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Coronavirus Knowledge Needs to Be Shared Freely, Not Kept Secret by Governments, Corporations

Government agencies and medical institutions have been hit hard recently by hackers attempting to steal coronavirus research. The US and other countries are battling to keep their coronavirus innovations secret (or protect their research in other ways) partly because they want their citizens to benefit from it first, but also because treatments may be quite lucrative. Nicole Hassoun, professor of philosophy at Binghamton University, State University of New York, says that we need to ensure access to scientific knowledge on coronavirus for the common good, not solely for the limited benefit of governments and businesses.

“The best way to protect ourselves is to protect everyone. We need to share our knowledge to make the most progress in fighting the virus,” says Hassoun. “Patent pools have helped speed up scientific research and development against many other diseases. Moreover, we should not grant companies patents on new innovations, as these monopolies let them set high prices that prevent many people from accessing essential medicines. We should, instead, reimburse them for their efforts in other ways. Rather than fighting over what we know, we can make more progress by sharing our ideas. International cooperation can help save many people's lives and livelihoods.”

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COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Advantages of Digital Technology in Clinical Research
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Digital technology has facilitated continued research operations for a pain research registry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cloud-based systems that allow remote management of research studies and collection of data may signal a new trend for future clinical research endeavors.

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Psychologist shares quick relief for parents struggling with child behavior during COVID-19 pandemic
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Nonstop family time during the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified challenges for parents caring for young children around the clock. Using research-backed therapies that she helped pioneer, a WVU psychology professor has quick relief strategies for parents struggling with child misbehavior during the lockdown.

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Georgetown University Medical Center

Approximately three quarters of the deaths associated with COVID-19 in the nation’s capital have been among the African American community. A new Georgetown University report illuminates entrenched health and socioeconomic disparities that explain one reason this is occurring. Main points: • 15-year difference in the life expectancy between residents in Ward 3 and Ward 8; • Residents from Wards with more Black residents (5, 7, and 8) more likely hospitalized for preventable health conditions; • Number of Blacks who are obese is 3x higher than Whites; • Number of Blacks with diabetes is 7x higher than Whites; • Number of Blacks who die from heart disease is 2.5 times higher than Whites; • Median household income is 3x less for Blacks; and • Blacks have the lowest percentage of bachelor degree attainment.

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It seems as though there will never be enough “thank-you’s” for the incredible doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff who are working around the clock to help patients with this dangerous coronavirus disease. It’s their dedication, determination and spirit that enable Johns Hopkins to deliver the promise of medicine.


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