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UCLA experts available to discuss various topics related to novel coronavirus outbreak

Newswise — News about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues to develop rapidly as the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 spreads to other parts of the globe.

Jeffrey Klausner, MD, is a clinical professor in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and an expert on prevention strategies related to the spread of infectious diseases. He is also an epidemiologist at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Klausner is a frequent advisor to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

Anne W. Rimoin, PhD, MPH is a professor in the department of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the infectious disease division at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Rimoin has worked internationally, including in Africa, on emerging infectious diseases. She is available to speak about emerging infectious diseases, global health, disease surveillance, immunization and the current novel coronavirus outbreak.

Lisa Dabby, MD, is an emergency department physician at the Nethercutt Emergency Center at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Having treated hundreds of children and adults with flu symptoms during a decade in the emergency department, she is available to speak about when patients should visit the emergency room and common concerns and questions that patients have about infectious diseases, including the novel coronavirus.

Robert J. Kim-Farley, MD, is a professor of both epidemiology and community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He is the former director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Dr. Kim-Farley is available to speak about international public health, health policy and preparation, and the response to public health situations, including the current novel coronavirus outbreak.

For an interview with any of these experts, please contact uclahealthnews@mednet.ucla.edu or Brad Smith, of the Fielding School of Public Health, at bssmith@support.ucla.edu

 




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Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Genetic ‘fingerprints’ of first COVID-19 cases help manage pandemic
University of Sydney

A new study published in the world-leading journal Nature Medicine, reveals how genomic sequencing and mathematical modelling gave important insights into the ‘parentage’ of cases and likely spread of the disease in New South Wales.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Our itch to share helps spread COVID-19 misinformation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

To stay current about the Covid-19 pandemic, people need to process health information when they read the news. Inevitably, that means people will be exposed to health misinformation, too, in the form of false content, often found online, about the illness.

Newswise: Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

As of May 2020, nursing home residents account for a staggering one-third of the more than 80,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. This pandemic has resulted in unprecedented threats—like reduced access to resources needed to contain and eliminate the spread of the virus—to achieving and sustaining care quality even in the best nursing homes. Active engagement of nursing home leaders in developing solutions responsive to the unprecedented threats to quality standards of care delivery is required.

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Evaluate First-of-its-kind Imaging System
Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:15 PM EDT
General Electric Healthcare Chooses UH to Clinically Evaluate First-of-its-kind Imaging System
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center physicians completed evaluation for the GE Healthcare Critical Care Suite, and the technology is now in daily clinical practice – flagging between seven to 15 collapsed lungs per day within the hospital. No one on the team could have predicted the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this technology and future research with GEHC may enhance the capability to improve care for COVID-19 patients in the ICU. Critical Care Suite is now assisting in COVID and non-COVID patient care as the AMX 240 travels to intensive care units within the hospital.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
COVID-19 Can Be Transmitted in the Womb, Reports Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

A baby girl in Texas – born prematurely to a mother with COVID-19 – is the strongest evidence to date that intrauterine (in the womb) transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can occur, reports The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, the official journal of The European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 9:45 AM EDT
How COVID-19 Shifted Inpatient Imaging Utilization
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

As medical resources shifted away from elective and non-urgent procedures toward emergent and critical care of COVID-19 patients, departments were forced to reconfigure their personnel and resources. In particular, many Radiology practices rescheduled non-urgent and routine imaging according to recommendations from the American College of Radiology (ACR). This new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study, published online in the Journal of American College of Radiology (JACR), evaluates the change in the inpatient imaging volumes and composition mix during the COVID-19 pandemic within a large healthcare system.

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Team is first in Texas to investigate convalescent plasma for prevention of COVID-19 onset and progression
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A research team is the first in Texas to investigate whether plasma from COVID-19 survivors can be used in outpatient settings to prevent the onset and progression of the virus in two new clinical trials at UTHealth.


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