Author: All of Us Badgers

A Q+A about COVID-19 and the All of Us Research Program with Dr. Ed Ramos, the Director of the Digital Clinical Trials at Scripps Research institute. ...

At least 10 COVID-19 vaccines are currently in the final phase of their trials, where the vaccine is given to thousands of people to test its safety and efficacy. But as the quest for a coronavirus vaccine continues, experts say there’s still an issue with how diverse these trials are, which could impact how effective a vaccine is for everyone....

As the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention repeatedly assure the public that the COVID-19 vaccine will be safe, indications that the review process may be undercut by politics has turned off people in minority communities to getting the vaccine when it becomes available — worrying physicians that communities disproportionately devastated by the pandemic are most at risk of being left out of immunization efforts....

In early September, the University of Wisconsin–Madison welcomed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services onto campus to initiate a new partnership in light of the COVID-19 pandemic....

Two randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are expanding enrollment to further evaluate convalescent plasma as a treatment for patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Preliminary observational studies indicate that convalescent plasma may improve outcomes among severely ill and hospitalized patients with COVID-19....

A new report from the American Association for Cancer Research has identified several health disparities which disproportionately affect certain groups of people in the U.S. with cancer....

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that cases of adult obesity are increasing, especially among minority populations, a worrying trend as obesity is reported to worsen the outcomes of COVID-19 cases....

Many thousands of volunteers from minority groups are needed for huge clinical trials underway or about to begin. Scientists say a diverse group of test subjects is vital to determining whether a vaccine is safe and effective for everyone and instilling broad public confidence in the shots once they become available....