Solving Pressing Challenges: 3D Printing of Medical Grade Face Shields

As medical care providers on the front lines deliver patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Duke task force is also working to ensure Duke Health does not experience a medical equipment supply shortage similar to hospitals around the country. The task force comprised of Duke engineers, medical and technology professionals developed a reusable medical face shield using Duke’s 3D printing technology.

“Duke is a special place where we can bring together folks from several departments quickly and leverage relationships that already exist. The collaborative nature of Duke has been critical to our success.”
-Eric Richardson, Duke Biomedical Engineering


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Fauci warns not to send students home

Only a few weeks into fall semester, colleges and universities across the country are urgently trying to control clusters of COVID-19 infections on their campuses. Thousands of cases have been reported nationwide, forcing universities to switch to virtual classes and either quarantine or, in some cases, send students back home whether or not they’re sick.

The situation has become serious enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, is urging colleges: If at all possible, do not send students home.

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“It’s the worst thing you could do,” he said Wednesday on

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Covid-19: Hospital staff in North West ‘bracing themselves’ for second wave as intensive care admissions rise rapidly

Hospital staff are bracing themselves for a difficult second wave of coronavirus as intensive care units in the North West are getting busier.

Dr Indeewar Kapila, a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in Manchester, said medics are “extremely worried” about how the next few weeks will look in hospitals as cases continues to rise.

Asked whether he is worried about where hospitals in the North West will be in three or four weeks time, Dr Kapila said: “We’re extremely worried.

“I think if if the current situation continues, if we haven’t got some additional measures in place,

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2020 best US colleges in U.S. News and World Report rankings

It’s back-to-school time. And for those starting their senior year of high school, applying for college is very much top of mind. But with so many choices, deciding where to go can be overwhelming. Luckily, U.S. News & World Report just announced its 2020 list of the best colleges.

And to better help families with choosing a college, U.S. News updated its ranking criteria this year to include some important factors. In addition to focusing on academic quality, they emphasized outcome measures such as graduation rates, retention rates and social mobility. In fact, outcomes were given the most weight

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Shaming and blaming students can make it worse, experts say

With colleges around the country reporting outbreaks of COVID-19, some schools have placed the blame on students. But experts say shaming students and zero-tolerance policies may be making the situation worse.

The vice chancellor of Syracuse University called students “selfish” for gathering in the school’s Quad without observing social distancing, and a Cornell University vice president scolded irresponsible behavior for a cluster of cases that caused the campus in Ithaca, New York, to raise its alert level to yellow Friday. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, which quickly moved to a virtual learning environment after an outbreak

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