVID-19.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office


COVID-19 Antibody Testing Needn’t be Perfect to Guide Public Health and Policy Decisions

While it’s too soon to use COVID-19 antibody testing to issue “immunity passports”, antibody tests that are available today are good enough to inform decisions about public health and relaxing social distancing interventions, says an internati...

Expert Available

– University of Utah Health

Science Immunology


Cardiothoracic Surgery in the COVID Crisis: Global Summit on Reactivating Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs

This special worldwide STS webinar focused on the recovery of cardiothoracic surgery in the post-COVID era. STS President Joseph A. Dearani, MD, was joined by cardiothoracic surgeon leaders from around the world.


Expert Available

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons


Policy and Public Affairs


To Prevent a Second Wave of COVID-19, AACC Calls on Senate to Include 5 Recommendations in Upcoming Coronavirus Bill

Now that the latest coronavirus relief package, known as the Heroes Act, has moved forward to the U.S. Senate, AACC has sent a letter to Senate leadership outlining five key recommendations that will improve COVID-19 testing capacity across the U.S. ...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)


During Virtual Hill Visits, Rheumatology Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Provide Targeted COVID-19 Relief for Healthcare Practices

In virtual meetings with lawmakers and on Twitter tomorrow, physician and health professional leaders from the American College of Rheumatology are sounding the alarm about the economic impact of COVID-19 on rheumatology practices and the urgent need...

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)


Announcements


New Mental Health Platform Provides Support for Healthcare Workers

A team at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with UnitedHealth Group, created COBALT—a digital platform that offers immediate access to mental health support for health care workers during this critical time.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


UniSA brings industry expertise and research together to strive for Zero homelessness

The pursuit of zero homelessness in Australia is one step closer this week as renowned social change expert and Industry Adjunct with the University of South Australia, David Pearson, is appointed as the first CEO for the Australian Alliance to End H...

– University of South Australia


Top Chicago Universities Launch Social Movement to Team Up the Public & Researchers in Fight Against COVID-19 & Other Diseases

Nine top universities and hospitals have launched a social movement and free tool to match the public with health research opportunities that need volunteers in the hunt to discover treatments, vaccines, and what the pandemic’s long-term impacts wi...

– University of Chicago Medical Center


Study Examines COVID Shutdowns and Air Quality in Cities Worldwide

WASHINGTON, DC (May 27. 2020) – The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) today announced a new grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study the impact of COVID-...

– George Washington University


AIP’s Society of Physics Students Transforms Summer Internships into Virtual Experiences

AIP will be continuing its Society of Physics Students Summer Internship program for 2020 in a virtual setting, having restructured it to accommodate the current state of the world but still provide a comprehensive and complete experience for this ye...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)


Biomedical engineers to test ultraviolet light's ability to kill coronavirus

The idea of UV sterilization is not a new one, but little or no scientific data about its potency against COVID-19 have been collected, until now. Thanks to a one-year, $182,728 grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers at Binghamton Un...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

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Researchers study teleworking effects during COVID-19

What are the effects of this rapid transition to working remotely?

– University of Georgia


Battling disease with ultraviolet light

Now and in the months to come, hospitals and commercial buildings will be tasked with sanitizing large indoor environments to prevent the transmission of viruses like SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. A new seed grant-funded study could provide the ...

– Penn State College of Engineering


Hackensack Meridian Health Joins #FitForTheFrontLine Challenge with Nation’s Top Medical and Academic Centers in Support of Frontline Health Care Workers

Hackensack Meridian Health is joining medical centers across the United States to start a country-wide movement of physical activity to honor and support frontline health care workers who have worked tirelessly to save lives. Spearheaded by Mount Sin...

– Hackensack Meridian Health


UCLA receives $1 million for COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative

A $1 million gift from the Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation will support the UCLA COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative, a partnership of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

– UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Embargo expired on 26-May-2020 at 12:15 ET


Researchers Receive NIH Funds for Adjuvant Research to Boost Coronavirus Vaccines

Researchers have received funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to screen and evaluate certain molecules known as adjuvants that may improve the ability of coronavirus vacci...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

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TODAY: U-M experts to address questions about COVID-19 and kids in live Q & A

While a small number of children appear to be getting sick from COVID-19, experts are still learning about how the virus behaves in kids.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan


NSF-funded antimicrobial technology targets COVID-19

The commercialization of a Cornell-created antimicrobial coating technology that keeps surfaces clean by extending the life of chlorine-based disinfectants – by days and even weeks – is being fast-tracked to determine how well it can combat COVID...

– Cornell University


#FitForTheFrontLine Challenge Unites Nation’s Top Medical Centers in Support of Front-Line Health Care Workers

Fitness challenge honors and supports health care heroes at Mount Sinai Health System and Academic Centers Across the Country. Goldman Sachs & Co., Peloton, Discovery, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, dtx and Pinterest Support First-Ever Colle...

– Mount Sinai Health System


Testing, Testing, and More Testing: Newswise Live COVID-19 Expert Panel for May 28, 2PM EDT

Testing, Testing, and More Testing: Newswise Live COVID-19 Expert Panel for May 28, 2PM EDT

– Newswise


Next-gen nano technologies to tackle infection and diagnose disease

Next-gen nano technologies that can prevent infection and diagnose disease are set to transform the medical industry as this important UniSA research is awarded more than $2 million dollars under the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHM...

– University of South Australia


Indica Labs, Octo and Axle work with NIH to launch a global COVID-19 digital pathology repository

Indica Labs, a leading provider of computational pathology software, and Octo, a premiere information technology systems provider to the U.S. Federal Government, are pleased to announce the online COVID Digital Pathology Repository (COVID-DPR), a vir...

– Indica Labs


Class of 2020: 980 Students Graduate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recognized graduates of the Class of 2020 in a pre-recorded Convocation ceremony broadcast yesterday.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals Emergency Medical Services Committee Recognizes National EMS Week 2020 with new “Thank You” Video.

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Committee of the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals is pleased to join our hospital Emergency Medicine colleagues, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the National Association of EMT’s, Governor C...

– Massachusetts Eye and Ear


University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chair commits $100K for UIC’s frontline health care workers

University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Don Edwards and his wife, Anne Edwards, have pledged $100,000 to establish the UI Health Employee Relief Fund, which will support health care workers at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health ...

– University of Illinois at Chicago


$5 Million Grant from Oprah Winfrey Accelerates Rush and City’s COVID-19 Prevention Efforts on West, South Sides

Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation has donated $5M to accelerate Rush and West Side United-led efforts to help West Side neighborhoods prevent and battle COVID-19

– Rush University Medical Center


Mount Sinai Health System and Renalytix Form Joint Venture, Kantaro Biosciences, To Develop and Scale Production of COVID Antibody Test Kits

- Kantaro Biosciences partners with Bio-Techne for manufacturing and global kit distribution - Scaled kit production to enable clinical laboratories to conduct 10M tests per month is planned to begin in July

– Mount Sinai Health System

Nature Medicine, May-2020


Cedars-Sinai Gives $2 Million to Assist Communities During COVID-19

As COVID-19 causes staggering unemployment across the Los Angeles region, St. John's Well Child & Family Center is getting a vital reprieve. The South Los Angeles nonprofit will receive a $150,000 grant from Cedars-Sinai to retrain members of its sta...

– Cedars-Sinai


Higher Education Events


Morgridge joins online COVID-19 discussion with Fearless Science webinar series

The Morgridge Institute for Research will broadcast a free webinar on Tuesday, June 2 to offer insight on the basic science behind the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of virology research at Morgridge, and how that research will provide new ways to comb...

– Morgridge Institute for Research


Expert Pitch


Expert offering guidance on the minimum daily dose of physical activity during COVID-19

– University of Rhode Island


Drop-off in consumer spending to drive first quarter GDP losses

– Cornell University


As Businesses Reopen, It’s Crucial We Wear Masks, Safely Distance

– University of California San Diego Health


University of Washington expert comments on challenges to worker safety in meat processing industry

– University of Washington


Expert on Gastrointestinal Symptoms on COVID-19 Patients

– Mercy Medical Center


How to Weigh and Implement a 4-Day Workweek

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


Bicycling trends show more riders on trails and roadways during COVID-19

– Virginia Tech


Tips for couples to improve relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic

– Virginia Tech


Bicycling trends show more riders on trails and roadways during COVID-19

– Virginia Tech


COVID-19 and Connectedness: Finding a Balance in Our Online Lives

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


University of Washington’s Teresa Ward talks us through sleep troubles during the COVID-19 pandemic

– University of Washington


New Apple iOS supports contact tracing — but is meaningless without government adoption

– Cornell University


Rutgers Economist Available to Discuss Revenue Predictions for Cape May, Seaside Heights and Beach Haven

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Risks of Ocean Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Clicking with co-workers is key to working remotely, ASU professor's study finds

– Arizona State University (ASU)


The switch to online education shows that schools provide much more than academic education

– Binghamton University, State University of New York


@umichsph expert offers 5 steps employers, employees need to take to reopen businesses #coronavirus

– University of Michigan


Surviving the coronavirus while black: Pandemic's heavy toll on African American mental health

– University of Michigan


Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Potential for Sexual Transmission of COVID-19

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Miscellaneous


Virus transmission between individuals via a surgical smoke plume

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Dis Colon Rectum published ahead of print doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000001726


Are Gastrointestinal Symptoms Specific for COVID-19 Infection? A Prospective Case-Control Study from theUnited States

– Mercy Medical Center

Gastroenterology Journal

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