Trust chiefs decry ‘concentration on targets’ at DHSC
NHS chief executives have criticised the Department of Health and Social Care’s “too one-sided concentration” on targets, after HSJ reported government had challenged NHS England over its plans for improving workforce retention. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Background Information
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/20/2020. This web page, updated on February 20, 2020, provides information about COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus), and a link to COVID-19: Epidemiology, Virology and Clinical Features, which contains information for clinicians and the public on the epidemiology, virology, transmission, and clinical features of Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV). (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Guidance for Primary Care
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/20/2020. This web page, updated on February 20, 2020, provides interim advice for primary care professionals dealing with patients with suspected 2019 novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). Primary care professionals can use this information to reduce the risk of spread of infection during and following consultation with a suspected case of COVID-19. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus: two people die in Iran as cruise ship Britons face Wirral quarantine - as it happened
Deaths in mainland China pass 2,000 and Foreign Office tells Britons to stay on the Diamond Princess cruise shipChina ’s handling of the virus is a diplomatic challenge for the WHOChinese people in UK targeted with abuse over outbreakDissent becomes victim of China coronavirus crackdownShare your experiences6.18pmGMTInspectors in protective suits have been going door to door in Wuhan in an effort to find every infected person, the Associated Press reports.Wednesday marked the final day of a campaign to root out anyone with symptoms whom authorities may have missed so far.5.02pmGMTBritons returning home from the Diamo...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Murray, Martin Farrer and Kevin Rawlinson Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Japan Asia Pacific Science China Chinese economy Global economy Business UK news Economics Source Type: news

Topic Collection: Exercise Program
Source: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS ASPR). Published: 2/19/2020. This Topic Collection from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange), updated in February 2020, highlights select templates, courses, and competencies that can help planners develop comprehensive exercises to test the healthcare and public health response to any type of disaster. Resource categories include After Action Reports; Education and Training; Evaluation; Guidance; Plans, Tools, and Templates; and Research. (Text) (Source: Disaster...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Guidance to Educational Settings About COVID-19
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/19/2020. This page provides resources and guidance for schools and other educational settings in providing advice about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The 14 topics include how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19; what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting; and what advice to give to individuals who have traveled from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or Thailand within the last 14 days. (Text) (Source:...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/19/2020. This web page, updated on February 19, 2020, provides information about guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus), and a link to guidance that outlines infection prevention and control advice for healthcare providers assessing possible cases of COVID-19. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sanofi joins hands with US govt to expedite development of coronavirus vaccine
As part of the initiative, the company said it will collaborate with Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease due to novel coronavirus. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 19, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

NIH Slated for 7 percent Budget Cut
The President has proposed a $38.7 billion budget for the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year (FY) 2021. This translates to a $3 billion or 7 percent cut in the agency’s funding compared to FY 2020. The NIH budget request includes a $50 million initiative to use artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a better understanding of the causes of chronic diseases and to identify early treatments. This plan is in line with the Administration’s “Industries of the Future” effort, which supports using and developing AI across sectors. The budget would provide $50 million for the Childhood Cancer ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - February 18, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson to Expand Partnership with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to Accelerate the Discovery of Potential COVID-19 Treatments
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., February 18, 2020 – Johnson & Johnson today announced that its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies will expand its existing partnership with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, to seek treatment solutions for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (also known as 2019-nCoV). This latest collaboration will enhance Janssen’s ongoing work with global partners to screen a library of existing antiviral...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - February 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Treasury sanctions another £400m bailout for DHSC
The Treasury has sanctioned an in-year funding increase of more than £400m for the Department of Health and Social Care, which will effectively help bailout deficits in the NHS. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 30-Day Public Comment Request
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking public comment and burden estimates by March 19, 2020 on a revision to the Project Abstract Summary which is used by applicants to provide a summary of grant projects and objectives as part of the federal grant proposal process. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Guidance for Sampling and for Diagnostic Laboratories
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/17/2020. This web page, updated on February 17, 2020, links to nine resources that provide guidance to clinical diagnostic laboratories on the handling and processing of specimens associated with the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). They cover safety, laboratory investigations, and sample requirements. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus: more than 3,000 Britons tested
Eight of nine people who tested positive successfully treated and discharged from hospitalThe number of people tested for coronavirus in the UK has passed 3,000, according to official figures.Statistics from the Department of Health and Social Care show that 3,109 tests had been carried out in the UK as of 2pm on Sunday, an increase of 117 on the 2,992 reported on Saturday.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Frances Perraudin Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Science World news UK news Source Type: news

Flu Severity In Massachusetts Increased To Very High
BOSTON (CBS) — Flu severity in Massachusetts increased to very high this week, the Department of Public Health announced Friday. The percentage of flu-related doctor visits has continued to increase, and remains higher than it was for this week the previous two years. The department said all regions of the state are reporting high activity. The percentage of flu-related hospitalizations has also continued to increase in recent weeks. This year, more influenza B than influenza A has been reported by healthcare professionals in the state, the department said, though all strains that have been found so far this season a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Flu Health News Massachusetts News New Hampshire News Source Type: news

Medicine Supply Notification - Levomepromazine 25mg/1ml solution for injection
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued the following Medicine Supply Notification... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

COVID-19 Guidance for Staff in the Transport Sector
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/14/2020. This web page provides guidance resources on COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) for the transport sector, including general precautions for staff and guidance on the assessment and management of arrivals into the United Kingdom. It also includes information on signs and symptoms of COVID-19, case definition, and transmission. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The CDC Has Confirmed a 15th Case of COVID-19 in the U.S. Here ’s What to Know
The U.S. now has 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday. The latest case is a patient at the JBSA-Lackland military base in San Antonio, Texas, where 91 evacuees from Wuhan, China—the epicenter of the outbreak—have been in mandatory quarantine since they left China for the U.S. on Feb. 6. This is the first person under quarantine at the base who has tested positive for the virus, the CDC said in a public statement Thursday. So far, cases have been diagnosed in California, Washington, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and now Texas. Glob...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jasmine Aguilera Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV COVID-19 onetime Source Type: news

U.S. Officials Have Confirmed at Least 29 Cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. After Cruise Ship Evacuees Return Home. Here ’s What to Know.
Fourteen of the more than 300 American evacuees flown out from a quarantined U.S. operated cruise ship in Japan back to the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Departments of State and Health and Human Services announced Monday. That brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. to 29; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had announced that the U.S. already had 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 last Thursday. U.S. authorities discovered 14 passengers from the Diamond Princess were infected with the virus after they had left the cruise ship but before planes took off; they were su...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jasmine Aguilera, Madeleine Carlisle and Sanya Mansoor Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV COVID-19 onetime Source Type: news

Nearly 800 Britons are tested for the killer coronavirus in a day
Department of Health figures show 2,521 have been tested - up from the 1,758 that had been swabbed for the virus yesterday. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health providers urge federal delay of shared medical records
Two of Western New York ’s largest health care providers have joined a national coalition of providers in opposing a federal rule tied to how electronic patient data is shared between patients and health systems. Both Catholic Health and Buffalo Medical Group are among more than 60 organizations that signed onto a lette r from Epic CEO Judy Faulkner in opposition to a rule by the Department of Health and Human Services tied to sharing electronic medical records data between patients and health systems.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 13, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Lead poisoning associated with illicit opium use - Wong J, Bourke E, Roberts V, Lim SM, Johnson D, Hamblin PS, Karunajeewa H, Greene S.
We present these cases to... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fears China ’s lockdown could impact on medicines supplies
Department of Health and Social Care asks medicines suppliers to assess risks and hold on to Brexit stockpiles Related items fromOnMedica Remedy quest GPs need more time to treat complex needs Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication Poor pain management - a major cause of opioid crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS 111 is NOT asking if patients with coronavirus symptoms have been to China
One of the UK's top doctors' unions, the British Medical Association, has reportedly complained to the NHS and Department of Health that the helpline tells potentially contagious patients to go to a GP. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Screening Request Form
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/12/2020. This one-page document, updated on February 12, 2020, is Form (E28) for requesting testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is to be sent to the United Kingdom Respiratory Virus Unit. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Guidance for Healthcare Providers; Healthcare Workers with Relevant Travel or Contact History
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/12/2020. This guidance, updated on February 12, 2020, provides recommendations on exclusions and other actions for healthcare staff who have traveled to China since the start of the COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) outbreak. It includes information about self-isolation at home, and occupational health advice. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Announces Collaboration with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to Accelerate Development of a Potential Novel Coronavirus Vaccine
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., February 11, 2020 – Johnson & Johnson today announced that its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies will further expedite its investigational coronavirus vaccine program through an expanded collaboration with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The collaborative partnership with BARDA builds on Johnson & Johnson’s multipronged response to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition to Janssen’s ef...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - February 11, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Trusts told not to stockpile amid coronavirus supply fears
The Department of Health and Social Care has told trusts not to stockpile products, amid growing concern over the impact of novel coronavirus on medical supplies. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Winnebago Mental Health Institute Admissions Unit Now Serving Patients
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm has officiallyopened the new admissions unit at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Oshkosh. The new unit is part of a series of investments being implemented this year across the state ’s mental health services system to ensure people have access to a full range of prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery support services. “The admissions unit at Winnebago Mental...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 11, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Medicine Supply Notification - Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued the following Medicine Supply Notification... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 11, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Mercy Health to launch pilot program in Champaign County
One of the region's largest health systems has secured funding from a competitive state grant process that will enable it to launch a pilot program in Greater Dayton. Urbana Hospital, part of the Mercy Health - Springfield network, announced Friday it has received a three-year grant from the Ohio Department of Health to launch a community paramedicine pilot program in Champaign County. Community paramedicine (CP) is a developing healthcare model that aims to i mprove access to care and avoid duplicating… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 11, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jacob Fisher Source Type: news

UK time limit on storing frozen eggs and sperm could be extended
Public consultation follows concerns 10-year limit affects women disproportionatelyThe limit on how long frozen eggs, sperm and embryos can be stored may be extended amid concerns that women are being disproportionately affected, the government has announced.The maximum storage period is 10 years, after which families must decide whether to undergo fertility treatment or have their eggs, sperm and embryos destroyed. The Department of Health and Social Care is launching a public consultation into whether this should be changed.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 11, 2020 Category: Science Authors: PA Media Tags: Reproductive rights Reproduction IVF Biology Science Society Health Source Type: news

Hawaii resident quarantined upon return from trip to China
A Hawaii resident who recently returned to the Islands after traveling to China's Hubei Province is being quarantined at the Pearl Harbor facility on Oahu, officials with the state Department of Health announced in a briefing Monday. While DOH officials do not believe that the resident has the virus at this time, they will be held at the facility for 14 days to ensure that they are not infected. "We have low concern with this individual because they are [without symptoms]," Lt. Gov Josh Green said… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 11, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kelsey Kukaua Source Type: news

Interim Guidance for First Responders and Others in Close Contact with Symptomatic People with Potential COVID-19
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/11/2020. This web page provides advice for first responders and others who may have close contact with symptomatic people with potential COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). The 13 topics include what to do if required to assist someone who is symptomatic and suspected of having COVID-19; what to do if the responder becomes unwell following contact with someone who may be at risk of COVID-19; and additional advice for police officers, police staff and police volunteers, Border Force, and Immigration Enforcement officers. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Gu...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Initial Investigation of Possible Cases
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/11/2020. This web page, updated on February 11, 2020, provides information and links to guidance documents on the initial assessment and investigation of possible cases of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) infection. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Interim Guidance for First Responders
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/11/2020. This web page provides advice for first responders and others who may have close contact with symptomatic people with potential COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). The 13 topics include what to do if required to assist someone who is symptomatic and suspected of having COVID-19; what to do if the responder becomes unwell following contact with someone who may be at risk of COVID-19; and additional advice for police officers, police staff and police volunteers, Border Force, and Immigration Enforcement officers. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Gu...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health Secretary Matt Hancock warns coronavirus is a 'serious and imminent' threat to British public
The Department of Health said people infected with the virus will now not be free to leave if they are sent to quarantine, and will be forced into isolation if they pose a threat to public health. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changes coming to two dialysis companies; ownership shift at surgery center; cardiology practice move
State regulators have approved two dialysis projects in the region that will expand access at one site, while changing ownership at another. The first project approved by the state Department of Health will see Cleve Hill Dialysis Center build a $4.5 million dialysis center in the University Plaza to replace its existing site at Kensington Avenue and Eggert Road. Located 2.3 miles away, the 10,664-square-foot facility will include 24 stations and offer both dialysis and training for home dialysis.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Government report warns CCGs falling short on mental health law
NHS commissioners are not carrying out their duties under the Mental Health Act, a report by the Department of Health and Social Care has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021; Notice Requirement for Non-Federal Governmental Plans
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services setting parameters for risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges. Proposes changes in essential health benefits and adds flexibility to the operation of insurance exchanges; updates cost-sharing policies for prescription drug costs; and more. Comments on the proposed rule are due on March 2, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Guidance for Sampling and for Diagnostic Laboratories
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/6/2020. This web page, updated on February 6, 2020, links to eight documents that provide guidance to clinical diagnostic laboratories on the handling and processing of specimens associated with 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Guidance to Assist Professionals in Advising the General Public
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/6/2020. This guidance will assist professionals in providing advice to the public on how to prevent spread of 2019 –nCoV infection, what symptoms to look for, and what to do if they become unwell in a variety of settings. It includes sections on actions on return from China and specified countries, feeling unwell while away from home, and cleaning shared spaces. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Guidance to Assist Professionals in Advising the General Public
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/6/2020. This guidance will assist professionals in providing advice to the public on how to prevent spread of 2019 –nCoV infection, what symptoms to look for, and what to do if they become unwell in a variety of settings. It includes sections on actions on return from China and specified countries, feeling unwell while away from home, and cleaning shared spaces. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

2019 Novel Coronavirus Case is Confirmed in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), UW Hospital and Clinics, the local health department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed the first case of 2019 novel coronavirus in Wisconsin. The case was confirmed at the CDC. The immediate health risk to the general public for contracting this virus is low. The patient is an adult with a history of travel to Beijing, China prior to becoming ill and was exposed to known cases while in China. The...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 5, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Coronavirus public information campaign launched across the UK
The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a UK-wide public information campaign to advise the public on how to slow the spread of coronovirus and reduce the impact on NHS services. HM Government and NHS-branded information will appear in radio and print media, as well as social media. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2019 Novel Coronavirus: ASPR (Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response) Responds to the Outbreak
Source: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS ASPR). Published: 2/5/2020. Within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is working with its partners to explore the development of new medical countermeasures and take other actions to enhance health security in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. Tabs link to pages about 2019-nCoV MCM Market Research Initiative; EZ BAA for Diagnostics; 2019 Novel Coronavirus Stakeholder Listening Session Transcript; Public ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

White House considers $136m payment to fight coronavirus
On Sunday, the US Department of Health and Human Services notified Congress it may use its power to transfer funds to procure more money for efforts to combat coronavirus's spread. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HHS may need another $136 million to fight the coronavirus outbreak
On Sunday, the US Department of Health and Human Services notified Congress it may use its power to transfer funds to procure more money for efforts to combat coronavirus's spread. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First childhood flu helps explain why virus hits some people harder than others
Why are some people better able to fight off the flu than others? Part of the answer, according to a new study, is related to the first flu strain we encounter in childhood.Scientists from UCLA and the University of Arizona have found that people ’s ability to fight off the flu virus is determined not only by the subtypes of flu they have had throughout their lives, but also by the sequence in which they are been infected by the viruses. Their study is published in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens.The research offers an explanation for why some people fare much worse than others when infected with the...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 4, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Health officials identify coronavirus quarantine site
State health officials have identified Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as the quarantine site for coronavirus patients, if any arrive in the Islands, Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson announced during a briefing on Monday afternoon. “This is an ideal site, as we see it,” Anderson said. He explained that military bases are conducive to quarantines, as they provide secured areas with limited public access and ample support services. Anderson also announced that the City and County will… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Christina O'Connor Source Type: news