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  1. How can we best allocate monoclonal antibodies to manage COVID-19?

    Publicly released: Wed 6 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    Using Singapore as a case study, the researchers estimated the potential outcomes of 14 different uses for REGEN-COV (casirivimab and imdevimab); allocating it to different groups based on age, Read more about How can we best allocate monoclonal antibodies to manage COVID-19?

    InternationalNational University of Singapore, Singapore
  2. Nine in ten kids with prolonged COVID-19 symptoms less active, in survey of parents

    Publicly released: Tue 5 Apr 2022 at 1038 AEST | 1238 NZST

    Future Microbiology

    On average, these children had prolonged symptoms for 8. 2 months, with fatigue and headache among the most common. ... Families said their kids were less active than before their infection - and only one Read more about Nine in ten kids with prolonged COVID-19 symptoms less active, in survey of parents

    InternationalFondazione Policlinico Universitario A Gemelli Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Dipartimento di Scienze Biotecnologiche di Base, Cliniche Intensivologiche e Perioperatorie, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Global Health Research Institute, Istituto di Igiene, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy), University College London, Imperial College London, Coventry University Group, Long Covid Kids (UK), Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Russia)University
  3. BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Influenza in times of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 5 Apr 2022 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    As our healthcare system is under pressure from each new wave of COVID-19 infections, how will it fare with the pandemic and our upcoming flu season? ... The briefing recording is available via a link at Read more about BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Influenza in times of COVID-19

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLDAustralian Science Media Centre|The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity...
  4. No link between vaccination during pregnancy and fetal anomalies

    Publicly released: Tue 5 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Pediatrics

    The researchers say fetal anomalies were detected in 5. 1 per cent of unvaccinated pregnancies and 4. ... 2 per cent of vaccinated pregnancies, suggesting no association. The researchers say these are Read more about No link between vaccination during pregnancy and fetal anomalies

    InternationalNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA
  5. Parasite thrives if its host survives

    Publicly released: Mon 4 Apr 2022 at 1427 AEST | 1627 NZST

    Ecology and Evolution

    The ability of species to adapt to existential challenges depends on the host’s ability to ‘discover’ new strategies via random mutations, and the greater the number of individuals in a Read more about Parasite thrives if its host survives

    Australia; NSW; SAFlinders University|Western Sydney University|South Australian Museum
  6. Pre-surgery support could help elective surgery patients quit smoking

    Publicly released: Mon 4 Apr 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    at least 10 days in the future, between 1 April 2019 and 3 April 2020. ... Three months after surgery, 27 of 58 intervention (47%) and 12 of 25 control participants (48%) who quit before surgery reported Read more about Pre-surgery support could help elective surgery patients quit smoking

    Australia; VICMonash University|The University of Melbourne
  7. More infants are getting infected with Omicron, but severe disease is rarer

    Publicly released: Sat 2 Apr 2022 at 0200 AEDT | 0400 NZDT

    JAMA Pediatrics

    The researchers used health records to compare the rate of infection and severe disease outcomes between two different periods of Delta spread and when Omicron took over. ... Study limitations include Read more about More infants are getting infected with Omicron, but severe disease is rarer

    InternationalCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA
  8. Molnupiravir eliminates COVID-19 virus in just 3 days, improves symptoms quicker

    Publicly released: Fri 1 Apr 2022 at 0901 AEDT | 1101 NZDT

    European Congress on Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)

    Related research has shown that the antiviral saw patients' symptoms improve quicker, especially loss of smell and fatigue. ... The safety profile was comparable in the molnupiravir and placebo groups, Read more about Molnupiravir eliminates COVID-19 virus in just 3 days, improves symptoms quicker

    InternationalScience Media Centre (New Zealand)|MSD
  9. When experiencing the threat of COVID-19, people became more generous

    Publicly released: Fri 1 Apr 2022 at 0200 AEDT | 0400 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    Ariel Fridman and colleagues examined the relationship between the presence of threat from COVID-19 and generosity using two longitudinal datasets. ... The data included the amount donated and which Read more about When experiencing the threat of COVID-19, people became more generous

    InternationalUniversity of California, USA
  10. Whānau give 'poignant and heartbreaking' accounts of relatives dying of Covid-19

    Publicly released: Fri 1 Apr 2022 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    Whānau also had positive experiences, the main factors in which were excellent nursing and medical care. ... Whānau provided poignant and heartbreaking accounts of their experiences. The findings Read more about Whānau give 'poignant and heartbreaking' accounts of relatives dying of Covid-19

    New ZealandWellington Hospital
  11. NZ modelling shows boosters dampen Omicron transmission

    Publicly released: Fri 1 Apr 2022 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    1x as many infections, and to pass on just 1. 6x as many infections – far less than the 5x as many that would be expected if the vaccine did not offer ... Transmission between boosted individuals is Read more about NZ modelling shows boosters dampen Omicron transmission

    New ZealandUniversity of Canterbury
  12. Virtual health appointments may remove barriers for Māori

    Publicly released: Fri 1 Apr 2022 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    Researchers interviewing Māori about their experience with the system found virtual appointments removed common barriers such as lack of transport, consultation costs and having to take time off work Read more about Virtual health appointments may remove barriers for Māori

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland|University of Otago|University of Waikato...
  13. How does Long Covid compare with chronic fatigue?

    Publicly released: Thu 31 Mar 2022 at 1404 AEDT | 1604 NZDT

    Journal of Health Psychology

    Researchers propose that this is because many Long Covid patients are healthcare professionals themselves, and there is a higher incentive to research the extent of Covid-19. ... However they also warn Read more about How does Long Covid compare with chronic fatigue?

    InternationalUniversity of Derby, UK
  14. Convalescent plasma may play a role in reducing COVID-19 hospitalisations

    Publicly released: Thu 31 Mar 2022 at 0800 AEDT | 1000 NZDT

    New England Journal of Medicine

    In a randomised controlled trial, the researchers gave about 600 COVID-19 patients a plasma infusion from a COVID-19 survivor, and another 600 a placebo infusion. ... They say a convalescent plasma Read more about Convalescent plasma may play a role in reducing COVID-19 hospitalisations

    InternationalJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
  15. Pfizer protects young people from severe COVID-19, but Omicron reduces protection

    Publicly released: Thu 31 Mar 2022 at 0800 AEDT | 1000 NZDT

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The researchers compared vaccinated and unvaccinated young people coming into hospital with and without COVID-19 to estimate vaccine effectiveness. ... They say during a Delta-dominant period the vaccine Read more about Pfizer protects young people from severe COVID-19, but Omicron reduces protection

    InternationalCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
  16. Ivermectin not effective at reducing COVID-19 hospitalisations

    Publicly released: Thu 31 Mar 2022 at 0800 AEDT | 1000 NZDT

    New England Journal of Medicine

    International researchers looked at the outcomes of 679 patients treated with ivermectin compared with 679 people given a placebo treatment. ... They say there were no significant differences in the rate Read more about Ivermectin not effective at reducing COVID-19 hospitalisations

    Australia; International; VICMonash University
  17. Fewer Aussie teens are in detention or under supervision by the justice system

    Publicly released: Thu 31 Mar 2022 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    Since 2016-2017, the rate of First Nations teens in detention declined from 161 to 117 per 10,000, and the non-Indigenous rate fell from 9. ... according to a new report from the Australian Insititute of Read more about Fewer Aussie teens are in detention or under supervision by the justice system

    AustraliaAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  18. Children's bedrooms so cold parents shiver in them

    Publicly released: Tue 29 Mar 2022 at 1056 AEDT | 1256 NZDT

    Energy Policy

    heating living areas and more than one child’s bedroom and should be adjusted for the number of children, and the climatic region. ... 3°C and the average winter bedroom temperature to be just 14°C. Read more about Children's bedrooms so cold parents shiver in them

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago
  19. Disinfectant use during pregnancy linked to childhood asthma and eczema

    Publicly released: Tue 29 Mar 2022 at 1030 AEDT | 1230 NZDT

    Occupational & Environmental Medicine

    Disinfectants are used frequently in hospitals and other medical facilities, and the covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in their use in medical settings and also more widely, including Read more about Disinfectant use during pregnancy linked to childhood asthma and eczema

    InternationalUniversity of Yamanashi, Japan
  20. Global rates of sequencing COVID variants is low, but Australia and NZ among the best

    Publicly released: Tue 29 Mar 2022 at 0200 AEDT | 0400 NZDT

    Nature Genetics

    Australia and New Zealand have a high level of routine COVID-19 genomic sequencing compared to the rest of the world, according to international research, which found a huge diversity in ... The study Read more about Global rates of sequencing COVID variants is low, but Australia and NZ among the best

    Australia; InternationalFudan University, China

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