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November 19, 2020
IU in the News is a daily review of the important news stories relating to Indiana University. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive gathering of news, and no editorial revisions are made to the content, which is presented as it was initially published or broadcast.

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Amid an uncertain future, IU Kelley forecast expects U.S. economy restart will continue into 2021

This story has been covered by: The Herald Bulletin, News and Tribune, Tribune Star, Palladium-Item, WIBC, The Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana Public Media, Inside Indiana Business.

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The Indianapolis Star

This Fishers man is participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial. Here's what he has to do.

Joe Weingarten has started each day recently the same way he will for the next two years. The 76-year-old Fishers resident takes his temperature, then fills out an electronic questionnaire about his health, which he sends to the Indiana University School of Medicine. The doctors there are interested in knowing if Weingarten is suffering any side effects from taking doses in a trial to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. If his symptoms are severe, Weingarten has an emergency phone number to call. ... Weingarten is participating in the trial by the global pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, and the University of Oxford, which is seeking 30,000 volunteers across the globe and has teamed with IU School of Medicine to run the trial in Indiana. 

Related stories: The Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana Public Media, WISH-TV

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NBC News

Biden talks pandemic response, jobs, stimulus -- and hints at strategy for working with Republicans

Biden ... laid out a post-crisis plan that followed the script of the economic platform he ran on, with a focus on eliminating socioeconomic barriers to training and education for students and workers; growing renewable energy, manufacturing and technology; and investing in infrastructure and technological research and development. In all those sectors, he emphasized both the opportunity and the imperative to create jobs. Tom Guevara, director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, said those are bipartisan concerns -- and there are likely to be more if the pandemic continues to ravage the red states that were largely spared in the first wave of infection earlier in the year. ... "Things that involve transition to greener, cleaner, newer technology for energy production may face some resistance," he said. Biden might have more luck making inroads with a pitch to get Congress to appropriate funds to strengthen the manufacturing sector, particularly in areas with implications for national security, he said.

The Indianapolis Star

Top Indiana election attorney rushes to defend Trump's fraud claims, then quietly retreats

Even if some instances of fraud were discovered, the remedy proposed in (Indiana attorney Jim) Bopp's lawsuits were likely to have stricken a judge as extreme, said Nicholas Almendares, an associate professor of law at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. "If you've told the court this is the only remedy that will make me happy, that will make me whole, and the court looks at that and says, 'Are you out of your ...  mind?' then you kind of lose on redressability."


COVID-19 worsens mental health, sparks overdoses

The pandemic has made a lot of problems worse -- including depression and anxiety. And that means more people might be turning to drugs and alcohol. Dr. Kurt Kroenke, a researcher at Indiana University School for Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute, says it's common for people with substance use disorder to also have clinical depression or anxiety. "The technical term is called comorbidity and comorbidity means patients have more than one condition ... " he says. "They're at much greater risk of also suffering from depression, a probably a third to half or more ... as well as their problem with opiates."


Do I need to get a yearly physical during the pandemic if I feel fine?

Having a regular yearly checkup for someone who is basically healthy sounds like common sense -- and the ultimate form of preventative medicine -- but this is surprisingly controversial. That's because a physical is a type of screening; in other words, it’s an opportunity to look for illness in people who have no symptoms, says Morton Tavel, an Indiana-based cardiologist and professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. "Screening has a nasty habit of doing more harm than good, especially in the absence of evidence to prove its worth in reducing disease and mortality," Tavel says. "The potential downsides of screening are that it can worry people unnecessarily, offer false reassurance, or trigger unneeded tests and treatments."

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