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Pediatrics expert from UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital available for comment on American Academy of Pediatrics report on COVID-19 child cases increase

As schools across the nation continue to deliberate on how and when schools will be allowed to reopen, the American Academy of Pediatrics has reported over 179,990 new COVID-19 child cases, with an overall 90% increase from July 9 – August 6, 2020.

In California, there are more than 50,000 cases among children and teenagers, representing about 9.5% of total cases, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.

Dr. Annabelle de St. Maurice, co-chief infection prevention officer at UCLA Health, assistant professor of pediatrics in the division of infectious diseases and leader of the Pediatric Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship Programs at UCLA, is available to share her expertise on this topic.

Dr. de St. Maurice spent time at the CDC on the Epidemic Intelligence Service where she studied the epidemiology of viral hemorrhagic fevers. Her research and clinical interests are focused on mitigating the spread and severity of infectious diseases through vaccines and infection control practices. She has studied the impact of pneumococcal vaccine on invasive pneumococcal disease rates, risk factors for hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, epidemiology of Rift Valley fever disease, and sequelae of Ebola disease in survivors.



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COVID-19 Pandemic Drinking: Increases Among Women, Black Adults, and People with Children
Research Society on Alcoholism

Risky drinking has been a public health concern in the U.S. for decades, but the significant increase in retail alcohol sales following COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders in particular raised red flags for alcohol researchers. New research has assessed changes in alcohol drinking patterns from before to after the enactment of stay-at-home orders. These results and others will be shared at the 44th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), which will be held virtually this year from the 19th - 23rd of June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Alcohol Consumption Is Far From ‘One Size Fits All’
Research Society on Alcoholism

An ongoing analysis of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on alcohol and related outcomes shows that COVID-related stressors experienced by study participants – including work-, financial-, and family-related stressors – are having a varied impact on individuals with and without alcohol use disorders (AUDs). These results will be shared at the 44th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), which will be held virtually this year from the 19th - 23rd of June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Newswise Expert Panels on COVID-19 Pandemic: Notable excerpts, quotes and videos available
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Newswise is hosting a series of Expert Panels discussion on unique aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This tip sheet includes some notable quotes from the panelists.

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This upcoming JAMA-published study examined whether the COVID-19 vaccine impacts male fertility.

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Teamwork saves lives: COVID-19 hospital network shares key findings to improve care
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Data sharing among 40 Michigan hospitals about the care and outcomes for thousands of inpatients with COVID-19 has led to reduced variation and findings that could inform care anywhere, including approaches for preventing blood clots and reducing overuse of antibiotics, as well as a risk prediction tool.

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One-third of older Americans delayed health care over COVID concerns
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly one in three Americans between the ages of 50 and 80 put off an in-person appointment for medical care in 2020 because they were worried about exposure to the novel coronavirus, new national poll data show.

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UNC Researchers Lead Study of Diabetes Treatment of COVID-19 Patients
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Diabetes is one of the comorbidities most strongly associated with severe COVID-19 in the US, and data from early in the pandemic suggested individuals with type 2 diabetes faced twice the risk of death from COVID-19 and a greater risk of requiring hospitalization and intensive care. A new study shows best treatment options.

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Vaccination, Previous Infection, Protect Against COVID-19 gamma/P.1 Variant in Animal Model
University of Wisconsin-Madison

In a new study using variant virus recovered from one of the original travelers, researchers in the U.S. and Japan have found that vaccination with an mRNA vaccine induces antibody responses that would protect humans from infection with the gamma/P.1 variant.


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