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Clinical trial to test effectiveness of drug in treating cancer patients with severe COVID-19
"Cancer patients are at higher risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19," said Nakhle Saba, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at Tulane School of Medicine. "Data from the USA show that approximately 40% of COVID-19 patients with cancer required hospitalization, 20%...

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Online cooking classes promote healthy eating, stretching food budget - Jun 29, 2020
The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine will host online cooking classes starting on Wednesday, July 1, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT, featuring healthy seasonal recipes that home cooks can make with common pantry items. Wednesday’s class is the first of the series. Each class will have a different theme with new recipes.   Tickets to the classes are by donation. To register for the July 1 class, click here.   The Zoom session will be led...
Tulane University receives $12.5 million for military veteran care - Jun 29, 2020
Tulane University, nationally renowned for the care it provides to retired professional athletes through partnerships with the NFL Player Care Foundation and The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA), has received a $12.5 million gift from The Avalon Fund for the creation of the Tulane University Center for Brain Health. The center will specialize in the treatment of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in U.S. military...
Stress of COVID-19 pandemic could lead to violence at home, Tulane experts caution - Jun 26, 2020
While some COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are being eased across the country, the stress on many families remains high and will be felt even after restrictions are lifted. Physical distancing, isolation and quarantine meausures designed to stop the spread of the virus could lead to an increase in family violence at home, according to a perspective in Pediatrics co-authored by Tulane University child psychiatrists.   Schools, summer camps and...
Tulane University researchers develop synthetic antibody against COVID-19 - Jun 22, 2020
Scientists working to develop drugs against COVID-19 are focused on interrupting its interaction with ACE2, an enzyme the spike protein on the surface of the coronavirus latches onto, like a key, to enter and infect healthy cells. Researchers at Tulane University School of Medicine have designed a synthetic protein that acts as a decoy to intercept and neutralize the virus before it can attach to ACE2 to cause infection.  The protein, MDR504,...
Tulane receives $2 million to decipher why some asthmatics are highly sensitive to fungi - Jun 17, 2020
The spores that live on everything from carpets to ceiling tiles can cause a severe reaction among the large group of asthmatics who demonstrate sensitivity to fungi.  A new Tulane University study aims to discover why this certain group of asthmatics experiences worse asthma, characterized by lower lung function and a more severe allergic reactions, when compared to asthmatics who react to other irritants.   The study is being led by Chad...
School of Medicine unites against racism, police brutality - Jun 15, 2020
On Thursday, hundreds of Tulane School of Medicine and LSU School of Medicine faculty,  researchers and students, as well as essential personnel from nearby hospitals, united in a peaceful protest against police brutality and racism.   They gathered on Tulane Avenue to listen to powerful experiences with racism and to observe a moment of silence for all African Americans who have experienced racially motivated injustices.   Third-...
School of Medicine holds peaceful protest in support of black lives - Jun 15, 2020
On Thursday, hundreds of Tulane School of Medicine and LSU School of Medicine faculty,  researchers and students, as well as essential personnel from nearby hospitals, united in a peaceful protest against police brutality and racism. Photos by Sally Asher and Paula Burch-Celentano.
The meeting of a lifetime: How two Tulanians forged a life and lasting legacy together - Jun 15, 2020
The chance meeting of a pair of Tulane University students at a medical school fraternity party almost 75 years ago led to a life filled with family, service and a lasting legacy that will continue at Tulane for years to come. Barely into her first week at Tulane in the fall of 1946, Lenore Benson Raborn (SW `47) met Robert Raborn (M `48, R `52). The two fell in love, were married for 52 years and raised three children- Richard, Robin and Doug....
Tulane receives $1 million gift from Elana Amsterdam and Rob Katz to expand COVID-19 testing - Jun 08, 2020
Tulane University has received a $1 million gift from Elana Amsterdam and her husband Rob Katz to significantly expand its molecular pathology lab to increase COVID-19 testing capacity within the region. The funding will enable Tulane University School of Medicine to purchase new equipment and hire additional full-time staff to ramp up capacity to process up to 1,000 COVID-19 tests per day at its downtown lab. The facility can...
Tulane scientists find a switch to flip and turn off breast cancer growth and spread - Jun 02, 2020
Researchers at Tulane University School of Medicine identified a gene that causes an aggressive form of breast cancer to rapidly grow.  More importantly, they have also discovered a way to “turn it off” and inhibit cancer from occurring.  The animal study results have been so compelling that the team is now working on FDA approval to begin clinical trials and has published details in the journal Scientific Reports.   The team led by Dr. Reza...
Tulane researchers discover new type of kidney cells key to fighting infection - May 13, 2020
Macrophages are a type of white blood cell central to the immune system. They detect harmful pathogens – viruses, bacteria, and fungi – and engulf them, serving as helpful scavengers to keep infections at bay. They also cause or suppress inflammation and secrete molecules that allow communication between different cell types, all which provide a healthy immune response in fighting any infection or disease.   For years, scientists have known the...
Goggles for Docs sends protective eye gear to COVID-19 frontline medical workers - May 12, 2020
Tulane University may be far from the slopes, but standard snow skiing equipment is being put to good use here in New Orleans. Dr. Marcia Glass, an associate professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, coordinated a donation from Goggles for Docs, a nationwide effort to deliver protective goggles to frontline workers caring for COVID-19 patients. CBS News interviewed Glass about the program. “Your eyes are very exposed and...
Going viral: Tulane staffer shifts roles into COVID-19 science whisperer - May 11, 2020
As researchers at Tulane and worldwide race to unravel the mysteries of COVID-19, one Tulane employee is studying the studies.   Claiborne “Clay” Christian, a business development officer in the Office of Research Business Development, is the force behind The Tulane COVID-19 Daily Digest, a Tulane University School of Medicine effort to analyze the fast-paced onslaught of coronavirus discoveries so that researchers have more time to spend on...
Musicians serenade city’s healthcare heroes in ‘Letters from the Porch’ concert series - May 01, 2020
At a time when many New Orleans musicians can’t work because of COVID-19 closures, Tulane University School of Medicine has partnered with local artists in a grass-roots effort to support the city’s cultural economy while also bringing moments of joy to healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic.  Letters from the Porch: New Orleans Serenades its Medical Community launched this week featuring a series of front porch...
Tulane Med alumna, Google Health's chief health officer, helps with COVID-19 response - Apr 17, 2020
Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, (M ’92, PHTM ’92, R ’94, R ’96) currently serves as chief health officer at Google Health. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. DeSalvo, who at the time was vice dean for community affairs and health policy and professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, pioneered makeshift clinics across New Orleans to provide primary care to residents. She later went on to serve as the New Orleans...