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Rutgers Expert Addresses Questions on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout and Variant Issues
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Stanley H. Weiss, an epidemiologist in infectious and chronic diseases, and a professor at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the Rutgers School of Public Health, talks about vaccine side effects, the hesitancy that still exists and why it is important to get vaccinated when it’s your turn.

Released: 16-Apr-2021 3:15 PM EDT
Studies suggest people with blood cancers may not be optimally protected after COVID-19 vaccination
American Society of Hematology (ASH)

Two new studies published in Blood suggest that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may have reduced efficacy in individuals with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and multiple myeloma, two types of blood cancer.

Newswise: University of Colorado Inter-campus Collaboration Wins R01 Award for Salivary Gland Cancer
Released: 16-Apr-2021 3:15 PM EDT
University of Colorado Inter-campus Collaboration Wins R01 Award for Salivary Gland Cancer
University of Colorado Cancer Center

Two University of Colorado Cancer Center researchers have received a five-year R01 Award for $497,893 per year from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study a potential new drug treatment for salivary gland cancer. The award is part of an inter-campus collaboration between Antonio Jimeno, MD, PhD, co-leader of the Developmental Therapeutics Program, and Tin Tin Su, PhD, co-leader of the Molecular and Cellular Oncology Program.

Newswise: Simulations reveal how dominant SARS-CoV-2 strain binds to host, succumbs to antibodies
Released: 16-Apr-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Simulations reveal how dominant SARS-CoV-2 strain binds to host, succumbs to antibodies
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Large-scale supercomputer simulations at the atomic level show that the dominant G form variant of the COVID-19-causing virus is more infectious partly because of its greater ability to readily bind to its target host receptor in the body, compared to other variants.

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Released: 16-Apr-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Experimental antiviral for COVID-19 effective in hamster study
NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

The experimental antiviral drug MK-4482 significantly decreased levels of virus and disease damage in the lungs of hamsters treated for SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health scientists.

Released: 16-Apr-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Take it easy: How to gradually, and safely, approach running workouts after long periods of physical inactivity
LifeBridge Health

Sedentary lifestyles have been common during the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the availability of vaccines increasing and restrictions starting to ease, it might be a good time to (safely) get into the workout groove.

Released: 16-Apr-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Lake Health officially joins University Hospitals system through membership substitution
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Announcement of Lake Health, based in Concord, Ohio, is officially part of the University Hospitals health system in Cleveland.

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Forum Tackles Vaccine Hesitancy in the Black Community
Cedars-Sinai

Leading healthcare and faith leaders addressed key issues that are contributing to vaccine hesitancy in Black communities during a national online discussion this week, explaining that a lack of access to healthcare, concerns over vaccine safety, and religious beliefs are keeping many from getting COVID-19 vaccines.

Newswise: With virtual meetings here to stay, experts give tips on ways to bring some humanity back to our screens
Released: 16-Apr-2021 1:20 PM EDT
With virtual meetings here to stay, experts give tips on ways to bring some humanity back to our screens
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Sitting in small offices, big conference rooms, or giant auditoriums to collaborate with colleagues has been replaced by little squares on computer screens. Family pets, the doorbell, and children sometimes vie for attention, and if you want to take a bite of food, you turn off the camera. For better or worse, the way we meet has been forever changed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But experts at UTHealth think there are some easy things to do so all of these virtual experiences don't lead to burnout and fatigue.

Newswise: COVID-19: Scientists identify human genes that fight infection
Released: 16-Apr-2021 1:10 PM EDT
COVID-19: Scientists identify human genes that fight infection
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys have identified a set of human genes that fight SARS-CoV-2 infection, the virus that causes COVID-19. Knowing which genes help control viral infection can greatly assist researchers’ understanding of factors that affect disease severity and also suggest possible therapeutic options. The genes in question are related to interferons, the body’s frontline virus fighters.

Released: 16-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Healthy eating: Tips for planning nutritious meals and snacks
LifeBridge Health

Nutrition goals aren’t the same for everyone. These tips, however, may help you personalize your new eating habits

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Newswise: Study of More Than 3,000 Members of the US Marine Corps. Reveals Past COVID-19 Infection Does Not Fully Protect Young People Against Reinfection
Released: 16-Apr-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Study of More Than 3,000 Members of the US Marine Corps. Reveals Past COVID-19 Infection Does Not Fully Protect Young People Against Reinfection
Mount Sinai Health System

Although antibodies induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection are largely protective, they do not completely protect against reinfection in young people, as evidenced through a longitudinal, prospective study of more than 3,000 young, healthy members of the US Marines Corps conducted by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Naval Medical Research Center, published April 15 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Newswise: U.S. Army to Train Military Healthcare Personnel at UChicago Medicine’s Level 1 Trauma Center
Released: 16-Apr-2021 10:25 AM EDT
U.S. Army to Train Military Healthcare Personnel at UChicago Medicine’s Level 1 Trauma Center
University of Chicago Medical Center

The University of Chicago Medicine will become the latest premier trauma training site for U.S. Army physicians, nurses and medics ahead of their deployments in a unique partnership that seeks to share knowledge and experience.

Released: 16-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
New AstaReal Patent Leads the Way for Natural Astaxanthin in Personalized Nutrition
AstaReal Inc., USA

AstaReal, pioneer and global leader in the production of natural Astaxanthin, has always strived for excellence and advancement of natural astaxanthin research and product development.

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Released: 15-Apr-2021 8:45 PM EDT
Beyond Boundaries: R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Celebrates Heroes
University of Maryland Medical Center

More than 65 first responders and top trauma medicine professionals who saved the lives of two critically ill patients were honored tonight at the 31st annual R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Celebration of Heroes. Funds raised by the virtual event will support the Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Atlantic Health System Physicians Co-Author 5 Studies, Presented at American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting
Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care physicians are co-authors of five original studies presented at this year’s AACR Annual Meeting, held virtually April 10-15 and May 17-21. The AACR meeting is one of the world’s premier scientific gatherings of cancer specialists and researchers.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 4:10 PM EDT
Penn Study Suggests Those Who Had COVID-19 May Only Need One Vaccine Dose
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

New findings from Penn suggest that people who have recovered from COVID-19 may only need a single mRNA vaccine dose. However, those who did not have COVID-19 did not have a full immune response until after a second vaccine dose, reinforcing the importance of completing the two recommended doses.

Newswise: Patients of women doctors more likely to be vaccinated against the flu
Released: 15-Apr-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Patients of women doctors more likely to be vaccinated against the flu
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Elderly patients of female physicians are more likely than those of male physicians in the same outpatient practice to be vaccinated against the flu. This trend holds for all racial and ethnic groups studied and could provide insight into improving vaccination rates for influenza, COVID-19 and other illnesses

Released: 15-Apr-2021 4:00 PM EDT
June 2021 Issue of AJPH Comprises the Effects of COVID-19 on Drug Overdoses, E-cigarette Use, and Public Health Measures and Strategies
American Public Health Association (APHA)

June 2021 AJPH Issue highlights COVID-19 concerns in relation to fatal drug overdoses, drops in youth e-cigarette use, importance of public health measures, and strategies to protect correctional staff.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 3:55 PM EDT
New paper shows how disease can affect economies for generations
Oxford University Press

A new paper in the Review of Economic Studies indicates that disease can alter the social networks and economic growth of countries for generations, even after the disease itself is eradicated.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 3:40 PM EDT
Protein Linked to ALS/Ataxia Could Play Key Role in Other Neurodegenerative Disorders
University of Utah Health

A new study suggests that some neurological disorders share a common underlying thread. Staufen1, a protein that accumulates in the brains of patients with certain neurological conditions, is linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, along with other neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease, according to University of Utah Health scientists.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 3:35 PM EDT
Water crisis took toll on Flint adults’ physical, mental health
Cornell University

Since state austerity policies initiated a potable water crisis seven years ago in Flint, Michigan, public health monitoring has focused on potential developmental deficits associated with lead exposure in adolescents or fetuses exposed in utero.

Newswise: First in the nation, FDA-approved Phase II mesenchymal stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease begins
Released: 15-Apr-2021 3:35 PM EDT
First in the nation, FDA-approved Phase II mesenchymal stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease begins
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A Phase II clinical trial to assess mesenchymal adult stem cells as a disease-modifying therapy for Parkinson's disease has been launched at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Newswise: Study Uses Precision Medicine to Speed Drug Testing for Pancreatic Cancer
Released: 15-Apr-2021 3:30 PM EDT
Study Uses Precision Medicine to Speed Drug Testing for Pancreatic Cancer
University of California San Diego Health

Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health is among the few clinical trial sites in the U.S. for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PanCAN) newly created Precision Promise, the first large-scale precision medicine trial designed to transform outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer.

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Released: 15-Apr-2021 3:20 PM EDT
COVID-19 reduces access to opioid dependency treatment for new patients
Princeton University

COVID-19 has been associated with increases in opioid overdose deaths, which may be in part because the pandemic limited access to buprenorphine, a treatment used for opioid dependency, according to a new study led by Princeton University researchers.

Newswise: UGA to Establish National NIH-funded Center to Fight Flu
Released: 15-Apr-2021 2:45 PM EDT
UGA to Establish National NIH-funded Center to Fight Flu
University of Georgia

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Georgia a contract to establish the Center for Influenza Disease and Emergence Research (CIDER). The contract will provide $1 million in first-year funding and is expected to be supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of NIH, for seven years and up to approximately $92 million.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Can financial stress lead to physical pain in later years?
University of Georgia

Financial stress can have an immediate impact on well-being, but can it lead to physical pain nearly 30 years later? The answer is yes, according to new research from University of Georgia scientists.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Meatpacking plants increased COVID-19 cases in US counties
University of California, Davis

An estimated 334,000 COVID-19 cases are attributable to meatpacking plants, resulting in $11.2 billion in economic damage, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of California, Davis.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 2:05 PM EDT
FSU College of Medicine Research Links Parkinson's Disease and Neuroticism
Florida State University

New research from the Florida State University College of Medicine has found that the personality trait neuroticism is consistently associated with a higher risk of developing the brain disorder Parkinson’s disease. The research by Professor of Geriatrics Antonio Terracciano and team, published in Movement Disorders, found that adults in the study who scored in the top quartile of neuroticism had more than 80% greater risk of Parkinson’s, compared to those who scored lower on neuroticism.

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Released: 15-Apr-2021 1:55 PM EDT
How to build a city that prioritizes public health
Colorado State University

Most people by now have memorized the public health guidelines meant to help minimize transmission of COVID-19: wash your hands, wear a mask, keep six feet apart from others. That part is easy.

Newswise: Major clinical trial to test Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine opens for enrollment at UTHealth in Houston
Released: 15-Apr-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Major clinical trial to test Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine opens for enrollment at UTHealth in Houston
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A large national clinical trial to evaluate the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for safety and efficacy in pregnant women is now open for enrollment at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 15-Apr-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Wake Forest School of Medicine Begins Study to Test New Mask for Healthcare Workers
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Open Standard Industries, Inc. (OSI), manufacturer of the OSR-M1 non-valved reusable elastomeric face mask, is pleased to formally announce the launch of its first Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved user feasibility study. The trial is being led by the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. Recruitment in the study is underway, and enrollment is expected to be completed by May 28, 2021.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 1:40 PM EDT
Fewer Severe Heart Attack Patients Pursued Treatment During Pandemic
University at Albany, State University of New York

A recent study found that the number of patients who pursued treatment for a severe form of heart attack dropped significantly in New York State during the pandemic.

Newswise: Study: New Approach May Boost Prostate Cancer Immunotherapies
Released: 15-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Study: New Approach May Boost Prostate Cancer Immunotherapies
Cedars-Sinai

Researchers have discovered a new way to transform the tissues surrounding prostate tumors to help the body's immune cells fight the cancer. The discovery, made in human and mouse cells and in laboratory mice, could lead to improvements in immunotherapy treatments for prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in men in the U.S.

Newswise: Keck Medicine of USC Launches USC Cardiac and Vascular Institute
Released: 15-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Keck Medicine of USC Launches USC Cardiac and Vascular Institute
Keck Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC announces the launch of the USC Cardiac and Vascular Institute (CVI), which brings together cardiovascular services at the academic medical center under one unified structure. Vaughn Starnes, MD, surgeon-in-chief at Keck Hospital of USC, has been named executive director of the institute.

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Released: 15-Apr-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Significant spread of all coronavirus variants tracked in Houston area
Elsevier

In late 2020, several concerning SARS-CoV-2 variants emerged globally. They are believed to be more easily transmissible, and there is concern that some may reduce the effectiveness of antibody treatments and vaccines.

Newswise: UNC Researchers Receive $3.74 Million to Create Injectable Technology for Contraception, HIV Prevention
Released: 15-Apr-2021 12:35 PM EDT
UNC Researchers Receive $3.74 Million to Create Injectable Technology for Contraception, HIV Prevention
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

The lab of Rahima Benhabbour, PhD, has received a $3.74 million grant over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will fund the creation of an injectable that will provide long-acting protection for women against sexually transmitted pathogens and prevent pregnancy, but is also removable.

Newswise: Black, Hispanic, Native Americans Have Borne the Burden of Years of Life Lost From the Pandemic
Released: 15-Apr-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Black, Hispanic, Native Americans Have Borne the Burden of Years of Life Lost From the Pandemic
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

A UCLA Fielding School of Public Health-led team has found that Hispanic, Black, and Native Americans have carried the burden of the pandemic, both in overall mortality and specifically in years of potential life lost, in an analysis of 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (D.C.).

Newswise: New Research Suggests Breast Cancer Treatment in Patients over Age 70 Can Be Safely Reduced
Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:55 AM EDT
New Research Suggests Breast Cancer Treatment in Patients over Age 70 Can Be Safely Reduced
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Research indicates the rate of cancer recurrence or survival may be no different in older women diagnosed with early breast cancer whether they were treated or untreated.

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15-Apr-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Fit Matters Most When Double Masking to Protect Yourself from COVID-19
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

A study led by Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, associate professor of infectious diseases at the UNC School of Medicine and director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, and William D. Bennett, PhD, professor of medicine in the UNC Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma, and Lung Biology, shows that wearing two masks can significantly increase the effectiveness of preventing the spread of COVID-19, but is heavily dependent on how well they fit over a person’s nose and mouth.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Coronavirus Protein May Lead the Way to Future COVID-19 Vaccines
American Physiological Society (APS)

A new computational study suggests that a protein present in SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could be a target for future vaccines. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:40 AM EDT
FSMB Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Medical Regulation and Health Care
Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

The Federation of State Medical Boards’ Board of Directors released a statement affirming its commitment to supporting an equitable health care system

Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Genetic Ancestry Versus Race Can Provide Specific, Targeted Insights to Predict and Treat Many Diseases
Mount Sinai Health System

The complex patterns of genetic ancestry uncovered from genomic data in health care systems can provide valuable insights into both genetic and environmental factors underlying many common and rare diseases, according to a team of Mount Sinai researchers.


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