Ideas for the Holiday Party in 2020

The safest route is virtual. “Cases of COVID-19 are rising across the country to record levels,” said Dr. Alan Taege, an infectious disease specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. “Therefore, in-person holiday parties are not recommended, particularly when many people are currently working remotely.” If you do opt for in-person, he’d like you to do it…

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Outbreak investigation reveals “super-spreader” potential of Andes virus

“Super-spreader” events and extensive person-to-person contact propelled an outbreak of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in a small village in Argentina from 2018-2019, according to research published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. In the paper, an international scientific team reports the genetic, clinical, and epidemiologic features of the outbreak caused by the Andes virus,…

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Le Bonheur and UTHSC researcher receives American Lung Association Innovation Award

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center announced today that Amali Samarasinghe, PhD, was awarded the Charles and Amelia Gould Innovation award amounting to $75 thousand over two years through the American Lung Association’s Awards and Grants Program. The Lung Association has committed $11.55 million through 98 awards to fund…

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JNIS™: cuts in Medicare payments jeopardize patient access to care

FAIRFAX, Va.– The final 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) issued this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will result in reimbursement cuts in the range of 10% for neurointerventional procedures, according to a detailed analysis published last week in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery™, the leading international peer-reviewed journal for…

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New review confirms disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Hispanic populations

Black and Hispanic populations are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, according to a systematic review published this week. The disparities were likely related to minority populations being at higher risk of exposure to the coronavirus as opposed to underlying health conditions or other factors, according to the review led by researchers at Oregon Health & Science…

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