Online Originals: Brody School of Medicine allocates funding toward developing improved COVID-19 treatments, advancing vaccine research

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Brody School of Medicine has received $15 million in CARES Act funding from the North Carolina General Assembly to put toward COVID-19 initiatives.

It allocated the funding toward more than 20 different projects to help develop improved treatments, advance vaccine research, and minimize COVID-19’s impact in the region and state.

“We think about this as an emerging disease but in NC now there are about 180 thousand people who had it and in a typical year we get about 50 thousand people with diabetes, so this is going to approach 4 times the annual diabetes diagnosis.”  Dr. Peter Schmidt, Vice Dean Brody School of Medicine 

The funded projects fall into three categories related to COVID-19:

  • Treatments to enhance innate immunity to the virus.
  • Vaccine development and community testing initiatives.
  • Other funded projects aim to support high-risk and rural populations in the region and advance efforts
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This Google app improved reading skills of kids in India

New Delhi: Google said on Tuesday that its Read Along app, which was first launched in India as Bolo in 2018, has been found to improve reading abilities of children in the country.

In an assessment conducted by an independent partner comprising over 3,500 students in three languages and across five states in India, 40 per cent more students who used Read Along saw an improvement of one or more reading levels as compared to students not using the app, Google said.

The study, published by Sattva Consulting this month, revealed that while ‘Read Along’ helps in imparting reading fluency to learners, it also enables development of foundational competencies of Letter and word recognition.

The extent of this development depends on the level of engagement of the learner with the app, showed the results.

“Our internal analysis shows that after reading 100 mins on the app, beginner readers (those who

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