“Some protection is better than no protection,” said Dr. Merry J. Markham, acting chief of the Division of Hematology & Oncology at UF Health, to the Florida Political Review.
Universities and health care entities throughout the state of Florida are now providing outreach and engagement to ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to a $1 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
A new research program to understand the effect of COVID-19 on health care workers is underway at University of Florida Health and other sites across the country, including clinical trial to evaluate whether hydroxychloroquine can prevent COVID-19 infections. The Healthcare Worker Exposure and Outcomes, or HERO, initiative has two parts…
David P. Norton, Ph.D., has spent nearly a decade building a collaborative, leading-edge research environment at the University of Florida. But as the number of coronavirus cases began to swell in Florida this spring, Norton and his leadership colleagues faced a daunting challenge: how to pause — and then…
University of Florida Health researcher Mark Brantly, M.D., and his team are working to evaluate a drug treatment for the novel coronavirus that might block the deadly inflammatory response caused by the disease that curtails the lungs’ ability to function.
While not yet approved for commercial use, the test uses a strip comparable to a pregnancy test to give a quick visual indicator of the presence of the coronavirus in the body.
Patients with cancer, especially those who are older and who are receiving active cancer treatments, are particularly vulnerable to the more severe form of COVID-19.
As a University of Florida mechanical engineering student decades ago, Samsun Lampotang, Ph.D., helped respiratory therapist colleagues build a minimal-transport ventilator that became a commercial success. So, when the coronavirus pandemic hit and he heard the desperate international plea for thousands more ventilators, the longtime UF professor of anesthesiology set out to build a prototype using plentiful, cheap components that could be copied from an online diagram and a software repository.
Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham is associate professor and interim chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Florida (UF). She is associate director for Medical Affairs for the University of Florida Health Cancer Center, and she is a medical oncologist specializing in gynecologic cancers. She is chair of the ASCO Cancer Communications Committee and is the social media editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
For oncologists and other clinicians caring for patients with cancer, the COVID-19 pandemic represents a dynamic clinical challenge that is changing daily and that can feel overwhelming at times, say experts.