What are the effects of quarantine for close contacts of people with confirmed COVID19?, Cochrane Clinical Answers
Reviewers conducted a rapid review of the evidence on quarantine for close contacts of people with confirmed COVID ‐19 (plus isolation of the infected individual) and identified one observational study conducted in Singapore, along with eight modeling studies based on data collected from China, Singapore, the UK, the cruise ship Diamond Princess, or generic populations. Studies reported that quarantine for clo se contacts decreased the incidence of COVID‐19, mortality, and resource use (such as hospitalization and numbers of doctors and nurses needed in intensive care units). Reviewers rated the certainty of all eviden...
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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)
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): infection control and prevention measures, Cochrane Library
Updated 22 September 2020: added new Cochrane Clinical Answers for the reviews'Quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control COVID ‐19: a rapid review'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control COVID19: a rapid review. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (updated 14th September 2020)
Updated version of review to include 22 new studies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus UK: Five unusual ways to reduce your risk of COVID-19
CORONAVIRUS daily cases are rising sharply in the UK, raising fears of a second national lockdown. As winter approaches, it is important to reduce your risk of contracting the virus - here are five lesser-known tips. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
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How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work, MHRA (updated 22nd September 2020)
22 September 2020The guidance on testing kits has been re-written for both patients and the public and for manufacturers to make it clearer to understand. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus London: Lockdown fears as hospital admissions triple
During a private briefing this week, Kevin Fenton, director of Public Health England in London, told Sadiq Khan that all signs indicated the disease was making a resurgence in the capital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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COVID-19 and the MCA 2005, Mental Capacity Law & Policy
This page includes resources relating to COVID-19 and the MCA 2005 in England. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Missouri crowds amid pandemic prompt real-life 'Footloose'
With bars and nightclubs limiting capacity and closing early in the St. Louis area due to the coronavirus pandemic, neighboring establishments in St. Charles are seeing large and unruly crowds (Source: ABC News: Health)
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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 ...
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Boots suspends booking for flu jabs amid 'unprecedented demand'
The high-street British chemist is now limiting its flu vaccines for the most vulnerable in society, including the over-65s and people with serious underlying health woes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Currently prescribed drugs in the UK that could upregulate or downregulate ACE2 in COVID-19 disease: a systematic review, BMJ Open
Conclusions: There is an abundance of the academic literature and media reports on the potential of drugs that could attenuate or exacerbate COVID-19 disease. This is leading to trials of repurposed drugs and uncertainty among patients and clinicians concerning continuation or cessation of prescribed medications. Our review indicates that the impact of currently prescribed drugs on ACE2 has been poorly studied in vivo, particularly in human lungs where the SARS-CoV-2 virus appears to enact its pathogenic effects. We found no convincing evidence to justify starting or stopping currently prescribed drugs to influence outcome...
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Recent rise in COVID-19 cases threatens to slow L.A. reopening, mayor says
L.A. County can only enter a new tier on the state's color-coded reopening blueprint if the positivity rate and number of COVID-19 cases remain low. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dakota Smith, Colleen Shalby Source Type: news

Medscape and the History of Internet Medical Ethics Medscape and the History of Internet Medical Ethics
Medscape was among the earliest medical sites on the Web and pioneered many innovations. George Lundberg recounts one of them: codifying internet medical ethics.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
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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...
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After six months apart and a week's quarantine, UCLA women finally practice together
After half a year without her players, UCLA women's basketball coach Cori Close welcomed some back to practice for group workouts. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Thuc Nhi Nguyen 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

Averting a COVID-19 vaccination crisis will take careful communication
Most people who are worried about a COVID-19 vaccine aren’t anti-vaxxers. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number 10 was briefed by Sweden's controversial anti-lockdown epidemiologist Anders Tegnell
The Prime Minister and his Chancellor Rishi Sunak reportedly received a briefing from the expert, and from Oxford University's Professor Carl Heneghan, who supports the new restrictions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Third phase of NHS response to COVID-19 Clinical prioritisation and validation of elective waiting lists: Letter from Pauline Philip, NHS England (published 23rd September 2020)
This letter provides details of the Clinical Prioritisation programme to support the prioritisation of waiting lists. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Americans who don't speak English nearly FIVE TIMES more likely to test positive for coronavirus
A new study from the University of Washington School of Medicine found patients who didn't speak English were 4.6 times more likely to test positive than those who did speak English. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Here’s What To Do If Someone Sneezes Or Coughs Near You
This expert tip could help you dodge potential COVID-19 particles from a sneeze or cough. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol, DHSC/PHE (updated 24th September 2020)
COVID-19 guidance for commissioners and service providers for those dependent on drugs or alcohol. 24 September 2020 Updated in line with regulations limiting the number of people permitted to attend a support group to 15. 16 September 2020 Added statement on hands, face, space; updated guidance on return to school; added links to social distancing and what you can and can't do; amended to reflect change to 6 people meeting. 31 July 2020 Changed isolation period from 7 to 10 days. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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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))
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Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021
A Chinese pharmaceutical company says its coronavirus vaccine candidate will be ready for the world by early next year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health 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))
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Eczema treatment: The best soothing gel to ease sore and sensitive skin
ECZEMA - what comes to your mind when you think of this condition? Is it sore, cracked, itchy and inflamed skin? You're not alone, but this doesn't need to be the case. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
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Can We Keep Kids Safe at School? Can We Keep Kids Safe at School?
What does the evidence tell us about keeping kids safe during in-person schooling? Can it be done, or are we playing with fire?Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Three of the best exercises to lower your risk of a deadly heart attack
HEART attack risk could be lowered by making some diet or lifestyle changes. You could also protect against a deadly myocardial infarction and heart disease by doing regular exercise. These are the best workout routines to protect against heart attacks. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
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Doctors and Politicians Must Sometimes Deliver Bad News Doctors and Politicians Must Sometimes Deliver Bad News
As physicians, we have to learn how to deliver bad news that enables our patients to respond. Political leaders must do the same.Georgetown University Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Younger Americans Are Eclipsing Older Age Groups in COVID-19 Case Counts
A fresh analysis of age-based statistics offers solid evidence that COVID-19 is becoming more widespread among young Americans. According to data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept. 23, children and adults under 30 accounted for more than a third of all COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. in July and August. That’s up from around 16% in January through April. ( function() { var func = function() { var iframe = document.getElementById('wpcom-iframe-16e22eb4479cf67897e3e05479987110') if ( iframe ) { iframe.onload = function() { iframe.contentWindow.post...
Source: TIME: Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Barone Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Brighteon.social is EXPLODING in popularity as thousands of channels join new free speech alternative to Facebook and Twitter
(Natural News) We launched Brighteon.social in “beta” mode about a week ago, and it has exploded in popularity far beyond our expectations. Apparently, people are sick of being censored and shadowbanned on Twitter and Facebook. Brighteon.social allows you to speak freely. Post tweets, images, memes, short videos, short audio files or links to articles, etc.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
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Swedish researchers say they've created a 'fast, cheap, accurate' COVID-19 test
Researchers in Sweden say they have developed a " fast, cheap, yet accurate " COVID-19 test good for situations in which frequent rescreening is needed and resources are limited. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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NHS Covid-19 app: One million downloads of contact tracer for England and Wales
Users are being urged to install the app to protect themselves and others against the resurgent virus. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
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Thousands of doctors and nurses are having to take time off work because they can't get tested
Royal College of GPs wrote to testing tsar Dido Harding to warn that the delays are threatening the flu vaccination programme, which is vital to protecting the NHS this winter. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on supply and use of blood for transfusion, The Lancet Haematology
This review provides a synthesis of the evolving published literature on COVID-19 and provides expert opinion relevant to transfusion practice in times of potential or real shortage, addressing the entire transfusion chain from donor to patient. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The courage of compassion: Supporting nurses and midwives to deliver high-quality care, King's Fund
This report explores the causes and consequences of poor mental health and wellbeing among nurses and midwives, and seeks to identify solutions to these issues and examples of good practice. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The signs of a vitamin B12 deficiency in your poo - how often do you use the toilet?
VITAMIN B12 deficiency symptoms can be difficult to spot, and may develop very slowly over a long period of time. You could be at risk of the deficiency if you develop a subtle change to your toilet routine. How often do you poo, and should you consider adding more vitamin B12 foods to your diet? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
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Covid-19: What's going wrong with testing in the UK?, BMJ
This article examines key questions around the current lack of access to tests in the community, looking at the scale of the problem, whether demand has increased, if people are getting tested when they don't need to, laboratory capacity, and how UK compares to other countries. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Covid-19: New restrictions to curb rising infection rate are set throughout UK, BMJ
New national measures designed to halt the rise in Covid-19 cases have been announced by the Prime Minister, following the announcement that the UK's alert level was being raised from level 3 to level 4 (the virus level is “high or rising exponentially”). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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American consumption of sugary drinks declines, study finds
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in the United States declined significantly between 2003 and 2016, according to a report published Thursday by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Once-Weekly'Centennial Insulin': Will It Live Up to the Promise? Once-Weekly'Centennial Insulin': Will It Live Up to the Promise?
One hundred years after the discovery of insulin, we are approaching a new frontier in diabetes management, says Dr Harpreet Bajaj.Medscape Diabetes & Endocrinology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Commentary Source Type: news

NIH Expands Clinical Trials on Convalescent Plasma NIH Expands Clinical Trials on Convalescent Plasma
"The evidence on convalescent plasma as a treatment for severe cases of COVID-19 is promising but incomplete," said Francis S. Collins, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - September 24, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

NHS Covid-19 app: How to install and use it
This guide explains how to install the NHS Covid-19 app on Android smartphones and iPhones. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
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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...
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Cardiovascular adverse events associated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine: A comprehensive pharmacovigilance analysis of preCOVID19 reports
This analysis of the FAERS database found use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine was associated with a higher reporting rate of major CV adverse events, including cardiomyopathy (reporting OR 29.0), QT prolongation (4.5), cardiac arrhythmias (2.2) and heart failure (2.2). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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How to create an NHS QR code for your business
QR CODES are making comeback with the NHS contact-tracing app arriving today. Here is how to create an NHS QR code for your business. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Challenge trial volunteer reveals he'll be cooped up for two weeks to test trial Covid-19 jabs
Alastair Fraser-Urquhart, 18, (left) said he would be in the clinic for at least two weeks, or until his symptoms of the virus disappear. He signed up to 'save thousands of lives'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Covid-19: Dad lost weight to attend daughter's birth
Gavin Jackson was warned to lose weight or miss the birth of his daughter. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news