PCORI approves $23 million for seven COVID-19 research studies

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved $22.6 million in funding for seven studies assessing various health care approaches to improve outcomes among people infected by the novel coronavirus and lessen the effects of COVID-19 on patients, health care workers and communities. These latest studies…

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Half of breast cancer survivors had delays in care due to COVID-19

The results of an online questionnaire of 609 breast cancer survivors in the U.S. suggest that nearly half of patients experienced delays in care during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, by researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago, is published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. «The motivation for…

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Childhood syndrome linked to COVID-19 causes profound immune changes

Researchers have uncovered how the immune system is altered in a rare COVID-19 related illness in children referred to as paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS-TS). PIMS-TS is a rare syndrome which has emerged in a small number of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The condition causes severe inflammation in blood vessels and can lead to…

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Using a public restroom? Mask up!

WASHINGTON, August 18, 2020 — Think you don’t need to worry about COVID-19 while using a public restroom? A group of researchers from Yangzhou University in China recently reported that flushing public restroom toilets can release clouds of virus-laden aerosols for you to potentially inhale. If that’s not cringeworthy enough, after running additional computer simulations,…

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Health care leaders to share strategies for bringing innovations to market

LOWELL, Mass. — Entrepreneurs developing new medical devices and technologies for use in health care settings will learn how to get their innovations noticed during a free teleconference with industry leaders. The program «Demystifying Pathways to Innovation Partnerships with Health Systems» will be held virtually on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.…

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Why doesn’t Ebola cause disease in bats, as it does in people?

GALVESTON, Texas — A new study by researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston uncovered new information on why the Ebola virus can live within bats without causing them harm, while the same virus wreaks deadly havoc to people. This study is now available in Cell Reports. The Ebola virus causes a…

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Alternative cooling strategies could mitigate COVID-19 and climate change

When most people think of cooling, they automatically imagine air conditioning (AC), or cooling the air in a room. But, there is a much more efficient way to cool people, using your body’s radiation. To demonstrate the effect of radiant cooling, Forrest Meggers, assistant professor of architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the…

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