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Concerns Grow as Coronavirus Continues to Spread Around Globe (Video) – WMUR

Read article – A segment featuring Lisa Adams, MED ’90, associate dean for global health and associate professor of medicine, in which she discusses the growing concern over a deadly strain of coronavirus spreading around the world. Adams and other health experts in New Hampshire are urging people to stay informed but not to panic. “I think there has been great international collaboration around this event, and I think that is really important to keep in mind,” Adams said. “There are a lot of governments and health authorities working together to try to control this.”

Study Ties Fast Food to Kids’ Weight Gain – Valley News

Read article – Quotes Jennifer Emond, assistant professor of biomedical data science and of pediatrics, in a feature story about a study she led that found that the overconsumption of fast food independently contributes to excess weight gain among children. The article also cites comments by Diane Gilbert-Diamond, associate professor of epidemiology and of community and family medicine, who has collaborated with Emond on other projects but did not participate in this study.

NH Braces for Coronavirus – New Hampshire Union Leader

Read article – Quotes Michael Calderwood, associate professor of medicine, in an article about how New Hampshire is well-positioned to handle an outbreak of the coronavirus. “Overall, I would say that this is something that the state is prepared for, that we are actively screening for, that we have testing capabilities for,” Calderwood said. “I would say that my biggest concern actually is the fear that this is generating because it’s led to some downstream consequences.”

New Study Indicates Amino Acid May Be Useful in Treating ALS – Global Health News Wire

Read article – Quotes Elijah Stommel, professor of neurology, in an article about a new study that showed that the amino acid, L-serine, successfully reduced ALS-like changes in an animal model of ALS. The naturally occurring amino acid is gaining increased attention from scientists as a possible treatment for ALS. “We are attempting to replicate a previous positive trial of L-serine for ALS patients, but won’t know the results until the trial is finished,” said Stommel, who wasn’t involved in the study.

Deaths, Amputations Due to Blocked Leg Arteries Down Among U.S. Veterans – Reuters

Read article – Quotes Philip Goodney, associate professor of surgery and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about a new study that suggests a growing number of older U.S. military veterans with blocked leg arteries are getting procedures to restore blood flow, resulting in fewer deaths and amputations. “This study shows that veterans treated for severe leg blockages have a lower chance of dying, and a much lower chance of losing their leg, than they did a decade ago,” said Goodney, who wasn’t involved in the study. “Given the multidisciplinary nature of treatments provided in the VA, this suggests that even difficult healthcare challenges can be improved with team-based approaches.” (Picked up by The New York Times, National Post, WNYC, and many more.)