Covid-19 UK: NHS waiting list hits ANOTHER record-high amid pandemic, official figures show
The Prime Minister said 'we do need people to take up their appointments' during a visit to a Devon naval base today as NHS England data showed that 400,000 people have been waiting over a year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Survival Benefit and Toxicity of Icotinib for EGFR+ NSCLC Survival Benefit and Toxicity of Icotinib for EGFR+ NSCLC
Might the use of adjuvant icotinib improve survival among EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC patients? What do we know about the treatment-related toxicities?Translational Lung Cancer Research (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Nuclear Medicine Prepares for Greater 68Ga Demand Nuclear Medicine Prepares for Greater 68Ga Demand
The recent FDA approval of Gallium-68 prostate-specific membrane antigen has resulted in unprecedented demand and a ramping up of its production and associated components by several companies.Applied Radiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radiology Journal Article Source Type: news

A Narrative Review of Targeted Therapies in Meningioma A Narrative Review of Targeted Therapies in Meningioma
This article provides a narrative summary of the potential targeted treatment options for meningiomas. Find out what's new.Chinese Clinical Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Factors Related to HPV Vaccination Promotion in Dental Settings Factors Related to HPV Vaccination Promotion in Dental Settings
Are dental providers willing to educate parents of adolescents about HPV? What factors would help dental providers in promoting HPV vaccination?Preventing Chronic Disease (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Endometriosis: Woman claims she was refused hysterectomy due to age
Hannah Lockhart, 23, from Bangor, Northern Ireland, said she has begged for her womb to be removed to relieve her chronic pain but claimed she has been refused because she is young. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccines not lockdown to thank for rapid drop in cases, top scientist says
Professor Tim Spector, a King's College London epidemiologist who runs the UK's largest Covid symptom tracking study, said the crisis had 'mainly' been squashed by the 'exemplar vaccine' drive. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 rapid guideline: dermatological conditions treated with drugs affecting the immune response [NG169], NICE (updated 9th April 2021)
The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of children and adults who have dermatological conditions treated with drugs affecting the immune response during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also aims to protect staff from infection and enable services to make the best use of NHS resources. 9 April 2021, Recommendations on treatment considerations for patients not known to have COVID-19 were updated to take into account COVID-19 vaccination status. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 rapid guideline: gastrointestinal and liver conditions treated with drugs affecting the immune response [NG172], NICE (updated 9th April 2021)
The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of children and adults who have gastrointestinal or liver conditions treated with drugs affecting the immune response during the COVID 19 pandemic. It also aims to protect staff from infection and enable services to make the best use of NHS resources. 9 April 2021, the recommendations on treatment considerations for patients not known to have COVID-19 were updated to take into account COVID-19 vaccination status. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing COVID-19 [NG191], NICE (updated 8th April 2021)
This guideline covers the management of COVID-19 for children, young people and adults in all care settings. It brings together existing recommendations on managing COVID-19 so that healthcare staff and those planning and delivering services can find and use them more easily. The guideline includes new recommendations on therapeutics, and we will update the guideline further as new evidence emerges. 8 April 2021, Recommendations for using corticosteroids, tocilizumab and sarilumab to treat COVID-19 were added (including the evidence and rationale for making the recommendations). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Africa CDC urges India to lift COVID vaccine export limits
The Africa CDC director says he wants to believe that India will lift export restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible, warning that “India is not an island” while some African nations still have seen no shots at all (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Tipping Point: Woman has voice reconstructed thanks to ITV show appearance
Helen Whitelaw appeared on Tipping Point before Motor Neurone Disease rendered her speechless. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

90-Day Specific Readmission for Clostridium difficile Infection After Hospitalization With an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Flare: Outcomes and Risk Factors, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Conclusions The 90-day CDI-specific readmission rate after the index admission of IBD flares was 0.1%. We found risk factors for CDI-associated readmissions such as history of Parkinson's disease, prior CDI, HIV-positive status, and alcohol abuse disorder. Finally, our study also revealed a high health care cost, charges, and burden. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Hand Hygiene Compliance at Critical Points of Care, Clinical Infectious Diseases
Conclusions Healthcare workers were more likely to do hand hygiene after contaminating tasks than before critical tasks, suggesting that habits and a feeling of disgust may influence hand hygiene compliance. This information could be incorporated into interventions to improve hand hygiene practices, particularly before critical tasks and after contaminating tasks. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, MHRA (updated 15th April 2021)
Information for healthcare professionals and the public about the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca. 15 April 2021Updated the Information for Healthcare Professionals and Information for UK Recipients on COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca with new information about extremely rare, unlikely to occur blood clots. 7 April 2021Updated the Information for Healthcare Professionals on COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, with new information about extremely rare, unlikely to occur blood clots. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Evaluating the Antimicrobial Properties of Commercial Hand Sanitizers, MSphere
Hand sanitizers have been developed as a convenient means to decontaminate an individual's hands of bacterial pathogens in situations in which soap and water are not available. Yet to our knowledge, no study has compared the antibacterial efficacy of a large collection of hand sanitizers. Using zone of growth inhibition and kill curve assays, we assessed the performance of 46 commercially available hand sanitizers that were obtained from national chain big-box stores, gasoline stations, pharmacies, and boutiques for antibacterial activity toward prototypical Gram-positive ( Staphylococcus aureus ) and Gram-negative ( Esche...
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Biden Takes On Sagging Safety Net With Plan to Fix Long-Term Care
The proposal to spend $400 billion over eight years faces political challenges and a funding system not designed for the burden it has come to bear. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eduardo Porter Tags: Elder Care Wages and Salaries Labor and Jobs Home Health Care Medicaid Biden, Joseph R Jr Elderly Disabilities Health Insurance and Managed Care Source Type: news

Scientists Report Creating the First Embryo With Human and Non-Human Primate Cells
In a ground-breaking experiment, researchers have successfully created the first human-monkey chimera. The work, published in the journal Cell, describes the the first embryo containing both human and monkey cells that was cultured for 20 days. Led by Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, the study represents the culmination of decades of work in understanding early embryo development in non-human species, which Belmonte hopes will now apply to humans. But it is bound to raise serious ethical questions about the implications of combining human cells with those from a different species (even if it is a closely related one), and the...
Source: TIME: Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

The Impact of Clinical Decision Support Alerts on Clostridioides difficile Testing: A Systematic Review, Clinical Infectious Diseases
Conclusions The use of electronic alerts for diagnostic stewardship for C. difficile was associated with reductions in CDI testing, the proportion of inappropriate CDI testing, and rates of CDI in most studies. However, broader concerns related to alerts remain understudied, including unintended adverse consequences and alert fatigue. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Can patient-reported room cleanliness measures predict hospital-acquired C. difficile infection? A study of acute care facilities in New York state, American Journal of Infection Control
This study examined the relationship between patient-reported room cleanliness, from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare providers and Systems survey, and hospital-acquired C. difficile infection (HA-CDI) rates in NYS acute care hospitals. A random-effects regression analysis comp ared the percentage of patients indicating their room was " always " and " sometimes/never " kept clean to that facility's average HA-CDI rates, controlling for known predictors. A higher percentage of patients reporting their room was " always " kept clean was associated with significantly lower rates of ...
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Less than 0.01% of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have gone on to contract the disease
The CDC reports that about 5,800 of 76.6 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 - 0.007% - later tested positive for the virus. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Microbicidal actives with virucidal efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 and other beta- and alpha-coronaviruses and implications for future emerging coronaviruses and other enveloped viruses, Scientific reports
Mitigating the risk of acquiring coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-2 requires awareness of the survival of virus on high-touch environmental surfaces (HITES) and skin, and frequent use of targeted microbicides with demonstrated efficacy. The data on stability of infectious SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces and in suspension have been put into perspective, as these inform the need for hygiene. We evaluated the efficacies of formulated microbicidal actives against alpha- and beta-coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2. The coronaviruses SARS-CoV, SARS-CoV-2, human coronavirus 229E, murine hepatitis virus-1, or MERS-CoV were deposited on pr...
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LaMarcus Aldridge is retiring from the NBA
(Source: Reuters: Health)
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Nerve stimulation cuts pain, opioid use after orthopedic surgery, study finds
Nerve stimulation treatments are effective for reducing pain in patients recovering from orthopedic surgery and limit the need for potentially addictive opioid medications, a study found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The effect of a microbial ecosystem therapeutic (MET-2) on recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection: a phase 1, open-label, single-group trial, The lancet
This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT02865616 FINDINGS: Between Sept 19, 2018, and Feb 28, 2020, we enrolled 19 adult patients with at least two episodes of mild to moderate C difficile infection (median age 65 years [IQR 56-67]; 12 women [63%], seven men [37%]). Recurrent C difficile infection was absent at day 40 in 15 (79%) of 19 patients after initial treatment, increasing to 18 (95%) 40 days after retreatment. No mortality associated with C difficile infection, infections associated with MET-2 treatment, or other serious adverse events were observed. The most common self-limited, mild to moderate sympt...
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Perils and pitfalls of probiotic quasi-experimental studies for primary prevention of Clostridioides difficile infection: A review of the evidence, American Journal of Infection Control
Quasi-experimental studies (QES) are valuable when RCTs are not feasible. • We review QES of probiotics given to high-risk patients to prevent CDI. • Probiotics were given either hospital-wide or only at a ward-level. • 50%-60% of probiotic studies found significantly reduced CDI rates. Primary prevention of Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile infections (CDI) is an important but challenging infection control goal for hospitals and health care facilities. Enhanced infection control protocols have reduced CDI rates, but the problem persists and administration of probiotics to patients at risk could be very...
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Short-term O2 Prescriptions Lead to Inappropriate Long-term Use Short-term O2 Prescriptions Lead to Inappropriate Long-term Use
Dr Aaron Holley describes why oxygen prescriptions at hospital discharge are a far more pernicious cause of wasted resources.Medscape Critical Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Viewpoint Source Type: news

All Californians 16 and over can now get COVID-19 vaccine. Here's how
California clears away the last barrier to widespread adult access to COVID-19 vaccines, though getting an appointment may still take some patience. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Colleen Shalby, Luke Money Source Type: news

Chlorhexidine bathing to prevent healthcare-associated vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus infections: A cluster quasi-experimental controlled study at intensive care units, Journal of the Formosan Medical Association
Conclusion: CHG bathing is a highly effective approach to prevent VRE-HAIs at ICUs, in the context of active VRE surveillance with contact isolation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Human-Monkey Chimeras: Science Pushes the Ethical Envelope Human-Monkey Chimeras: Science Pushes the Ethical Envelope
Recent reports of the advanced creation of human-animal chimeras will force us to grapple with some fundamental questions, like what it means to be human.Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

A spatiotemporal simulation study on the transmission of harmful microorganisms through connected healthcare workers in a hospital ward setting, BMC Infectious Diseases
Conclusion: Spatiotemporal behaviour and social mixing patterns of healthcare can change the expected number of hand transmissions and spread of harmful microorganisms by super-spreaders in a closed healthcare setting. These insights can be used to evaluate spatiotemporal safety behaviours and develop infection prevention and control strategies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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HHS Proposes Overturning Title X'Gag' Rule HHS Proposes Overturning Title X'Gag' Rule
Reproductive health groups and clinicians said the administration's moves would restore care and equity and protect the physician-patient relationship.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - April 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Unintended consequences of infection prevention and control measures during COVID-19 pandemic, American Journal of Infection Control
The impact of a multimodal infection control strategy originally designed for containment of COVID-19 on the rates of other hospital-acquired-infections (HAIs) was evaluated over a 7-month period across the largest healthcare system in Singapore. • During the COVID-19 pandemic, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus acquisition rates declined significantly, together with central-line-associated-bloodstream infection rates; likely due to increased compliance with standard precautions. • Enhanced infection control measures resulted in the unintended positive consequences of containing health care-associated re...
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Nets' LaMarcus Aldridge announces he's retiring from NBA
The former seven-time All-Star is retiring because of an irregular heartbeat that was recently detected. (Source: Reuters: Health)
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Derek Chauvin Trial Live Updates: Chauvin speaks in court, says he will not testify in his own defense
The fired cop charged in George Floyd's death spoke from the defense table, telling a judge he will invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege. (Source: Reuters: Health)
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Aspergillus Polymerase Chain ReactionAn Update on Technical Recommendations, Clinical Applications, and Justification for Inclusion in the Second Revision of the EORTC/MSGERC Definitions of Invasive Fungal Disease, Clinical Infectious Diseases
Aspergillus polymerase chain reaction testing of blood and respiratory samples has recently been included in the second revision of the EORTC/MSGERC definitions for classifying invasive fungal disease. This is a result of considerable efforts to standardize methodology, the availability of commercial assays and external quality control programs, and additional clinical validation. This supporting article provides both clinical and technical justifications for its inclusion while also summarizing recent advances and likely future developments in the molecular diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis. (Source: Current Awareness S...
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COVID-19-Related Skin Manifestations in Children Continue to Emerge COVID-19-Related Skin Manifestations in Children Continue to Emerge
Two recent articles provide new information on mucocutaneous manifestations of COVID-19 in children.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Scientists Create Early Embryos That Are Part Human, Part Monkey
An international team has put human cells into monkey embryos in hopes of finding new ways to produce organs for transplantation. But some ethicists still worry about how such research could go wrong.(Image credit: Weizhi Ji/Kunming University of Science and Technology) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis after treatment with tocilizumab in a patient with COVID-19 ARDS: a case report, Diagnostic microbiology and infectious disease
We present the case of a previously immunocompetent man with coronavirus disease-2019 who developed invasive pulmonary aspergillosis after treatment with tocilizumab, illustrating the importance of considering opportunistic infections when providing immune modulating therapy. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines May Also Trigger Ultra-Rare Blood Clots, Study Claims
The study has major implications given how regulators have reacted to blood-clot concerns. (Source: Reuters: Health)
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Eggs: Scrambled, poached or fried – the most healthy way to eat eggs
EGGS are full of nutritious goodies, including vitamin D, vitamin A and protein - but does it matter how it's cooked? Whether you prefer yours scrambled, poached or fried, Daily Express will reveal which one is best for your health. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
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The Latest: Iran finalizes deal for 60M doses of Sputnik V
Iran has finalized a deal with Russia to purchase 60 million doses of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine (Source: ABC News: Health)
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Personalized Cancer Vaccine Shows Early Promise Across Tumor Types Personalized Cancer Vaccine Shows Early Promise Across Tumor Types
In a phase 1 trial, the vaccine, called PGV-001, was well tolerated. It was given to 13 patients with multiple myeloma who had a high risk of recurrence after surgery or autologous stem cell transplant.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Making a childcare bubble with another household, DHSC (updated 15th April 2021)
How you can get informal childcare for anyone under 14 from friends and family you do not live with. 15 April 2021Updated to reflect that indoor and outdoor supervised activities are now open to all children, as previously announced in the government's'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021'roadmap. 29 March 2021Updated to reflect new rules on what you can and cannot do from 29 March. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Seaweed and Other Marine-Derived Products in Skin Care Seaweed and Other Marine-Derived Products in Skin Care
Marine ingredients have been steadily flowing into the market for skin care, and research has proliferated.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Biden declares Russia threat 'national emergency,' lobs sanctions; 10 diplomats booted over election meddling
President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order declaring a “national emergency” over the threat from Russia, as his... (Source: Reuters: Health)
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Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death: Live updates
It's Day 14 of testimony in the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in George Floyd's May 2020 death.... (Source: Reuters: Health)
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Calls for Facebook to ban Tucker Carlson as anti-vaxx video becomes world ’s most-read post
Former first daughters speaks out after Fox News host casts doubt that vaccines work against Covid-19 (Source: Reuters: Health)
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The Black Keys Blues Covers Album, Share “Crawling Kingsnake”: Listen
The duo’s Delta Kream features covers of John Lee Hooker, Fred McDowell, Robert Lee Burnside, and more (Source: Reuters: Health)
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'Our situation is dire,' top health official says as Ontario sees 4,736 new COVID-19 cases
Ontario reported 4,736 new cases of COVID-19 and a third-wave high of 29 more deaths of people with the illness on Thursday as total hospitalizations climbed to more than 1,900. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news