Does the Omicron variant mean Covid is going to become more transmissible?
As new strain dampens idea pandemic might be diminishing, what does the future hold for coronavirus?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen scientists predicted, months ago, that Covid-19 could be entering an endemic phase, many felt ready for the crisis period of the pandemic to be over. The tantalising suggestion that coronavirus might, at some foreseeable point, be just another seasonal cold felt welcome. But the emergence of the Omicron variant, just weeks before Christmas, shows this is not guaranteed to be a smooth or quick transition.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 3, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation UK news Health Science Source Type: news

Social Distance, Science and Fantasy
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Dec 3 2021 (IPS) In these times of COVID isolation, social distance get on the nerves of several of us and the effects may be long-lasting, even endemic. Many schoolchildren have interacted and still meet with their teachers through computer networks, while the same phenomenon applies to their contact with others. Technical devices are with an ever-increasing scope becoming an integral part of all communication, teaching, and entertainment, in short – of social interaction. When it comes to education, given all the poor and even harmful educators we are forced to encounter during our l...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Arts COVID-19 Education Featured Global Headlines TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Why Endemic Covid-19 Will Be Cause For Celebration
Leading immunologists now believe Covid-19 will become endemic —a persistent but manageable threat on par with seasonal flu—conceivably by the end of 2022. All things considered, that should be cause for great celebration, not dissapointment. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 1, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Pearl, M.D., Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma Source Type: news

There ’s Only One Way to Stop the Emergence of Variants Like Omicron
There are still more questions about the Omicron variant than answers. While the mutations identified suggest it has the potential to be more resistant to vaccines, invade cells more efficiently and be more transmissible than other variants, it may also turn out to cause less severe disease or it could just simply fizzle out. However, what it does tell us is that so long as there are large populations of unvaccinated people enabling the virus to spread and mutate unabated, worrying new variants of concern like this will continue to emerge. Once again, as borders close and stock markets tumble, it tells us that this crisis ...
Source: TIME: Health - November 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Seth Berkley Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature freelance healthscienceclimate nationpod Source Type: news

Poverty and firearm-related deaths among US youth - Ellyson AM, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A.
In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, attention has drifted away from the endemic problem of firearm-related morbidity and mortality in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2019, the most recent year for which data wer... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Rare mosquito-borne viruses found to be widespread in Florida Everglades
A YSPH-led study seeks to understand little-known mosquito-borne viruses endemic to the wetland preserve and the public health threats they could pose. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - November 22, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Fauci: US can get Covid under control by next year with more jabs
Top infectious disease official said if more Americans get vaccines and booster shots, the disease could be downgraded to endemic status #fauci (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fauci says boosters for all key to U.S. reaching COVID-19 endemic level
Top U.S. infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday it is possible for COVID-19 to be reduced to an endemic illness from the current health emergency next year if the country... #boosters #anthonyfauci (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Indian pharma eyes affordable antiviral medicines to treat Covid-19
The coronavirus is headed to the endemic stage in certain countries, giving these new drugs a potentially huge market, along with the ability to be a game changer for mild to moderate infections. Pfizer is looking to deliver a 'safe and effective' oral antiviral soon at an affordable price across the globe, a company official told TOI (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - November 17, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Namibia: Namibia Aiming to Eliminate Malaria Through Eco-Friendly Preventive Strategies
[WHO-AFRO] Approximately 1,629,289 (64%) Namibians are at risk of contracting malaria. Malaria transmission is unstable, seasonal, characterized by outbreaks and concentrated in 7 endemic northern regions. The malaria transmission season typically begins in December and ends in May with the peak transmission months being April and May. The Ministry of Health and Social Services is conducting indoor residual house spraying (IRS) to reduce the malaria mosquito population responsible for transmission as one of several p (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Does high adherence to contact precautions lead to low in-hospital transmission of multidrug-resistant microorganisms in the endemic setting? "
Conclusion: High adherence coupled with continuous monitoring of CP correlated to a very low in-hospital transmission rate. These results indicate that CP is highly effective if routine monitoring of adherence is implemented. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Public Health Pioneer Peter Pharoah Dies at 87
Pharoah’s work ended endemic cretinism in a remote region of Papua New Guinea and contributed to the understanding of myriad other perinatal health conditions. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - November 11, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Africa: Distribution Key As Who Approves First Malaria Vaccine
[SciDev.Net] Nairobi -- The World Health Organization's recommendation of broad deployment of the first malaria vaccine among children in Sub-Saharan Africa has been widely celebrated, but scientists warn it could face hurdles in its acquisition and distribution by endemic countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Kids Against COVID-19
It’s time for my healthy nine-year-old son to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In fact, it’s time for every kid aged five to eleven to get vaccinated. An advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the data from clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in children five to eleven years old. The experts voted unanimously to recommend authorization for this vaccine in children in that age range. As a next step, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will decide whether all kids should have access to the vaccine, or only some. Some ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

How does Covid end? The world is watching the UK to find out | Laura Spinney
The virus won ’t disappear – it will just become endemic. But it could still put pressure on health systems in years to comeAs Cop26 gets under way in Glasgow this weekend, one collective action problem is taking centre stage against the backdrop of another. Covid-19 has been described as a dress rehearsal for our ability to solve the bigger problem of the climate crisis, so it seems important to point out that the pandemic isn ’t over. Instead, joined-up thinking has become more important than ever for solving the problem of Covid-19.The endgame has been obvious for a while: rather than getting rid of Co...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 29, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Laura Spinney Tags: Coronavirus UK news Infectious diseases Science Vaccines and immunisation World news Source Type: news

World ’ s Deadliest Malaria Parasite Dominance in Africa Could Be Over – Experts
A child health consultation at Obunga Dispensary in Homa Bay, one of the eight counties participating in the malaria vaccine pilot program. Credit: Joyce Chimbi/IPSBy Joyce ChimbiNairobi, Kenya, Oct 25 2021 (IPS) One morning in 2016, Lillian Nekesa’s 3-year-old woke up with flu-like classic symptoms of malaria. This was not Kevin’s first encounter with the killer disease. Kevin was nonetheless not immediately rushed to Busia County Referral Hospital for advanced treatment in keeping with his severe symptoms. Nekesa rushed him to a village dispensary because the referral hospital is an hour’s walk away fr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Africa COVID-19 Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity TerraViva United Nations ​#Health​ #MalariaVaccine Kenya Source Type: news

Alberta put its contact-tracing system on life support. Can it be resuscitated?
Alberta announced it would move in August toward treating the pandemic as an endemic — ending contact tracing. That didn’t last, but resuming it has been difficult, contact tracers say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

In Sub-Saharan Africa and Elsewhere, We Need to Look Harder for Tuberculosis
COVID-19 cancelled out the last 12 years of advancements in finding and treating people with TB. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS. By Morounfolu OlugbosiJOHANNESBURG, Oct 21 2021 (IPS) Before COVID-19 came along, tuberculosis (TB) was a primary focus of health authorities in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2019, approximately 1.4 million people were diagnosed with TB in the region, but epidemiologists estimated that 1 million more had TB but were neither diagnosed nor treated. The scope and intensity of the global TB epidemic is fueled by antiquated and inadequate TB drugs, most of which were developed more than 50 years ago. But, given ho...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Morounfolu Olugbosi Tags: Africa Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Does high adherence to contact precautions lead to low in-hospital transmission of multi-drug-resistant micro-organisms in the endemic setting?
Conclusion: High adherence coupled with continuous monitoring of CPs correlated with a very low in-hospital transmission rate. These results indicate that CPs are highly effective if routine monitoring of adherence is implemented. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sepsis in patients hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019: how often and how severe? "
Purpose of Review: To discuss why severe COVID-19 should be considered sepsis and how co-infection and secondary infection can aggravate this condition and perpetuate organ dysfunction leading to high mortality rates.; Recent Findings: In severe COVID-19, there is both direct viral toxicity and dysregulated host response to infection. Although both coinfection and/or secondary infection are present, the latest is of greater concern mainly in resource-poor settings. Patients with severe COVID-19 present a phenotype of multiorgan dysfunction that leads to death in an unacceptable high percentage of the patients, with wide va...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya: Malaria Down By 18pc in Kisumu Thanks to New Vaccine
[Capital FM] Kisumu -- The burden of Malaria has reduced by 18 per cent in Kisumu County which is endemic to the disease in the wake of a new vaccine recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 8, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Malaria Down By 18% in Kisumu Thanks to New Vaccine
[Capital FM] Kisumu -- The burden of Malaria has reduced by 18 per cent in Kisumu County which is endemic to the disease in the wake of a new vaccine recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 8, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Covid US: Ex-FDA chief says Delta will be the last surge as cases fall by 33% over a month
Dr Scott Gottlieb says a mix of people vaccinated and those with protection from natural immunity will lead to COVID-19 being an endemic disease, meaning always circulating but at low rates. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Origin: Very Close Relatives Of SARS-CoV-2 Identified In Laotian Bats
A recent study from the Pasteur Institute, Temmam et al., investigates viruses endemic to the bats of Southeast Asia. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 6, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: William A. Haseltine, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma & Source Type: news

Origin: Very Close Relatives Of Covid-19 Virus Found In Laotian Bats
A recent study from the Pasteur Institute, Temmam et al., investigates viruses endemic to the bats of Southeast Asia and found close relatives of SARS-CoV-2 among them. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 6, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: William A. Haseltine, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Science /science Coronavirus business pharma & Source Type: news

Janssen Announces Novel Mechanism of Action that Shows Promise Against Dengue in Data Published in Nature
BEERSE, BELGIUM, October 6, 2021 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) announced today, in collaboration with the KU Leuven Rega Institute and the KU Leuven Centre for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3), the publication of new preclinical data in the journal Nature showing that an early-stage compound with a novel mechanism of action could potentially treat all serotypes of dengue fever and provide a period of protection against acquiring the dengue virus. Janssen is now moving its dengue program into clinical development. Data from the early-stage study suggest that an antiviral comp...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - October 6, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

China, Isolated From the World, Is Now the Last Major Country Still Pursuing a ‘Zero COVID’ Strategy
For much of the pandemic, a group of places in the Asia-Pacific brought infections to zero, becoming virus-free havens in a world ravaged by the pathogen. Now, with the rise of the delta variant and the proliferation of vaccines, only one is still holding fast to that goal of eliminating Covid-19: China. With New Zealand preparing to shift away from the zero-tolerance strategy, China’s isolation is complete, raising the stakes on how long it can stick to a playbook that requires closed borders, abrupt lockdowns, and repeated disruption of social and economic activity. One by one, Covid Zero places like Singapore and ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michelle Fay Cortez and Ainsley Thomson/Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized bloomberg wire China COVID-19 overnight Source Type: news

Young Migrant Workers Bear Brunt of COVID-19 Pandemic
Research consultants Nandinchimeg Magsar (Mongolia), Sangeet Kayastha (Nepal), Anna Marie Alhambra (Philippines) and Dr Vazirov Jamshed (Tajikistan) briefed a webinar organised by APDA on the impact of COVID-19 on the youth. By Cecilia RussellJohannesburg, Sep 29 2021 (IPS) Most families in the Republic of Tajikistan were affected when economic migrants were caught up in the COVID-19 pandemic abroad, Dr Vazirov Jamshed, research consultant for Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), told a webinar on the impact of the pandemic on youth. In a predominantly agriculturally driven economy, he s...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Development & Aid Health Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations #AsiaPacific #Parliamentarians Youth Source Type: news

Biden Disappoints, Must Do More, Not Less
By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sep 28 2021 (IPS) US President Biden’s earlier support for a vaccine patent waiver raised hopes for his summit last week. However, it proved disappointing, not only for efforts to end the pandemic, but also for US leadership in these challenging times. Most rich countries have opposed most developing countries’ request to temporarily suspend World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property (IP) rules to more quickly contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Expectations were high as Biden had supported a patent waiver, albeit only for vaccines. Jomo Kwame SundaramWith the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies North America TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the Delta wave might be LAST surge of the Covid pandemic
Provided no new variant emerges, former FDA chief Dr Scott Gottlieb, predicted Covid will become an endemic disease, meaning always present but transmitting at low rates. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Huge vacancy rates across care sector adding to staff mental health crisis
The government’s failure to deal with ​the growing staffing ​crisis in social care ​risks worsening the mounting mental health toll on workers, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Figures from a recent UNISON survey show a substantial proportion of care workers have suffered problems during the pandemic including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with more than two thirds (68%) saying their mental health has declined. The vast majority ​said their work had contributed to the difficulties ​they were experiencing. UNISON says ther...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 14, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release adult social care Christina McAnea mental health Source Type: news

The importance of child abuse and neglect in adult medicine - Gordon JB.
The risk for adverse consequences and disease due to the trauma of child abuse or neglect is easily assessed using the self-administered modified ACEs questionnaire. Exposure to child maltreatment is endemic and common. At least one out of every ten USA ad... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Malaysia will start treating Covid as 'endemic' around end-October, trade minister says
More than 75% of Malaysia's adult population is expected to be fully vaccinated by then, said International Trade and Industry Minister... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Angola: Luanda Hosts III Natural Medicine Congress
[ANGOP] Luanda -- Luanda province is due to host, on 23 March, the 3rd Natural Medicine congress, focusing on the potential of medicinal plants to combat and prevent pandemics and endemic diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Why It's Hard to End Elephantiasis, a Debilitating Disease Spread By Mosquitoes
[The Conversation Africa] Lymphatic filariasis is one of the world's leading causes of permanent and long-term disability. Sometimes referred to as Elephantiasis tropica, it is a neglected and stigmatised mosquito-borne disease. It damages the human lymphatic system, leading to disfiguring swelling of limbs, breasts and genitals. Despite a decade of World Health Organisation (WHO)-led drug administration to halt its spread, the disease is endemic in 72 countries, puts about 1.4 billion at risk and affects about 120 million people. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 31, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mad honey poisoning case series presenting with ECG findings including atrioventricular complete block and symptomatic hypotension - Islamoglu MS, Dokur M, Talibli K, Borku Uysal B, Ozdemir E.
Plants belonging to the Ericaceae family, which grow endemically in some parts of the world, contain grayanotoxin, which causes fatal bradyarrhythmia and circulatory collapse. Mad honey, which comes from plants with grayanotoxin, has various uses, namely, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Has Covid reached an endemic stage in India?
COVID-19 may have reached an endemic stage in India, says the Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation, Dr Soumya Swaminathan. And endemic stage is when an infection is constantly maintained at a baseline level in a geographic area without external inputs. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - August 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Privatised Health Services Worsen Pandemic
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 2021 (IPS) Decades of public health cuts have quietly taken a huge human toll, now even more pronounced with the pandemic. Austerity programmes, by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, have forced countries to cut public spending, including health provisioning. ‘Government is the problem’ “India’s COVID crisis: A deadly example of government failure”, “Government failures still hamper [UK] Covid-19 response”. Such headlines have become commonplace as the pandemic rages on, with no sign of end...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Europe Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Source Type: news

Cases surge 150% in last three weeks as former FDA chief believes Covid will become 'endemic' virus
On Sunday, the U.S. recorded 38,482 new cases of COVID-19 with a seven-day rolling average of 130,221, a 150% from the average of 52,116 reported three weeks ago. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 of the Future: Endemic and Mostly in Young Children? COVID-19 of the Future: Endemic and Mostly in Young Children?
Based on experience with other beta coronaviruses and modeling, experts say SARS-CoV-2 could become endemic and spread more like the common cold.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: None News Source Type: news

Covid UK: We should stop counting cases as they'll 'remain high for our lifetimes', warns expert
Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious disease expert at the University of East Anglia, said the coronavirus will never be eradicated. Instead, it will become endemic and circulate for generations. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bayesian semi-parametric spatial modelling of intimate partner violence in Namibia using 2013 Demographic Health Survey Data - Ojifinni O, Maposa I, Ibisomi L.
BACKGROUND: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an important public health problem with health and socioeconomic consequences and is endemic in Namibia. Studies assessing risk factors for IPV often use logistic and Poisson regression without geographical lo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

‘ Don ’t Forget Leprosy ’ Campaign Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination answers questions from Patricia Soares, a guest at the launch of the ‘Don’t Forget Leprosy’ campaign. They are with Takahiro Nanri, Executive Director of the Sasakawa Health Foundation. Credit: Cecilia Russell By Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Aug 4 2021 (IPS) A visit to a leprosy facility in Korea with his father, Ryoichi Sasakawa, spurred Yohei Sasakawa to dedicate his life to eliminating both the disease and discrimination of those affected. He was speaking in an emotional pre-recorded address ahead of his 20th anniversary as ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) leprosy Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Health Fou Source Type: news

Kaiser Permanente makes vaccines mandatory for employees
Kaiser Permanente is making vaccines mandatory for all its employees and physicians, the health care organization announced Monday. “When we look at history, other vaccines have ended endemics and pandemics, and we believe that this is a critical step in ending Covid-19,” said Michelle Gaskill-Hames, Kaiser’s senior vice president for hospital and health plan operations in Northern California, during a press call after t he announcement. The mandate impacts 230,000 people across the country.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 3, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Emily Hamann Source Type: news

COVID-19 and Cancer Misinformation: An Oncologist's Viewpoint COVID-19 and Cancer Misinformation: An Oncologist's Viewpoint
An oncologist reflects on the endemic of cancer misinformation in our society and the parallels with COVID-19 pandemic misinformation, and where we may have gone wrong in our public health messaging.Medscape Blogs (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - July 27, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology Blog Source Type: news

A Fourth Wave of COVID-19 Is Brewing in the U.S. Is There Enough Time to Stop it?
With every passing day, the United States appears more likely to be on the cusp of a dreaded fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, even as the percentage of fully vaccinated Americans inches toward 50%. In the past two weeks, the number of average new daily cases has more than doubled, from 13,200 on July 4 to more than 32,300 on July 18, a surge that harbors grim reminders of the fronts of the second and third waves in the summer and fall of 2020. But on closer inspection, this surge looks significantly different than those we have seen in the past—and may very well be worse than it looks on the page. [time-brightcove...
Source: TIME: Health - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Wilson Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

If Covid-19 is a seasonal virus, why is it spreading during the summer? | Francois Balloux
Understanding seasonality can help us to work out when the pandemic is likely to be overThere is a paradox at the heart of Sars-Cov-2 transmission that has yet to be fully explored. While it ’s firmly established that the virus transmits best in winter, in common with most other respiratory viruses, the UK is currently experiencing asummer surge. There have also been major Covid-19 epidemic waves in regions such as South America and India outside winter. Why is this?From the beginning of the pandemic, one major question was to what extent Covid would display a seasonal behaviour with higher case numbers in winter. Mo...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Francois Balloux Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Health Infectious diseases UK news World news Microbiology Source Type: news

Investigational malaria vaccine gives strong, lasting protection
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Two U.S. Phase 1 clinical trials of a novel candidate malaria vaccine have found that the regimen conferred unprecedentedly high levels of durable protection when volunteers were later exposed to disease-causing malaria parasites. The vaccine combines live parasites with either of two widely used antimalarial drugs -- an approach termed chemoprophylaxis vaccination. A Phase 2 clinical trial of the vaccine is now underway in Mali, a malaria-endemic country. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Correlates of safety strategy use among South African women living with HIV and at risk of intimate partner violence - Brown LL, Perkins JM, Hargrove JL, Pahl KE, Mogoba P, van Zyl MA.
This study assesses correlates of specific safety strategy use among 166 Black South A... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday
Ontario’s soon-to-be top doctor says he’s hopeful the COVID-19 pandemic will move to "an endemic state, where we can try to get back to normal,” this fall. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news