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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.

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Standardized Curriculum Introduces ICU Nurses to ECMO

Vanderbilt University Medical Center designed and rapidly deployed a curriculum specifically to equip nurses new to ECMO with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to provide proficient and safe care for patients receiving ECMO. The pre-COVI...

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

American Journal of Critical Care, July 2020

Embargo expired on 01-Jul-2020 at 06:00 ET

Barriers to addiction care fell because of COVID-19, experts say; now the challenge is keeping them down

The opioid epidemic didn’t go away when the coronavirus pandemic began. But rapid changes in regulations and guidance could also help many more people get care for addiction, experts say. They caution that it will take more changes to truly lower b...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Psychiatry, July 1, 2020

Embargo expired on 01-Jul-2020 at 11:00 ET

Research Shows Telehealth is an Important ToolFor Rural Hospitals in Treating COVID-19 Patients

A study of 3,268 hospitals in the U.S. shows that rural hospitals are more likely than urban facilities to have access to telehealth, a once-underused service that now is playing a key role in treating coronavirus patients. The research can help U.S....

– Florida Atlantic University

The Journal of Rural Health

Traffic Data Show Drastic Changes in Floridians’ Behavior at Onset of the Pandemic

A study using same-day traffic volumes for March 2019 and March 2020 across Florida examined the chronological relationship of key governmental requests for public isolation and travel limitations. Results show the drastic changes in human behavior d...

– Florida Atlantic University

National Hazards Review

Suspended studies and virtual lab meetings: How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting epilepsy researchers

How was epilepsy research forced to morph during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic? Researchers from 11 countries shared their experiences and thoughts on the future of laboratory research, clinical trials, and in-person conferences.

– International League Against Epilepsy

How to Celebrate the Fourth of July During the Pandemic

While parks and friends’ backyards will be open to celebrate July 4, it’s still important to interact safely with others amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Even though more places are reopening in Chicago and around the state, there still is a r...

Expert Available

– Rush University Medical Center


Respiratory Droplet Motion, Evaporation and Spread of COVID-19-Type Pandemics

It is well established the COVID-19 virus is transmitted via respiratory droplets. Consequently, much research targets better understanding droplet motion and evaporation. In Physics of Fluids, researchers developed a mathematical model for the early...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Physics of Fluids

Embargo expired on 30-Jun-2020 at 11:00 ET

Seeing is Believing: Effectiveness of Facemasks

Using flow visualization of emulated coughs and sneezes, researchers assessed the efficacy of facemasks in obstructing droplets. Loosely folded facemasks and bandana-style coverings provide minimal stopping-capability for the smallest aerosolized res...

– Florida Atlantic University

Physics of Fluids

Embargo expired on 30-Jun-2020 at 11:00 ET

Countries Group into Clusters as COVID-19 Outbreak Spreads

Mathematicians based in Australia and China have developed a method to analyze the large amount of data accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The technique, described in the journal Chaos, can identify anomalous countries -- those that are more s...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)


Embargo expired on 30-Jun-2020 at 11:00 ET

Covid-19 Blood Clotting Cause Identified in Study

New findings led by Yale Cancer Center researchers and experts across several medical specialties at Yale identify a leading mechanism behind the pathophysiology of Covid-19 and pinpoint a biological marker for the mechanism that may aid in treating ...

– Yale Cancer Center

The Lancet Haematology

Embargo expired on 30-Jun-2020 at 18:30 ET

Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19

It seems there will never be enough “thank you’s” for the incredible doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff members who are working around the clock to help patients who have the dangerous coronavirus disease. The dedication, determinat...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

The Lancet, June-2020 ; ALTEX, June-2020

Rutgers Pediatricians Co-Author First Nationwide Study of COVID-19 Related Multiple Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Rutgers pediatricians co-lead first nationwide study describing the diagnosis, treatments and outcomes of COVID-19 related multiple inflammatory syndrome in children

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

New England Journal of Medicine

Researchers Identify Multiple Molecules that Shut Down SARS-Cov-2 Polymerase Reaction

Researchers at Columbia Engineering and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have identified a library of molecules that shut down the SARS-CoV-2 polymerase reaction, a key step that establishes the potential of these molecules as lead compounds to be...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Antiviral Research June 19 2020

Blood test at COVID-19 diagnosis can predict disease severity

In addition to its predictive value, the discovery could lead to new treatments to prevent deadly cytokine storms. It also may help explain why diabetes contributes to worse outcomes in patients with COVID-19.

– University of Virginia Health System; R01 AI124214; UL1TR003015

Residents of some cities unwilling to comply with COVID-19 prevention behaviors

Several U.S. cities may be at increased risk of surges in COVID-19 cases as they reopen their economies because their residents are unwilling to follow practices that reduce the spread of the disease, according to Penn State College of Medicine resea...

– Penn State College of Medicine

HLRP: Health, Literacy, Research and Practice

New evidence for how blood clots may form in very ill COVID-19 patients

Scientists have new evidence that overactive neutrophils--a common type of circulating immune cell--may drive the life-threatening blood clots and inflammation that occur in some patients with COVID-19.

– Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


COVID-19 Causes ‘Hyperactivity’ in Blood-Clotting Cells

Changes in blood platelets triggered by COVID-19 could contribute to the onset of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious complications in some patients who have the disease, according to University of Utah Health scientists. The researchers found ...

– University of Utah Health


Using cellular networks to detect at-risk areas for spread of COVID-19

In the fight against COVID-19, researchers at Colorado State University have developed a new, non-invasive strategy to identify areas at greatest risk for spreading the disease.

– Colorado State University

IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology

COVID-19: Study Shows Virus Can Infect Heart Cells in Lab Dish

A new study shows that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 (coronavirus), can infect heart cells in a lab dish, indicating it may be possible for heart cells in COVID-19 patients to be directly infected by the virus. The discovery, published t...

– Cedars-Sinai

Cell Reports Medicine

Need to Check Patient’s Jugular Venous Pressure? There’s An App For That

DALLAS – July 1, 2020 – A new report from cardiologists at UT Southwestern raises the hope that doctors will be able to visually check the jugular venous pressure of heart failure patients remotely, using the camera on a smartphone. The finding i...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

JAMA Cardiology

ACSM/Anthem American Fitness Index to Reveal 2020’s Fittest City

For more than a decade, the American Fitness Index has recognized the critical role all three play in a city’s overall health and fitness. ACSM and the Anthem Foundation will release the 2020 Fitness Index rankings at 7 a.m. EDT on July 14, 2020.

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Study Suggests Less Costly Approach to Pandemic Economic Stimulus

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School researcher Vadim Elenev, who worked with colleagues from the Wharton School of Business and Columbia Business School, describes a research model that would have achieved results similar to those of the U.S. econom...

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

National Bureau of Economic Research working paper

Using your phone’s microphone to track possible COVID-19 exposure

Signals sent and received from cell phone microphones and speakers could help warn people when they have been near someone who has contracted COVID-19, researchers say. In a new paper, researchers described a system that would generate random, anony...

– Ohio State University


Cover your nose—Why proper mask wear and adjustment for breathing comfort is important amid COVID-19

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you’ve probably noticed countless people in public spaces wearing face coverings in a way that leaves their noses uncovered.

– LifeBridge Health

What Parents Should Know about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

MIS-C stands for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. Formerly called pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome, or PIMS, it describes a new health condition seen in children who have been infected with novel coronavirus, recovered from i...

Expert Available

– Children's Hospital Los Angeles


One-third of jobs lost to COVID-19 were back online in May

About one-third of U.S. workers who were laid off or absent from work in April because of COVID-19 were back to work in May, according to a new analysis of employment data.

– Ohio State University

National Bureau of Economic Research

Clues to COVID-19 Complications Come from NET-like Inflammatory Response

An overactive defense response may lead to increased blood clotting, disease severity, and death from COVID-19. A phenomenon called NETosis—in which infection-fighting cells emit a web-like substance to trap invading viruses—is part of an immune ...

– University of Utah Health


Mount Sinai Researchers Find That COVID-19 Patients with HIV Did Not Experience Poorer Outcomes

Patients with HIV who were hospitalized with COVID-19 did not experience poorer outcomes compared to a similar comparison group of patients.

– Mount Sinai Health System

Clinical Infectious Diseases, June 2020

UCLA survey seeks public opinion on allocating resources during COVID-19

As California prepares for a potential surge of COVID-19, there is a pressing need to determine how critical care resources should be allocated, especially if there is an extreme shortage of those resources.

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

Even in the worst COVID-19 cases, the body launches immune cells to fight back

SHAREInternational collaboration provides important piece of COVID-19 puzzleLA JOLLA—A new study from researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) and Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) shows that even the sickest COVID-19 pat...

– La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Science Immunology; Cell ; 75N9301900065; 874735

How upregulation of a single gene by SARS-CoV-2 can result in a cytokine storm

The SARS-CoV-19 virus initially has a limited capability to invade, attacking only one intracellular genetic target, the aryl hydrocarbon receptors (AhRs).

– IOS Press

Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience

Collectivism drives efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Research from the University of Kent has found that people who adopt a collectivist mindset are more likely to comply with social distancing and hygiene practices to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

– University of Kent

British Journal of Social Psychology

New York State Department of Health Announces Study on Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

The New York State Department of Health today announced that the Department has led a study on multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19, which was published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Depar...

– University at Albany, State University of New York

The New England Journal of Medicine

Coronavirus: Social distancing accepted when people understand exponential growth

Researchers from the Social Cognition Center Cologne at the University of Cologne and from the University of Bremen report that participants in three experiments, each involving more than 500 adults in the United States, tended to assume the number o...

– University of Cologne

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Stress of COVID-19 pandemic could lead to violence at home, Tulane experts caution

While some COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are being eased across the country, the stress on many families remains high and will be felt even after restrictions are lifted. Physical distancing, isolation and quarantine meausures designed to stop the sp...

– Tulane University


It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood ... or is it?

Contrary to what many would think, characteristics of your neighborhood have little to do with how satisfied you are with it, Michigan State University research found.

– Michigan State University

Urban Studies

Atmospheric processes likely caused puzzling haze over China during COVID-19 shutdown

New research indicates that significant enhancement of secondary aerosol formed in the atmosphere via gas-to-particle conversion, together with long-lasting regional transport, may be the cause of severe haze over China despite a dramatic reduction i...

– Wiley

Geophysical Research Letters

Researchers use machine learning to build COVID-19 predictions

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York are using machine learning to track the coronavirus and predict where it might surge next.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

NUS research team develops portable COVID-19 diagnostic system for rapid on-site testing

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has developed a portable COVID-19 micro-PCR diagnostic system, Epidax, that enables accurate on-site screening to be completed in about one hour.

– National University of Singapore

Social Distancing and Dying Alone

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to drastic changes in how hospitals provide end-of-life care to patients and their families. With strict no-visiting limitations in place in an effort to stem contagion, patients have been dying alone.

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Intensive Care Medicine

TransPerfect Says School-Corporate Partnerships Just as Beneficial For Employees as Students During CFES Webinar

The positive impact of school-corporate partnerships on the college and career success of young people is immeasurable. Just as significant is the impact on the corporate culture of businesses like TransPerfect, according to the world’s largest pro...

– CFES Brilliant Pathways

What Is Kawasaki Disease?

Kawasaki disease, sometimes called Kawasaki syndrome, is a serious inflammation of the blood vessels which affects young children, often under 5 years of age. Marked by fever, swelling and other symptoms, it can lead to coronary artery aneurysms in ...

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– Children's Hospital Los Angeles


Cross-Sector Collaboration May Be ‘Invaluable’ in the Current Crisis

It may seem like a truism that, in a time of crisis, the various players and institutions in a community should set aside their individual agendas and pull together for a common cause.

– Wallace Foundation

Building Impact: A Closer Look at Local Cross-Sector Collaborations for Education

1/3 of Parents in 3 States May Not Send Children to School Because of COVID-19

Most parents surveyed in three states support measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure risk, including decreasing the number of children on buses, daily temperature screens for students, alternating between in-person and online classes, regular testing o...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center (CHEAR)

Study finds high-skill hiring down amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left very few corners of the U.S. economy unscathed, but it has hit high-skill job seekers and small companies particularly hard, according to Cornell-led research that analyzed recent job-vacancy postings.

– Cornell University

Corporate Hiring Under COVID-19: Labor Market Concentration, Downskilling, and Income Inequality

Montana State researcher publishes paper examining COVID-19 spread

How many people in the U.S. have had COVID-19? Using a database of information collected after the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, a Montana State University researcher is helping develop a better understanding of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

– Montana State University

Science Translational Medicine

New study looks at post-COVID-19 emerging disease in children

In recent weeks, a multisystem hyperinflammatory condition has emerged in children in association with prior exposure or infection to SARS-CoV-2.

– Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)


American Airlines Boosts Travelers’ Peace of Mind with VUMC Expertise

Taking new actions that focus on the well-being and safety of customers and team members, American Airlines today announced that it has created a new Travel Health Advisory Panel that includes Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) infectious di...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Top Summer Safety Tips for Children

Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers summer safety tips for children and families so they can enjoy summer activities in a safe and healthy manner

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– Children's Hospital Los Angeles


Researchers identify N95 respirator decontamination method using microwave-generated steam

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, there is an increasing shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) crucial to protecting health care workers from infection.

– American Society for Microbiology (ASM)


X-rays size up protein structure at the ‘heart’ of COVID-19 virus

Researchers have performed the first room temperature X-ray measurements on the SARS-CoV-2 main protease—the enzyme that enables the virus to reproduce. It marks an important first step in the ultimate goal of building a comprehensive 3D model of t...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nature Communications; NSF grant 2029943

States with the highest income inequality also experienced a larger number of COVID-19 deaths

States with the highest level of income inequality had a larger number of COVID-19-related deaths compared with states with lower income inequality. New York state, with the highest income inequality, had a mortality rate of 51.7 deaths per 100,000 v...

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

Journal of General Internal Medicine

BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest: June 2020 Edition

A monthly roundup of research briefs showcasing recent scientific advances led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center faculty.

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

UAB doctor shares her experience treating coronavirus patients in New York

Winter volunteered to treat patients at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

FAU Poll Finds Climate Change Still is Important Topicfor Floridians in Era of Coronavirus

The third Florida Climate Resilience Survey by FAU's Center for Environmental Studies and the Business and Economics Polling Initiative quarterly statewide survey shows that 89 percent of respondents believe climate change is happening, up from 86 pe...

– Florida Atlantic University

Improving Lung Capacity Pre- and Post-COVID-19

For many patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19, surviving the virus is only half of the battle. Once deemed virus-free and ready to be sent home, the often-long road to recovery – including rebuilding lung capacity and overall respiratory...

– Cedars-Sinai

Policy and Public Affairs

Children and adults should wear masks in public to reduce COVID-19 spread, anesthesia professionals urge

Anesthesia professionals urge the public to wear masks to stop spread of COVID-19

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

ACR Releases Position Statement on Telemedicine

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released an official position statement supporting the role of telemedicine as a tool with the potential to increase access and improve care for patients with rheumatic diseases. It also highlights the ...

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

ACR Telemedicine Position Statement

To Prepare the U.S. for Future Pandemics, AACC Calls on Congress to Enact 4 Recommendations

In response to the Senate health committee’s white paper on preparing for future pandemics, AACC sent a letter to committee leadership detailing four key steps the government should take to ready the U.S. for the next outbreak. AACC urges the healt...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)


Researchers tracking COVID-19 in wastewater to join forces on framework for translating data into a public health response

Researchers from four institutions will create a "startup blueprint" that cities can use to implement SARS-CoV-2 surveillance at their area's wastewater treatment plants. Funded by the Sloan Foundation, the action plan they develop could be used to m...

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Free Webinar: Economic Impact of COVID and Implications for the Future of Cardiothoracic Surgery

The COVID pandemic has not only had a devastating humanitarian impact, but it also has shocked health care system finances. In this webinar, STS President Joseph A. Dearani, MD, will talk with cardiothoracic surgeons, a hospital executive, and a heal...

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

8th Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS (MSVirtual2020) Meeting to Be Held Virtually September 11-13, 2020 with an Encore Event on September 26th with Late Breakers and Special Session on COVID-19

Registered media to MSVirtual2020 will have access to the full program including plenary sessions, invited speakers and platform presentations of abstracts, poster presentations, teaching courses, and industry supported satellite symposia, both sched...

– Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS)

Chicago Cubs player Jason Heyward supports COVID-19 response for UChicago Medicine healthcare workers and South Side community

Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward is donating $100,000 to University of Chicago Medicine to help alleviate hardships experienced by frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and expand contact tracing efforts on Chicago’s Sou...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Mayo Clinic experts to help guide Delta Air Lines COVID-19 safety measures

Delta Air Lines and Mayo Clinic, a global leader in serious and complex medical care, are deepening their relationship to provide additional safety and COVID-19 infection control measures for customers and employees. The collaboration is another sign...

– Mayo Clinic

Sanford Burnham Prebys announces research agreement with Lilly for COVID-19 antibody research

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute today announced a research agreement with Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) to characterize Lilly’s next-generation anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. These collaborative studies aim to build on Lilly’s cur...

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Asymptomatic Testing Central to UC San Diego’s Return to Learn for Fall Quarter

The University of California San Diego today announced the next step in its Return to Learn program, which will guide an incremental repopulation of the campus while offering broad, asymptomatic testing for faculty, staff and students on a recurring ...

– University of California San Diego

Letter from ACTRIMS President on MSVirtual2020

I am pleased to announce that the 8th Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting will be held from September 11-13, 2020, with a special encore featuring Late-Breaking News and a COVID-19 Session on September 26.

– Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS)

FCC Grant to Expand UVA Health’s COVID-19 Telehealth Care

The Federal Communications Commission awarded UVA Health $767,139 this week to expand UVA’s use of telehealth for patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– University of Virginia Health System

Wayne State researchers receive NSF funding to develop COVID-19 risk-prediction system

Due to COVID-19, there is an urgent need for a risk-prediction and update system so that individuals and various entities can be aware of the potential risk of infection when traveling locally, nationally or abroad. Wayne State is working on a system...

– Wayne State University Division of Research


Expert Pitch

USC experts unmask truths and trends about face coverings

– Keck Medicine of USC

July 4th story ideas: history, travel, grilling and fireworks

– Virginia Tech

Salisbury University Experts Available to Discuss COVID-19

– Salisbury University

UC San Diego Health (@UCSDHealth) Reproductive Expert Talks about COVID-19 and Fertility

– University of California San Diego Health

Travel and tourism expert offers tips for easing stress during busy holiday weekends

– Virginia Tech

Rutgers Economist Available to Discuss Economic Impact of New Jersey’s Phase Two Re-Opening

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Staying Safe During Fourth of July Celebrations

– Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

June’s jobs report to show companies not in ‘hiring mode’

– Cornell University

Delirium 'a silent healthcare crisis'

– University of Washington School of Medicine

This spring they were heroes, but summer may be cruel for health professionals, experts say

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Network Open, June 1, 2020


Study Explores RNA Sequencing as Precision Medicine Tool

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Physiological Genomics

Estrogen’s Regulation of ACE2 Expression in Lungs Could Explain COVID-19 Sex Differences

– American Physiological Society (APS)

American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology

UNC Researcher Leads National Survey on Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Embargo expired on 29-Jun-2020 at 09:00 ET

Research shows COVID-19 is an independent risk factor for acute ischemic stroke.

– Mount Sinai Health System

American Journal of Neuroradiology





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