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Houston Methodist oncologist available to comment on NCI model predicting 10,000 additional breast/colorectal cancer deaths due to COVID-19

24-Jun-2020 10:10 AM EDT, by Houston Methodist contact patient services

The National Cancer Institute predicts the number of people who will die from breast or colorectal cancer in the U.S. will increase by nearly 10,000 over the next decade because of COVID-19's impact on oncology care. 

Charles Geyer, M.D., oncologist with Houston Methodist Cancer Center is available to comment on this topic. According to Geyer, if someone is experiencing potential signs or symptoms of cancer, such as feeling a lump in the breast, it's important to see a doctor right away. "Fear of COVID-19 should not stop someone from getting the care they need, especially if they have a mass that could be cancer," said Geyer. 




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Lung physiology and immune function in children could be protecting them from severe COVID-19
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Differences in lung physiology and immune function in children could be why they are more often spared from severe illness associated with COVID-19 than adults, according to pediatric and adult physicians at UTHealth and Baylor College of Medicine, who teamed up to investigate the disparity.

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ACI Launches “Healthy Returns”: New Toolkit Contains Important Cleaning, Hygiene Reminders for Reopened Businesses and Offices
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As communities across the nation begin the reopening process stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) announced the roll-out of Healthy Returns, a free online toolkit for small businesses and offices containing concise, easy to understand reminders on hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting that are crucial to keeping the workplace healthy and safe.

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COVID-19 in Patients Who Have Received Kidney Transplants or Are Undergoing Dialysis
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• A recent study found that most kidney transplant recipients with COVID-19 do not need to be hospitalized. • Another study found that patients on dialysis who develop COVID-19 may have symptoms that are different from other patients with the infectious disease.

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Law clinic wins access to COVID-19 race data
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The First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School, working on behalf of its client, The New York Times, helped secure the release of previously unseen data that provides the most detailed look yet at nearly 1.5 million American coronavirus patients from 974 counties across the country.

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Increased Risk of COVID-19 Among Users of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

Findings from an online survey of more than 53,000 American adults suggest that using heartburn medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) once or twice daily significantly increases the odds of a positive test for COVID-19 compared to those who do not take PPIs. This research appeared online July 7, 2020 in pre-print format in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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COVID-related discrimination disproportionately impacts racial minorities, study shows
University of Southern California (USC)

Discrimination against people thought to be infected with coronavirus was experienced by a rising number of United States residents, particularly racial minorities, in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

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Remdesivir can save more lives where ICUs are overwhelmed
Boston University School of Medicine

Amid news that the United States has bought up virtually the entire global supply of remdesivir, a new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) study outlines how the drug could save lives in countries with less hospital capacity, such as South Africa, where COVID-19 is beginning to overwhelm intensive care units (ICUs).

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Shortly after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, more than 450 older adults learned their weekly exercise classes offered through the Cedars-Sinai Geriatrics Program were on hold. But under the quick-thinking direction of geriatrician Allison Moser Mays, MD, the program pivoted, creating a way for seniors to access live classes over Zoom from the comfort of their homes. The online format has proved especially popular.


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