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  1. Universal face masking could save almost 130,000 lives in US

    Publicly released: Sat 24 Oct 2020 at 0200 AEDT | 0400 NZDT

    Nature Medicine

    New modelling suggests that more than half a million U. S lives could be lost to COVID-19 by the end of February 2021, but that number could be significantly reduced ... The researchers analysed the Read more about Universal face masking could save almost 130,000 lives in US

    Australia; International; QLDThe University of Queensland|QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute...
  2. COVID-19 a double blow for chronic disease patients

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Oct 2020 at 1500 AEDT | 1700 NZDT

    Frontiers in Public Health

    The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated into a ‘syndemic’ for people with chronic illnesses, a new UNSW study analysing data from low and middle-income countries shows. ... Among the adverse impacts of Read more about COVID-19 a double blow for chronic disease patients

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
  3. Around 3 in 4 Americans report hearing conflicting information about COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Oct 2020 at 1100 AEDT | 1300 NZDT

    PLOS ONE

    Almost 75 per cent of US adults surveyed in April say they have heard conflicting information about the COVID-19 pandemic, according to US research. ... Overall, participants noticed more disagreement Read more about Around 3 in 4 Americans report hearing conflicting information about COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Minnesota, USA
  4. Combination of physical distancing measures can keep COVID at bay

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    the spread of COVID-19, finding the more the merrier. ... The study modelled the effect individual measures and four combinations of measures had on the virus's spread, finding the most comprehensive Read more about Combination of physical distancing measures can keep COVID at bay

    Australia; New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Edinburgh, UK
  5. Voters unlikely to decide whether to pick Trump, Boris or Modi based on their pandemic performance

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    BMJ Global Health

    Despite viewing their governments as responsible for the spread of COVID-19, voters in the US, UK and India are unlikely to punish or reward their leaders at the polls for ... Some people were told key Read more about Voters unlikely to decide whether to pick Trump, Boris or Modi based on their pandemic performance

    InternationalOxford University, UK, University of Texas at Austin. US
  6. COVID-19 risks higher for those with Down Syndrome

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Oct 2020 at 1600 AEDT | 1800 NZDT

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    Those with Down syndrome could be 10 times more likely to die from COVID-19, and four times more likely to be hospitalised by it, according to international researchers, who say ... not all of the risk, Read more about COVID-19 risks higher for those with Down Syndrome

    InternationalNuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, UK
  7. COVID-19 vaccine trials not designed to show if they will save lives

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    The BMJ

    Vaccines are being hailed as the solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the vaccine trials currently underway are not designed to tell us if they will save lives, according to ... Nor are the vaccines Read more about COVID-19 vaccine trials not designed to show if they will save lives

    InternationalThe BMJ
  8. Arthritis drug tocilizumab shows no clear benefit for moderate COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Oct 2020 at 0800 AEDT | 1000 NZDT

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The drug tocilizumab, which supresses the immune system and is used mainly for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, was not effective for preventing intubation or death in moderately-ill Read more about Arthritis drug tocilizumab shows no clear benefit for moderate COVID-19

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA
  9. NZ looks to Taiwan’s approach to the pandemic

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 2000 AEDT | 2200 NZDT

    The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific

    New Zealand and Taiwanese health researchers have swapped notes regarding how their respective countries have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. ... The researchers say Taiwan had extensive public health Read more about NZ looks to Taiwan’s approach to the pandemic

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Otago
  10. EXPERT REACTION: Victoria reports case of COVID-19 reinfection

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 1230 AEDT | 1430 NZDT

    Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has this morning announced that a new case of COVID-19 announced yesterday is being treated as a reinfection. ... During a press conference, the Premier said a male patient Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Victoria reports case of COVID-19 reinfection

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; WA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre|The Westmead Institute for Medical Research...
  11. New tool predicts who is at risk of dying from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 1001 AEDT | 1201 NZDT

    The BMJ

    A new tool, known as QCOVID, could help predict a person’s risk of being admitted to hospital and dying from Covid-19. ... The people in the top 20 per cent for predicted risk of death accounted for 94 Read more about New tool predicts who is at risk of dying from COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
  12. Bound by infection: identifying how COVID-19 interacts with cells

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 1000 AEDT | 1200 NZDT

    Science

    Two international studies, including Australian researchers, have shed important light on why the virus that causes COVID-19 is so infectious compared to other SARS viruses. Read more about Bound by infection: identifying how COVID-19 interacts with cells

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
  13. Automation, AI & the Cloud: Scoping transport and mobility sector jobs skills gaps and training needs

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 0830 AEDT | 1030 NZDT

    A new study aims to give state and federal policymakers a clear roadmap on filling the skills gaps in the wide-ranging transport and mobility sector, worth more than $123 billion ... the face of Read more about Automation, AI & the Cloud: Scoping transport and mobility sector jobs skills gaps and training needs

    AustraliaiMOVE Australia|RMIT University
  14. EXPERT REACTION: Is arthritis drug tocilizumab another treatment for COVID-19?

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 0400 AEDT | 0600 NZDT

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    Across a series of studies, international researchers have investigated whether tocilizumab, an immunosuppressive drug used mainly for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, is an effective Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Is arthritis drug tocilizumab another treatment for COVID-19?

    InternationalBrigham and Women’s Hospital, US, Unita Operativa di Reumatologia in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Université de Paris, France
  15. An in-depth look at COVID-19's effects on the heart

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Oct 2020 at 0500 AEDT | 0700 NZDT

    Journal of the American College of Cardiology

    The second paper addresses the global concerns COVID-19 has raised for the health and safety of heart disease patients. ... Around one in four people hospitalised with COVID-19 has heart damage caused by Read more about An in-depth look at COVID-19's effects on the heart

    InternationalCenter for Cardiovascular Health at Mount Sinai Heart, USA, University of Chicago, USA,
  16. EXPERT REACTION: WHO COVID-19 trial finds remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir and interferon don't save lives

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 1100 AEDT | 1300 NZDT

    medRxiv

    The World Health Organisation has published interim results of its Solidarity trial, which investigated whether remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir and interferon regimens were effective Read more about EXPERT REACTION: WHO COVID-19 trial finds remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir and interferon don't save lives

    InternationalWorld Health Organization
  17. Around a third of infants with COVID-19 may have caught it from mum

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 1042 AEDT | 1242 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    Breastfeeding did not increase the likelihood of COVID-19 infection, so they suggest that viral transmission through milk is rare, or may not happen at all. ... Just over half of the infants went on to Read more about Around a third of infants with COVID-19 may have caught it from mum

    InternationalParis Saclay University Hospitals, France
  18. Vaccine candidate based on inactivated version of SARS-CoV-2 found to be safe

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    A COVID-19 vaccine based on an inactivated version of the novel coronavirus has been shown to be safe and able to cause an immune response in more than 600 healthy ... This trial was not meant to study Read more about Vaccine candidate based on inactivated version of SARS-CoV-2 found to be safe

    InternationalBeijing Institute of Biological Products Company Limited, China
  19. Healthy life expectancy across Australia and NZ on the rise as latest global disease estimates revealed

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    The Lancet

    The research also provides new insights on how well countries were prepared in terms of underlying health for the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the interaction of the pandemic with the continued Read more about Healthy life expectancy across Australia and NZ on the rise as latest global disease estimates revealed

    Australia; New Zealand; International; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WA; ACTThe University of Melbourne|The University of Sydney...
  20. EXPERT REACTION: Māori diabetes inequality has persisted for a quarter of a century

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    Lancet Global Health

    An international research team has analysed the health records of more than 45,000 people with diabetes in New Zealand over approximately 25 years – showing significant health disparities Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Māori diabetes inequality has persisted for a quarter of a century

    Australia; New Zealand; NSWWestern Sydney University|Zhengzhou University, Keele University

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