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Mental health of young physicians in China during COVID-19 outbreak
Anxiety, depression, mood and fear of workplace violence were assessed in a group of young physicians in China before and during the COVID-19 outbreak. (2020-06-01)
COVID-19 outbreak lasts days longer for each day's delay in social distancing
A new analysis of COVID-19 outbreaks in 58 cities has found that places that took longer to begin implementing social distancing measures spent more time with the virus rapidly spreading than others that acted more quickly. (2020-06-01)
Low vaccination rates and 'measles parties' fueled 2019 measles outbreak in NYC
An analysis of the 2018-2019 measles outbreak in New York City identifies factors that made the outbreak so severe: delayed vaccination of young children combined with increased contact among this age group, likely through ''measles parties'' designed to purposely infect children. (2020-05-27)
COVID-19 pandemic uniting Canadians like no other event in decades
A new study by researchers from McGill University and the University of Toronto finds a cross-partisan consensus on battling COVID-19 in Canada. (2020-05-25)
MetaviralSPAdes -- New assembler for virus genomes
There was no specialized viral metagenome assembler until recently. But the joint team of Russian and US researchers from Saint-Petersburg State University and University of California at San Diego just released the metaviralSPAdes assembler (published in journal Bioinformatics on May 16) that turns the analysis of the metavirome sequencing results into an easy task. (2020-05-25)
Trust in medical scientists has grown in the US, but mainly among democrats
A new Pew Research Center report examines how Americans' confidence in scientists have shifted amid the COVID-19 outbreak and their views on whether scientists should play an active role in policy discussions about science-related topics. (2020-05-21)
Learning about reporting in a public health emergency from Sierra Leone's Ebola outbreak
In a paper publishing May 21 in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, researchers have interviewed Sierra Leonean journalists about their experiences reporting during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak. (2020-05-21)
MIT engineers propose a safer method for sharing ventilators
Researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a new way to share ventilators between patients, which they believe could be used as a last resort to treat Covid-19 patients in acute respiratory distress. (2020-05-19)
Fish feces reveals which species eat crown-of-thorns
Crown-of-thorns starfish are on the menu for many more fish species than previously suspected, an investigation using fish poo and gut goo reveals. (2020-05-18)
US inroads to better Ebola vaccine
As the world focuses on finding a COVID-19 vaccine, research continues on other potentially catastrophic pandemic diseases, including Ebola and Marburg viruses. (2020-05-18)
Characteristics of adolescents, adults with e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury
Following an outbreak of electronic cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) linked to hospitalizations and deaths, this  study used data reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to compare demographic and clinical characteristics, along with substance use behaviors, between adolescents and adults with EVALI. (2020-05-18)
COVID-19: Lessons to learn about the first 4.0 pandemic
Although the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak was officially presented suddenly in the popular market of exotic and wild animals in Wuhan in December 2019, phylogenetic studies state that coronavirus was already present in latency phase since October in this city in the province of Hubei. (2020-05-18)
During pandemic stage of emerging pathogen, climate has modest impact compared to population suscept
In influencing the trajectory of the pandemic stage of an emerging pathogen, a population's susceptibility to a novel disease is more influential than climate factors like humidity. (2020-05-18)
UHN-U of T-led study shows antiviral drug can speed up recovery of COVID-19 patient
An international team of researchers led by Dr. Eleanor Fish, emerita scientist at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network, and professor in the University of Toronto's Department of Immunology, has shown for the first time that treatment with interferon-α2b may significantly accelerate recovery of COVID-19 patients. (2020-05-15)
AJR details COVID-19 infection control, radiographer protection in CT exam areas
In an open-access article published ahead-of-print by the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), a team of Chinese radiologists discuss modifications to the CT examination process and strict disinfection of examination rooms, while outlining personal protection measures for radiographers during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. (2020-05-15)
Economists: Lack of COVID-19 preparedness in line with previous findings
The threat of a catastrophic pandemic in 2014 -- the West African Ebola outbreak -- did little to change the perception of US citizens regarding the importance of preparing for future outbreaks, (2020-05-14)
The newly emerged coronavirus did not spill over from scaly anteaters
Mammals known as scaly anteaters are natural hosts of coronaviruses, but are not likely the direct source of the recent outbreak in humans, according to a study published May 14 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Jinping Chen of the Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, and colleagues. (2020-05-14)
Using blockchain technology to promote fair and timely outbreak research cooperation
In a Policy Forum, Mark van der Waal and colleagues illustrate how blockchain technology could be used to alleviate the systemic barriers that hinder cooperative research and development required to rapidly respond to imminent pathogenic threats like the current global COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-05-14)
New map reveals distrust in health expertise is winning hearts and minds online
Communities on Facebook that distrust establishment health guidance are more effective than government health agencies and other reliable health groups at reaching and engaging 'undecided' individuals, according to a study published today in the journal Nature. (2020-05-13)
Reddit reveals peaks of public interest in COVID-19 topics
Online forums can be used by public health officials to quickly identify topics of public interest during the COVID-19 pandemic and to quell misinformation. (2020-05-13)
The Lancet: COVID-19 may be linked to rare inflammatory disorder in young children, first detailed reports on 10 patients from Italy suggests
Doctors in the Bergamo province of Italy [1] have described a series of ten cases of young children with symptoms similar to a rare inflammatory disease called Kawasaki Disease appearing since the COVID-19 pandemic arose in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, in a report published today in The Lancet. (2020-05-13)
COVID-19 may compound the social and economic burdens of Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease (PD) is expected to reach over 14 million cases worldwide by 2040. (2020-05-12)
Which COVID-19 models should we use to make policy decisions?
A new process to harness multiple disease models for outbreak management has been developed by an international team of researchers. (2020-05-07)
Workers happy despite crisis and uncertainty
In general, workers in Switzerland and Germany are coping well with the COVID-19 crisis and the associated social disruption. (2020-05-06)
All disease models are 'wrong,' but scientists are working to fix that
What can researchers do when their mathematical models of the spread of infectious diseases don't match real-world data? (2020-05-05)
Russia creates its own humanized mice to test COVID-19 vaccines and drugs
Mice sensitive to the COVID-19 infection are in development, reports the Office of the Chief State Sanitary Inspector. (2020-05-04)
How COVID-19 spread has been contained by travel bans
Millions more people across the EU could have contracted COVID-19 had strict international travel bans not been implemented, shows a new report by computer modelling experts at Stanford University. (2020-05-04)
Infectious disease modeling study casts doubt on impact of Justinianic plague
Many historians have claimed the Justinianic Plague (c. 541-750 CE) killed half of the population of Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire. (2020-05-01)
Researchers devise new model to track COVID-19's spread
Yale University researchers and colleagues in Hong Kong and China have developed an approach for rapidly tracking population flows that could help policymakers worldwide more effectively assess risk of disease spread and allocate limited resources as they combat the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-04-29)
Data-based COVID-19 transmission model suggests social distancing worked in Wuhan and Shanghai
A new COVID-19 transmission model, based on contact survey data from nearly 1200 people in the cities of Wuhan and Shanghai, China, suggests that strict social distancing measures implemented there were sufficient to curtail the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-04-29)
Smoking may explain why more men than women die of COVID-19 in Spain
Cardiovascular diseases aggravated by smoking are present in over 30% of coronavirus mortalities. (2020-04-29)
New HKBU-led study unveils COVID-19 transmission patterns and reopening plans
New research led by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) computer scientists has used a data-driven modelling approach to answer the time-critical question of when the stringent social distancing and quarantine measures against COVID-19 can be loosened so that normal life and economic activities can be restored in a safe manner. (2020-04-28)
Study from Chinese city of Shenzhen, outside hong kong in southern China, provides key insights on how coronavirus spreads
The extensive use of epidemiological surveillance, isolation of infected patients, and quarantines of exposed individuals in the Chinese city of Shenzhen in the early months of the COVID-19 outbreak allowed scientists to estimate important characteristics of this now-pandemic infectious disease, according to a study co-led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2020-04-28)
Virus genomes help to explain why a major livestock disease has re-emerged in Europe
Livestock diseases like bluetongue virus (BTV) can have devastating economic and health consequences, but their origins can be difficult to establish. (2020-04-28)
New decision model shapes strategies for dealing with public health emergencies
The efficient allocation of medical resources can be modelled mathematically, as shown by Finnish researchers. (2020-04-20)
Survey: Food insecurity in Vermont rose 33% during pandemic
Food insecurity in Vermont has increased by one-third during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statewide survey conducted by the University of Vermont at the end of March. (2020-04-20)
CSIRO unlocks new way to understand evolving strains of SARS-CoV-2
Researchers from CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, have unveiled a new approach to analysing the genetic codes -- or the blueprint -- of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. (2020-04-19)
Indoor precautions essential to stem airborne COVID-19
The time research aerosolisation of virus droplets and airborne transmission is now. (2020-04-16)
More than a third of medical staff suffered insomnia during the COVID-19 epidemic in China
A survey of more than 1,500 medical staff in China found that about 36 percent experienced trauma and other mental health problems like depression and anxiety. (2020-04-14)
New model finds countries should work together to control coronavirus, harmful species
Countries looking to contain the spread of harmful species and diseases like COVID-19 should work together in multiple hotspots, according to a new model developed by an Arizona State University researcher. (2020-04-13)
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