2 Million People Have Died From COVID-19 Worldwide
In coming years, families around the world will be reminded of what happened in January 2021 by gaps in photo albums, saved video chats or text message threads, and in some cases, tragically, empty seats at future weddings. But in the history books, the pandemic’s impact will be traced in terms of milestones, including one passed on Friday: 2 million people have died from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The novel coronavirus has caused the deadliest global epidemic since the emergence of HIV/AIDS 40 years ago, and the deadliest respiratory pandemic in a century. ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Biden Picks Former F.D.A. Chief Kessler to Lead U.S. Vaccine Efforts
Dr. David Kessler, who helped speed the development and approval of AIDS drugs in the 1990s, will become the top science official at Operation Warp Speed. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheila Kaplan Tags: Kessler, David A Biden, Joseph R Jr Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Appointments and Executive Changes Vaccination and Immunization Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Presidential Transition (US) Food and Drug Administration Content Type: Personal Profile Source Type: news

Eric Goosby on COVID, Race, and Building Health Eric Goosby on COVID, Race, and Building Health
A member of Biden's COVID advisory board, Goosby talks about why it's wise to unpack the vaccine trials, reach out to community organizations, and keep the pipeline of minority physicians full.Medscape (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - January 12, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Internal Medicine Expert Interview Source Type: news

mRNA Technology Gave Us the First COVID-19 Vaccines. It Could Also Upend the Drug Industry
“No!” The doctor snapped. “Look at me!” I had been staring her in the eyes, as she had ordered, but when a doctor on my other side began jabbing me with a needle, I started to turn my head. “Don’t look at it,” the first doctor said. I obeyed. This was in early August in New Orleans, where I had signed up to be a participant in the clinical trial for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It was a blind study, which meant I was not supposed to know whether I had gotten the placebo or the real vaccine. I asked the doctor if I would really been able to tell by looking at the syringe. &...
Source: TIME: Health - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Walter Isaacson Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

mRNA Technology Gave Us the First COVID-19 Vaccines. It Could Also Upend the Drug Industry
“No!” The doctor snapped. “Look at me!” I had been staring her in the eyes, as she had ordered, but when a doctor on my other side began jabbing me with a needle, I started to turn my head. “Don’t look at it,” the first doctor said. I obeyed. This was in early August in New Orleans, where I had signed up to be a participant in the clinical trial for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It was a blind study, which meant I was not supposed to know whether I had gotten the placebo or the real vaccine. I asked the doctor if I would really been able to tell by looking at the syringe. &...
Source: TIME: Science - January 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Walter Isaacson Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

Salim Abdool Karim: 'None of us are safe from Covid if one of us is not. We have mutual interdependence'
The face of South Africa ’s Covid science on why Africa has been hit less hard than Europe, the new variant in the region, and the danger of vaccine nationalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim could be considered South Africa ’sAnthony Fauci. As co-chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19, he is the government ’s top adviser on the pandemic and hasbecome the country ’s face of Covid-19 science. He also sits on the Africa Task Force for Novel Coronavirus, overseeing the continent ’s response to t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Zo ë Corbyn Tags: Coronavirus South Africa Vaccines and immunisation Infectious diseases Medical research Science Aids and HIV Health Source Type: news

Vaccine Rollout Slows as Many Health Care Workers Balk at Shots
In nursing homes and to some degree in hospitals, employees are refusing shots, expressing fears of side effects (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - January 9, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

We Will Need to Update COVID Vaccines, Expert Says We Will Need to Update COVID Vaccines, Expert Says
With SARS-CoV-2 now endemic, the community needs to be prepared for it to evolve and for other viruses to jump from animals to humans, Eddie Holmes tells Eric Topol.Medscape (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - January 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Internal Medicine Expert Interview Source Type: news

Our Invisible Universe of Grief
A version of this article appeared in this week’s It’s Not Just You newsletter. SUBSCRIBE HERE to have It’s Not Just You delivered to your inbox every Sunday. 🌞Well hello! I’m so glad you’re here. This week we’ve got a meditation on invisible grief, tips on choosing a mental health app, a no-stress writing workshop suggestion, and stories of community giving. OUR INVISIBLE UNIVERSE OF GRIEF Early in the morning at the unruly park by my house, it feels like the before-times. Big dogs gallop by, chasing each other at full speed, nothing between them and the rise of the next ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susanna Schrobsdorff Tags: Uncategorized Evergreen It's Not Just You Source Type: news

The Irreplaceable Grace Of an Ordinary Morning
A version of this article appeared in this week’s It’s Not Just You newsletter. SUBSCRIBE HERE to have It’s Not Just You delivered to your inbox every Sunday. 🌞Well hello! I’m so glad you’re here. This week we’ve got a meditation on invisible grief, tips on choosing a mental health app, a no-stress writing workshop suggestion, and stories of community giving. OUR INVISIBLE UNIVERSE OF GRIEF Early in the morning at the unruly park by my house, it feels like the before-times. Big dogs gallop by, chasing each other at full speed, nothing between them and the rise of the next ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susanna Schrobsdorff Tags: Uncategorized Evergreen It's Not Just You Source Type: news

FDA Commissioner on COVID Vaccines:'I'm Incredibly Proud'FDA Commissioner on COVID Vaccines:'I'm Incredibly Proud '
Drs John Whyte and Eric Topol talk with FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn and Dr Marks about COVID vaccine data, how they compressed the development timeline, and next steps on the road toward normalcy.WebMD (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - December 29, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Public Health & Prevention Expert Interview Source Type: news

Africa steps up fight against HIV with trial of new combination vaccines
African-led study expected to involve 1,600 people over next three years in Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and South AfricaThe first trial in Africa to test two new vaccines to protect against HIV got under way in Uganda this week, raising hopes of an end to the epidemic that affects millions of people across the continent.The African-ledPrEPVacc study will test two experimental combination vaccines to see if they can provide any protection against HIV in people most at risk of infection.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Samuel Okiror in Kampala Tags: Global health Aids and HIV Global development Society Uganda Tanzania Mozambique South Africa World news Science Source Type: news

Top Global Health Moments of 2020
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Community Health Nurse Olivia Yeboah thoroughly washes her hands at the Akropong Clinic in Ghana. Photo by Emmanuel Attramah, PMI Impact Malaria/US President's Malaria Initiative.December 17, 2020If we wanted to, we could list a COVID-19 moment for every month of 2020.  We all know that the onset of the coronavirus pandemic—first in China and then worldwide—overwhelmed news coverage this year. And with good reason. It’s the first large-scale global pandemic in 100 years. At the time this article was publ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Nutrition Policy Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Nursing Midwifery 2020 Health Workers Source Type: news

The Ambulance Science Podcast: Make Up Your Own Mind About the Vaccine
Get every episode of The Ambulance Science Podcast by subscribing to Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts. Where I’m coming from (compared to most of my colleagues): Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy from Yale Medical School.FT Faculty at GWU School of Medicine & Southern Connecticut State University MPH Program, and long-time adjunct faculty at NYMC MPH program in Health Policy.Assistant Commissioner of Health at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene during the first SARS outbreak.Served as State EMS Director, Consultant to Public Health ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 14, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Podcasts Ambulance Science Source Type: news

A Vaccine That Was Hijacked by the Rich
A health worker fills a syringe with vaccine at a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: UNICEF/Patrick Brown. By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Dec 11 2020 (IPS) There is a longstanding belief that virtually everything in this world is stacked up against the poor and the downtrodden. The Covid-19 vaccine is no exception because some of world’s richest nations, including the US, Canada and UK, seem to have cornered most of the supplies — whilst marginalizing the world’s poorer nations. The move towards hijacking the newly-found remedy has triggered a new brand of misguided patriotism...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Development & Aid Education Featured Global Globalisation Headlines Health Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Cells to Society: Year of the Nurse / Global Impact
This article provides a theoretical clarification of the concept "social cohesion" as it relates to health behaviors and outcomes, uncovering the critical attributes, antecedents, and consequences of social cohesion and reflecting on its future in health literature.     Read more   View More Research ...
Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - December 11, 2020 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

President-Elect Biden Names Mass General Hospital Doctor Rochelle Walensky As CDC Director
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Featured Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local CDC Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Mass General Hospital Rochelle Walensky Source Type: news

NIDCR's Winter 2020 E-Newsletter
Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. NIDCR's Winter 2020 E-Newsletter In this issue: NIDCR News Funding Opportunities NIH/HHS News Funding Notices Science Advances Subscribe to NICDR News Grantee News   NIDCR News NIDCR Welcomes New Director Rena D’Souza Rena N. D’Souza, DDS, MS, PhD, was sworn in as the director of NIDCR by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, on October 13. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. D’Souza was the assistant vice president for academic affairs and education for health s...
Source: NIDCR Science News - December 4, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: former French president dies of Covid complications; global deaths near 1.5m
Val éry Giscard d’Estaing was 94 and served as France’s leader from 1974 to 1981;Lilly to supply 650,000 more doses of bamlanivimab to US government;Spain caps parties at 10 peopleFormer French president Val éry Giscard d’Estaing dies aged 94Beware fake coronavirus vaccines, says InterpolRural US hospitals ravaged by surge in casesUS braces for Covid surge after Thanksgiving holidaysDozens get Covid after New Orleans swingers convention12.39amGMTPupils in England sitting GCSEs andA-levels next summer will be given advance notice of topics and allowed to take in exam aids including formula sh...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan Tags: Coronavirus World news US news UK news Europe Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Janssen Acquires Rights to Novel Gene Therapy, Pioneering Treatment Solutions for Late-Stage Age-Related Macular Degeneration
RARITAN, NJ, December 2, 2020 – Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, today announced the acquisition of rights to Hemera Biosciences, LLC’s investigational gene therapy HMR59, administered as a one-time, outpatient, intravitreal injection to help preserve vision in patients with geographic atrophy, a late-stage and severe form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Financial terms of the transaction with Hemera Biosciences, a privately-owned biotechnology company, are not being disclosed. Patients with AMD often have low levels of CD59, a prote...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - December 2, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Janssen's Two-Dose Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Immunogenic in HIV-Infected Patients Janssen's Two-Dose Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Immunogenic in HIV-Infected Patients
Janssen's two-dose Ebola vaccine appears to be safe for HIV-infected patients and provokes an immune response, although one that initially is not as strong as in HIV-negative patients, according to new research.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - December 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Africa: Where Are We in the Race for a HIV Vaccine?
[spotlight] While progress in the race for effective COVID-19 vaccines has been rapid and impressive - with three vaccines so far appearing to be effective based on preliminary data, an effective HIV vaccine remains elusive. This is at least partly because the HI-virus is a much tougher nut to crack. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 1, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

On World AIDS Day, Those Who Fought the 1980s Epidemic Find Striking Differences and Tragic Parallels in COVID-19
More than three decades after the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the first World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 1988, the world’s leading global health organization faces another public health crisis in COVID-19. On this World AIDS Day, those who raised awareness of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, find devastating similarities and haunting differences in America’s response to both crises. In 1981, scientists recorded the first cases of a rare pneumonia, usually found among immunosuppressed patients, among a group of gay men in Los Angeles, and noticed more cases appearing among gay men in San Francisco and New ...
Source: TIME: Health - December 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Olivia B. Waxman Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature HIV/AIDS Source Type: news

Kenya: Vaccine and Cure Remain Elusive, 39 Years After First Aids Diagnosis
[Nation] Awareness programmes are being conducted locally, nationally and internationally to unite people around the world for HIV/Aids awareness. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 1, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Battles Won – and Lost – Against AIDS Hold Valuable Lessons for Managing COVID-19
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post Battles Won – and Lost – Against AIDS Hold Valuable Lessons for Managing COVID-19 appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health World AIDS Day Source Type: news

Africa Should Be at the Forefront of a Global Response to COVID-19
Women in Nigeria collect food vouchers as part of a programme to support families struggling under the COVID-19 lockdown. Credit: WFP/Damilola OnafuwaBy Aeneas Chapinga ChumaJOHANNESBURG, Nov 27 2020 (IPS) As COVID-19 swept across the globe, one thing became clear: a well-functioning, well-resourced, agile and resilient health system can mean the difference between life and death. For Africa, the economic costs of the health pandemic were high. The prescription was often worse than the illness as Africa’s poor found themselves without work, food and even access to health care as economies were locked down across the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Aeneas Chapinga Chuma Tags: Africa Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Bolsonaro won't take vaccine; North Korea vaccine 'hack'
US reports more than 180,000 cases as holiday begins; 99% of England ’s population face tough new curbs; Astra Zeneca likely to begin new trial of vaccine. Follow the developments liveScrutiny grows over Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccineUS cases, hospitalisations and deaths rise amid Thanksgiving rushSurge of Aids-related deaths feared as Covid pandemic puts gains at riskChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?3.38amGMTSouth Korea’s intelligence agency foiledNorth Korean attempts to hack into South Korean companies developing coronavirus vaccines, the News1 agency reported on Friday, citing a ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Martin Farrer Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science US news Source Type: news

Virus spread in France showing signs of slowing – as it happened
Daily cases continue to fall in France;health campaigners fear Africa will have to wait until mid-2021 for vaccine;weddings banned and cafes closed in CroatiaScrutiny grows over Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccineUS cases, hospitalisations and deaths rise amid Thanksgiving rushSurge of Aids-related deaths feared as Covid pandemic puts gains at riskChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?See all our coronavirus coverage12.26amGMTWe ’re closing this blog now but you can carry on monitoring all the latest developments at our new blog here. Thanks for reading.Related:Coronavirus live news: US sees muted T...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Murray (now); Sarah Marsh, Lucy Campbell, Matthew Weaver and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus World news Europe UK news US news Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

How the US Has Mishandled the Pandemic How the US Has Mishandled the Pandemic
WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with Dr Howard Koh about the missteps the United States has taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can do better as vaccines become available.WebMD (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - November 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Public Health & Prevention Expert Interview Source Type: news

HHS: Request for Information (RFI): Vaccines National Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment
Notice from the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) at the Department of Health and Human Services announcing the draft Vaccines National Strategic Plan 2021-2025 is available for public comment. OIDP is seeking feedback on the following questions: 1) Do the draft Vaccine Plan's goals, objectives, and strategies appropriately address the vaccine landscape; 2) A re there any critical gaps in the Vaccine Plan's goals, objectives, and strategies? If so, please specify the gaps; and 3) Do any of the Vaccine Plan's goals, objectives and strategies cause concern? If so, please specify the goal, objective or s...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 23, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Japan Should Lead Charge for Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
Credit: United NationsBy Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 20 2020 (IPS) Japan should step up and play a role as a global facilitator for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, Dr Daisaku Higashi said at a recent Japan Parliamentarians Federation for Population (JPFP) study meeting. The country should use the credibility developed in the post-Second World War era as a country with expertise in peacebuilding to ensure that developing countries are included in the vaccines’ rollout. Higashi, a renowned commentator from Sophia University, warned that only an international effort could solve the problems ca...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: German cases 'stabilising but not declining'; Madrid to seal itself from other regions for 10 days
Madrid to closeborders with other regions; Germanysays cases stabilising but not decliningSouth Australia premier fuming over pizza lie that put state in lockdownCalifornia enacts curfew for majority of state ’s 40m residentsScientists race to find ‘warm’ Covid vaccine to solve issue of cold storageArthritis drug appears to help Covid patients in ICU‘Massive headache’: European leaders put off Christmas decisions4.02pmGMTFar-right militants in Europe and the US are increasingly forming global links and using the coronavirus pandemic to attract anti-vaccine activists and conspiracy theorists to...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nazia Parveen (now); Haroon Siddique, Kevin Rawlinson, Martin Farrer and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus World news US news Europe UK news Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: Vaccine hesitancy could prolong the pandemic. Here's how to overcome it
We need an effort from health officials and pop culture figures to promote COVID-19 vaccination, similar to what was done with HIV/AIDS in the 1990s. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Black College Students, Especially Women, Delay HPV Vaccination Black College Students, Especially Women, Delay HPV Vaccination
The human papillomavirus (HPV) disproportionately affects people of color and Black gay men, yet many within these communities do not receive the HPV vaccine, most notably college-aged women of color.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - November 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Nursing News Source Type: news

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Announce Their COVID-19 Advisory Board
On Nov. 9, the Biden-Harris transition team announced the members of its COVID-19 advisory board, and met with them for several hours in a virtual conference before President-elect Joe Biden made remarks stressing the importance of mask wearing as a continued “weapon” in the fight against COVID-19. “As we work toward a safe and effective vaccine, the single most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask,” Biden said, as he held up his own mask. “The head of the CDC [Centers for Disease Control] warned this fall that for the foreseeable future, a mask remains the most potent wea...
Source: TIME: Health - November 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

West Africa: Issues and Challenges of Program Management Units in West and Central African Countries
[GFO] Over the past ten years, more Program Management Units (PMUs) have been established within Ministries of Health to attract funding from international donors. They receive funds, select implementing partners, establish monitoring and reporting frameworks aligned to donor requirements, and ensure transparency on external funding. PMUs are responsible for managing projects financed by large vertical funds such as the Global Fund and GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance, or by entities such as the Bill and Melinda Gates (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

IAVI, Merck KGaA, Serum Institute join hands to develop monoclonal antibodies for Covid-19
A phase-I clinical trial is expected to start in early 2021. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - October 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How do pandemics end? In different ways, but it ’s never quick and never neat | Mark Honigsbaum
Just like the Black Death, influenza and smallpox, Covid-19 will affect almost every aspect of our of lives – even after a vaccine turns upOn 7 September 1854, in the middle of a raging cholera epidemic, the physician John Snow approached the board of guardians of St James ’s parish for permission toremove the handle from a public water pump in Broad Street in London ’s Soho. Snow observed that 61 victims of the cholera had recently drawn water from the pump and reasoned that contaminated water was the source of the epidemic. His request was granted and, even though it would take a further 30 years for th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Mark Honigsbaum Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Cholera Health Society UK news Source Type: news

UCLA draws record $1.4 billion in research funding
UCLA attracted record support for its wide-ranging research in the 2019 –20 fiscal year, receiving $1.427 billion in research funding.2020 is the third consecutive year that the university has topped its previous best. Research support has grown by 38% since 2015. UCLA now ranks sixth among all universities in total research expenditures.“This is a tribute to the great work being done across disciplines at UCLA,” said Roger Wakimoto, vice chancellor for research. “These funds help bring about major breakthroughs in medical science, advance knowledge in numerous other disciplines, strengthen our teac...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 12, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Africa: MSF Supports India & South Africa's Call to Waive Coronavirus Drug Patent Rights
[MSF] Geneva -- In a landmark move, India and South Africa on 2 October asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow all countries to choose to neither grant nor enforce patents and other intellectual property (IP) related to COVID-19 drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and other technologies for the duration of the pandemic, until global herd immunity is achieved. This bold step is akin to efforts by governments nearly 20 years ago, which spearheaded the use of affordable generic HIV/AIDS medicines, and, if approved, could (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 8, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing?
Scientists tracking the virus have uncovered a major mutation, but it may not be as scary as it soundsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have had eyes on Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, since the beginning of this pandemic.They can see it is evolving, but it is happening at a glacial pace compared with two other viruses with pandemic potential: those that cause flu and Aids. That is good news for efforts to develop vaccines and treatments, but scientists remain wary that anything could still happen.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Laura Spinney Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science World news Vaccines and immunisation Health Source Type: news

Flu Vaccination in High - Risk Groups May Reduce CV Events
Hospitalized patients at high risk who are vaccinated have lower rates of MI, TIA, cardiac arrest, death (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - August 7, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Conference News, Source Type: news

Locking down shape-shifting spike protein aids development of COVID-19 vaccine
The experimental vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 that was the first to enter human trials in the United States has been shown to elicit neutralizing antibodies and a helpful T-cell response with the aid of a carefully engineered spike protein that mimics the infection-spreading part of the virus. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - August 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Events Source Type: news

Religion & the Pandemic: A Call Beyond the Here & Now
Religions for Peace Interreligious Council of Albania distributing Covid relief supplies from the Multi-religious Humanitarian Fund. Credit: Erzen CarjaBy Prof. Azza KaramNEW YORK, Aug 4 2020 (IPS) — I have never been interested in religion or spirituality before, but I found myself tuning in to all sorts of on-line religion and spirituality related forums “in search of something.” These are the words of a 30-something single young, middle class man (born into a Protestant-Catholic family background) in a European country. The latter is known more for turning several churches into museums or shopping ce...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Azza Karam Tags: Civil Society Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Dr. Anthony Fauci Expresses ‘Cautious’ Optimism That COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Available to Americans in 2021
(WASHINGTON) — Once a coronavirus vaccine is approved as safe and effective, Americans should have widespread access within a reasonable time, Dr. Anthony Fauci assured lawmakers Friday. Appearing before a House panel investigating the nation’s response to the pandemic, Fauci expressed “cautious” optimism that a vaccine would be available, particularly by next year. “I believe, ultimately, over a period of time in 2021, that Americans will be able to get it,” Fauci said, referring to the vaccine. There will be a priority list for who gets early vaccinations. “I don’t think we...
Source: TIME: Health - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Uncategorized Congress COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

Will You Get a COVID-19 Vaccine? Will You Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?
When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, will you get it and recommend it to your patients?Medscape Reader Polls (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - July 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Coronavirus antibodies fall dramatically in first 3 months after mild cases of COVID-19
FINDINGSA study by UCLA researchers shows that in people with mild cases of COVID-19, antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes the disease — drop sharply over the first three monthsafter infection,decreasing by roughly half every  73 days. If sustained at that rate, the antibodies would disappear within about a year.BACKGROUNDPrevious reports have suggested that antibodies against the novel coronavirus are short-lived, but the rate at which theydecrease has not been carefully defined. This is the first study to carefully estimate the rate at which the antibodies disappear.METHODThe researchers...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 21, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Fauci:'The Virus Is a Formidable Foe'Fauci:'The Virus Is a Formidable Foe '
Dr Anthony Fauci discusses the COVID-19 pandemic, the US response, and the outlook for a vaccine to combat the virus.WebMD (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - July 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Expert Interview Source Type: news

Mumps Cases Disproportionately Affecting Persons Living with HIV Infection and Men Who Have Sex with Men - Chicago, Illinois, 2018
This report describes the use of spatiotemporal analysis to identify clusters of people with mumps and target public health response efforts in Chicago. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - July 16, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS and STDs Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (MMRV) Vaccine Safety Men's Health MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Mumps Vaccination Source Type: news

Africa: Global Health Actors Forge a Common Front to Combat COVID-19
[GFO] On 24 April 2020, the Global Fund, the World Health Organization (WHO) and a range of global health actors launched the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a global collaboration to speed up the development and production of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for all who need them globally. The other global health actors in the partnership include the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEP (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news