Around the Precinct: 23 April 2020

As COVID-19 cases drop around Australia, attention is turning to some of its other impacts, including the effects of the pandemic on young people and those with chronic disease – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Prof Jonathan Shaw, Baker Institute

Prof Jonathan Shaw from the Baker Institute is looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living with diabetes.

Alfred Health

Emergency department lull as Victorians stay home
Emergency department presentations at The Alfred and Sandringham Hospital remain at their lowest levels in years as Victorians continue to adhere to the stage-three COVID-19 restrictions and stay home.
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The Alfred prepares for COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 global health crisis, The Alfred has significantly increased its capacity to care for critically ill patients with major expansions to its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Emergency Department (ED).
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Monash University – Central Clinical School

A first step towards understanding anti-epileptic medication connections with birth defects
New Monash-led research has found that there is no added risk of a child developing new genetic changes as a result of their mother taking common anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs).
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Research to evaluate impact of pandemic on people with diabetes
The Baker Institute’s PREDICT study, which examines the complications arising from type 2 diabetes and their prevention, is being expanded to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people living with diabetes.
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Supercomputing grant will drive molecular exploration of COVID-19 and potential pathways for drug treatment
A Baker Institute team has been successful in securing one of three national grants that will provide high performance computing capacity to target key proteins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, and to explore novel pathways for drug discovery and treatment.
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‘Time is muscle’: under treatment of heart disease may lead to increased deaths if people don’t seek urgent medical attention
Indicative data from several Australians hospitals showing a large drop in attendance for heart attacks and related symptoms signals the coronavirus pandemic could undo decades of work driving down death rates from heart disease, according to the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.
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Burnet Institute

Global COVID-19 pandemic: latest
The Australian Government, like others around the world, is rolling out major public health strategies aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
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How are young people coping with COVID?
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social connection, loneliness, and the mental health of young Australians is the focus of a new Burnet study.
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COVID-19: Victorians ‘changed the future’ by self isolating
Victorian Chief Health Officer, Dr Brett Sutton said the measures helped avoid a nightmare scenario of 650 deaths a day.
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