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Jun, 2021

Nuovi dati sulla durata della protezione immunitaria contro SARS-CoV-2 nei bambini

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Università degli Studi di Padova, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie e Penta presentano nuovi dati sulla durata della protezione immunitaria contro SARS-CoV-2 nei bambini Uno studio pubblicato in questi giorni sulla rivista “Paediatrics” dimostra che i bambini affetti da forme lievi di COVID-19 sviluppano una risposta anticorpale maggiore e più duratura di quella degli adulti. Lo studio ha coinvolto 57 famiglie venete colpite dal COVID 19 e seguite presso il Dipartimento Salute della Donna e del Bambino dell’Università di Padova.   Padova, 28 giugno 2021 – Ricercatori dell’Università degli Studi […]

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Jun, 2021

Alfredo Tagarro shares his experience as a paediatrician and researcher in Spain, during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has represented a unique professional and personal challenge throughout the year. Many unimaginable things happened during this frantic year, from the school closures to the confinement, and we had to adapt and think creatively. The pandemic took me back to the intensive care unit for some weeks, taking care of adults, enduring endless shifts with limited resources. Back home, we prepared and implemented research projects, again with limited resources, for children with COVID-19.  During the first months of the pandemic, we did not need to sleep much […]

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Jun, 2021

Moherndran Archary shares his experience as a paediatrician and researcher in South Africa, during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The first case of COVID-19 in South Africa was diagnosed in a traveller from Europe to South Africa on the 5th of March 2020. The initial imported infections fuelled the first wave of the pandemic 3 months later, while further mutations of the circulating wild- type virus fuelled the more severe second wave 7 months thereafter. The South African government responded by implementing, several mitigating strategies including lockdowns, social distancing, use of face masks in public and school closures to slow and control community transmission. These control measures had variable […]

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Jun, 2021

Daniele Donà shares his experience as a paediatrician and researcher in Italy, during the covid-19 pandemic

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The global health crisis of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is changing the world. In the Veneto Region in Italy, an exponential spread of patients affected by COVID-19 has been observed since 21st February 2000, the day of the first COVID-19 positive adult admitted to the University Hospital of Padua. This impetuous pandemic infection put a tremendous amount of stress on many hospitals interfering with ordinary medical practice. Moreover, all the research activities were slowed down considerably with a sudden change in priorities regarding time and funding. Since February 2020, we in […]

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23

Jun, 2021

YES! I’m positive

 

Not for Coronavirus but for HIV. Since I was born, 24 years ago. I think HIV and COVID-19 are not so different. First of all, they’re both viruses, and in some cases fatal. Like COVID-19, HIV forces you to change your way of living. It is easy to experience anxiety or depression, because you have to deal with an invisible enemy that oblige you to stay on your own. You can’t run away from your deepest thoughts. When the lockdown was announced I did not feel so scared. I have […]

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22

Jun, 2021

The birth of the UNIVERSAL project – a back story

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A while ago, we sat with Marc Lallemant – the scientific coordinator of the UNIVERSAL project led by Penta, for a quick chat. It was an eye-opening discussion that delved into the early beginnings and the birth of the project. According to Marc, TUTI pronounced as “tutti” in Italian (meaning everyone) was the name initially settled for. He further went on to clarify that TUTI had no Italian origin and was an acronym with a full meaning – Towards Universal Treatment of children in Africa. It was from this acronym […]

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Jun, 2021

Prof Adilia Warris takes top prize at ESPID 2021 

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The Bill Marshal award is awarded to an individual who has accomplished prominent achievements in clinical practice, teaching or research in paediatric infectious diseases. In 2014 Adilia Warris launched, and now chairs, the European Paediatric Mycology Network (EPMyN), which aims to improve the management and understanding of paediatric fungal infections. She also leads on several European multicentre studies including the Penta funded EUROCANDY study on the clinical epidemiology of paediatric candidemia, the cASPerCF study on aspergillus infections in cystic fibrosis in the c4c project and PASOAP, a UK multicentre study assessing antifungal prescribing practices and […]

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Jun, 2021

The use of mobile technologies for early detection of arbovirus infections in pregnancy

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The great expansion of mobile technology across the globe has facilitated the use of smartphone applications to improve health systems and engage people in public health processes. This approach has been specially applied in low and middle income countries where capitalizing on the ubiquity of mobile technology infrastructure can help to overcome widespread health system barriers such as health personnel shortages, cost of health service, and transportation. Mobile health (mHealth) is a growing field with several applications in maternal and child health programmes dedicated to health monitoring, surveillance, and information […]

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Jun, 2021

A conceptual approach to the rationale for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine allocation prioritisation

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Authors: MK. Vasconcelos, C. Marazia, M. Koniordou, H. Fangerau, I. Drexler & AAA. Awuah Published in: Taylor and Francis Online   ABSTRACT Currently vaccines protecting from COVID-19 are a scarce resource. Prioritising vaccination for certain groups of society is placed in a context of uncertainty due to changing evidence on the available vaccines and changing infection dynamics. To meet accepted ethical standards of procedural justice and individual autonomy, vaccine allocation strategies need to state reasons for prioritisation explicitly while at the same time communicating the expected risks and benefits of vaccination at […]

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Jun, 2021

Young infants exhibit robust functional antibody responses and restrained IFN-γ production to SARS-CoV-2

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Authors: A. Goenka, A. Halliday, M. Gregorova, E. Milodowski, A. Thomas, MK. Williamson, H. Baum, E. Oliver, AE. Long, L. Knezevic, AJK. Williams, V. Lampasona, L. Piemonti, K. Gupta, ND. Bartolo, I. Berger, AM. Toye, B. Vipond, P. Muir, J. Bernatoniene, M. Bailey, KM. Gillespie, AD. Davidson, L. Wooldridge, L. Rivino, A. Finn Published in: Cell Reports Medicine   Summary: Severe COVID-19 appears rare in children. This is unexpected, especially in young infants, who are vulnerable to severe disease caused by other respiratory viruses. We evaluate convalescent immune responses in four […]

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