Africa: Monkeypox Can Become Endemic - Here's How It Can Be Stopped in Its Tracks
[The Conversation Africa] Since May of this year, more than 26,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported worldwide - prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a public health emergency. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 11, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

With Innovation, We Can Keep Reducing the Toll of COVID-19
Scrolling through social media these days, you’ll see that loud extremists continue to dominate COVID-19 discourse. At one pole are the denialists who argue—incorrectly—that COVID is “just a cold.” At the other are those who suggest that no meaningful progress has been made in controlling its devastation. The truth, of course, is somewhere in the middle. We have not yet extricated ourselves from the peril of SARS-CoV-2, and wishing COVID-19 gone does not make it so. Surging case numbers provide opportunities to produce the next variant as the virus evolves to escape antibodies accumulated from...
Source: TIME: Health - August 9, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Edward Nirenberg, Gavin Yamey and Ilan Schwartz Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 freelance Source Type: news

LGBTQ+ groups unite to urge UK ministers to act against monkeypox
Groups across political spectrum call for outbreak of virus to be treated as public health emergencyLGBTQ+ groups from across the political spectrum have joined forces to demand the government increaseefforts to combat monkeypox or risk it becoming endemic in the UK.There have been more than 2,600 cases of monkeypox in the UK so far, which in the majority of the cases affects gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men (GBMSM). The US on Thursday declared a public health emergency over the virus, which followed the World Health Organization (WHO) last month calling it a global emergency.Continue reading... (Source: ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 5, 2022 Category: Science Authors: PA Media Tags: Monkeypox Infectious diseases Science World news UK news Politics Health Society Source Type: news

Flammable invasive grasses are increasing risk of devastating wildfires
.news-article__hero--featured .parallax__element{ object-position: 25% 70%; -o-object-position: 25% 70%; } For decades, eastern Oregon’s scablands—rocky patches of open terrain—were a refuge for people fighting wildfires in the surrounding forests. The thin soil and sparse vegetation offered little fuel for the flames, creating an oasis from which firefighters could operate and a barrier that could help halt a fire’s spread. That all changed in 2015. After lightning sparked a fire near a steep-walled canyon, the blaze unexpectedly raced across scablands so quickly that firefighters struggled to catch up. ...
Source: ScienceNOW - August 4, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Your monkeypox questions answered as vaccine access expands
Editor's note:This story was originally published July 25 onUCLA Health's Connect blog. It was  updated Aug. 2.As monkeypox spreads across the United States, there are now documented cases in Los Angeles County. As of July 25, there were 162 confirmed cases in Los Angeles County and at least 3,400 cases in the United States, prompting fears of another coronavirus-style outbreak.Monkeypox, however, is an entirely different virus. It is not a respiratory illness like COVID-19, notes  Dr. Omai Garner, director of clinical microbiology for UCLA Health.“It’s a different disease and it’s not the kind of thing that trans...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 3, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Monkeypox could become endemic in 'the worst public health failure in modern times', ex-FDA director
Dr Scott Gottlieb pointed out that unlike with Covid both vaccines and tests were already available against the disease. But these were not deployed quickly. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 1, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Virus Hunters Trying to Prevent the Next Pandemic
Nobody saw SARS-CoV-2 coming. In the early days of the pandemic, researchers were scrambling to collect samples from people who had mysteriously developed fevers, coughs, and breathing problems. Pretty soon, they realized that the disease-causing culprit was a new virus humans hadn’t seen before. And the world, lacking a coordinated global response, was unprepared. Some countries acted quickly to develop tests for the novel coronavirus, while others with fewer resources were left behind. With a virus oblivious to national borders, and with travel between countries and continents more common than it had been in previo...
Source: TIME: Health - August 1, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park and Video by Andrew D. Johnson Tags: Uncategorized Disease Frontiers of Medicine 2022 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

NHS workforce projections 2022
Report lays bare the scale of the challenge facing policymakers in addressing endemic NHS workforce shortages and adds to a growing body of evidence signalling the need for a comprehensive, fully funded and long-term workforce strategy. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bacteria that causes rare, serious illness melioidosis is endemic in parts of Mississippi Gulf Coast, CDC says
The bacteria that causes a rare, serious disease called melioidosis has been detected in water and soil samples in Mississippi, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bacteria That Cause Rare Tropical Disease Found in U.S. Soil, CDC Says
NEW YORK — A germ that causes a rare and sometimes deadly disease—long thought to be confined to tropical climates—has been found in soil and water in the continental United States, U.S. health officials said Wednesday. The bacteria was found on the property of a Mississippi man who had come down with the disease, melioidosis. Officials don’t know how long it had been there, but they say it likely is occurring in other areas along the Gulf Coast. U.S. physicians should consider melioidosis even in patients who haven’t traveled to other countries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
Source: TIME: Health - July 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe/AP Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Public Health wire Source Type: news

Africa: Monkeypox - How It Spreads, Who's At Risk - Here's What You Need to Know
[UN News] Monkeypox is not a new disease, and in some African countries it is endemic. However, the international outbreak which began in May 2022, has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global health emergency. Here are some of the important things to know about monkeypox. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 26, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What You Need to Know About Monkeypox
On July 23, following months of rising case counts in numerous countries, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared monkeypox a global health emergency. That label is meant to prompt a coordinated global response, with the aim of getting the virus’ spread under control. After that development on the global scale, you may be wondering what the monkeypox outbreak means for your own health. “This is an infection that we need to be aware of,” says Dr. Roy Gulick, chief of infectious disease at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. “But pe...
Source: TIME: Health - July 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Disease healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Monkeypox: How it spreads, who ’s at risk - here’s what you need to know
Monkeypox is not a new disease, and in some African countries it is endemic. However, the international outbreak which began in May 2022, has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global health emergency. Here are some of the important things to know about monkeypox. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 25, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The NHS'Road to Recovery': Ethical guidance for endemic COVID-19, RCP
The Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has developed guidance for NHS staff negotiating the NHS ' Road to Recovery ' as COVID-19 moves towards becoming an endemic disease. The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated several changes and pauses to NHS services. In recent months, many vital NHS services have ' re-started ' and we have moved into a new phase, with services being ' reset ' . The government has named this the ' Road to Recovery ' of the NHS. It is an opportunity to implement new, evidenced-based ways of working to make the NHS more effective and resilient. (Source: Curren...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Declaring monkeypox an international emergency, WHO chief rejects expert panel ’s advice
The World Health Organisation (WHO) today declared the global spread of monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), even though a special advisory committee has declined, again, to recommend the action. This is the first time since the PHEIC system was created in 2005 that the agency has made such a declaration without the panel’s endorsement. “This is big, unprecedented decision-making by the director general,” says Clare Wenham, a global health expert at the London School of Economics who has studied the history of PHEICs. WHO’s Emergency Committee, which met on 21 July, did ...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 23, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news