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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

    The researchers analysed the spread of the coronavirus from the first case to the end of September this year, and modelled different scenarios to see how non-pharmaceutical interventions like wearing 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. ... factors – such as substance 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

    Overall, participants noticed more disagreement among politicians than health  experts - and people perceived there to be more disagreement around specific aspects of COVID-19 than around the 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

    UK researchers have analysed 131 countries, including Australia and New Zealand, to determine the impact of physical distancing measures - such as work closures, caps on gatherings and public event 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

    The researchers analysed data from a study of 8. 26 million adults in the UK and say heart issues and care home living among those with Down Syndrome contributes some, but ... not all of the risk, and 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

    Nor are the vaccines being studied to determine whether they can interrupt transmission of the virus. ... They argue there is still time to advocate for changes to ensure the ongoing trials address the 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

    During a press conference, the Premier said a male patient first tested positive back in June, and following his more recent positive test, an expert panel reviewed his case and "concluded 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

    The people in the top 20 per cent for predicted risk of death accounted for 94 per cent of Covid-19 deaths. ... Although QCOVID has been specifically designed for the UK it has international potential, 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. ... The third and final paper looks at the damage COVID-19 causes to the heart, 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

    per cent) may have got it directly from their mothers during the period immediately before and after birth, while one in ten (10 per cent) was confirmed as having caught the ... This transmission may have 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

    All participants in the early stage trial in China developed antibodies, and no one developed a severe reaction in the month after getting the jab. ... This trial was not meant to study how effective the 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

    Healthy life expectancy in Australia and New Zealand - the number of years a person can expect to live in good health - has increased steadily over the past three decades to 70 ... The findings come from 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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