Industry News: Volume 10, Issue 19


This Coronavirus Is Unlike Anything in Our Lifetime, and We Have to Stop Comparing It to the Flu

by Charles Ornstein – As a longtime health care reporter, I see the unfolding coronavirus pandemic as representing everything I’ve read about — from the early days of epidemiology to the staggering toll of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic — but had not covered in my lifetime.

And still, I have been caught off guard by the pushback from top elected officials and even some friends and acquaintances who keep comparing it to the flu.

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What to do if your travel plans are impacted by the coronavirus

BY JOSEPH HOSTETLER – Famous for all the wrong reasons, the novel coronavirus has unfortunately taken the world by storm. Originating in Wuhan, China, there are 107,000+ confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and growing.

More than 95 countries have reported infected citizens, and there have been over 3,000 deaths.

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Harmful health effects of ageism seen in many countries

by Shraddha Chakradhar – new review of more than 400 studies finds that ageism is linked to worse health outcomes in adults. The studies included in the review looked at a host of effects tied to ageism, including how older adults are excluded from research, are denied work opportunities, and how ageism leads to worse physical and mental health. 

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Need knee replacement surgery? Get it before it’s too late, study says

by Joshua Bote – Patients with osteoarthritis in the knee should time the surgery to ensure maximum benefits if they are eligible for knee replacement surgery.

A study by Northwestern University published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery on Monday found that a vast majority of patients who would benefit from knee replacement are taking too long to have surgery, to the detriment of their mobility and overall health.

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Climate crisis, epidemics and drug resistance among next decade’s urgent health challenges, WHO says

by Jacqueline Howard – Climate change, infectious diseases, anti-vaxxers and antimicrobial resistance all made their way onto the World Health Organization’s list of health challenges facing the next decade.

The list, published on Monday, was developed with input from experts around the world and presented “urgent, global health challenges,” according to WHO, the United Nations’ public health agency.

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China says second person dies in Wuhan pneumonia outbreak

by Twinnie Siu, Engen Tham, and Se Young Lee; Editing by Richard Pullin and Michael Perry – A second person has died from pneumonia in the central Chinese city of Wuhan following an outbreak believed to be caused by a new coronavirus strain, local health authorities said.

The 69-year-old man had been admitted to hospital with abnormal renal function and severe damage to multiple organs, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on its website late on Thursday. He died on Jan. 15.

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Most innovative cancer drugs don’t get to U.K. patients in a timely manner

by Shraddha Chakradhar – A new analysis finds that the newest drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency are not quickly reaching patients. Looking at data from 2000-2016, researchers found that “high innovation” drugs — because they targeted a new molecule or formed a new class of medicines — took around 14 years from when they were first patented to when the U.K.’s National Health Service approved them for patient use.

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Scientists call for a global network to track antimicrobial resistance through sewage samples

by Shraddha Chakradhar – The authors of a new perspective piece argue for countries to routinely sequence DNA from sewage to keep track of how antimicrobial resistance is spreading in a given population. While sewage samples have been used to track opioid and alcohol use, current efforts to track AMR using sewage have been limited to specific research groups, while other AMR surveillance has been limited to hospital settings.

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A lottery like no other offers up a cutting-edge medicine — with lives on the line

by Andrew Joseph and Ed Silverman – The lottery that began this week was not about money, or about choosing a school, or about obtaining a visa. It was about a child’s life.

In this case, the children selected would receive a drug that otherwise was not available. Jamie Clarkson, an electrician in Queensland, Australia, entered his 18-month-old daughter, Wynter.

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Cancer cases on the rise globally, but not equally, WHO report says

By Gina Yu, CNN – In the next two decades, the world could see a 60% increase in the number of cancer cases, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. In low- and middle-income countries, the increase could be as high as 81%.

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Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) account for 71% of the deaths worldwide

by Shraddha Chakradhar – NCDs are not selective; they affect men and women in all countries and all socioeconomic classes, albeit with notable regional differences that influence intervention strategies and outcomes. Further amplifying the crisis, the high prevalence and chronic nature of NCDs have a direct impact on economies; the total global burden estimated to reach US$47 trillion between 2010 and 2030.

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Scientists report baby boy born to a cancer patient who froze eggs prior to treatment

by Shraddha Chakradhar – Scientists are reporting what they say is the first baby to be born from freezing and fertilizing immature eggs from a cancer patient. Many young cancer patients face the risk of infertility as a result of treatment, and the new report could offer hope for others.

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The coronavirus is picking up steam outside China, narrowing chances of eliminating it

by Helen Branswell – There are worrying signs the coronavirus outbreak is entering a new phase, with spread outside of China — until recently at low levels — beginning to rapidly pick up steam.

Experts point to the sharp rise of the number of cases in South Korea, which went from 30 on Monday to 204 by Friday, and in Italy, which had no cases at the start of Friday and 16 at the end of it.

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7 Countries Report First Coronavirus Cases in One Day

By Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder – Seven countries reported their first cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, according to the World Health Organization.

Brazil, Georgia, Greece, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan and Romania should seize their “window of opportunity” to control the spread of the virus, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, said at a press conference on Thursday.

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Dogs, cats can’t pass coronavirus on to humans, but can test positive

by: The Associated Press – Pet cats and dogs cannot pass the new coronavirus on to humans, but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owners.

That’s the conclusion of Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department after a dog in quarantine tested weakly positive for the virus Feb. 27, Feb. 28 and March 2, using the canine’s nasal and oral cavity samples.

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