L.A.'s poet laureate isn't mincing words: 'The world's on fire. We're just trying to survive.'
L.A. poet laureate Robin Coste Lewis joins the L.A. Times Book Club Sept. 24 for Black Poets in a Time of Unrest, an evening of discussion and poetry performances. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jim Ruland Source Type: news

Coronavirus lockdowns, social distancing and masks reduced FLU rates by nearly 90% in the US
A new CDC report found that positive flu test rates dropped from about 20% between September 2019 and February 2020 to 2.3% between March 2020 and May 2020 amid the pandemic. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More L.A. County reopenings could come in October if COVID-19 dip continues
If there is no post-Labor Day spike in COVID-19 cases and downward trends continue, L.A. County may move into a less restrictive tier in October. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maura Dolan Source Type: news

John Najarian, Pioneering Transplant Surgeon, Dies at 92
He was known for taking on difficult cases, many involving children. An anti-rejection drug he developed led to a scandal, but he was vindicated. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Neil Genzlinger Tags: Transplants Surgery and Surgeons Deaths (Obituaries) Food and Drug Administration University of Minnesota Najarian, John S. Source Type: news

A pregnancy ended by COVID-19 informs new understanding and protocols
The case of an expectant mother ’s gestational hypertension exacerbated by the coronavirus has helped doctors understand how infection affects pregnant women. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - September 17, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Heart disease warning: The often overlooked symptom that could be a deadly sign
HEART disease symptoms may include chest pain and high blood pressure. But you could also be at risk of deadly coronary heart disease and heart attacks if you develop this often overlooked sign. Should you consider speaking to a doctor about your heart disease risk? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

European Sports Cardiology Guidelines Break New Ground European Sports Cardiology Guidelines Break New Ground
New sports cardiology guidelines green-light participation in vigorous competitive sports by selected patients with stable coronary artery disease, heart failure, or mild arrhythmiasMedscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Covid-19 News: Live Updates
The biotech company Moderna released details on how it is conducting the late-stage trial of its coronavirus vaccine, and how safety and efficacy will be determined. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

Vitamin D deficiency increases COVID-19 risk by more than 50%
Vitamin D deficiency increases a person's risk for getting infected with COVID-19 by more than 50%, a study published Thursday in the journal PLOS ONE found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government Describes Plan to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine Government Describes Plan to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine
' We're dealing in a world of great uncertainty. We don't know the timing of when we'll have a vaccine. We don't know the quantities. We don't know the efficacy of those vaccines,'said HHS'Paul Mango.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

First Lady Melania Trump Visits New Hampshire Hospital
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Politics Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Concord Hospital Concord New Hampshire news Melania Trump Source Type: news

Californians who contract COVID-19 at work get additional help under new law
New California law makes it easier for police, firefighters and other essential workers who get COVID on the job to obtain workers' comp benefits. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melody Gutierrez Source Type: news

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus
The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

NYC again delays in-person learning for most students
New York City has again delayed the start of in-person learning for most of the more than 1 million students in its public school system (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Biologics for Psoriasis May Also Reduce Coronary Plaque Biologics for Psoriasis May Also Reduce Coronary Plaque
Biologics used as treatment for psoriasis could also help reduce lipid-rich necrotic core, a high-risk plaque associated with cardiovascular events, a prospective, observational study suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Smoking Ups Your Risk of a Fatal Brain Bleed
Compared to nonsmokers, the risk of fatal bleeding in the brain was three times higher among heavy and moderate smokers, and 2.8 times higher among light smokers. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poll workers told to 'act surprised' if asked about no mask
Poll workers signed up to work the November election in a county near St. Louis have been urged in an email to “act surprised” if voters ask why they aren’t wearing masks given the coronavirus threat (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

COVID Conflicts Are Straining Relationships
As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, it's clear that not everyone's on the same page when it comes to preventing the risk of infection. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Where's next? North East will be hit with 10pm curfew from midnight tonight
The North East will be placed under new coronavirus restrictions enforced, including pubs closing at 10pm and households banned from socialising with anyone outside their home. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AI Algorithm on Par With Radiologists as Mammogram Reader AI Algorithm on Par With Radiologists as Mammogram Reader
Because AI has reached such high levels of accuracy in reading mammograms, it is time to test the technology in rigorous, prospective clinical trials, said an expert.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Ovarian cancer symptoms: The ‘patchy’ rash on your skin you should never ignore
OVARIAN CANCER symptoms may be difficult to spot in its early stages, but can include stomach bloating and passing more urine than normal. You could also be at risk of ovarian cancer if you develop this unusual rash on your skin. Should you consider speaking to a doctor? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

There ’s Only Weak Evidence For Vitamin-D As a COVID-19 Preventative—But Scientists Are Trying to Learn More
To protect himself from COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci has long said he’s skipping hugs and handshakes, wearing a mask, and staying off of planes. Last week, he acknowledged adding another step to protect his health: taking supplements of vitamin-D. “If you are deficient in Vitamin-D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection,” Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview posted on Instagram last week. “So I would not mind recommending—and I do it myself—taking vitamin-D supplements.” However, while spurious claims t...
Source: TIME: Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Infection rates soar in college towns as students return
College towns across the U.S. have emerged as virus hot spots in recent weeks as schools struggle to contain the virus (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Swabbing coronavirus with iodine for 15 seconds completely kills it in the lab 
A new study from the University of Connecticut found that, after 15 seconds, a solution of iodine completely inactivated a sample of coronavirus, even at the lowest concentration. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In reversal, Univ. of Georgia now wants to host early voting
The University of Georgia has reversed itself and says it wants to host an early voting precinct on campus (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Georgetown Dentist Fined $9,500 For Violating Coronavirus Safety Guidelines
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Covid-19 Boston, MA Health Healthcare Status Syndicated Local Coronavirus Georgetown News Source Type: news

WHO Europe chief urges nations to keep up COVID quarantines
The World Health Organization’s European director has warned countries against reducing the quarantine period for people potentially exposed to the coronavirus (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Test demand 'significantly outstripping' capacity
The number of under-17s seeking Covid-19 tests has doubled, the head of NHS Test and Trace tells MPs. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Britain REALLY suffering from a 'second hump' of Covid-19?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson claims Britain is heading into a 'second hump' of cases, but data shows only around 4% of tests are positive, compared to almost half during April's peak. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC map reveals the 12 US states where more than 35% of people are 'dangerously' overweight
Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia have adult obesity rates of at least 35%. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The New Apple Watch Measures Your Blood Oxygen. Now What?
Blood oxygen readings can be a useful indicator of wellness, but context is important — and so is medical advice from a doctor. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brian X. Chen Tags: Content Type: Service Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Wearable Computing Watches and Clocks Sleep Doctors Apple Inc Source Type: news

High blood pressure warning - the sexual symptom that may be caused by deadly hypertension
HIGH blood pressure symptoms can be difficult to spot but may include headaches and chest pain. You could also be at risk of deadly hypertension if you develop a tell-tale sexual sign. Have you suffered from erectile dysfunction? Should you consider speaking to a doctor about your blood pressure? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Latest: Univ of Michigan graduate students end strike
Graduate students who teach at the University of Michigan returned to classes Thursday after voting to end a nine-day strike (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

How a handful of students caused Western University's COVID-19 outbreak
The number of Western University students testing positive for COVID-19 is now at 28 after an outbreak that started with groups of students living off-campus engaging in high-risk behaviour as school resumed. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/London Source Type: news

Toxic smoke and ash from West Coast wildfires could make people more susceptible to coronavirus
Experts say wildfire smoke is filled with fine particulate matter that could damage lungs and blood vessels and weaken the immune system, increasing the risk of contracting respiratory diseases. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Insight: Issue 4 - September 2020, CQC
In this month's report, we explore some of the learning about good practice in infection prevention and control, and share some of the good examples we have encountered in understanding how providers have worked together to tackle COVID-19. We want these insight reports to help everyone involved in health and social care to work together to learn from the pandemic. This includes: sharing and reflecting on what has gone well understanding and learning from the experience of what hasn't helping health and care systems prepare better for the future (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Some UK bars to close early amid rising COVID-19 infections
Britain has imposed tougher restrictions on people and businesses in parts of northeastern England as the nation attempts to stem the spread of COVID-19 before the colder winter months (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

About 1 In 5 Households In U.S. Cities Miss Needed Medical Care During Pandemic
(Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patti Neighmond Source Type: news

Bill Gates Rips Federal Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Gates Rips Federal Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
"You know, this has been a mismanaged situation every step of the way," Gates told STAT."It's shocking. It's unbelievable — the fact that we would be among the worst in the world."WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

September's normal increase in coughs and colds causing 'utter chaos' in post-lockdown Britain
Professor Carl Heneghan, a former doctor and now Oxford University researcher, said in Parliament's Science and Technology Committee today that coughs always spike in September. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The psychological impact of COVID-19 and other viral epidemics on frontline healthcare workers and ways to address it: A rapid systematic review, Brain, Behavior and Immunity
Highlights Frontline health care workers (HCWs), especially females and nurses, are amongst the most vulnerable groups at risk of mental health problems, especially during severe viral epidemics. Fear of uncertainty or becoming infected were at the forefront of the psychological challenges faced. Several studies demonstrated an increased risk of acquiring a trauma or stress-related disorder, depression and anxiety. Coping strategies varied between sociocultural settings and appeared to differ amongst HCWs of different disciplines. Implemented measures, and recommendations for reduci ng psychological risks consistentl...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evidence summary for the duration of infectiousness in those that test positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA
The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has developed a series of'Evidence Summaries'to assist the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) in supporting the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) in their response to COVID-19. These summaries are based on specific research questions. This evidence summary was developed to address the following research question: What is the duration of infectiousness in those that test positive for SARSCoV-2 RNA? (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baseline projections of COVID-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK: update, ECDPC
In this report, we present updated 30-day projections, together with a visual validation of the original forecasts. We continue to model a baseline'status quo'scenario, assuming all control measures in place on 8 September 2020 will be continued until the end of the projection period (14 October 2020). In this version, we have included data on testing rates to simulate the increased ascertainment of milder cases. For almost all countries, testing data is correct until 23 August. We have also included the use of face masks (both mandatory and voluntary) as a means for reducing both transmission and susceptibility to infecti...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: Cases increasing across Europe, ECDPC
In many countries across the EU/EEA and UK, an increase of COVID-19 cases is being observed following the lifting of lockdowns and the relaxation of preventive measures such as physical distancing. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK records 3,395 new Covid-19 cases as outbreak grows again
Officials have yet to confirm the final figure, which takes into account all laboratory-confirmed victims in every setting. The preliminary count for England only includes fatalities in hospitals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The impact of COVID-19 on child health services - report, RCPCH (updated 16th September 2020)
This report shows findings from child health services across the UK about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, from April to July 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government promises new labs as coronavirus testing slower than ever
The Department of Health today announced it would open two more major test-processing labs in Newcastle and Bracknell as statistics show the testing system is now slower than ever. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evidence check: the medium and long-term sequelae of COVID-19, New South Wales Government COVID-19 Critical Intelligence Unit
Rapid review question: What are the medium- and long-term health sequelae of COVID-19 infection among survivors? In brief: General health sequelae • Symptoms commonly reported among recovered COVID-19 patients two to eight weeks after the onset of symptoms (or a positive COVID-19 test) include: fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle or joint pain, chest pain, cough, and insomnia and/or sleep disorders.(1-6) • A study of 202 confirmed COVID -19 patients with mild symptoms, found altered sense of smell or taste occurred in 18.6% of patients, feelings of being tired in 13.1%, problems breathing in 10.4% and muscle or ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): antibody testing, DHSC (updated 17th September 2020)
Information about the government's coronavirus antibody testing programme. Antibody tests are to check whether a person has had the virus. 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 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Weekly Epidemiological Update, WHO (updated 13th September 2020)
Weekly epidemiological update with the latest figures received by WHO from local authorities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news