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July 9, 2020
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US records highest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases
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The US marked another record spike in COVID-19 cases Tuesday, logging 60,021 new infections, with California, Arizona, Florida and Texas accounting for nearly half of new cases in recent days. An analysis of COVID-19 data showed the number of cases has risen by at least 5% in 37 states during the last seven days, while hospitalizations have risen by at least 5% in 24 states.
Full Story: CNBC (7/8),  BBC (7/9) 
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Researchers found that 83.9% and 46.8% of patients with confirmed COVID-19 had abdominal pain and nausea/vomiting, respectively, and most of them had multifocally distributed ground-glass opacities in lung base CT scans and elevated C-reactive protein and D-dimer levels. The findings, published in European Radiology, should prompt increased radiologist awareness of atypical manifestations of COVID-19, researchers wrote.
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Older US veterans who did not have atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease but started taking statin medication had a 25% decreased risk of death from any cause, compared with those who did not get a new statin prescription, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Mortality risks linked to cardiovascular events, including heart attack or stroke, were reduced by 20% among statin users, while the overall risk of a cardiovascular event was 8% lower.
Full Story: Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (7/7) 
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A study in ERJ Open Research found that teens who preferred to sleep later were around three times more likely to have asthma compared with those who preferred to sleep earlier. The findings, based on data involving 1,684 teens in India, also showed that teens who sleep late had a twofold increased risk of allergic rhinitis compared with those who sleep earlier.
Full Story: Psych Central (7/7),  Medical Dialogues (7/5) 
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Pharmaceutical News
The Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed initiative will purchase 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine being developed by Novavax for $1.6 billion should it prove to be effective based on clinical trial data. Operation Warp Speed has spent nearly $4 billion to support companies developing vaccines, including Moderna Therapeutics and British drugmaker AstraZeneca.
Full Story: The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/7) 
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The European Medicines Agency will fast-track its review of AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo's HER2-positive breast cancer candidate Enhertu, or trastuzumab deruxtecan. The FDA approved the antibody drug conjugate as a treatment for metastatic HER2-positive disease in December.
Full Story: PMLive (UK) (7/7) 
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Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies
Cellphone location data can help fight the spread of the coronavirus by alerting health officials when crowds form in particular areas, Colorado State University researchers say. "All we have to do is perform the measurements using anonymous data that is already being collected for other reasons. We are not tracking individuals," explains Edwin Chong, a CSU professor.
Full Story: Network World (7/7) 
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Microsoft has added functionality to its Azure text analysis tool that enables biomedical researchers, health care providers and data analysts to query unstructured datasets including clinical notes, clinical trial protocols and medical publications and connect words and phrases to medication terms, treatments and diagnoses. The tool also links to the Unified Medical Language System.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital Review (7/8) 
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Health Policy and Legislative News
A Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Trump administration has cleared the way for a federal rule expanding exemptions to the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage requirements, permitting more employers to stop covering contraceptives on moral or religious grounds.
Full Story: The Hill (7/8) 
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US lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agree that a fifth novel coronavirus pandemic stimulus plan is needed and should be passed before they leave Washington for their next recess, but they differ substantially on what the legislation should include. House Democrats have passed an almost $3 trillion bill, but Senate Republicans and the White House want a lower-cost proposal.
Full Story: The Hill (7/7) 
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