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Wednesday, July 15, 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.

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A Nanomaterial Path Forward for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

From mRNA vaccines entering clinical trials, to peptide-based vaccines and using molecular farming to scale vaccine production, the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing new and emerging nanotechnologies into the frontlines and the headlines. Nanoengineers ...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Nanotechnology, July 15 2020

Embargo expired on 15-Jul-2020 at 05:00 ET

States Slow to Implement Stay-at-Home Orders Saw Higher Rates of COVID-19 Deaths

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the United States, governments at the state and local levels issued emergency declarations and shut down schools. With no treatment and no vaccine, this was seen as the best way to stop the spread of the SARS-Co...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Clinical Infectious Diseases

Back to the Operating Room: Orthopedic Surgeons Issue Guidelines on Resuming Elective Surgery Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of Americans have had to delay recommended but elective orthopedic surgical procedures, such as joint replacement surgery or knee arthroscopy. Now an expert panel has issued recommendations to guide...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery

Meet Our New Residents

When Maurice Turner, MD, was a young boy, his grandmother would tuck him and his two older brothers into bed. Then she'd whisper into their ears, "I want you to become a doctor." Turner fulfilled his grandmother's dream a month ago, receiving his med...

– Cedars-Sinai


Rapid genome sequencing and screening help hospital manage COVID-19 outbreaks

Cambridge researchers have shown how rapid genome sequencing of virus samples and enhanced testing of hospital staff can help to identify clusters of healthcare-associated COVID-19 infections.

– University of Cambridge

Lancet Infectious Diseases; eLife

Embargo expired on 14-Jul-2020 at 18:30 ET

COVID-19 pandemic could be learning opportunity for middle-grade students

Educators could use the COVID-19 outbreak to help middle-schoolers better understand the world, according to new research from faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Middle Grades Review, June-2020

Palliative Nursing’s Role During COVID-19 and Beyond

As a rapid influx of patients overwhelmed health systems during the coronavirus pandemic, palliative nurses played dual roles supporting patients, patient families, and colleagues. Two researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Journal of Nursing Scholarship; Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing

New study shows SARS-CoV-2 viral load peaks in the early stages of disease

In a retrospective study, investigators from New York University Langone Health found that the quantity of SARS-CoV-2 (viral load) collected from patients in the emergency department is significantly higher in patients with fewer or milder symptoms w...

– Elsevier

American Journal of Pathology

When a pandemic strikes, we still expect an ambulance

Research published today has found that Australians strongly believe paramedics deserve a work environment free from the threat of physical harm, but when it comes to the risk of infectious disease, it's complicated.

– Edith Cowan University

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

COVID-19: Patients Improve After Immune-Suppressant Treatment

Most patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (coronavirus) pneumonia experienced improvement after receiving a Food and Drug Administration-approved drug normally given for rheumatoid arthritis, according to an observational study at Cedars-Sinai. Outcom...

– Cedars-Sinai

Clinical Infectious Diseases

Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19

Sharon Tapp, who worked as a nurse case manager at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., started experiencing sudden body weakness, chest pain, a high temperature and headache on March 18. Concerned, she went to her local urgent care c...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, May-2020; Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; The New York Times; JAMA Internal Medicine

Keck Medicine of USC enrolling patients as part of international clinical trial to study antiviral drug as treatment for COVID-19

Keck Medicine of USC physicians are enrolling patients as part of an international clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an antiviral drug, DAS181, as a possible treatment for hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19.

– Keck Medicine of USC

National Glaucoma Research Foundation Survey Reveals Glaucoma Patients’ Experiences and Concerns During COVID-19 Pandemic

National survey finds appointment delays and cancellations were the greatest cause of concern; waiting for in-person appointments is greatly preferred over telemedicine.

– Glaucoma Research Foundation

What Numbers Can—and Can’t—Tell Us About the Pandemic

Andrew Gordon Wilson and Jonathan Niles-Weed, assistant professors at NYU’s Center for Data Science and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, outline some principles to keep in mind when evaluating COVID-19-related figures cited in the news. ...

– New York University

Damned Lies and Statistics

Donate Blood to Save a Life

Stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increased need for blood and platelets. Rutgers Cancer Institute expert shares why right now is an important time to donate blood to ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in ...

Expert Available

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Drug that calms ‘cytokine storm’ associated with 45% lower risk of dying among COVID-19 patients on ventilators

Critically ill COVID-19 patients who received a single dose of a drug that calms an overreacting immune system were 45% less likely to die overall, and more likely to be out of the hospital or off a ventilator one month after treatment, compared with...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Clinical Infectious Diseases, DOI:10.1093/cid/ciaa954; TR002240; HL133304; IP000974

UTHealth joins study of blood pressure medication’s effect on improving COVID-19 outcomes

An interventional therapy aimed at improving survival chances and reducing the need for critical care treatment due to COVID-19 is being investigated by physicians at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The clinical t...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


Scientists discover key element of strong antibody response to COVID-19

A team led by scientists at Scripps Research has discovered a common molecular feature found in many of the human antibodies that neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

– Scripps Research Institute


1 in 3 young adults may face severe COVID-19

As the number of young adults infected with the coronavirus surges throughout the nation, a new study by researchers at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals indicates that youth may not shield people from serious disease.

– University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Journal of Adolescent Health

Engineered llama antibodies neutralize COVID-19 virus

Antibodies derived from llamas have been shown to neutralise the SARS-CoV-2 virus in lab tests, UK researchers announced today.

– Rosalind Franklin Institute

Nature Structural and Molecular Biology

Study suggests lymphoma drug acalabrutinib might offer a potential therapeutic approach for severe COVID-19 infection

The mechanisms of action of acalabrutinib led to the hypothesis it might be effective in reducing the massive inflammatory response seen severe forms of COVID19. Indeed, it did provide clinical benefit in a small group of patients by reducing their i...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Science Immunology

National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory Unites DOE Labs Against COVID-19

To focus its efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, DOE is bringing the national laboratories together into the National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Key Insights from Swedish Casino that Remained Open During COVID-19

As casinos in Las Vegas enter the second month of reopening since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, UNLV gaming researchers say they can draw upon insights from industry collaborators in Sweden, a country that took a more open approach to the crisis c...

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


Long-term strategies to control COVID-19 pandemic must treat health and economy as equally important, argue researchers

Strategies for the safe reopening of low and middle-income countries (LMICs) from months of strict social distancing in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic must recognise that preserving people’s health is as important as reviving the economy...

– University of Cambridge

European Journal of Epidemiology

Embargo expired on 12-Jul-2020 at 19:00 ET


How COVID-19 Shifted Inpatient Imaging Utilization

As medical resources shifted away from elective and non-urgent procedures toward emergent and critical care of COVID-19 patients, departments were forced to reconfigure their personnel and resources. In particular, many Radiology practices reschedule...

– Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

Journal of American College of Radiology (JACR

COVID-19 Can Be Transmitted in the Womb, Reports Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

A baby girl in Texas – born prematurely to a mother with COVID-19 – is the strongest evidence to date that intrauterine (in the womb) transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can occur, reports The Pediatric In...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes

As of May 2020, nursing home residents account for a staggering one-third of the more than 80,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. This pandemic has resulted in unprecedented threats—like reduced access to resources needed to contain and eliminat...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Journal of Aging and Social Policy; T32NR009356

Our itch to share helps spread COVID-19 misinformation

To stay current about the Covid-19 pandemic, people need to process health information when they read the news. Inevitably, that means people will be exposed to health misinformation, too, in the form of false content, often found online, about the i...

– Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Psychological Science

Genetic ‘fingerprints’ of first COVID-19 cases help manage pandemic

A new study published in the world-leading journal Nature Medicine, reveals how genomic sequencing and mathematical modelling gave important insights into the ‘parentage’ of cases and likely spread of the disease in New South Wales.

– University of Sydney

Nature Medicine

Simple blood test can predict severity of COVID-19 for some patients

An early prognosis factor that could be a key to determining who will suffer greater effects from COVID-19, and help clinicians better prepare for these patients, may have been uncovered by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Cente...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

International Journal of Laboratory Hematology

Team is first in Texas to investigate convalescent plasma for prevention of COVID-19 onset and progression

A research team is the first in Texas to investigate whether plasma from COVID-19 survivors can be used in outpatient settings to prevent the onset and progression of the virus in two new clinical trials at UTHealth.

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

General Electric Healthcare Chooses UH to Clinically Evaluate First-of-its-kind Imaging System

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center physicians completed evaluation for the GE Healthcare Critical Care Suite, and the technology is now in daily clinical practice – flagging between seven to 15 collapsed lungs per day within the hospital...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center


Black Individuals at Higher Risk for Contracting COVID-19, According to New Research

Results of an analysis published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found that Black individuals were twice as likely as White individuals to test positive for COVID-19. The average age of all participants in the study was 46. However, t...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

“Association of Black Race with Outcomes in COVID-19 Disease:  A Retrospective Cohort Study”

Contracting COVID-19, Lifestyle and Social Connections May Play a Role

Current research indicates that unhealthy lifestyle choices along with emotional stressors like social are important risk factors for developing upper respiratory infections. It is possible these same factors also increase the risk of contracting COV...

– Association for Psychological Science

Perspectives on Psychological Science, July-2020

Distorted Passage of Time During the Covid-19 Lockdown

A survey conducted in the U.K. suggests that social and physical distancing measures put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic significantly impacted people’s perception of how quickly time passed compared to their pre-lockdown perceptions.



How Can Education Researchers Support Education and Public Health Institutions During Covid-19?

As education researchers’ ongoing work is interrupted by school closures, what can they do to support education and public health institutions dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic? An article published today in Educational Researcher aims to answer t...

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Educational Researcher

Is COVID-19 widening the gender gap in academic medicine?

A new study finds that fewer women were first authors on COVID-19-related research papers published in the first half of this year. The findings suggest a worsening gender gap in academic medicine, where women were already underrepresented among auth...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan


Structural analysis of COVID-19 spike protein provides insight into its evolution

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute have characterised the structure of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein as well as its most similar relative in a bat coronavirus.

– Francis Crick Institute

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology

NFHS-AMSSM Guidance for Assessing Cardiac Issues in High School Student-Athletes with COVID-19 Infection

An expert medical task force appointed by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has issued guidance for assessing potential cardiac issues in high school student-athl...

– American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)

Sports Health

Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine

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

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Science Advance, July-2020; Journal of Physics in Medicine & Biology, May-2020; Journal of the International AIDS Society, July-2020; eLife, June-2020

The Medical Minute: Separating mask myths from facts

We see and hear new COVID-19 news almost every minute of the day. But separating facts from fiction can get challenging, especially when it comes to masks. We bust some common mask myths with two Penn State Health experts.

– Penn State Health

Team Sports Risks Go Well Beyond Injury During the Pandemic

Annabelle de St. Maurice, MD, MPH, co-chief infection prevention officer for UCLA Health, speaks on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guide for youth sports to resume.

Expert Available

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


Researchers create air filter that can kill the coronavirus

Researchers from the University of Houston, in collaboration with others, have designed a "catch and kill" air filter that can trap the virus responsible for COVID-19, killing it instantly.

– University of Houston

Materials Today Physics

Researchers propose novel approach to limit organ damage, improve outcomes for patients with severe COVID-19

In a paper published in Cancer and Metastasis Reviews, a team of researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital propose that controlling the local and systemic inflammatory response in COVID-19 may be as impo...

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Cancer and Metastasis Reviews; R01GM038765

New Study Finds COVID-19 Impact on Community Radiology Practices

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly spread across all 50 United States. Associated recommendations that healthcare facilities defer non-urgent visits, tests, and procedures led many imaging facilities to temporarily curtail most of their non-urgent ser...

– Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

Journal of American College of Radiology, July-2020

Ozone Disinfection Could Allow Safe Reuse of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

A new study shows that ozone gas, a highly reactive chemical composed of three oxygen atoms, could provide a safe means for disinfecting certain types of personal protective equipment that are in high demand for shielding health care personnel from C...

– Georgia Institute of Technology


A data visualization platform that tracks countries' progress on meaningful access to information

The Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington Information School has released the Development and Access to Information Dashboards, a data visualization platform that tracks the progress of countries and regions on key indicato...

– University of Washington

Tip Sheet: SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, COVID-19 and health disparities, eating in tough times and immune protection in breast milk

Summaries of recent Fred Hutch research findings and other news.

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Asymptomatic Transmission and Reinfection of COVID: Live Event for July 16, 2PM EDT

Emerging data shows more risk of asymptomatic transmission and reinfection with COVID than previously thought. Experts will discuss these findings and what are the implications for managing the pandemic. Media are invited to attend and ask questions....

– Newswise

GW Biostatistics Center Launches Three COVID-19 Projects

The Biostatistics Center (BSC) at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GW Milken Institute SPH) recently launched three projects to design, conduct, analyze and report on COVID-19 studies. The results from these ...

– George Washington University

Vysnova Signs Two-Year Contract with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Implementing a Covid-19 Community Research Partnership

Vysnova Partners Inc., in association with Wake Forest Baptist Health and other premier health systems and corporations, has received an over $54 million, two-year contract from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to coordinate ...

– Wake Forest Baptist Health

Hackensack Meridian CDI has Struck a COVID-19 Research Collaboration with Merck

The CDI will work with Merck to identify candidate treatments for the still-spreading pandemic.

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Big Data Analytics Enables Scientists to Model COVID-19 Spread

Researchers will use big data analytics techniques to develop computational models to predict the spread of COVID-19. They will utilize forward simulation from a given patient and the propagation of the infection into the community; and backward simu...

– Florida Atlantic University

OADN & AACN Secure No-Cost Access to COVID-19 Screening Solution Until Vaccines Become Widely Available

OADN & AACN Secure No-Cost Access to COVID-19 Screening Solution Until Vaccines Become Widely Available

– Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)

San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics Fuels COVID-19 Research

Fueling transformative research through collaboration, the San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics (SAPPT) announces the funding of three more collaborative COVID-19 research efforts in San Antonio. SAPPT has awarded more than $600,000 to ...

– Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Mount Sinai Researcher Receives NIH Award to Study Immune Responses of Patients With Inflammatory Skin Diseases in the Setting of COVID-19 Infection

The study will aim to understand whether systemic medications and biologics, such as dupilumab—a monoclonal antibody that binds to an inflammatory molecule, IL-4 receptor alfa, and inhibits the inflammatory response that leads to rashes and itching...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Special unit will treat nursing home patients with COVID-19 in Jefferson County

UAB will establish a special 25-bed unit to treat patients from nursing home facilities who have COVID-19. The unit will isolate nursing home residents who test positive and are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, while providing the appropriate lev...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Expert Pitch

Want to avoid drowning in COVID-19 debt? Try an installment plan

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Rutgers Economist Available to Discuss Reopening of Malls in New Jersey, Texas

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Is it Safe to Visit the Dentist During a Pandemic?

– University of Maryland, Baltimore

Rutgers Expert Available to Comment on COVID-19 Neurological Effects

– Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

COVID-19, telehealth and the hybrid future of diabetes care

– Endocrine Society

WashU Expert: WHO withdrawal may not be legal

– Washington University in St. Louis

WashU Expert: America gains nothing by leaving WHO

– Washington University in St. Louis

Signatory to letter to WHO focused on understanding virus transmission by aerosols

– Washington University in St. Louis





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