Month: May 2020

A new UK study available on the preprint server medRxiv* screened 2.4 million users of a symptom reporting application during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, revealing that smokers are at higher risk of increased symptom burden and more prone to hospitalization. The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), remains
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China’s top diplomat criticized U.S. efforts to hold China accountable for its alleged role in the spread of the coronavirus, calling any aims to force Beijing to pay compensation for the coronavirus a “daydream.” The number of coronavirus fatalities in New York state fell below 100, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday, marking the lowest daily death toll since
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Children’s National Hospital is establishing a regional pediatric telehealth consortium in response to coronavirus with $928,000 in funding awarded by the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau. The funding, which is part of the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, enables the nationally-ranked pediatric hospital to expand its telehealth platform to support 15 healthcare sites in the
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 22 2020 Babies with Hirschsprung’s disease are born with an incomplete or absent gut nervous system. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles investigator Tracy Grikscheit, MD, runs a laboratory that investigates the therapeutic potential of tissue engineering – the induced growth of healthy tissue using stem cells. In a new study, Dr.
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Momentum is building at the White House for another round of stimulus checks, with President Donald Trump saying this week ”I think we’re going to be helping people out” and “getting some money for them.” A number of issues need to be negotiated in Congress about what form the next relief package takes, but the Republican-held
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While most children infected with the novel coronavirus have mild symptoms, a subset requires hospitalization and a small number require intensive care. A new report from pediatric anesthesiologists, infectious disease specialists and pediatricians at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, describes the clinical characteristics and outcomes of children hospitalized
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 22 2020 An online treatment proven to prevent anxiety and depression in young people is set to become available to the NHS and other mental health services worldwide. The University of Exeter has developed and tested an effective internet-delivered treatment to tackle worry and overthinking called “rumination-focused cognitive behavioral therapy”
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The U.S. coronavirus death toll is approaching 100,000 about five months after the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in the country. More than 1.57 million people across the country have been infected, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  On Thursday, President Donald Trump told reporters that ”we are not closing our country” if
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 21 2020 In the first 30 days since seeing their first patient, the number of children testing positive to COVID-19 at an Australian tertiary pediatric hospital has been low and none who contracted the virus required in-hospital treatment, according to a new study. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s
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Confirmed coronavirus cases around the world passed 5 million early Thursday as infections continue to accelerate in the Americas. Drugmaker AstraZeneca said it received more than $1 billion from the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, to develop a vaccine in partnership with the University of
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 20 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful enough, but for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, the crisis can be especially difficult. Adrien A. Eshraghi, M.D., M.Sc., professor of Otolaryngology, Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, has dedicated much of his career to caring for individuals
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A new study conducted by researchers at Florida International University, Miami, has found that communities in the United States with a high density of African Americans are disproportionately burdened with the adverse outcomes of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The study, which assessed the three most populous counties in each state and territory, found that the
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The coronavirus is still spreading through New York City’s low-income, predominantly minority communities when compared with the general population, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.  Cuomo said data from approximately 8,000 antibody tests conducted by Northwell Health in New York City found that the Bronx had the highest percentage of positive tests at
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Maternal antenatal corticosteroid treatment is standard care when there is a risk for preterm delivery. The treatment improves the prognosis of babies born preterm. However, a new study conducted by experts from the University of Helsinki, University of Oulu, and THL Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare show that children exposed to maternal antenatal corticosteroid
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Top business leaders in California are urging Congress to approve an additional $1 trillion in spending to head off massive budget cuts facing all state and local governments due to Covid-19. In a letter to Congress, members of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s task force on business and jobs recovery wrote, “the worst of the economic
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A primary care-based intervention to promote parent-teen communication led to less distress and increased positive emotions among adolescents, as well as improved communication for many teens, according to a new study by researchers at the Center for Parent and Teen Communication at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The findings, which were published today in The
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A research group from Harvard Medical School reported two cryo-electron microscopy structures derived from a single preparation of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spike (S) protein in their paper available on the preprint server bioRxiv*. Understanding the nuances of prefusion and postfusion conformations shed light on viral cell entry and may, in turn,
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World leaders are meeting virtually Monday at the World Health Organization’s 73rd World Health Assembly to discuss and set priorities for the next year. At the assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced $2 billion in funds to support other countries’ response to the pandemic. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for greater authority to be vested
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 15 2020 As stay-at-home orders are being lifted in some states and extended in others, uncertainty continues to surround the COVID-19 pandemic. Serious measures have been implemented the world over -; from cancellations of major events and large gatherings to closures of schools and non-essential businesses. You might be wondering
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If you, like the Skeptical Cardiologist, suffer from asthma you may be wondering if you are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 or developing more severe respiratory complications from the disease once infected. There are 25 million asthma sufferers in the United States, about 8% of the population, and many of us are using
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