- Increasing Nurse-Physician Family-Centered Rounds Communication: A Quality Improvement Pilot Project: We used quality improvement methodology to measure nurse-physician communication during family-centered rounds (FCRs) in our hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. We measured nurses’ perceived awareness of components of the shared mental model, nurses’ attendance during FCRs, compliance with completing FCR summaries, and average time.
- Quality of Life Assessment in Patients Using Benzodiazepines during the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Community Pharmacy Using EuroQol 5D-3L: This study used the EuroQol 5D-3L to analyze the quality of life of 127 patients under treatment with benzodiazepines (BZDs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results showed that lorazepam was the most commonly dispensed BZD, and that the mean duration of BZD treatments was four years. Patients reported a generally good health status, but their quality of life should be monitored to minimize risks associated with long-term treatments.
- Optic nerve sheath diameter in intensive care patients and prognosis in acute COVID-19 infection
- Change in quality of life, sleep, and physical activity during COVID-19: A longitudinal study of adolescent athletes: This study will compare mental, physical, and social health and behaviors during pandemic-related stay-at-home mandates with the same measures collected 1-2 years prior, and assess the relationship of physical activity and sleep during the pandemic with anxiety, fatigue, and peer relationship changes between assessment timepoints.
- Characterizing Communicative Participation in Multilingual Jamaican Preschoolers: This study examined the communicative participation and related aspects of functional communication of Jamaican Creole (JC)-English-speaking preschoolers with and without functionally defined speech sound disorders (fSSDs). Data was collected from parent reports and direct assessment measures from an existing corpus of baseline data prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Results showed that preschoolers with fSSDs had significantly lower scores on communicative participation than TD preschoolers.
- Evaluation of the Abbott Panbio COVID-19 antigen detection rapid diagnostic test among healthcare workers in elderly care: This study aimed to determine if the Abbott Panbio COVID-19 antigen detection rapid diagnostic test (Ag-RDT) could be used as an alternative to reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) for early detection of SARS-CoV-2 positive healthcare workers, in order to reduce the risk of transmission from healthcare workers to elderly people.
- Machine Learning Guided Design of High-Affinity ACE2 Decoys for SARS-CoV-2 Neutralization: Engineer high-affinity soluble ACE2 decoy proteins to compete for binding to the SARS-CoV-2 viral spike (S) protein, using a transfer learning algorithm called TLmutation to identify other ACE2 variants with subnanomolar affinity to the RBD of S.
- Exploring and Learning the Universe of Protein Allostery Using Artificial Intelligence Augmented Biophysical and Computational Approaches: Allosteric mechanisms are regulatory tools used by proteins to control biochemical processes and communications in cells. To understand these mechanisms, researchers must use innovative computational and experimental approaches to gain atomistic-level knowledge of the allosteric states, interactions, and dynamic conformational landscapes.
- Modeling and predicting the overlap of B- and T-cell receptor repertoires in healthy and SARS-CoV-2 infected individuals: We use probabilistic modeling to show that many of the public receptors shared by individuals in a population are due to chance, driven by biases in the random generation process of receptors. This predictable overlap gives hope for developing population-wide vaccines and therapeutics.
- BA.1, BA.2 and BA.2.75 variants show comparable replication kinetics, reduced impact on epithelial barrier and elicit cross-neutralizing antibodies: This study characterizes the antibody response generated upon natural infection with the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 and investigates whether these antibodies offer cross-protection against other sub-lineages of Omicron.
- Italian University Students’ Resilience during the COVID-19 Lockdown-A Structural Equation Model about the Relationship between Resilience, Emotion Regulation and Well-Being: The rapid spread of COVID-19 has caused severe restrictions and psychological distress, particularly among adolescents and emerging adults. Scientific research has shown that these populations are at a greater risk of adverse mental health outcomes due to the pandemic.
- The Impact of the Early COVID-19 Global Pandemic on Children Undergoing Active Cancer Treatment and Their Parents: This cross-sectional study examined the impact of the early COVID-19 pandemic on children undergoing active cancer treatment and their parents. Thirty parents completed an online survey regarding the impact of COVID-19 on their child’s cancer care, perceived utility of telemedicine, and child and parent mental health.
- Contraceptive Access and Use Among Undergraduate and Graduate Students During COVID-19: An Online Survey Study: This study assessed contraceptive access and use among undergraduate and graduate students in North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic by conducting a cross-sectional web-based survey.
- Short and long-term survival in patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 in relation to cardiovascular risk factors and established cardiovascular diseases: the Cor-Cardio Study: We studied the influence of cardiovascular risk factors, established cardiovascular diseases and its treatment with cardiovascular drugs on short-term and long-term survival in patients hospitalized for COVID-19. We analyzed data from 13 hospitals in Poland between March 2020 and October 2020, and followed up until March 2021. Our results showed that 2346 COVID-19 patients had an overall mortality rate of 24.1%.
- Potential of Black Seeds (Nigella Sativa) in the Management of Long COVID or Post-acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) and Persistent COVID-19 Symptoms – An Insight: This review article examines the potential benefits of black seeds (Nigella Sativa) in the management of long COVID and persistent COVID symptoms. Literature was searched in databases such as LitCOVID, Web of Science, Google Scholar, bioRxiv, medRxiv, and Science Direct.
Daily News Pulse for March 13, 2023
Summary: Princeton students have seen an overall improvement in course satisfaction since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Japan, many people are still wearing masks despite the government’s easing of guidelines.