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13-Jun-2021 12:05 PM EDT
COVID-19 Pandemic Drinking: Increases Among Women, Black Adults, and People with Children
Research Society on Alcoholism

Risky drinking has been a public health concern in the U.S. for decades, but the significant increase in retail alcohol sales following COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders in particular raised red flags for alcohol researchers. New research has assessed changes in alcohol drinking patterns from before to after the enactment of stay-at-home orders. These results and others will be shared at the 44th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), which will be held virtually this year from the 19th - 23rd of June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

13-Jun-2021 1:05 PM EDT
About the Cannabis and Alcohol Relationship: It’s Complicated
Research Society on Alcoholism

Not only is cannabis the most commonly used illicit – in a number of states – drug among people who drink alcohol, cannabis is also by far the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. overall. New research findings tease out the nuanced relationship between alcohol and cannabis through a survey of regular cannabis users who also report drinking alcohol, as well as heavy drinkers in treatment who also use cannabis. These findings will be shared at the 44th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), which due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be held virtually this year from the 19th - 23rd of June 2021.

13-Jun-2021 1:05 PM EDT
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Alcohol Consumption Is Far From ‘One Size Fits All’
Research Society on Alcoholism

An ongoing analysis of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on alcohol and related outcomes shows that COVID-related stressors experienced by study participants – including work-, financial-, and family-related stressors – are having a varied impact on individuals with and without alcohol use disorders (AUDs). These results will be shared at the 44th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), which will be held virtually this year from the 19th - 23rd of June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

13-Jun-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Leveraging Technology to Track Recovery and Relapse in Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorders
Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcohol researchers have long known that excessive drinking can cause detrimental changes in cardiovascular functioning. Recent advances in technologies can facilitate data collection that identifies altered cardiovascular functioning even before a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. These results and others will be shared at the 44th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), which will be held virtually this year from the 19th - 23rd of June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Released: 18-Jun-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Undiagnosed and Untreated Disease Identified in Rural South Africa
University of Alabama at Birmingham

A comprehensive health-screening program in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has found a high burden of undiagnosed or poorly controlled non-communicable diseases, according to a study published in The Lancet Global Health.

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Released: 18-Jun-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Newswise Expert Panels on COVID-19 Pandemic: Notable excerpts, quotes and videos available
Newswise

Newswise is hosting a series of Expert Panels discussion on unique aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This tip sheet includes some notable quotes from the panelists.

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Released: 18-Jun-2021 8:55 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Vaccines and Male Fertility Event for June 17, 2021
Newswise

This upcoming JAMA-published study examined whether the COVID-19 vaccine impacts male fertility.

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Released: 18-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Teamwork saves lives: COVID-19 hospital network shares key findings to improve care
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Data sharing among 40 Michigan hospitals about the care and outcomes for thousands of inpatients with COVID-19 has led to reduced variation and findings that could inform care anywhere, including approaches for preventing blood clots and reducing overuse of antibiotics, as well as a risk prediction tool.

Newswise: If You Ride an E-Scooter, Take Safety Precautions
Released: 17-Jun-2021 6:00 PM EDT
If You Ride an E-Scooter, Take Safety Precautions
Henry Ford Health System

DETROIT – As pandemic restrictions begin to loosen around the country and summer temperatures rise, more people will be moving about on public rideshare electric scooters. With that comes this warning: Ride with safety.A Henry Ford Health System study published in The Laryngoscope, shows that head and neck injuries caused by use of e-scooters have been on the rise since rideshare systems were introduced to the public in late 2017.

Released: 17-Jun-2021 4:15 PM EDT
UNC Researchers Lead Study of Diabetes Treatment of COVID-19 Patients
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Diabetes is one of the comorbidities most strongly associated with severe COVID-19 in the US, and data from early in the pandemic suggested individuals with type 2 diabetes faced twice the risk of death from COVID-19 and a greater risk of requiring hospitalization and intensive care. A new study shows best treatment options.

Released: 17-Jun-2021 4:10 PM EDT
Vaccination, Previous Infection, Protect Against COVID-19 gamma/P.1 Variant in Animal Model
University of Wisconsin-Madison

In a new study using variant virus recovered from one of the original travelers, researchers in the U.S. and Japan have found that vaccination with an mRNA vaccine induces antibody responses that would protect humans from infection with the gamma/P.1 variant.

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Newswise: “ChulaCov19” Thailand’s First COVID-19 Vaccine Has Been Tested on Humans
Released: 17-Jun-2021 8:55 AM EDT
“ChulaCov19” Thailand’s First COVID-19 Vaccine Has Been Tested on Humans
Chulalongkorn University

On June 14, 2021 at Bhumisirimangalanusorn Building, Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, the Thai Red Cross Society, the Faculty of Medicine and the Chula Vaccine Research Center (CVRC), Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University conducted its first phase of clinical trial on volunteers who have passed the screening process and deemed to be in good health. The process is continuing on to phase 2 to monitor immunity reactions to the ChulaCov19 vaccine under the supervision of medical experts, doctors, nurses and the research team.

Released: 17-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Chef José Andrés and His World Central Kitchen to Receive Goodermote Humanitarian Award
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Chef and restaurateur José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen will receive the 2021 Goodermote Humanitarian Award from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for Humanitarian Health in recognition of their work to feed communities hard hit by natural and other disasters around the world.

Newswise: Detoxifiers From The Landfill
Released: 17-Jun-2021 5:05 AM EDT
Detoxifiers From The Landfill
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Bacteria from an Indian landfill could help eliminate contaminated chemicals. The focus is on pesticides such as lindane or brominated flame retardants, which accumulate in nature and in food chains. Researchers at Empa and Eawag used these bacteria to generate enzymes that can break down these dangerous chemicals.

16-Jun-2021 5:00 AM EDT
Disadvantaged Neighborhoods See More COVID-19 Infections and Deaths, Mount Sinai Scientists Report
Mount Sinai Health System

New York City neighborhoods that had higher levels of socioeconomic disadvantage experienced more COVID-19 infections and deaths, according to Mount Sinai scientists who created a neighborhood-level COVID-19 inequity index.

Newswise: In Show of COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence, 96% of America’s Ophthalmologists Already Vaccinated
Released: 16-Jun-2021 3:50 PM EDT
In Show of COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence, 96% of America’s Ophthalmologists Already Vaccinated
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is calling on its members to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and encourage people to get vaccinated, including their staff.

Released: 16-Jun-2021 3:05 PM EDT
We cannot cheat ageing and death
University of Southern Denmark

A study led by Fernando Colchero, University of Southern Denmark and Susan Alberts, Duke University, North Carolina, that included researchers from 42 institutions across 14 countries, provides new insights into the aging theory "the invariant rate of ageing hypothesis", which states that every species has a relatively fixed rate of aging.

Newswise: UCLA-led Research Finds Connections Between Air Quality and COVID Vulnerability
Released: 16-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT
UCLA-led Research Finds Connections Between Air Quality and COVID Vulnerability
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Even as governments across the United States consider lifting mask mandates and relaxing preventative measures as vaccination numbers creep up, new research from a UCLA-led team has found that such basic techniques significantly reduce the risk of getting COVID-19. In addition, the research found that U.S. counties with higher exposures to poor air quality, historically, saw higher county-level COVID-19 mortality rates in 2020.

Newswise: Story Tips from Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Released: 16-Jun-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Story Tips from Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine

NEWS STORIES IN THIS ISSUE: - Stressed About “Returning to Normal”? Here Are Tips to Ease Into the Transition - Be Your Brother’s Keeper: Steps for Faith-Based Communities to Reopen Safely

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Released: 15-Jun-2021 5:50 PM EDT
Unlabeled PFAS chemicals detected in makeup
Green Science Policy Institute

Makeup wearers may be absorbing and ingesting potentially toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), according to a new study published today in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

Newswise: Data and Safety Review Board Reports How it Monitored the COVID-19 Vaccine Trials
Released: 15-Jun-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Data and Safety Review Board Reports How it Monitored the COVID-19 Vaccine Trials
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Evaluation of three vaccine candidates during the COVID-19 pandemic fell to 12 experts of the federally appointed COVID-19 Vaccine Data and Safety Monitoring Board. This team has now taken the unusual step of publishing details of their review process in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Released: 15-Jun-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Common cold combats COVID-19
Yale University

Exposure to the rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold, can protect against infection by the virus which causes COVID-19, Yale researchers have found.

Released: 15-Jun-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Researchers Develop More Reliable Rapid Tests for COVID-19
University of Maryland Medical Center

Researchers Develop More Reliable Rapid Tests for COVID-19 Public Release Date: 15-Jun-2021 00:00:00 US Eastern Time (24hr) Research News Release Contact Person: Deborah Kotz Contact Phone: 410-706-4255 Contact E-mail: Journal: Nature Protocols DOI: 10.1038/s41596-021-00546-w Funder: Grant Number(s): Meeting: Primary Keyword: Medicine/Health Keywords: Medicine/Health -> Diagnostics Medicine/Health -> Infectious/Emerging Diseases Subtitle: Tests Use Innovative Techniques That Improve Accuracy Rivaling Gold Standard PCR Test Summary: Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have developed two rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 that are nearly as accurate as the gold-standard test currently used in laboratories. Unlike the gold standard test, which extracts RNA and uses it to amplify the DNA of the virus, these new tests can detect the presence of the virus in as little as five minutes using different methods.

Newswise: SARS-CoV-2 Worldwide Replication Drives Rapid Rise and Selection of Mutations
Released: 15-Jun-2021 11:40 AM EDT
SARS-CoV-2 Worldwide Replication Drives Rapid Rise and Selection of Mutations
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

The number of COVID-19 variants is growing rapidly, so much that the scale and scope of mutation may pose a threat to the continuing successful use of the current vaccines and therapies. The findings, by an international team that includes University of California researchers, are being published in the June edition of the peer-reviewed journal EMBO Molecular Medicine. The pace of variation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus strains makes plain the threat that rapidly evolving new strains might give rise to escape variants, capable of limiting the efficacy of vaccines, therapies, and diagnostic tests.

Released: 15-Jun-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Researchers Model Impact and Value of Establishing Blood Pressure Control Programs at Barbershops Nationwide
Beth Israel Lahey Health

In a new paper published in the journal Circulation, researchers built a model to examine the potential impact of implementing similar blood pressure control programs at barbershops nationwide. Modeled off a 2018 randomized trial called the Los Angeles Barbershop Blood Pressure Study (LABBS), the team found that such programs could reach one in three Black men with uncontrolled blood pressure nationally.

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10-Jun-2021 11:10 AM EDT
Use of PFAS in cosmetics ‘widespread,’ new study finds
University of Notre Dame

Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame.

Released: 14-Jun-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Palisades Medical Center Opens New Physical Rehabilitation Center for Outpatient Services
Hackensack Meridian Health

State-of-the-art 7,500-square-foot facility opens on North Bergen campus.

Newswise: New research finds 1M deaths in 2017 attributable to fossil fuel combustion
Released: 14-Jun-2021 3:25 PM EDT
New research finds 1M deaths in 2017 attributable to fossil fuel combustion
Washington University in St. Louis

Comprehensive evaluation of source sector, fuel contributions to the PM2.5 disease burden analyzed across over 200 countries

Newswise: Masking, breakthrough infections and telehealth: Keck Medicine of USC experts on life after June 15
Released: 14-Jun-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Masking, breakthrough infections and telehealth: Keck Medicine of USC experts on life after June 15
Keck Medicine of USC

June 15 is a banner day in California. Most COVID-19 statewide restrictions will be eliminated, including physical distancing and in many situations, mask mandates. How will life change and how will it stay the same? Keck Medicine of USC experts weigh in on what to expect next in the golden state.

Newswise: California Reopening: Experts Say Keep Masks Handy
Released: 14-Jun-2021 10:35 AM EDT
California Reopening: Experts Say Keep Masks Handy
Cedars-Sinai

This week brings a milestone to pandemic-weary Californians: As of June 15, California public health guidelines that have been in place during the 15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic will be relaxed. Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to go mask-free in most situations, but Cedars-Sinai infectious disease experts suggest masks, an important tool in preventing transmission of the virus, will be with us a while longer.

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Released: 14-Jun-2021 9:45 AM EDT
People with Health Insurance Vaccinated More Than Those Without, Survey Finds
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

People with health insurance are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at a higher rate than those without insurance, despite the vaccine being free, according to a national survey from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

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Released: 14-Jun-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Study Links COVID-19 Public Health Efforts to Dramatic Drop in COPD Hospitalizations
University of Maryland Medical Center

Public health measures designed to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus may have fostered a substantial side benefit: A 53 percent drop in hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), likely due to a drop in circulating seasonal respiratory viruses such as influenza.

Released: 11-Jun-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Model shows sharp decrease in HIV incidence in England
University of Cambridge

The annual number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in England is likely to have fallen dramatically, from 2,770 in 2013 to 854 in 2018, showing elimination of HIV transmission by 2030 to be within reach - suggests work by researchers from the MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge and Public Health England (PHE), published in The Lancet HIV.

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Released: 11-Jun-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Saliva can be more effective than nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 testing
Elsevier

The collection of nasopharyngeal swab (NPS) samples for COVID-19 diagnostic testing poses challenges including exposure risk to healthcare workers and supply chain constraints.

Newswise: AI Predicts How Patients with Viral Infections, Including COVID-19, Will Fare
9-Jun-2021 6:05 PM EDT
AI Predicts How Patients with Viral Infections, Including COVID-19, Will Fare
University of California San Diego Health

UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers discovered gene expression patterns associated with pandemic viral infections, providing a map to help define patients’ immune responses, measure disease severity, predict outcomes and test therapies — for current and future pandemics.

Released: 10-Jun-2021 5:35 PM EDT
Senolíticos reducen síntomas de COVID-19 en estudios preclínicos
Mayo Clinic

Los investigadores de Mayo Clinic y sus colegas de la Universidad de Minnesota demostraron que la COVID-19 exacerba las consecuencias nocivas de las células senescentes en el cuerpo. En estudios preclínicos, los fármacos senolíticos descubiertos en Mayo redujeron considerablemente la inflamación, la enfermedad y la mortalidad debida a la infección por covid en ratones ancianos. Los resultados se publican en la revista Science.

Released: 10-Jun-2021 5:30 PM EDT
Senolíticos reduzem os sintomas de COVID-19 em estudos pré-clínicos
Mayo Clinic

Os pesquisadores da Mayo Clinic e colegas da Universidade de Minnesota mostraram que o COVID-19 intensifica o impacto prejudicial das células senescentes no corpo. Em estudos pré-clínicos, os medicamentos senolíticos descobertos na Mayo reduziram significativamente a inflamação, a gravidade da doença e a mortalidade da infecção por COVID em camundongos mais velhos. Essas conclusões foram publicadas na revista Science.

Released: 10-Jun-2021 5:05 PM EDT
الأدوية المحللة للشيخوخة تقلل من أعراض فيروس كورونا المستجد (كوفيد-19) في الدراسات ما قبل السريرية
Mayo Clinic

أظهر باحثو مايو كلينك وزملاؤهم في جامعة مينيسوتا أن فيروس كورونا المستجد (كوفيد-19) يفاقم التأثير الضار للخلايا الشائخة في الجسم. ففي الدراسات ما قبل السريرية، قللت الأدوية المحللة لالشيخوخة التي تم اكتشافها في مايو بشكل كبير من الالتهاب والمرض والوفيات الناجمة عن عَدوى فيروس كورونا المستجد في الفئران الأكبر سنًا. النتائج منشورة في مجلة ساينس.

7-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Study Examines the Effects of COVID-19 on Human Kidney Cells
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• The virus that causes COVID-19 can infect and replicate in human kidney cells, but this does not typically lead to cell death. • Kidney cells that already have features of injury may be more easily infected and develop additional injury.

Released: 10-Jun-2021 4:55 PM EDT
抗衰老药物在临床前研究中减少COVID-19症状。
Mayo Clinic

妙佑医疗国际(Mayo Clinic)的研究人员和明尼苏达大学的同事表明,COVID-19(2019冠状病毒病)加剧了体内衰老细胞的破坏性影响。在临床前研究中,妙佑医疗国际研发的抗衰老药物显著降低了老年实验鼠因COVID(冠状病毒病)感染引起的炎症、疾病和死亡率。该研究结果已发表在《科学》期刊中。

Newswise: GSK Consumer Healthcare Partners with Rutgers School of Public Health to Create Urban Public Health Scholarship
Released: 10-Jun-2021 2:15 PM EDT
GSK Consumer Healthcare Partners with Rutgers School of Public Health to Create Urban Public Health Scholarship
Rutgers School of Public Health

Rutgers School of Public Health is pleased to announce that GSK Consumer Healthcare has created a full-tuition scholarship to support a graduate student from a historically underrepresented group.

Released: 10-Jun-2021 10:55 AM EDT
NCCN Cancer Experts Answer Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s patient information team provides a patient and caregiver version of recently-updated, evidence-based expert consensus recommendations for vaccinating people with cancer against COVID-19.

Newswise: Researchers Test Model to Predict Drug Overdose Deaths in U.S.
Released: 10-Jun-2021 10:40 AM EDT
Researchers Test Model to Predict Drug Overdose Deaths in U.S.
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at UC San Diego, San Diego State University, and international collaborators have designed and validated a prediction model to signal counties at risk of future overdose death outbreaks.


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