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Seasonality of Influenza‐Like‐Illness and Acute Cardiovascular Events Are Related Regardless of Vaccine Effectiveness

By |2020-10-28T10:59:22+00:00October 28th, 2020|

Background Influenza has been identified as a trigger for stroke and myocardial infarction (MI) with prior studies demonstrating that influenza vaccination may decrease risk of stroke and MI. Methods and Results We used data from the New York Department of Health Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System to evaluate whether annual variability in influenza vaccination effectiveness (VE) [...]

Global COVID accelerates; Trump to resume campaign travel

By |2020-10-28T10:59:14+00:00October 28th, 2020|

COVID-19 activity across the world is accelerating, with daily highs at record levels over the past 4 days, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. And in the United States, President Trump—who is recovering from an infection—was scheduled to return to campaign travel today. Over the weekend, the global number passed 37 million [...]

Hands, Air and Surfaces all impact the spread of disease

By |2020-10-28T10:54:40+00:00October 28th, 2020|

Hand washing and hand sanitizing are among the easiest behaviors to employ in an effort to avoid being affected by and spreading germs that can cause disease. On inanimate surfaces, we use disinfectants and bleach often to combat germs left on tables, doors, door handles, plumbing fixtures and other high-contact surfaces. But most only offer [...]

Beyond COVID-19—a paradigm shift in infection management?

By |2020-10-26T10:36:38+00:00October 26th, 2020|

The health and economic impact of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria has continuously grown over the past years, reaching an estimated peak of approximately 700 000 attributable deaths per year.1  Neglected hygiene, poor compliance with infection control procedures, inappropriate antimicrobial use, and insufficient availability of diagnostics and new effective antibiotics have contributed to this inglorious global record.2, 3  Despite these [...]

Delhi stops displaying notices at homes of COVID-19 patients because of stigma

By |2020-10-26T10:36:37+00:00October 26th, 2020|

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Delhi authorities have stopped putting notices outside the homes of people infected with coronavirus because this has amplified the social stigma associated with the disease and in turn caused others to hide their illness, officials said on Monday. Early on during the outbreak in the Indian capital, officials would paste a [...]

Two Black university leaders urged their campuses to join a Covid-19 vaccine trial. The backlash was swift

By |2020-10-26T10:36:36+00:00October 26th, 2020|

The presidents of two historically Black universities in New Orleans thought they were doing a public service by enrolling in a Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial back in August, so much so they urged their campus communities to consider doing the same. “I said we should inform our communities because I think there’s something about teaching by [...]

NIH Funds a $9.3M Center for Precision Animal Modeling at UAB

By |2020-10-26T10:36:35+00:00October 26th, 2020|

Precision disease modeling involves creation of patient-specific disease models that mimic the molecular character of a condition present in a patient, enabling more precise diagnoses and treatments. A new Center for Precision Animal Modeling, or C-PAM, has been created at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, supported by a five-year, $9.3 million grant from the National Institutes [...]

Emergent BioSolutions product chosen for new NIH clinical COVID-19 trial

By |2020-10-26T10:36:33+00:00October 26th, 2020|

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is one of four companies collaborating to provide hyperimmune globulin products for a new federal clinical trial that will test the safety, tolerability and efficacy of a combination treatment regimen for COVID-19. The regimen consists of the antiviral remdesivir plus a highly concentrated solution of antibodies that neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes [...]

As wildfires ravage the West, contaminated water raises health concerns

By |2020-10-26T10:36:23+00:00October 26th, 2020|

Afew weeks after the devastating 2017 Tubbs Fire raged through parts of northern California, Gerald and Serene Buhrz returned to their Santa Rosa home, turned on the kitchen sink faucet, and were hit with a stinging smell. “The water smelled like diesel,” Gerald Buhrz, 77, said. “It smelled like you could probably light it with a [...]

US health officials cite progress against coronavirus

By |2020-10-24T10:16:50+00:00October 24th, 2020|

As the United States enters into an uncertain new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic amid controversies about political meddling in the federal response, the nation’s leading health officials today told lawmakers that the country is making some progress against the coronavirus, but they urged Americans to continue mitigation efforts as they await a vaccine. At a hearing [...]