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Newman encourages researchers to adapt clinical studies to alleviate impact of pandemic 

Newman encourages researchers to adapt clinical studies to alleviate impact of pandemic

NEURO NEWS – To minimize disruption and preserve integrity while still ensuring participant health and safety, EPI chair Anne Newman tells JAMA that sustaining ongoing trials could help millions of people realize substantial, durable health benefits that will be important post-pandemic. Therefore, ... (03/26/2020)

Burke on how contagious the new coronavirus is compared to flu and SARS 

Burke on how contagious the new coronavirus is compared to flu and SARS

NEWSWEEK - Donald Burke, professor of health science and policy, said he was concerned that the reproduction number (RO) may be higher than originally estimated. The U.S. case count has been increasing exponentially. If the time between successive cases in the chain of transmission is four days, th... (03/20/2020)

Mellors says natural remedies haven’t been shown to help you fight the coronavirus 

Mellors says natural remedies haven’t been shown to help you fight the coronavirus

DISCOVER - As COVID-19 blasts across the globe, viral wellness videos and posts are springing up in its wake. But so far, says John Mellors, IDM professor and chief of infectious diseases at Pitt, no randomized clinical trials have shown vitamins or natural remedies to be effective in treating or p... (03/26/2020)

Burke on what we can learn about coronavirus from National Geographic author David Quammen’s brilliant book ‘Spillover’ 

Burke on what we can learn about coronavirus from National Geographic author David Quammen’s brilliant book ‘Spillover’

THE HILL - Epidemiologist Donald Burke emphasized the need to improve the scientific basis to improve readiness: the understanding of which virus groups to watch, the field capabilities to detect spillovers in remote places before they become regional outbreaks, the organizational capacities to con... (03/20/2020)

Could Pennsylvania’s vacant hotels be turned into coronavirus field hospitals? 

Could Pennsylvania’s vacant hotels be turned into coronavirus field hospitals?

PENN LIVE - “There’s a substantial likelihood we are going to see a surge that might reflect the worst-case scenario,” said HPM's Jeremy Kahn, also professor of critical care medicine. “I’d be hard-pressed to think of anything as too extreme.... I'm a little skeptical this is the most efficient s... (03/26/2020)

Hernandez finds price of brand-name drugs has increased 3x faster than inflation 

Hernandez finds price of brand-name drugs has increased 3x faster than inflation

90.5 WESA – Inmaculada Hernandez (HPM ’16) said what’s concerning is that discounts are often paid directly to insurers. This means people who are un- or under-insured generally don’t benefit from the markdowns. “This is probably increasing disparities in health care access…. We are not doing a goo... (03/25/2020)

FRED modeling platform predicts high COVID-19 hospitalizations 

FRED modeling platform predicts high COVID-19 hospitalizations

FRED offers frightening predictions about what Pennsylvania residents could face with COVID-19. “These are very scary numbers, and one thing I hope to impress upon people is that this is serious,” said Mark Roberts, director of the Public Health Dynamics Lab and chair of health policy and managemen... (03/26/2020)

An epidemiological forecast model and software assessing interventions on COVID-19 epidemic in China  

An epidemiological forecast model and software assessing interventions on COVID-19 epidemic in China

MEDRXIV (2/29/20) -  Pitt Biostats' Lu Tang and collaborators from Michigan develop a health informatics toolbox that enables public health workers to timely analyze and evaluate the time-course dynamics of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection using the publicly available data from the China ... (03/25/2020)

Boggs helps Reddit‘s coronavirus community became a destination 

Boggs helps Reddit‘s coronavirus community became a destination

NBC NEWS – In January when Emerson Boggs (IDM PhD candidate) began moderating a small Reddit community dedicated to a new coronavirus in China, she had no idea that two months later the message board would grow to more than 1.2 million members. Daily Boggs and her colleagues process thousands of co... (03/18/2020)

What is epidemiology? Kuller explains. 

What is epidemiology? Kuller explains.

LIVE SCIENCE – Epidemiologists are disease detectives who save lives by studying and preventing the spread of the worst diseases. EPI’s professor emeritus Lewis Kuller was asked to clarify: “Epidemiology is a tool to understand the distribution of disease in populations, and the factors that lead t... (03/25/2020)
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