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Released: 5-Jan-2021 11:15 AM EST
Columbia Launches First Pandemic Simulation for Healthcare Executives
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

A strategic decision-making and team-building exercise for hospital executives developed at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health now includes a simulated pandemic—likely the first such simulation of its kind. The new pandemic exercise will debut in early 2021 with partners in the United States and Italy.

Released: 17-Nov-2020 2:15 PM EST
Study of COVID-19 Risk and Long-Term Effects Underway at 37 Academic Medical Centers
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new nationwide study of more than 50,000 individuals—coordinated by Columbia researchers—is now underway to determine factors that predict disease severity and long-term health impacts of COVID-19.

Released: 30-Sep-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Political Polarization: Often Not as Bad as We Think
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

As politics grows increasingly polarized, a new global study finds people often exaggerate political differences and negative feelings of those on the opposite side of the political divide, and this misperception can be reduced by informing them of the other side’s true feelings. The study replicates earlier research in the United States, finding the phenomenon to be generalizable across 25 countries.

Released: 14-Sep-2020 3:20 PM EDT
Lockdown Led to 70% Drop in NYC COVID Spread, Masks Also Effective
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Reducing contact rates contributed to around a 70 percent reduction in the transmission of COVID-19 in New York City during the spring pandemic wave. Widespread use of face coverings contributed an additional 7 percent reduction. The study led by scientists at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health appears in the preprint server medRxiv.

Released: 26-Aug-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center Earns National Cancer Institute Renewal
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center has been redesignated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the NCI, the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research, care and training.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 2:20 PM EDT
COVID-19 Fatality Risk Is Double Earlier Estimates: Study
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

In one of the most robust studies of COVID-19 mortality risk in the United States, researchers estimate an infection fatality rate more than double estimates from other countries, with the greatest risk to older adults. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health scientists and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene colleagues published the findings on the pre-print server medRxiv ahead of peer review.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Study Examines Limiting School Capacity for New York City Reopening
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Data modeling projections by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health scientists evaluate potential policies to reduce new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in coming months, including by limiting school capacity by 50 percent or capping capacity of certain industries to 25 percent during Phase Four, as well as by implementing an “adaptive PAUSE” system to re-implement social distancing rules during a rebound. The researchers have been working with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on COVID-19 planning. Their new report is posted on Github.

Released: 18-Jun-2020 2:35 PM EDT
COVID-19 One-Step Saliva Test Is Born in Columbia Fertility Clinic
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Columbia fertility experts have developed a one-step saliva test for COVID-19 that could expand access to testing.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 5:25 PM EDT
NYC Subway Data Reveals Communities of Color Carry the Burden of Essential Work and COVID-19
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

A new study shows there was substantial social distancing inequalities throughout New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers reported that areas with the lowest individual income and a greater percentage of non-white and/or Hispanic/Latino individuals, used the subway to a greater degree during the pandemic, and the strongest driver of subway use in communities of color was the percent of individuals in essential work. This is one of the first studies to assess the interrelationship between sociodemographic factors, mobility, and COVID-19. Findings are online in the preprint of medRxiv ahead of peer-reviewed publication.

Released: 21-May-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Latest Columbia COVID-19 Projections: Delayed Response to Rebound Would Cost Lives
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

New projections from Columbia University scientists find that delays in reimplementing social distancing following a relaxation of control measures could result in a stronger rebound of COVID-19 infections and deaths. If control measures had been in place earlier, a large portion of infections and deaths could have been prevented.

Released: 15-May-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Lowering Testosterone May Reduce Severity of COVID-19
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Lowering testosterone may prevent the new coronavirus from entering lung cells and lessen COVID-19 severity, new Columbia University research suggests. A trial has now begun in three VA hospitals.

Released: 7-May-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Columbia Projections Suggest Potential Late May Rebound in COVID-19 Infections and Deaths as States Reopen
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

The latest data modeling projections by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health scientists estimate that, nationally, new COVID-19 cases and deaths will rebound in late May, as states ease stay-at-home orders and social contacts increase. By June 1, one projection scenario gives median estimates of 43,353 cases per day and 1,841 deaths per day in the United States. A second scenario with a greater progressive loosening of restrictions projects median estimates of 63,330 cases per day and 2,443 deaths per day by June 1.

Released: 29-Apr-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Columbia University Study Finds Risk of Coronavirus Reinfection Remains After Individuals Recover
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Research by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health experts finds that reinfections with endemic coronaviruses are not uncommon, even within a year of prior infection. The study on the four endemic coronaviruses—not including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19—found that when reinfection occurred, it was not associated with less severe symptoms.

13-Feb-2020 1:40 PM EST
The Skinny on Why Poor Sleep May Increase Heart Risk in Women
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new study suggests that for women, poor sleep could contribute to unhealthy food choices, increasing the risk of obesity and heart disease.

Released: 4-Feb-2020 10:05 AM EST
Research Links Neighborhood Characteristics with Women’s Use of Preventive Care
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A study conducted by Columbia University School of Nursing shows where a woman lives influences her use of preventive health care more than her income or race/ethnicity or whether she is depressed.

23-Jan-2020 11:05 AM EST
Putrid Compound May Have a Sweet Side Gig as Atherosclerosis Treatment
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A compound associated with the smell of death may have potential as a treatment for atherosclerosis and other chronic inflammatory diseases.

17-Jan-2020 4:25 PM EST
An Estimated 2 Million People With Heart Disease Have Used Marijuana, Finds Study
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new study estimates that more than 2 million Americans with heart disease have used marijuana, but the cardiovascular effects of the drug are not fully understood.

Newswise: Overactive Brain Waves Trigger Essential Tremor
15-Jan-2020 11:30 AM EST
Overactive Brain Waves Trigger Essential Tremor
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

The source of essential tremor—involuntary, rhythmic trembling—has been elusive, but a new study points to abnormal electrical activity in the base of the brain.

Released: 19-Dec-2019 6:00 AM EST
Nursing Leaders Convene at Columbia Nursing for First National LGBTQ Health Summit
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

The first National Nursing LGBTQ Health Summit was a first step toward creating a national health action plan to raise awareness of and improve LGBTQ health.

11-Dec-2019 11:30 AM EST
Refined Carbs May Trigger Insomnia, Finds Study
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Women who consumed a diet high in added sugars and refined carbohydrates had a greater risk of developing insomnia, a new study by researchers at Columbia University has found.

Released: 4-Dec-2019 12:20 PM EST
Single Dose of Ketamine Plus Talk Therapy May Reduce Alcohol Use
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A single infusion of ketamine plus behavioral therapy helped alcohol-dependent individuals reduce their drinking, a new study finds.

Released: 3-Dec-2019 6:00 AM EST
Sustaining simulation education requires evidence of effectiveness
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Simulation education has evolved significantly over the years and has become essential to preparing nurses for clinical practice, but sustaining its evolution will require greater evidence of its effectiveness, according to a summary of Columbia University School of Nursing’s 2018 inaugural “Innovations in Simulation Summit,” which appears in the October 2019 issue of Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

12-Nov-2019 12:35 PM EST
Link Between Hearing and Cognition Begins Earlier Than Once Thought
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new study finds that cognitive impairment begins in the earliest stages of age-related hearing loss—when hearing is still considered normal.

Newswise: In Blacks with Alzheimer’s Gene, Higher Education May Be Protective
Released: 30-Oct-2019 1:40 PM EDT
In Blacks with Alzheimer’s Gene, Higher Education May Be Protective
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new study from Columbia University found that a higher level of education protected against cognitive decline in black people with a gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

23-Oct-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Most Prescribed Blood Pressure Drugs May Be Less Effective than Others
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new study of nearly 5 million patients shows the most-popular first-line treatment for hypertension is less effective and causes more side effects than thiazide diuretics.

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15-Oct-2019 4:20 PM EDT
Images Offer Most Detailed Glimpse Yet Into How Skin Senses Temperature
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Columbia University researchers have captured new images of a temperature-sensing molecule in its open, intermediate, and closed states.

8-Oct-2019 4:10 PM EDT
Ex-Smokers, Light Smokers Not Exempt from Lung Damage
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new study shows that smoking even a few cigarettes a day is harmful to lungs and that former smokers continue to lose lung function at a faster rate than never-smokers for decades after quitting.

5-Sep-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Bone, Not Adrenaline, Drives Fight or Flight Response
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Adrenaline is considered crucial in triggering a “fight or flight” response, but new research shows the response can’t get started without a hormone made in bone.

Released: 30-Aug-2019 11:00 AM EDT
Many Who Die Waiting for a Kidney Had Multiple Offers, New Study Finds
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Most patients who died or were removed from the kidney transplant waitlist before getting a transplant received multiple offers for a donor kidney.

13-Aug-2019 10:15 AM EDT
Pollutant Linked to Climate Change Can Accelerate Lung Disease as Much as a Pack a Day of Cigarettes
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Long-term exposure to outdoor air pollutants, especially the pollutant ozone, accelerates the development of emphysema and age-related decline in lung function, even among people who have never smoked, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Newswise: Pancreatic Cancer: Less Toxic, More Enduring Drug May Improve Therapy
Released: 8-Aug-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Pancreatic Cancer: Less Toxic, More Enduring Drug May Improve Therapy
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new drug that penetrates the protective barrier around pancreatic cancers and accumulates in malignant cells may improve current chemotherapy, a study in mice suggests.

Released: 26-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Antipsychotic Use in Youths with ADHD Is Low, But Still Cause for Concern
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new study eased fears about the proportion of youths with ADHD taking antipsychotic drugs, but still found that many prescriptions may be inappropriate.

9-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Flu Fact Sheet for Parents Increases Vaccination Rate in Children
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Parents given a handout with flu facts at their pediatrician’s office were significantly more likely to get their kids vaccinated before the end of flu season, Columbia pediatricians have found.

21-Jun-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Hidden Consciousness Detectable with EEG Just Days after Brain Injury
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Nearly 1 in 7 brain-injured patients show early evidence of hidden consciousness—as revealed by EEG analysis—and are more likely to recover, researchers at Columbia have found.

24-Jun-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Heart Risk Raised By Sitting in Front of the TV, Not By Sitting at Work, Finds Study
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Sitting while watching television, but not sitting at work, is associated with a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, or early death, Columbia researchers have found.

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Released: 25-Jun-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Using 3D-Printing to Stop Hair Loss
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

In a new study, aimed at using stem cells for hair growth, Columbia researchers have created a way to grow human hair in a dish, which could open up hair restoration surgery to more people, including women, and improve the way pharmaceutical companies search for new hair growth drugs.

Released: 24-Jun-2019 9:20 AM EDT
Newly Established Phyllis Mailman Professorship Will Advance the Research and Development of Lifesaving Vaccines
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

In honor of philanthropist Phyllis Mailman, The Mailman Foundation, the Joshua Mailman Foundation, and The Tow Foundation, have together endowed the Phyllis Mailman Professorship to support groundbreaking emerging infectious disease research at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. The endowed professorship will be based in the Mailman School’s world-class Center for Infection and Immunity (CII), led by director Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, a globally-recognized microbe hunter who has identified more than 1,500 novel viruses. The newly created faculty position will support a distinguished researcher in the field of emerging infectious diseases.

Newswise: New Gene Editor Harnesses Jumping Genes for Precise DNA Integration
11-Jun-2019 2:05 PM EDT
New Gene Editor Harnesses Jumping Genes for Precise DNA Integration
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Scientists at Columbia have developed a gene-editing tool—using jumping genes—that inserts any DNA sequence into the genome without cutting, fixing a major shortcoming of existing CRISPR technology.

4-Jun-2019 6:00 PM EDT
Columbia University and Deerfield Management Launch Hudson Heights Innovations
Columbia University

Columbia University and Deerfield Management, a healthcare investment firm, today announced the creation of a major research and development alliance. The collaboration is intended to advance the translation of biomedical discoveries into transformative treatments for improved quality of life and cures for disease.

Released: 4-Jun-2019 7:00 AM EDT
Columbia Nursing Study Finds Link Between Healthcare Associated Infections and Nurse Understaffing
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A unit-level nurse staffing study conducted by Columbia University School of Nursing found an association between nurse understaffing and healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in patients, demonstrating that understaffing increases the risk of HAIs, which adds billions to healthcare costs annually.

6-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
A Moody Gut Often Accompanies Depression—New Study Helps Explain Why
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new study suggests that depression and GI trouble sometimes spring from the same source – low serotonin – and identifies a potential treatment that could ease both conditions simultaneously.

Released: 14-Mar-2019 7:30 AM EDT
Literature Review and Meta-Analysis Analyzes How DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria For Autism May Affect Diagnosis Rate
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A five-year follow-up systematic review and meta-analysis of 33 studies—conducted to determine changes in the frequency of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis since the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 (DSM-5)—was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Released: 11-Mar-2019 7:30 AM EDT
Columbia School of Nursing Researchers Awarded Two Grants From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Unit
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Grants Totaling $3.73 Million Will Support Research To Improve Infection Prevention in Hospitals and Strengthen Patient Care Through Social Networks in Medical Home Settings

Newswise: How A Common Oral Bacteria Makes Colon Cancer More Deadly
28-Feb-2019 8:50 AM EST
How A Common Oral Bacteria Makes Colon Cancer More Deadly
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

New research reveals how a bacteria in dental plaque-- involved in 1/3 of colon cancer cases-- speeds up colon cancer growth and makes the disease more deadly.

15-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
New “Smart Drug” Shows Promise for Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A clinical trial at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia and other centers found that patients responded to a new “smart drug” for women with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Released: 15-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Why Some Brain Tumors Respond to Immunotherapy
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Fewer than 1 in 10 patients with glioblastoma—the most common type of brain cancer—respond to immunotherapy; a new study reveals how to detect patients who may respond.

Released: 8-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
How Exercise May Protect Against Alzheimer’s
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A hormone called irisin – produced during exercise – may protect neurons against Alzheimer’s disease.

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6-Feb-2019 12:20 PM EST
Could Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Prevent Miscarriages?
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new study in mice reveals that omega-3s, a type of fat found in fish oil, reduces fetal and neonatal deaths, suggesting they could prevent some miscarriages in women.

30-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST
In Prenatal Testing, ‘Genomics' Sometimes Sees What Genetic Tests Can’t
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

One of the first large prospective studies of its kind reveals the potential—and limitations—of a new form of genetic testing in pregnancy.

22-Jan-2019 6:00 PM EST
Aerobic Exercise Improves Cognition, Even in Young Adults
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Aerobic exercise is known to improve cognition in the elderly; a new study at Columbia University’s Taub Institute shows it’s good for adults as young as 20.


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