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Newswise: Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

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 eliminate the spread of the virus—to achieving and sustaining care quality even in the best nursing homes. Active engagement of nursing home leaders in developing solutions responsive to the unprecedented threats to quality standards of care delivery is required.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Atlantic Hurricane Season and Mortgage Default Risk
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Maryland Smith finance professor and former risk executive Clifford Rossi’s new study examines the future implications of a predicted increase in hurricane activity for the likes of borrowers and mortgage credit investors.

Released: 8-Jul-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Special unit will treat nursing home patients with COVID-19 in Jefferson County
University of Alabama at Birmingham

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 level of skilled nursing care that those patients require.

Released: 8-Jul-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Early childhood education centers can boost parents' engagement at home
University of Arizona

COVID-19 has temporarily shuttered many early childhood education centers across the country, shifting full-time child care and teaching responsibilities largely to parents.

Newswise: Cedars-Sinai Named Age-Friendly Health System
Released: 7-Jul-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Cedars-Sinai Named Age-Friendly Health System
Cedars-Sinai

Shortly after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, more than 450 older adults learned their weekly exercise classes offered through the Cedars-Sinai Geriatrics Program were on hold. But under the quick-thinking direction of geriatrician Allison Moser Mays, MD, the program pivoted, creating a way for seniors to access live classes over Zoom from the comfort of their homes. The online format has proved especially popular.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 2:35 PM EDT
New Research Reveals Privacy Risks of Home Security Cameras
Queen Mary University of London

An international study has used data from a major home Internet Protocol (IP) security camera provider to evaluate potential privacy risks for users.

26-Jun-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Study: Fever-Associated Seizures After Vaccination Do Not Affect Development, Behavior
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Now a new study has found there is no difference in developmental and behavioral outcomes for children who have febrile seizures after vaccination, children who have febrile seizures not associated with vaccination and children who have never had a seizure. The new study is published in the July 1, 2020 online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Febrile seizures are also known as febrile convulsions.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 11:50 AM EDT
For Cardiac Rehab Patients, In-Home Portable Air Cleaners Lower Fine-Particle Pollutant Exposure
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Using an in-home portable air cleaner (PAC) can significantly reduce exposure to fine-particle air pollutants – a major risk factor for cardiovascular events in people with pre-existing heart disease, reports a pilot study in the July issue of Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 29-Jun-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Stress of COVID-19 pandemic could lead to violence at home, Tulane experts caution
Tulane University

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 spread of the virus could lead to an increase in family violence at home, according to a perspective in Pediatrics co-authored by Tulane University child psychiatrists.

Released: 25-Jun-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Mayo Clinic launches advanced care at home model of care
Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic announced a new care model that will deliver innovative, comprehensive, and complex care to patients—all from the comfort of home via a new technology platform. Through advanced care at home, patients with conditions previously managed in a hospital will have the option to transition to a home setting and receive compassionate, high-quality virtual and in-person care and recovery services.

Released: 23-Jun-2020 10:40 AM EDT
75% of US workers can’t work exclusively from home, face greater risks during pandemic
University of Washington

About three-quarters of U.S. workers, or 108 million people, are in jobs that cannot be done from home during a pandemic, putting these workers at increased risk of exposure to disease. This majority of workers are also at higher risk for other job disruptions such as layoffs, furloughs or hours reductions, a University of Washington study shows.

17-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Stigma of broken family relationships compounded by lockdown
University of Cambridge

The report, by researchers at the University of Cambridge, Edge Hill University and the UK-based charity Stand Alone, brings together over 800 responses to a survey sent out to the charity’s UK community.

Newswise: COVID-19 Collaboration Reducing Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities
Released: 18-Jun-2020 10:35 AM EDT
COVID-19 Collaboration Reducing Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities
University of Virginia Health System

A collaborative program developed at UVA Health to work with local long-term care facilities to control COVID-19 is saving lives and offers a model for communities across the country, a new scientific paper reports.

Released: 16-Jun-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Domestic Abuse and COVID-19
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

As COVID-19 spread across the globe, ravaging a path of illness and death, public health and government officials championed shelter-in-place orders to provide a safe haven away from the virus.  But months later, preliminary data shows that the lockdown orders had the opposite effect on one particular demographic: Victims of intimate partner violence who were trapped at home with their abusers.

Newswise: Research Links Personality Traits to Toilet Paper Stockpiling
10-Jun-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Research Links Personality Traits to Toilet Paper Stockpiling
PLOS

People who feel more threatened by COVID-19 and rank highly on scales of emotionality and conscientiousness were most likely to stockpile toilet paper in March 2020, according to a new study published June 12, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.

Released: 11-Jun-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Caring for Your Loved Ones with COVID-19 at Home
University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB expert provides practical ways you can care for your loved ones who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at home.Much has been reported about some of the most severe cases of COVID-19, but what about those who may be experiencing mild or lesser symptoms and are not in situations where they have to be hospitalized? How can spouses, parents or families take care of their loved ones at home?

Newswise: Women’s Communication Shapes Division of Labor in Household
Released: 9-Jun-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Women’s Communication Shapes Division of Labor in Household
University of Utah

A new study led a team that analyzed the role that communication plays in the division of household labor. They found that partner communication is the most important factor linking the division of household labor to satisfaction in the relationship. But the way that the partners’ communication matters depends on gender.

Newswise: Jump Into Summer Safely
Released: 9-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Jump Into Summer Safely
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

The first days of summer mean warmer temperatures and plenty of sunlight for outdoor play. However, for adolescents and young adults alike, additional risks for injury are present, especially as states’ sheltering in place requirements have limited activity in recent months. With media reporting an increase in sales of outdoor toys such as trampolines and inflatable toys because of COVID-19, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is reminding parents to encourage families to think before they bounce.

Released: 8-Jun-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Link Found Between Pet Ownership and Health
University at Albany, State University of New York

Research found that pet ownership improves health in some instances, but increases risk in others.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Your doctor's ready: Please log in to the videoconference
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

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-provider landscape.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Working from Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Working from home during the pandemic became an unexpected reality for millions of Americans, and while many want their careers permanently based where they live, hurdles to that goal remain, reports the first comprehensive study of the social and cultural impact of the coronavirus conducted by the USC Center for the Digital Future and the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Released: 2-Jun-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Pediatric injuries in the home are on the rise
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

COVID-19 has changed the way families go about their daily routines. With public schools being closed, most parents now have to take on several roles at once. Most are working, providing home schooling and care during the day, and taking on other new roles.

Newswise: Pre-COVID-19 poll of older adults hints at potential impact of pandemic on their eating habits
29-May-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Pre-COVID-19 poll of older adults hints at potential impact of pandemic on their eating habits
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Most people in their 50s and older were capable home cooks just before COVID-19 struck America, but only 5% had ordered groceries online, according to a new national poll. The cooking skills that enabled half of older adults to eat dinner at home six or seven days a week may have served them well during the height of the pandemic, the poll suggests. However, they may need added support for grocery shopping as the pandemic continues and older adults seek to avoid COVID-19.

Released: 29-May-2020 11:40 PM EDT
Study finds overwhelming support for smoke-free policies among Los Angeles tenants, landlords
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Half of apartment dwellers in Los Angeles report having been exposed to unwanted secondhand smoke in their homes in the last year, and 9 in 10 of them say they favor policies banning smoking from their buildings, a new study by researchers at the Fielding School of Public Health's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research reveals.

Released: 28-May-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Kidney Health Initiative Urges the Acceleration of Home Therapy Technology in Response to Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19)
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the vulnerability of people with kidney failure who rely on in-center hemodialysis. People with kidney failure are at high risk of severe COVID-19 complications and are exposed to infection due to a kidney replacement therapy process that requires traveling to a dialysis facility multiple times a week.

Released: 28-May-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Wearing face masks at home might help ward off COVID-19 spread among family members
BMJ

Wearing face masks at home might help ward off COVID-19 spread among family members

Newswise:Video Embedded robotic-cats-are-purr-fect-companions-for-seniors-isolated-due-to-covid-19
VIDEO
Released: 28-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Robotic Cats Are ‘Purr-fect’ Companions for Seniors Isolated Due to COVID-19
Florida Atlantic University

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 robotic pets offer an alternative to traditional pet therapy. Robotic pets are usually given to people with ADRD, but data has shown that using them to decrease social isolation for older adults is highly successful.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: When working from home equals lack of sleep
Released: 28-May-2020 4:40 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: When working from home equals lack of sleep
Penn State Health

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.

Newswise: Student-Built Program Supports Thousands During Remote Learning Experience
Released: 27-May-2020 1:15 PM EDT
Student-Built Program Supports Thousands During Remote Learning Experience
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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.

Newswise: Researchers study teleworking effects during COVID-19
Released: 27-May-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Researchers study teleworking effects during COVID-19
University of Georgia

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

Released: 22-May-2020 12:05 PM EDT
COVID-19 and Connectedness: Finding a Balance in Our Online Lives
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

As uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine wears on, there remains one constant: a reliance on the internet, social media, and streaming services for work, school, entertainment, and keeping in touch with friends and family. But is the increased screen time — and the resulting onslaught of emails, memes, and media consumption that come with the removed barrier between work and home — taking a toll on our mental health? For answers, we turned to Simon Gottschalk, a UNLV sociology professor and author of “The Terminal Self: Everyday Life in Hypermodern Times,” which examines the social and psychological toll of our increasingly online lives on work, education, family life, interactions, our sense of self, and more.

Newswise: Social isolation linked to more severe COVID-19 outbreaks
20-May-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Social isolation linked to more severe COVID-19 outbreaks
PLOS

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 PLOS ONE by Giuseppe Liotta of the University of Rome, Italy, and colleagues.

Released: 21-May-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Life at Home During the Pandemic
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

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 of the pandemic conducted by the USC Center for the Digital Future and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).

Released: 20-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
iTHRIV seeks to address COVID-19 information gap in Virginia
University of Virginia Health System

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

Newswise: Signs of Child Abuse During COVID-19 Pandemic
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Released: 19-May-2020 7:10 AM EDT
Signs of Child Abuse During COVID-19 Pandemic
Children's of Alabama

With the pandemic keeping families inside their homes, and no access to school, faith institutions, or daycare, signs of child abuse may be easier to miss. Melissa Peters, MD, discusses how the potential increase in child abuse can be addressed, including signs to watch for in your community.

15-May-2020 8:15 AM EDT
New and Diverse Experiences Linked to Enhanced Happiness, New Study Shows
New York University

New and diverse experiences are linked to enhanced happiness, and this relationship is associated with greater correlation of brain activity, new research has found. The results reveal a previously unknown connection between our daily physical environments and our sense of well-being.

Released: 15-May-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Why have nursing homes been hit harder by the coronavirus, and should you remove your relative?
University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR—Nursing home residents and workers account for about one-third of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, so far, according to media reports.Sheria Robinson-Lane, a gerontologist and assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, is an expert in palliative and long-term care and nursing administration.

Released: 14-May-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Coronavirus outbreak trending topics - See the Coronavirus Channel
Newswise

Research and experts on the symptoms and spread of COVID-19, impact on global trade and financial markets, public health response, search for an effective treatment, and more

Newswise: A Brave New Virtual World of Work?
Released: 14-May-2020 3:10 PM EDT
A Brave New Virtual World of Work?
University of California San Diego

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in remote work on an unprecedented scale. Elizabeth Lyons, an assistant professor of management at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, predicts this sudden transition to virtual will create a "new normal" in the world of work.

12-May-2020 3:20 PM EDT
Physera Delivers Physical Therapy to the Masses with New Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service
Physera

To ease access to needed healthcare services during the COVID-19 crisis, Physera, an app-based platform for remote physical therapy, today announced that it has launched a new direct-to-consumer service for people who have musculoskeletal (MSK) issues and pain.

Newswise:Video Embedded work-family-balance-upended-by-global-pandemic
VIDEO
Released: 12-May-2020 6:40 AM EDT
Work-family balance upended by global pandemic
University of Delaware

The striking parallels between Colonial America and Coronavirus America reveal the cyclical nature of work-family life, according to Professor Bahira Sherif Trask, who teaches courses on the history and diversity of American families at the University of Delaware.

11-May-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Researchers to track impact of lockdown on alcohol, gambling and pornography use
University of Cambridge

Is the lockdown leading us to drink more alcohol or spend more time gambling online or watching pornography? Researchers today launch a survey aimed at tracking how our habits have changed in response to our forced isolation.

Released: 7-May-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Mindfulness can help you stop procrastinating while working from home
Binghamton University, State University of New York

In addition to the stress of the global pandemic, working remotely could make people work inefficiently. According to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York, practicing mindfulness may decrease levels of procrastination.


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