Police clash with protesters at UK COVID-19 demonstration
London police clashed with demonstrators as they broke up a protest in Trafalgar Square against COVID-19 restrictions amid rising tensions over increased limits on everyday life as the government tries to stem a sharp rise in infections (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Flu jab side effects: Does the flu vaccine make you feel sick?
FLU JABS are now available at GP surgeries and pharmacies across the UK, with the Government urging eligible Britons to book an appointment. But does the flu vaccine make you feel sick? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Canada failed to protect elderly in 1st wave of COVID-19 — will the same mistakes be made again?
As COVID-19 cases surge across Canada and outbreaks in nursing homes flare up once again, experts say vulnerable elderly populations are at extreme risk in the second wave due to a lack of government action.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Liberals, NDP reach deal on sick leave, avoiding immediate election
The Liberal government will expand the number of people who can access sick days, clearing the way for New Democrats to support the throne speech and bypass an immediate election, sources tell CBC News. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Government estimates 100,000 people in England had coronavirus last week
Separate data show growth in new daily infections across the UK has risen to between 4% and 8% (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - September 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Trump Approves Final Plan to Import Drugs From Canada Trump Approves Final Plan to Import Drugs From Canada
The final plan clears the way for Florida and other states to implement a program bringing medications across the border despite the strong objections of drugmakers and the Canadian government.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - September 25, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

‘It’s Been a Matter of Life and Death.’ Dr. Bonnie Castillo on How Nurses Have Been Left to Fend for Themselves During the Pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic has stretched on, the American health care system has depended on the tireless efforts of nurses to care for the ill, tend to the dying, and stop the illness from seeping outside hospital doors. But despite all of these nurses’ dedication, they themselves have been let down—not only by state and local governments, but by the health care system as a whole, says Bonnie Castillo, a registered nurse and executive director of National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association. Castillo, who was recognized for her advocacy work as a member of the 2020 TIME100 list of the most influe...
Source: TIME: Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 TIME100 Talks Source Type: news

Virus surges in France, Marseille fights against closures
Angry restaurant and bar owners have demonstrated in Marseille to challenge a French government order to close all public venues as of Saturday to battle resurgent virus infections (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

First coronavirus vaccine will not be a 'silver bullet', scientists warn government
Experts advising the UK government said it may only reduce people's symptoms and be partially effective as they stress the need for caution when it is rolled out. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US Health Department's Caputo Has Cancer, Spokesperson Says US Health Department's Caputo Has Cancer, Spokesperson Says
Michael Caputo, who is on leave from his role as spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after accusing government scientists of sedition, has metastatic cancer, a state lawmaker said.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - September 25, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Covid figures prompt French and Dutch warnings, and deepening row in Spain
Coronavirus cases in France jump to record high as Spanish government calls for Madrid lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe prime ministers of France and the Netherlands have issued stark warnings about their coronavirus figures, while in Spain, the western European country hardest hit by the virus, the Madrid authorities have rejected the central government ’s call for a lockdown across the capital.Sant é Publique France, the French public health authority, tallied a record 16,096 new infections in the previous 24 hours on Thursday evening.Continue reading... (Source: ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Kim Willsher in Paris and Sam Jones in Madrid Tags: Coronavirus outbreak France Europe Science World news Infectious diseases Source Type: news

'Any breed could do it': dogs might be a Covid tester's best friend
Researchers around the world are training canines to sniff out the virus – could they be deployed for mass testing?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is simple and pain-free, could be used to test for coronavirus in care homes, airports and schools, and might just be more realistic than the UK government ’s £100bn“Operation Moonshoot” mass screening plan. Its name? Fido.Around the world – from theUK to Finland, Spain, Brazil, Lebanon andAustralia– teams of researchers are training dogs to sniff out Covid-19. And some say the idea of training hundre...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Medical research Dogs Animals Infectious diseases World news Microbiology Source Type: news

Trump OKs Final Plan to Import Drugs From Canada
The announcement clears the way for Florida and other states to implement a program bringing medications across the border to save money. The effort is strongly opposed by drugmakers and the Canadian government. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First COVID-19 jabs to target care home residents and staff under new JCVI advice
Older adults living in care homes and staff working there will be first to receive COVID-19 vaccinations under updated government advice - with health and social care workers and people over 80 next in line. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

China aims to make 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses a year
A Chinese health official says the country’s annual production capacity for coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next year, following an aggressive government support program for construction of new factories (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Scientific evidence supporting the government response to coronavirus (COVID-19), SAGE (updated 25th September 2020)
Evidence considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). 25 September 2020 We have published minutes for SAGE meetings 47, 48, 50& 51 and added 5 new papers under August and September. 18 September 2020 We have published minutes for SAGE meetings 52, 53, 54& 55 and added 4 new papers under April, August and September. We have also added an update to a July paper on excess deaths and morbidity. 11 September 2020 We have added 10 new papers and 24 short-term forecast reports. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Govt Blocks Mass Exodus of Health Workers
[263Chat] Medical doctors have expressed concern over what they are frustrating measures introduced by the government to reduce brain drain in the country amid reports that health workers are growing impatient with the economic situation in the country and seeking greener pastures abroad. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Covid: Coronavirus cases in England up 60% in a week
Every coronavirus case is estimated to result in between 1.2 and 1.5 further infections, according to the latest government estimates. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RPS responds to consultation on medicines regulations
The Government hasconsultedon changes to medicine regulations thesupport the effective rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine and the upscaling of flu vaccination programme in the UK. We asked members for vie (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 25, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Nigeria: CA-Covid Gives 107,546 Food Palliative Packs to Lagos
[Daily Trust] Lagos -- The Lagos State Government has received and has commenced distribution of 107,546 food palliative packs from the Coalition Against COVID (CA-COVID) for the vulnerable. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Government rejects major NHSPS overhaul - but changes 'could ease GP service charge disputes'
A government review has rejected calls for a major overhaul of an NHS Property Services funding model that has left GP practices facing millions of pounds in service charges - but GP leaders say proposals outlined in the review could ease the long-running premises dispute. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Premises Source Type: news

Uganda: Uganda Red Cross Gets 10 Ambulances From Government
[Monitor] Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on Friday handed over 10 ambulances to the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Worry Over Gaps in Adolescent Sexuality Education, Access to Contraceptives
[263Chat] The government has cited gaps in the adolescent sexuality education and access to contraceptives for the upsurge in teenage pregnancies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Comprehensive nursing home inspections caught up to 5 times more violations. Why did Ontario cut them?
Ontario's government knew it was cutting thorough, effective investigations that helped identify infection control concerns in nursing homes three years before it made the cuts in 2018, but did it anyway, a CBC Marketplace investigation has found. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

France's virus rebound: Marseille fights against closures
Angry restaurant and bar owners are demonstrating in Marseille to challenge a French government order to close all public venues as of Saturday to battle resurgent virus infections (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Supports Government to Integrate Covid-19 Case Finding Into TB Surveillance Activities
[WHO] Abuja -- "During a tuberculosis outreach in my community, one of the team members insisted I take a test as he said I already have symptoms. As I was about to undergo the test, the DSNOs suggested I also undergo a COVID-19 test because I was also displaying some of the symptoms," says 32 year old Janet Ishaya, reached through the TB intervention in Kaduna State. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Road Accidents Now Kills More Nigerians Than HIV, TB - Govt
[This Day] Abuja -- The federal government yesterday lamented the frequency of carnages caused by road accidents in the country, noting that deaths resulting from crashes have now exceeded the ones caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV) and the deadly tuberculosis disease combined. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

SHOCK: Melbourne to start arresting COVID-19 "conspiracy theorists" and throwing them in concentration camps
(Natural News) A new proposal by Daniel Andrews, the 48th incumbent Premier of Victoria in Australia, would make it so that residents of the state who violate its Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions – or even just spread what the government deems to be “conspiracy theories” about the plandemic – can be locked up or thrown... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Novavax ’s Coronavirus Vaccine Enters Late-Stage Trials
Novavax received $1.6 billion from the U.S. federal government to fund the late-stage development and production of its vaccine. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elana Lyn Gross, Forbes Staff Tags: Business /business Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Breaking breaking-news Coronavirus Billionaires Source Type: news

NAS and NAM Presidents Alarmed By Political Interference in Science Amid Pandemic
As advisers to the nation on all matters of science, medicine, and public health, we are compelled to underscore the value of science-based decision-making at all levels of government. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 24, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

UK may take part in COVID-19 vaccine 'challenge studies'
The British government says it may take part in a study that tries to deliberately infect volunteers who have been given an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus in an effort to more quickly determine if the vaccine works (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

England, Scotland and Wales declare 33 new Covid-19 deaths
Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, confirmed the rise in infections and deaths after the Government's Covid-19 dashboard went down with technical difficulties. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Homes, Health and COVID-19, Centre for Ageing Better
This report focuses specifically on the relationship between health and housing and the role of this interaction in the spread and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Authors of this report from The King's Fund present compelling evidence that show how our homes can cause ill-health, both physical and mental. Cold, damp homes can cause or worsen a series of health conditions linked to coronavirus. Overcrowding reduces a household's ability to isolate those who are at particular risk or displaying symptoms. Trip hazards, little space, poor internet connection, a lack of access to green space – these and many other issues...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK announces new plan to help workers hit by pandemic
Britain’s treasury chief has announced a new income support program for workers hurt by the coronavirus pandemic as the government races to prevent widespread layoffs when earlier employer subsidies end next month (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Trump ’ s Vaccine Czar Refuses to Give Up Stock in Drug Company Trump ’ s Vaccine Czar Refuses to Give Up Stock in Drug Company
The administration calls Moncef Slaoui, who leads its vaccine race, a"contractor" to sidestep rules against personally profiting from government positions.ProPublica (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - September 24, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

We won't beat Covid by channelling Churchill | Letters
Boris Johnson ’s Churchillian language does not impressRichard Teverson, whileKatherine Arnott dismisses the prime minister ’s appeal to people’s common sense. Plus letters fromPatrick Cosgrove andDavid Boyd HaycockI, like so many others, am slack-jawed at the incompetence of this government ’s response to Covid. Our death rate is terrible and the continued mixed messages from “go to work as you are less likely to be sacked if you are in the office/don’t go to work” and “eat out to help out/don’t eat out, certainly not after 10pm” have exhausted the public and mak...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Boris Johnson Dominic Cummings Winston Churchill Medical research Politics Microbiology UK news World news Science Michael Gove Brexit Australia news New Zealand Asia Pacific Europea Source Type: news

New paper outlines counties' four main themes to guide social care reform, County Councils Network
The COVID-19 emergency has affected every facet of England's public services in a manner unseen in the post-war period. But nowhere has the impact of the pandemic been felt more greatly than within the Adult Social Care (ASC) sector. Whilst the plight of care homes affected by Coronavirus in particular has been tragic, the welcome legacy of this period is that the Government is now fully committed to finally tackling an issue that has gone unresolved for decades – the need for root and branch reform of our ASC system. Despite the haste to stabilise and improve the vulnerabilities that have been so cruelly exposed by ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 and the health and care workforce: supporting our greatest asset, NHS Confederation
The report draws on employers'feedback to identify best practice and sets out what government and the ALBs can do to help organisations sustain the wellbeing support employers have in place for NHS staff. It adds that the greatest risk to supporting staff and delivering the NHS People Plan is workforce shortages, at a time when the most recent vacancy statistics for the NHS in England showed more than 83,000 vacancies at the end of the three months ending 30 June this year, with more than 120,000 vacancies in social care. The report also highlights the profound leadership challenge of inequalities and the discrimination fa...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emails Show How Pesticide Industry Influenced U.S. Position in Health Talks
The U.S. insisted that new international guidelines on combating drug resistance omit any mention of fungicides — a demand that the industry made but that ran counter to science. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew Jacobs Tags: Drug Resistance (Microbial) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Agriculture and Farming United States Politics and Government Pesticides Lobbying and Lobbyists Fungi Center for Biological Diversity CropLife America Agriculture Department United Na Source Type: news

U.S. Hospitals Charging Insurers More Than Twice Medicare Rates U.S. Hospitals Charging Insurers More Than Twice Medicare Rates
Hospitals in the United States are charging private insurers 2.5 times what they get paid under the government Medicare program for the same services, according to a study released September 21.Georgia Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): antibody testing, DHSC (updated 24th September 2020)
Information about the government's coronavirus antibody testing programme. Antibody tests are to check whether a person has had the virus. 24 September 2020 Updated with new information on antibody testing eligibility and how to get a test. 17 September 2020 Removed link to antibody testing service and added that DHSC is working directly with organisations in the adult social care sector in order to offer tests. 14 September 2020 Updated to reflect the launch of the new antibody testing service, which is currently restricted to care home workers in England and Wales. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus Act analysis, DHSC (published 23rd September 2020)
How the Coronavirus Act has helped the government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 Social Study: Results Release 21, Nuffield Foundation
This UCL study focuses on psychological responses to the first twenty-six weeks since just before the UK lockdown was first announced (21/03 to 20/09). They present simple descriptive results on the experiences of adults in the UK. Measures include:1. Reported compliance with government guidelines and confidence in the government 2. Mental health including depression, anxiety and stress 3. Harm including thoughts of death or self-harm, self-harm and both psychological& physical abuse 4. Psychological and social wellbeing including life satisfaction, loneliness and happiness 5. ***New in this report*** Vaccine attitude...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

University staff speak out about COVID-19 fears
A UNISON survey published this week shows how university staff including cleaners, security guards and administrative workers are feeling increasingly anxious about work, now that universities have reopened. Rebecca Hawkins* is a technical demonstrator in the art and design department of a university. She said: “I don’t feel safe at all. Every day presents a new challenge that nobody knows how to handle. I just feel like we’re all making it up as we go along, with sketchy guidelines that seem open to interpretation. “We had an email from the dean the other day saying that someone in our group had te...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 24, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article coronavirus higher education Covid-19 universities university Source Type: news

Boost wages and scrap tuition  fees to turbo-charge nurse recruitment
Responding to NHS workforce statistics released today (Thursday) showing a 14,199 increase in nurse numbers and a 23% increase in nursing student acceptances, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “It’s good more nurses are now on wards and out in communities, but it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the 40,000 unfilled roles. “Ministers could easily turbo-charge recruitment by scrapping student tuition fees and giving staff the early and significant pay rise they deserve. “A wage boost would work wonders for frustrated health workers thinking of ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 24, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release NHS nurse Sara Gorton Source Type: news

​Support jobs and strengthen economy to maintain public services, says UNISON
Responding to the chancellor of the exchequer’s new plans to support jobs through further months of pandemic restrictions, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said today (Thursday): “These measures show the chancellor has been listening to unions and businesses. Supporting the wages of workers is an important first step in the battle to protect jobs across the UK. “A strong economy is vital to maintaining precious public services. The pandemic’s shown that it’s vital public services that hold our society together. They must be protected. “Fixing the flawed testing system and providing ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 24, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus public services Source Type: news

GP appointments rising fast as COVID-19 cases 'near 10,000 a day'
GP appointments have risen rapidly in recent weeks as schools returned, according to official data that come as the government warned new COVID-19 cases had spiked to almost 10,000 per day. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 24, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Government must safeguard thousands of university jobs, say education unions   
The job retention scheme should be extended – or another wage support scheme put in its place – to support thousands of university staff, such as catering and security workers who face redundancy, education unions say today (Thursday). In a joint letter to higher education minister Michelle Donelan, UNISON, GMB, Unite, the University and College Union (UCU), and the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) also warn problems with the test and trace system pose real risks to the health of staff, students and local communities. Ahead of the Chancellor’s expected announcement on further measures to ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 24, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release furlough ruth levin university Source Type: news

Liberia: Striking Health Workers Seek Diplomatic Missions' Intervention - Wants Govt. Uphold MOU
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Striking public health workers in Liberia have petitioned the United States Government, European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) to prevail on the President George Manneh Weah led-administration to deliver on their demands submitted to the government in a bid to help improve their living conditions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 24, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Health Workers Complain to Foreign Embassies
[New Dawn] Aggrieved Liberian health workers under the banner National Health Workers Union of Liberia (NAHWUL) have petitioned foreign diplomatic missions near Monrovia, requesting their intervention to pressure President George MannehWeah's government to address NAHWUL's demands to increase their salaries and recognize them as a union, among others. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 24, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news