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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA expert available to comment on proposed ‘‘Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act’’ (HEROES Act) focus on paid sick leave

Dr. Jody Heymann, founding director of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center and a UCLA distinguished professor of public health, public policy, and medicine, is available as an expert on the proposed ‘‘Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act’’ (HEROES Act), with a focus on the bill's provisions for paid sick leave. Heymann is lead author of study published this week in the journal Global Public Health that demonsrates the connections between countries' paid sick leave policies and the growth and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.




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Why does COVID-19 impair your sense of smell?
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hyposmia or anosmia, a decreased or complete loss of smell, has been widely reported in patients with COVID-19, often as a symptom noticed early on prior to other symptoms or even as the only symptom present in an otherwise asymptomatic patient.There are still many unknowns regarding COVID-19, but one common occurrence among those infected is smell loss.

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Researchers pivot from studying cancer and cystic fibrosis to launch trial of drug to fight COVID-19
University of Kansas Cancer Center

The University of Kansas Medical Center announced today a trial exploring a drug intended to fight the cytokine storm common in COVID-19.

Released: 14-Aug-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Many medical “rainy day” accounts aren’t getting opened or filled, study finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

One-third of the people who could benefit from a special type of savings account to cushion the blow of their health plan deductible aren’t doing so, according to a new study. And even among people who do open a health savings account (HSA), half haven’t put any money into it in the past year.

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Obesity a Major Risk for Severe COVID-19 Cases
Hackensack Meridian Health

While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that people of any age can contract COVID-19, obesity has emerged among the major risk factors for severe cases. With more than 40 percent of Americans classified as obese, experts caution that this is a growing concern.

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Ophthalmologists Anticipate a School Year Marked by Complaints of Eye Strain
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology shares back-to-online school checklist to protect kids’ eyes from too much screen time.

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A quick, cost-effective method to track the spread of COVID-19
Hokkaido University

A group of researchers have demonstrated that, from seven methods commonly used to test for viruses in untreated wastewater, an adsorption-extraction technique can most efficiently detect SARS-CoV-2. This gives us another tool to detect the presence and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 13-Aug-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Technion’s Nanofiber PPE Sticker Now In Mass Production
American Technion Society

The COVID-busting ‘Maya’ sticker developed by Technion researchers has gone into mass production. Comprised of a nanofiber sheet, the unique sticker can be easily adhered to a protective mask, significantly improving its effectiveness against the novel coronavirus.

13-Aug-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Massive, rapid vaccine production will require firms to share information
University of Michigan

As the world rushes to identify safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics to counter the COVID-19 epidemic, attention is turning to the next step: manufacturing these products at enormous scale.


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