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Released: 6-Apr-2020 3:35 PM EDT
BIDMC launches clinical trial to assess common anti-clotting medication for treatment of COVID-19-related respiratory failure
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

A team of physician-scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are now enrolling patients in a clinical trial to evaluate a common anti-clotting drug for the treatment of COVID-19-positive patients with ARDS. The newly launched trial follows a special report the team published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery that suggested the use of a drug called tPA could reduce deaths among patients with ARDS as a complication of COVID-19.

Newswise: A guide to using nonmedical masks
Released: 6-Apr-2020 8:35 AM EDT
A guide to using nonmedical masks
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

There are some critical things to know about how to use a nonmedical mask correctly, because when used incorrectly, which is pretty easy to do, you could actually put yourself and others more at risk. Physicians at UTHealth break it all down.

Newswise: ATS Publishes New Guidance on COVID-19 Management
Released: 6-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
ATS Publishes New Guidance on COVID-19 Management
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

An American Thoracic Society-led international task force has released a guidance document to help clinicians manage COVID-19 patients in the face of a worldwide pandemic and minimal empirical evidence to guide treatment. The new guidance – “COVID-19: Interim Guidance on Management Pending Empirical Evidence”– is published as an open access document on the American Thoracic Society’s website.

Newswise: New Study Identifies Characteristics of Patients With Fatal COVID-19
Released: 3-Apr-2020 3:55 PM EDT
New Study Identifies Characteristics of Patients With Fatal COVID-19
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

In a new study, researchers identified the most common characteristics of 85 COVID-19 patients who died in Wuhan, China in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The study reports on commonalities of the largest group of coronavirus patient deaths to be studied to date. The paper was published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Released: 3-Apr-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Trial drug can significantly block early stages of COVID-19 in engineered human tissues
University of British Columbia

An international team led by University of British Columbia researcher Dr. Josef Penninger has found a trial drug that effectively blocks the cellular door SARS-CoV-2 uses to infect its hosts.

Released: 3-Apr-2020 11:45 AM 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

Released: 3-Apr-2020 8:10 AM EDT
Tip Sheet: Tracking COVID-19, protein design, TB vaccines, a new brain map and more
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Summaries of recent Fred Hutch research findings with links for additional background and media contacts.

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Released: 2-Apr-2020 1:25 PM EDT
New CT scoring criteria for timely diagnosis, treatment of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)

Updated CT scoring criteria that considers lobe involvement, as well as changes in CT findings, could quantitatively and accurately evaluate the progression of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pneumonia, according to an open-access article in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR).

Newswise: UIC clinical trials investigate COVID-19 treatments
Released: 2-Apr-2020 9:40 AM EDT
UIC clinical trials investigate COVID-19 treatments
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is participating in two clinical trials for COVID-19 treatments.

Newswise: Johns Hopkins Engineers Developing 3D-printed Ventilator Splitter
Released: 2-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Johns Hopkins Engineers Developing 3D-printed Ventilator Splitter
Johns Hopkins University

In response to a pressing need for more ventilators to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients, a team led by Johns Hopkins University engineers is developing and prototyping a 3D-printed splitter that will allow a single ventilator to treat multiple patients. Though medical professionals have expressed concerns about the safety and effectiveness of sharing ventilators, the team has designed this tool to address those concerns.


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