COVID-19 information overload leads to simple but unhelpful choices

That the COVID-19 situation has been accompanied by a relentless flood of information is evident from a quick examination of newspaper front pages, top stories on any news channel, or trending topics on Twitter. The TMI (too much information) effect has led to the danger of information overload, — a phenomenon studied for over twenty…

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COVID-19: PCORI-funded study to assess antimalarial drug’s ability to prevent coronavirus infection

WASHINGTON (April 1, 2020) — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved up to $50 million to fund a registry and randomized clinical trial of the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in preventing COVID-19 infections in U.S. healthcare workers. The registry will create a community of healthcare workers (HCWs) interested in contributing…

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Outcomes of coronavirus patients treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in China offers guidance for management of critically ill COVID-19 patients worldwide

April 1, 2020 — The initial experience of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) management for coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) patients in Shanghai, China provides guidance for management of critically ill COVID-19 patients worldwide, reports a study in the ASAIO Journal. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. For the most critically ill COVID-19…

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Duke to lead $50 million study of COVID-19 prevention in healthcare workers

DURHAM, N.C. — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has funded up to $50 million to evaluate hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a preventive drug for the novel coronavirus. The funding creates a new rapid-response study designed and led by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) which seeks to engage healthcare workers across the nation to understand the…

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Global nuclear medicine community shares COVID-19 strategies and experiences

In an effort to provide safer working environments for nuclear medicine professionals and their patients, clinics across five continents have shared their approaches to containing the spread of COVID-19 in a series of editorials, published ahead of print in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. This compilation of strategies, experiences and precautions is intended to support…

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AGA issues formal recommendations for PPE during gastrointestinal procedures

Bethesda, Maryland (April 1, 2020) — Today, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) published new COVID-19 recommendations in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the AGA: AGA Institute Rapid Recommendations for Gastrointestinal Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This rapid recommendation document was commissioned and approved by the AGA Institute Clinical Guidelines Committee, AGA Institute Clinical Practice Updates…

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Tracking tau

In the fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer’s and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the tau protein is a major culprit. Found abundantly in our brain cells, tau is normally a team player — it maintains structure and stability within neurons, and it helps with transport of nutrients from one part of the cell…

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Significant global investment could save 11 million children

A significant, sustained, global investment in treating children with cancer could save 11 million lives and yield a triple return on investment, according to a Lancet Oncology Commission report published by Lancet. Global childhood cancer rates are on the rise as more children worldwide survive infancy. Today, more than 80% of children with cancer live…

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Ending the pandemic

From the plagues of medieval Europe to the influenza pandemic of 1918, the specter of the next public health disaster has gripped the minds of scientists, captivated the imaginations of writers and vexed conspiracy theorists. Now, a new coronavirus is engulfing the world, and the long-foretold once-in-a-century pandemic has become a reality. New insights are…

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