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States Slow to Implement Stay-at-Home Orders Saw Higher Rates of COVID-19 Deaths
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the United States, governments at the state and local levels issued emergency declarations and shut down schools. With no treatment and no vaccine, this was seen as the best way to stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Researchers from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine have conducted one of the first studies to measure the efficacy of social distancing in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. They found that states that were slow to implement such orders saw higher COVID-19 death rates.
The findings were published this month in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Researchers analyzed more than 55,000 COVID-19 deaths across 37 states between January 21, 2020 and April 29, 2020. They tested the association between the timing of emergency declarations and school closings with 2
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Ohio State Conducts First Gene Therapy Clinical Trial For Huntington’s Disease
In a worldwide first, surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have treated two patients with Huntington’s disease using a novel gene therapy treatment as part of a multi-center, double-blind randomized clinical trial.
Huntington’s disease is an inherited genetic disorder that results in progressive physical and cognitive deterioration, ultimately leading to death. The cause is a mutant protein which damages brain cells, said Ohio State Wexner Medical Center neurosurgeon Dr. James “Brad” Elder who performed the surgeries.
“The overall goal of this gene therapy treatment strategy is to stop the neurologic deterioration associated with Huntington’s disease by blocking production of the mutant protein. Targeting specific areas of the brain with gene therapy will hopefully help patients maintain their existing level of function, and be reflected in a halting of deteriora
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Chemistry Innovator Widening, Quickening Uses Of Spectrometry
The clock is ticking when a neurosurgeon is trying to remove a brain tumor but also determining its malignancy and type. Instead of sending samples to a lab where the necessary testing equipment resides to answer those questions, a Purdue scientist is working on shrinking that equipment for use in the surgical room.
Compressing a mass spectrometer into a smaller, more portable system allows researchers to take the instrument into the field, running analyses on samples on the spot. Airports screening for explosives, grocery stores testing for bacteria on fruits and vegetables, and investigators collecting evidence at crime scenes are just a few possible uses.
“We live in a chemical world, and we need to analyze it,” R. Graham Cooks said. “It’s taking the instrument to the problem rather than taking a sample from wherever to the instrument. This is all about chemistry and chemical analys
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Disability-Focused Entrepreneurs To Release Anthology Of Successful Start-Up Stories
Mai Ling Chan, speech-language pathologist and successful disability-related entrepreneur is releasing her long-awaited collaborative publication co-authored with 13 former guests of her Xceptional Leaders podcast, four months later than expected due to the impacts of COVID-19.
Becoming an Exceptional Leader is a resource for the disability entrepreneur. This is an intimate first-person account of each author’s personal journey through envisioning, creating, and growing a disability centered offering. Whether they are challenged by having a disability themselves or are motivated by a loved one with a disability, every author shares their individual motivations, challenges, entrepreneurial lessons, and important nuances related to a disability-related offering.
“This book has been 22 months in the making. I knew when I began my podcast two years ago that I wanted to continue to find way