Blog: UNISON remains proudly internationalist

This week I’ve been at the European Public Services Union (EPSU) Congress in Dublin, working alongside a dedicated and passionate UNISON delegation. At a time when there are so many who seek to turn our societies in on each other, I am proud that UNISON remains proudly internationalist. As the biggest affiliate to EPSU, our union plays an incredibly important role in deciding the priorities of a Europe-wide Union, ensuring that our values and principles – on issues as diverse as anti-privatisation and gender equality – are heard on a global stage. Likewise, our membership of global public services union PSI – of which I am proud to serve as member – ensures that from fighting Ebola to supporting Palestinian workers, the priorities of UNISON members are amplified, by joining their voices with trade unionists from around the world. Understandably – given the current uncertainty which surrounds it – Brexit was an important topic at this week’s conference. Yet as I said in my keynote address on Tuesday, neither EPSU nor UNISON can ever accept a no deal Brexit. And neither will we allow a hard border to return to the island of Ireland – or any attacks on the equality of citizenship that is at the heart of the Good Friday agreement. Meanwhile, vital international work continues at an international level which changes lives and confronts injustice. Whether it’s the mistreatment of the Palestinian people, attacks on migrant...
Source: UNISON Health care news - Category: UK Health Authors: Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

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Publication date: Available online 6 May 2020Source: Journal of Emergency NursingAuthor(s): Laurasona Leigh, Colleen Taylor, Tavis Glassman, Amy Thompson, Jiunn-Jye Sheu
Source: Journal of Emergency Nursing - Category: Nursing Source Type: research
Authors: Xiong R, Zhang L, Li S, Sun Y, Ding M, Wang Y, Zhao Y, Wu Y, Shang W, Jiang X, Shan J, Shen Z, Tong Y, Xu L, Chen Y, Liu Y, Zou G, Lavillete D, Zhao Z, Wang R, Zhu L, Xiao G, Lan K, Li H, Xu K Abstract Emerging and re-emerging RNA viruses occasionally cause epidemics and pandemics worldwide, such as the on-going outbreak of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Herein, we identified two potent inhibitors of human DHODH, S312 and S416, with favorable drug-likeness and pharmacokinetic profiles, which all showed broad-spectrum antiviral effects against various RNA viruses, including influenza A virus, Zika virus,...
Source: Protein and Cell - Category: Cytology Tags: Protein Cell Source Type: research
More than 900 healthcare workers have died in this pandemic. Many of those deaths could have been preventedHealthcare workers usually bear the brunt of an epidemic. Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel are in constant contact with people who may be infected. The cruel math of such potential exposures, multiplied over and over, inevitably takes a toll.Covid-19 is no exception.Lost on the Frontline, a new database fromthe Guardian and Kaiser Health News, shows that more than 900 American healthcare workers have already paid the ultimate price in the battle against coronavirus.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Health Healthcare industry Ebola Source Type: news
Purpose of review To highlight the lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak that may inform our approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly related to the widespread disruption of healthcare, ophthalmic disease manifestations, and vision health systems strengthening for future outbreaks. Recent findings Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), first detected in China in December 2019, has become a worldwide health emergency, with significant disruption of all aspects of society, including travel, business, and medical care. Although this pandemic has had unprecedented effects on healthcare delivery in the United States...
Source: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Tags: COVID19: Edited by Allen Chiang and Prithvi Mruthyunjaya Source Type: research
Authors: Canady D, Weil NC, Miller C, Shantha JG, Bastien G, Yeh S PMID: 32772594 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther Source Type: research
AbstractPandemics and major outbreaks have the potential to cause large health losses and major economic costs. To prioritize between preventive and responsive interventions, it is important to understand the costs and health losses interventions may prevent. We review the literature, investigating the type of studies performed, the costs and benefits included, and the methods employed against perceived major outbreak threats. We searched PubMed and SCOPUS for studies concerning the outbreaks of SARS in 2003, H5N1 in 2003, H1N1 in 2009, Cholera in Haiti in 2010, MERS-CoV in 2013, H7N9 in 2013, and Ebola in West-Africa in 2...
Source: The European Journal of Health Economics - Category: Health Management Source Type: research
ConclusionField observational studies do not indicate a difference in healthcare worker infection utilizing PAPR devices versus other compliant respiratory equipment. Greater heat tolerance accompanied by lower scores of mobility and audibility in PAPR was identified. Further pragmatic studies are needed in order to delineate actual effectiveness and provider satisfaction with PAPR technology.Systematic review registrationThe protocol for this review was prospectively registered with the International Register of Systematic Reviews identification numberCRD42020184724.
Source: Systematic Reviews - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
lin Viral protein 24 (VP24) from Ebola virus (EBOV) was first recognized as a minor matrix protein that associates with cellular membranes. However, more recent studies shed light on its roles in inhibiting viral genome transcription and replication, facilitating nucleocapsid assembly and transport, and interfering with immune responses in host cells through downregulation of interferon (IFN)-activated genes. Thus, whether VP24 is a peripheral protein with lipid-binding ability for matrix layer recruitment has not been explored. Here, we examined the lipid-binding ability of VP24 with a number of lipid-binding assays. ...
Source: Viruses - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
AbstractThe current outbreak of the highly transmittable and life-threatening severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has evolved rapidly and posed a global health emergency. Many clinical trials are now being conducted to test possible therapies. To assist this, virtual screening via molecular docking was performed on several FDA-approved drugs, previously used in epidemics, and the top ten compounds were selected. These ten well-characterized drugs, previously used to treat malaria and Ebola infections, were screened based on their interactions with the SARS-CoV-2 ACE2 receptor and 3C-like protease. ...
Source: Network Modeling Analysis in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics - Category: Bioinformatics Source Type: research
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 2020 (IPS) International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva has warned that developing countries would need more than the earlier estimated US$2.5 trillion to provide relief to affected families and businesses and expedite economic recovery. Anis Chowdhury With their limited fiscal capacities, developing countries will need to borrow more, increasing their often already high public debt burdens. Developing country debt has grown rapidly since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis (GFC), reaching historical highs even before the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news
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