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Thursday, June 11, 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.

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How has the pandemic affected the mental health of the public, mental health practitioners and telehealth, mental health of healthcare workers, and other psychology and behavioral science research about the pandemic. - June 11, 2020 from 2-3 PM EDT

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Nation Must Prepare for COVID-19 Related Drug Shortages

A new paper published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society examines the nation’s current shortage of vitally needed medications, and how this dangerous situation is being made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors provide re...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Annals of the American Thoracic Society


COVID-19 Test That Relies on Viral Genetic Material Gives False Negative Results if Used Too Early in Those Infected

In a new study, Johns Hopkins researchers found that testing people for SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — too early in the course of infection is likely to result in a false negative test, even though they may eventually test positive...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Annals of Internal Medicine; (R01AI135115, T32DA007292, NU2GGH002000

Responding to Challenges of Older Adults with COVID-19

Older adults with COVID-19 who survive hospitalizations and return to their homes confront substantial health challenges and an unpredictable future. Early evidence suggests that complex and long-term physical, functional, cognitive, and emotional n...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Journal of Aging and Social Policy

COVID-19 mouse model will speed search for drugs, vaccines

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a mouse model of COVID-19 that is expected to speed up the search for drugs and vaccines for the potentially deadly disease.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Cell, June-2020; 75N93019C00062; HHSN272201400008C; R01AI127828; P01AI60699; R21AI139813; U01AI141990; F32AI138392; HR001117S0019

Finding Community in Digital Spaces

The coronavirus has driven us indoors and separated us from coworkers, friends and loved ones. That’s nothing really new for Sara Loftus, a West Virginia University geography doctoral student who is studying how to build an online community.

– West Virginia University

How COVID-19 has altered sleep in the United States and Europe

Stay-at-home orders and "lockdowns" related to the COVID-19 pandemic have had a major impact on the daily lives of people around the world and that includes the way that people sleep, two studies report June 10 in the journal Current Biology.

– Cell Press

Current Biology; Current Biology

Pre-term deliveries due to COVID-19 could be avoided by studying EHRs

Using electronic health record data to simulate drug trials for pregnant patients could one day offer a solution to the current practice of delivering babies, even if they are pre-term, if the mother contracts COVID-19, according to a position paper ...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Nature Medicine

Mental, physical health of people with obesity affected during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on people with obesity as they struggle to manage their weight and mental health during shelter-in-place orders, according to research led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Housto...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Clinical Obesity; R01MD011686

Finding Community in Digital Spaces

The coronavirus has driven us indoors and separated us from coworkers, friends and loved ones. That’s nothing really new for Sara Loftus, a geography doctoral student who is studying how to build an online community. See what motivated her to pursu...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

UNH Researchers Offer Tips for Parents About Summer Camps During COVID-19

Summer camps everywhere are facing the difficult decision of whether to open this year. For families the challenge is choosing whether to let their children attend. Experts at the University of New Hampshire have developed a tip sheet meant to help p...

– University of New Hampshire

Water Quality Testing Continues During Pandemic

Senior chemist Beverly Klein tells her experiences doing essential water quality testing during the pandemic--alone.

– South Dakota State University

The Math of Epidemics: Q&A with Dalin Li, PhD

How can epidemics spread so quickly among entire populations? The Newsroom asked an expert, Cedars-Sinai research scientist Dalin Li, PhD, to explain the math behind the spread of COVID-19. Li was the first author of a recent study that showed how ju...

Expert Available

– Cedars-Sinai


Yale Scientists Develop a New Experimental Method to Study Infection and Disease, Including COVID-19

Yale Cancer Center scientists have developed a new cell screening method for agents that alter biologic functions. This approach uses thousands of artificial proteins called “traptamers” and may help to answer research questions that are difficul...

– Yale Cancer Center

Cell Reports

Embargo expired on 09-Jun-2020 at 11:00 ET

Widespread facemask use could shrink the ‘R’ number and prevent a second COVID-19 wave – study

• Cambridge-led modelling looks at population-level facemask use. • The more people use facemasks in public, the smaller the ‘R’. • Even basic homemade masks significantly reduce transmission at a population level. • Researchers call...

– University of Cambridge

Proceedings of the Royal Society A

Embargo expired on 09-Jun-2020 at 19:00 ET

Heat and humidity battle sunshine for influence over the spread of COVID-19, researchers find

An international team of researchers led by McMaster University has found that while higher heat and humidity can slow the spread of COVID-19, longer hours of sunlight are associated with a higher incidence of the disease, in a sign that sunny days c...

– McMaster University

Geographical Analysis

Majority of First-Wave COVID-19 Clinical Trials Have Significant Design Shortcomings, Study Finds

Most of the registered clinical trials of potential treatments for COVID-19 underway as of late March were designed in ways that will greatly limit their value in understanding potential treatments, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopk...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

BMJ Open

Google’s trends: UofL researcher using internet searches to map the spread of COVID-19

In a new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Higgins and colleagues at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Indiana University and Kentuckiana ENT found a correlation between searches for symptoms of the disease and new confirmed cas...

– University of Louisville Health Science Center

Journal of Medical Internet Research

Rutgers-Harvard-Northeastern Researchers Release 50-State Survey Data on COVID-19

Rutgers scholar Katherine Ognyanova is available to comment on the latest Rutgers-Harvard-Northeastern survey data from The COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Research Team Sees Major Shift in Relationship Between State-by-State Traffic and COVID-19 Cases, Offering Insights Into Outcomes of Lockdown Policies

“In many states, traffic appears to be a leading indicator, increasing first, with COVID-19 cases rising after a delay of up to 11 days,” said Northern Arizona University professor Kevin Gurney, head of the NAU research group analyzing the data. ...

– Northern Arizona University

Cancer Researchers Have a Head Start in Fight Against COVID-19

Researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center have been actively engaged in the effort to develop treatments or other control strategies that can help communities worldwide to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Texas Tech Evolutionary Biologists Look to Bats for Solution to COVID-19

With a one-year National Science Foundation grant, David Ray and Diana Moreno Santillán are investigating how bats adapted to the virus.

– Texas Tech University

Oximetry Biomarkers for COVID-19 Diagnosis and Management

Technion researchers have developed a toolbox that will help analyze the information gleaned from the physiological time series of oximeters increasingly being used during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

– American Technion Society

Story Tips from Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19

Latest COVID-19 related news.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

FREE McLean Hospital Webinar Series: Unlocking Inner Peace During Turbulent Times - Exploring Spirituality and Mental Health

Expert Available

– McLean Hospital

Flexible Work: Likely or Lip Service Beyond Pandemic?

Flexible work has always been a drawcard for employees, but while managers have typically been reluctant to embrace flexible work arrangements, University of South Australia researchers warn that the topic is likely to become front and centre as empl...

Expert Available

– University of South Australia


New Study Provides Insights Into How Retailers Have Responded to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the retail sector, a new study by WMG, University of Warwick, and Blue Yonder has examined how retailers have responded to the situation. The study identified the human vulnerabilities across the supply chain and the...

– University of Warwick

Heart Injury Among Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Associated with Higher Risk of Death

Study findings may help doctors better triage coronavirus patients admitted to the hospital

– Mount Sinai Health System

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Reducing severe breathlessness and psychological trauma in COVID-19 ARDS patients

A new Viewpoint article published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society examines ventilation and medication strategies that can help avoid psychological trauma for severe COVID-19 survivors treated for acute respiratory distress syndr...

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Global oncology pharmacists face restricted access to essential PPE items, UCI study finds

Oncology pharmacy practitioners around the globe are fighting to provide cancer patients high quality cancer care with increasingly limited and sometimes restricted personal protective equipment supply as well as impaired access to essential anticanc...

– University of California, Irvine

Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice

COVID-19 in nursing homes: A tale of two pandemics

Epidemiological models of COVID-19 that are used to guide policies on social distancing measures should take into account the special dynamics of the coronavirus’s spread in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to researcher...

– Cornell University

Journal of the American Medical Association

Creating Inclusive Remote Work Environments

IUPUI researcher is working to understand how employers can create the most welcoming virtual environments during the pandemic, particularly for women in minority groups disproportionately affected by the virus.

– Indiana University

Scientists Identify Targets for COVID-19 Vaccine Using Cancer Immunotherapy Tools

Cancer researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have harnessed tools used for the development of cancer immunotherapies and adapted them to identify regions of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to target with a vaccine, employing the same appro...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Cell Reports Medicine

Study finds nearly 16% of Illinois COVID-19 cases linked to spread from Chicago jail

Using data from Cook County Jail, researchers analyzed the relationship between jailing practices and COVID-19 community infections. They found that cycling through Cook County Jail—which accounts for the period of time from arrest to awaiting hear...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Health Affairs, June-2020

Ischemic Stroke Admissions Decrease During COVID-19 Pandemic

Research reveals fewer people have been admitted to stroke centers in Michigan and northwest Ohio since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, and even fewer patients received the life-saving procedure, a mechanical thrombectomy, for ischemic stroke...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Neurosurgery, June-2020

Racial, Gender Disparities Observed in Heart Transplant Recipients with COVID-19 Infection

Researchers suggest focusing on disparities to help identify which patients with a heart transplant may be at higher risk for a worse course of COVID-19 infection.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Cardiac Failure, May-2020

To Better Understand COVID-19, Researchers Review Aging, Immune Response to Viral Infections

As clinicians learn about a new disease in real-time, researchers are also investigating what lessons from other respiratory infections could apply to COVID-19.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Immunology, June-2020

Project investigating fever-related data as early indicator of COVID-19 outbreaks

Nebraska engineer Fadi Alsaleem believes putting a smart thermometer to the ear could mean putting an ear to the ground for future COVID-19 outbreaks and the consequences of relaxing social distancing.

– University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Innovative Project Solves UCLA Health’s COVID-19 Testing Swab Shortage With 3D-Printed Swabs

UCLA Health has been granted permission from the Food and Drug Administration to use a 3D printed design for COVID-19 testing swabs. The effort was led by a fellow from the UCLA Biodesign program.

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

Cancer Care Can’t Wait

Cancer patients might still have heightened concerns over rescheduling a postponed surgery or scheduling a new surgery right now due to COVID-19. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey expert explains how surgical care precautions have been institute...

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– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Study finds COVID-19 convalescent plasma therapy safe, with 76% patients improving

The first convalescent plasma transfusion trial results from Houston Methodist have been published. Of the study’s 25 patients, 19 have improved and 11 discharged. With no adverse side effects caused by the therapy, the study concluded convalescent...

– Houston Methodist

The American Journal of Pathology, May 26, 2020; National Institutes of Health, AI146771-01; National Institutes of Health, AI139369-01; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 75N93019C00050...

New report examines challenges and implications of false-negative COVID-19 tests

As communities across the U.S. have struggled to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have focused on the lack of widespread testing as a major barrier to safely reopening the country.

– Dartmouth College

New England Journal of Medicine

Analysis of Seattle EMS and hospital data indicates low COVID infection risk from bystander CPR

Analysis of Seattle emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital data from January 1 to April 15, 2020, indicates bystander CPR is a lifesaving endeavor whose benefits outweigh the risks of COVID-19 infection, according to a new article published ye...

– American Heart Association (AHA)


Study identifies potential approach to treat patients with severe COVID-19

Early data from a clinical study suggest that blocking the Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) protein provided clinical benefit to a small group of patients with severe COVID-19.

– National Cancer Institute (NCI) at NIH

Science Immunology

More evidence of no survival benefit in COVID-19 patients receiving hydroxychloroquine

A study of electronic medical records from US Veterans Health Administration medical centers has found that hydroxychloroquine--with or without azithromycin--did not reduce the risk of ventilation or death and was associated with longer length of hos...

– Cell Press



COVID-19: Antibody testing to reveal extent of infections across Va.

UVA Health has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health and other hospitals around the state to determine how many Virginians have been infected with COVID-19 – and how many remain at risk.

– University of Virginia Health System

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with diabetes represent more than 20 percent of ICU population

The COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges for clinicians caring for infected patients with diabetes, according to new guidance published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

– Endocrine Society

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Depression and loneliness during COVID-19

Americans experienced more depression and loneliness during the early COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study by Indiana University, but those who kept frequent in-person social and sexual connections had better mental health outcomes.

– Indiana University


Expedition to Service Pioneer Array Departing Woods Hole, Sunday 7 June

After weeks of preparation, isolation, and testing, a science team will depart on the R/V Neil Armstrong from Woods Hole, MA for an 11-day expedition.

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Universal Preoperative COVID-19 Screening Improves Safety by Identifying Otherwise Asymptomatic Pediatric Surgical Patients

Universally screening pediatric patients for COVID-19 before they undergo surgical procedures has allowed hospitals to improve safety by identifying all patients who test positive for the virus, half of whom have no symptoms, according to new researc...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

JAMA Surgery

Technology for cloud efficiency for databases during data-intensive COVID-19 pandemic

A Purdue University data science and machine learning innovator wants to help organizations and users get the most for their money when it comes to cloud-based databases.

– Purdue University

2020 USENIX Annual Technical Conference

UMN trial shows hydroxychloroquine has no benefit over placebo in preventing COVID-19

Today, University of Minnesota Medical School researchers published the results from the first randomized clinical trial testing hydroxychloroquine for the post-exposure prevention of COVID-19.

– University of Minnesota

New England Journal of Medicine

Your doctor's ready: Please log in to the videoconference

The coronavirus has prompted many medical centers to switch from in-person appointments to video visits. A new study from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals suggests that for some hospitals, video visits may become a permanent feature of the patient-p...

– University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Journal of Adolescent Health

Jersey Shore University Medical Center Treating COVID-19 Patients with Convalescent Plasma

As a leading New Jersey academic medical center and member of Hackensack Meridian Health, Jersey Shore University Medical Center is able to provide its patients access to existing clinical trials and the latest medical techniques in a variety of spec...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Chapman University national study highlights wide-ranging effects of COVID-19 pandemic

The Chapman University National COVID-19 and Mental Health Survey provides an in-depth look at the experiences of 4,149 adults living in the United States.

– Chapman University

NYC Subway Data Reveals Communities of Color Carry the Burden of Essential Work and COVID-19

A new study shows there was substantial social distancing inequalities throughout New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers reported that areas with the lowest individual income and a greater percentage of non-white and/or Hispanic/Lati...

– Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

medrxiv 2029421, TF2003-089662, DP5OD023100, R01 GM122876

McGovern Medical School students step up to relieve burdens for front line physicians

Just a few weeks ago, some sounds like "s" and "th" were difficult to pronounce for 6-year-old Owen McKay, who was diagnosed with an articulation disorder when he was 4 years old. Now, he can say them both well, thanks to his daily tutoring sessions ...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Policy and Public Affairs

Kidney Health Initiative Urges Investigators to Include People with Kidney Diseases in Clinical Trials for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Therapies

People with kidney diseases are often excluded from clinical trials because of the complexity and high morbidity of kidney disease. COVID-19 puts people with kidney diseases at a two to sixteen-fold increased risk of severe symptoms. All invest...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Use of Emergency Departments Plummets During COVID-19

A new commentary highlights the dramatic decline in emergency department visits during the COVID-19 pandemic and what could be causing the decrease.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Health Forum

AACC Releases Guidance Document on Using Point-of-Care Tests to Improve Patient Care

AACC has issued a new guidance document detailing best practices that hospitals and other healthcare institutions should follow when running a point-of-care testing program. As point-of-care tests emerge for more and more conditions—including COVID...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)


Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19: Newswise Live Expert Panel for June 11, 2PM EDT

Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19: Newswise Live Expert Panel for June 11, 2PM EDT

– Newswise

LLNL Links Up with Industry to Produce FDA-Approved Emergency Ventilator

Following weeks of prototyping, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is partnering with private industry to mass-produce a simple mechanical ventilator developed for COVID-19 patients that has been authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Fo...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Mount Sinai Receives Microsoft AI for Health Grant to Support Center Dedicated to Data Science Discovery for COVID-19

Grant Will Enable Development of AI Tools to Enhance Care and Evidence-based Medicine for Treating COVID-19 Patients

– Mount Sinai Health System

Society for Risk Analysis to Host Webinar on Aerosol Transmission of COVID-19

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), the world’s leading authority on risk sciences and its applications, is hosting a webinar on Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m. ET to discuss the latest research on aerosol transmission of COVID-19.

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Mercy Medical Center Completes Newly-Constructed Hospital Floor Ahead of Schedule

Mercy Medical Center announced today the completion of a newly constructed unit on the 17th Floor of the Mary Catherine Bunting Center main hospital in downtown Baltimore.

– Mercy Medical Center

Expert Pitch

With transition to remote work environment, business leaders need to spend more time fostering engagement with employees

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Experts available to comment on reopening schools during COVID-19 pandemic

– Indiana University

Public health expert offers tips for summer travel and family vacations during COVID-19

– Virginia Tech

Pediatric sleep psychologist from @MottChildren on helping your kids overcome stress-related sleep disruption

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

U-M Law Clinic Meets High Demand for Unemployment Benefit Assistance

– University of Michigan

UNLV Mental Health Expert Offers Strategies for Combating Coronavirus Anxiety as Communities Reopen

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


Early Screening of Seattle-Area Pregnant Women Shows Low Infection Rate for COVID-19

Screening all pregnant women who delivered at UW Medicine facilities during the height of the covid pandemic in Washington state showed that remarkably few tested positive for the virus without symptoms, a new report shows.

– University of Washington School of Medicine and UW Medicine

Clinical Infectious Diseases; AI133976, AI145890, AI144938 and AI143265





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