Coronavirus live news: Madrid lockdown looms; 34m jobs lost in Latin America
Northern Ireland ’s cumulative cases per 100,000 double in a week;Neanderthal genes increase risk of serious Covid-19, study claims;Russia places huge bet on Covid vaccine. Follow the latest updates34m jobs lost in Latin AmericaMadrid lockdown loomsGermans embrace fresh air to tackle coronavirusIsrael bans mass protests as Covid lockdown tightensSee all our coronavirus coverage6.28amBSTResearch conducted by Imperial College London using the results from England ’s largest community coronavirus testing programme suggests that therate of infection has decreased in the country, but that the number of infections ha...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 1, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news US news Australia news UK news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Britain announces more Covid-19 deaths for Wednesday
NHS England confirmed 43 more people died in its hospitals between September 21 and September 29, while one more person died in Wales, seven in Scotland and one in N. Ireland. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beneficial innovations from the COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Ireland, British Geriatrics Society
COVID-19 has been the biggest challenge faced by the NHS in its history and many services have had to think on their feet to cope with the unprecedented demand for services and the need to keep patients and staff safe from the virus. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected older people – around half of diagnoses have been in people aged over 65 and more than 90% of deaths have been in that age group.1 As such, our members have been at the forefront of this pandemic, working in acute, primary and community care with older people who have COVID-19 and continuing to help people wit hout COVID-19 to manage ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brexit: controversial internal market bill passes final Commons hurdle — as it happened
Bill passes to Lords after MPs vote 340-256 in favour; UK hits record daily number of new Covid casesBoris Johnson apologises for getting lockdown rules wrongCovid lockdowns in north-east England: new rules explainedIs Boris Johnson really ‘fit as a butcher’s dog’?UK economy faltering before second Covid-19 waveCoronavirus – latest global updates9.55pmBSTThat ’s it for tonight, after another tumultuous evening in the House of Commons.To recap, MPs voted 340 to 256, majority 84, in favour of the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill at its third reading, despite warnings that the legislation thre...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Murray (now), Andrew Sparrow (earlier) Tags: Politics Coronavirus outbreak UK news Boris Johnson Education Infectious diseases Science Wales Northern Ireland House of Commons Further education Source Type: news

Coronavirus UK: 47 new fatalities in daily preliminary death toll
Broken down, 44 of the deaths announced today occurred in England, while Public Health Wales posted three new victims. Scotland and Northern Ireland recorded none. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Class 3 medicines recall: Theramex Ireland Ltd T/A Theramex HQ UK Ltd, AlfaD capsules
Theramex Ireland Ltd T/A Theramex HQ UK Ltd has informed the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of an issue related to an error in the decommissioning of two batches of AlfaD c (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Taking UNISON ’s demands to the Treasury
Dave Prentis stopped by Rishi Sunak’s office today to present UNISON’s demands for investment in public services. The government announced last week that the autumn budget is cancelled, but the union is making it clear that the money needs to be in place to fund pay rises for our members who have kept the country going through the pandemic, and to protect the jobs and services that our communities rely upon. The general secretary said: “This is so important I wanted to deliver it to the Treasury in person. “I have asked Rishi Sunak for a meeting so that I can explain why it’s so important that...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News #OneTeam2K Covid-19 dave prentis spending review Source Type: news

SphingoTec, BHR Pharmaceuticals ink agreement for distribution of SphingoTec's acute care portfolio in the UK and Ireland
(sphingotec GmbH) The collaboration in particular focuses on the UK market introduction of SphingoTec's point-of-care tests for novel and proprietary biomarkers in critical care targeting diagnostically underserved conditions such as sepsis, acute heart failure, acute kidney injury, and recently severe COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 29, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Mandatory reporting and adult safeguarding: a rapid realist review - Donnelly S.
PURPOSE The purpose of this paper is to critically analyse the concept of mandatory reporting in adult safeguarding in the jurisdictions of Australia, Canada, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH A rapid realist evalu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Initiates Pivotal Global Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Janssen ’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., September 23, 2020 – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) (the Company) today announced the launch of its large-scale, pivotal, multi-country Phase 3 trial (ENSEMBLE) for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, JNJ-78436735, being developed by its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. The initiation of the ENSEMBLE trial follows positive interim results from the Company’s Phase 1/2a clinical study, which demonstrated that the safety profile and immunogenicity after a single vaccination were supportive of further development. These results have been submitted to medRxiv and are due to be published online i...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - September 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

10 awe-inspiring walks around the UK
Scientists found weekly ‘awe walks’ led to more positive emotions among study participants - here are some of the nation’s most wondrous locationsShare your awe-inspiring walks with usThe Romantics first drew our attention to “awe” in the natural world and now scientists have confirmed its value.Older adults who took weekly “awe walks” reported increased positive emotions and less distress in their daily lives, according toa study published in the journal Emotion.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 22, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Patrick Barkham Tags: Environment Walking Health & wellbeing Fitness Hobbies Life and style UK news Mental health Scotland Wales Northern Ireland Society Science Source Type: news

UK coronavirus: alert level to be raised from 3 to 4; Northern Ireland bans mixing indoors
Matt Hancockannounces childcare exemption to local lockdowns in England; UK cases rise by 4,368,second highest daily total since early MayRaising of UK Covid alert level opens door to major restrictionsLockdowns in four more areas of Wales as cases riseWhitty: UK could see 200 deaths a day by NovemberScottish ministers considering strict new Covid rules, leak revealsGlobal coronavirus updates – live6.15pmBST4 UK CMOs - inc@DrGregorSmith - agree raising of#Covid_19 alert level to 4. I ’ll participate in COBR meeting tomorrow am, after which@scotgov Cabinet will agree measures to bring virus back under control in...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Politics Coronavirus outbreak Health Chris Whitty Patrick Vallance Labour Science Infectious diseases Scotland Wales Labour conference 2020 Anneliese Dodds Matt Hancock Source Type: news

Coronavirus restrictions are extended across NI
In the last seven days, 1,014 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An ecological framework for understanding and improving decision making in child protection and welfare intake (Duty) practices in the Republic of Ireland - McCormack C, Gibbons M, McGregor C.
This article explores the factors that influenced team leader decision-making processes about pathways for duty/intake referrals in one TUSLA region in the Republic of Ireland. It provides an overview of theories relating to decision making focused on syst... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

The role of ex-paramilitaries and former prisoners in political tourism - Nisbett M, Rapson J.
Northern Ireland has a turbulent history, enduring 30 years of violence known as 'The Troubles'. Streets in Belfast that were once 'no-go' areas are now popular tourist attractions. They are the sites of assassinations, attempted murders and memorials to t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Van Morrison criticises 'fascist bullies' in anti-lockdown Covid songs
Songwriter uses new material to condemn UK government, scientists and celebritiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVan Morrison has described the British government as “fascist bullies disturbing our peace” in one of three new tracks he has written to protest against safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.On No More Lockdown, Morrison sings:Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Laura Snapes Tags: Van Morrison Coronavirus outbreak Health policy Music Culture Infectious diseases Science Northern Ireland UK news Politics Society Source Type: news

NHS staff say ‘ #OneTeam2K ’ as they call for a pay rise
Health workers deserve more than applause for their efforts – not least during the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why, yesterday and today, staff in UNISON branches based in NHS hospitals, ambulance stations and clinics are holding socially distanced events and using social media to call for a proper pay rise. UNISON’s pay claim, which was delivered to Downing Street last month, would see every NHS employee receive an increase of at least £2,000 by the end of the year. This early wage increase – equivalent to around £1 an hour extra for all staff – could give ailing local economies a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News #OneTeam2K Covid-19 health care nhs pay Source Type: news

'Off the charts': Ireland's contact tracers face return of sleepless nights
Tracers express their fears as infected people reveal multiple close contacts in multiple locationsIn the first months of the coronavirus pandemic,Ireland’s contact tracers often made calls to people who were very sick, with some struggling to breathe.“In a lot of cases people were suffering extreme physical distress,” said Eamonn Gormley, a tracer at University College Dublin. “One person collapsed on the floor and we could hear them gasping for air. You got questions like: ‘Am I going to die?’ Some nights I had trouble sleeping.”Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 17, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Rory Carroll in Dublin Tags: Ireland Coronavirus outbreak Europe World news Science Infectious diseases UK news Source Type: news

"Don't … break down on Tuesday because the mental health services are only in town on Thursday": a qualitative study of service provision related barriers to, and facilitators of farmers' mental health help-seeking - Vayro C, Brownlow C, Ireland M, March S.
The suicide rate of farmers is approximately double that of the general Australian population, yet farmers employ fewer help-seeking behaviours (Arnautovska et al. in Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 49:593-599, 2014; Brew et al. in BMC Public Health 16:... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

New partnership to build advanced predictive testing for blood cancer multiple myeloma
(RCSI) By combining genomic testing and next generation sequencing technology, a new partnership led by RCSI researchers aims to advance predictive tests for multiple myeloma (MM), the second most common blood cancer in Ireland. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 17, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Children
Mary RobinsonBy Mary RobinsonDUBLIN, Sep 16 2020 (IPS) The impacts of crises are never gender-neutral and COVID-19 is no exception. The pandemic has resulted in increased rates of violence against women and has exacerbated challenges in accessing justice. Women are losing their livelihoods faster than men. Millions of women are assuming disproportionate responsibility for caregiving. Many women have found themselves unable to access contraception and other sexual and reproductive health services. UN experts predict that as many as 13 million more child marriages could take place over the next 10 years because of COVID-19 ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mary Robinson Tags: Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Peace TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics Women's Health Source Type: news

Irish minister tests negative; closing schools a 'last resort', says WHO – as it happened
Cabinet colleagues had earlier been told to restrict movements as a precaution; WHO chief warns ofschool closures ’ effect on children. This blog is now closedFollow the latest global coronavirus live blog here11.35pmBSTWe ’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest:Related:Coronavirus live news: World still at 'beginning' of pandemic, WHO Covid-19 envoy warns11.32pmBSTBritain ’s testing crisis could take weeks to resolve, the health secretary has admitted as it emerged that Covid tests from hospitals are being deployed for use in the community to plug holes in the system.P...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Lucy Campbell (now); Amy Walker, Jessica Murray, Amelia Hall and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news UK news US news Australia news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Just 78 victims of coronavirus were recorded in England and Wales last week
Health officials announced 27 new deaths across all settings. Earlier today, angencies in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland declared deaths. But no new victims were announced in Wales. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The what and the who of Linda
A psychic once told me that it was almost as if I had appeared fully formed on earth at the age of 10 – rather like Mr Bean – with no history or family to speak of. With a statement like that I might have felt it incumbent upon me to explain why the age of 10 was so significant in my life, and whilst it surely would have been interesting to you; personally, I’m much more interested in the present.  As Leslie Poles Hartley once said “the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there“. People, I believe, are often tarred with two brushes.  That of ‘WHAT’ they...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 13, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity my story Source Type: news

COVID-19 - talking to children and families about returning to school: guiding principles, RCPCH (updated 10th September 2020)
Paediatricians may receive queries from families about the return to school. Here we provide a summary of the current policy and other guidance in the four nations. Updates in this version (9 September) - Section on Common Cold and COVID-19 symptoms added. Updates in version August 17 version - Northern Ireland: Updated link to Guidance on the new school day for mainstream. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brexit: EU threatens legal action against UK unless it rewrites internal market bill – as it happened
European commission says passing the bill would constitute ‘extremely serious violation of withdrawal agreement and international law’. This live blog is now closed: for coronavirus updates,please follow the global live blogGovernment legal advisers divided over move to override Brexit dealEU tells UK: drop Brexit plans to break law or face sanctions‘Depressing and frustrating’: European press on UK Brexit move6.15pmBSTThe UK is refusing to include indispensable guarantees of fair competition in our future agreement, while requesting free access to our market. We have taken note of the UK government...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Brexit Politics Coronavirus outbreak UK news Boris Johnson Science Scotland Nicola Sturgeon Matt Hancock European Union Foreign policy Northern Ireland Michael Gove Source Type: news

Coronavirus UK: Deaths announced for Thursday
NHS England said eight more people died in its hospitals between September 4 and September 9, while one more fatality was confirmed in Northern Ireland. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Support bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours?
Some people in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland can form "support bubbles". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK coronavirus: Keir Starmer says test-and-trace system 'on verge of collapse' – as it happened
Labour leader says government did not use summer to make system effective;Bolton lockdown tightenedamid highest case numbers in UK. This live blog is now closed - for updates,please follow the global coronavirus live blog6.15pmBSTRelated:Coronavirus live news: migrant camps near Athens in quarantine; South Africa sees lowest case increase in months5.55pmBSTFrom the BBC ’sNick EardleyBREAKING: Another top civil servant departingRowena Collins Rice - Director General at the Attorney General's Office - leaving her jobDept says part of process going back months, but yet another senior figure leavingContinue reading... (S...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 8, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Politics Brexit UK news Matt Hancock Boris Johnson Infectious diseases Science Health Theresa May Northern Ireland European Union Foreign policy Nicola Sturgeon Scotland Bolton Keir Starmer Source Type: news

Medical devices sold in Great Britain to require a new UK product safety marking
The UK government has released a proposed regime on the regulation of medical devices in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the European Union post Brexit. Under the  guidance, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will continue to recognise CE marks and certificates issued by European Economic Area-based Notified Bodies until 30 June 2023. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - September 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: test MPs daily, says House of Commons Speaker; Melbourne extends lockdown
‘Problem is weekly testing doesn’t tell you anything,’says Lindsay Hoyle; thousands attend protests against measuresin Croatia and ItalyWith other cities in lockdown, why isn ’t London having a second wave?Health experts welcome Melbourne extension but question curfewCovid-19 ‘could be endemic in deprived parts of England’Kamala Harris says she wouldn ’t trust Trump on Covid vaccine‘Drenched in the virus’: was this Austrian ski resort a Covid ground zero?1.38pmBSTAustralia will buy 84.8m vaccine doses at a cost of $1.7bn if two promising Covid-19 vaccine candidates prov...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 6, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Aaron Walawalkar (now) and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news Australia news US news UK news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Gaining support for disability equality
UNISON disabled members have won support for the union’s disability equality in the workplace campaigns from Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people, Vicky Foxcroft MP (pictured). Members of the national disabled members’ committee had the chance to question Vicky at an online meeting over the summer. Vicky started by telling members about her background in the trade union movement and her own experience of “shielding” during COVID-19. Vicky has rheumatoid arthritis and the medication she takes means she is extremely vulnerable to the virus. At the start of the crisis she was able to ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article disabled members equality Source Type: news

Diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps 'should be official symptoms of coronavirus in children'
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland found that the detection rate of children with coronavirus rose from 76 per cent to 97 when stomach problems were included. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact and mortality of COVID-19 on people living with dementia: cross-country report, International Long-term Care Policy Network
Key findings: We have collected data on impact and mortality of COVID-19 in people living with dementia in 9 countries: The United Kingdom (UK), Spain, Ireland, Italy, Australia, the United States (US), India, Kenya and Brazil. The share of people whose deaths were linked to COVID-19 in care homes who had dementia ranges from 29% to 75% across those countries. Within countries,people with dementia account for 25% of all COVID-19 related deaths in England and Wales, 31% in Scotland and 19% in Italy. We did not find nation-level data for the rest of the countries. The high rates of deaths in peopl e living with dementi...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emotionally regulate before we educate: Focusing on psychological wellbeing in the approach to a new school day
As schools in Northern Ireland start to reopen from 24 August, the BPS has produced this guidance advising that schools must prioritise the psychological wellbeing of both staff and pupils to ensure that children are emotionally ready to learn and that adults are emotionally ready to teach. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plant pathogens reorder physical structures of effectors to escape plant recognition
(American Phytopathological Society) Phytophthora infestans is an oomycete, or water mold, that causes the devastating potato disease known as late blight or potato blight and was responsible for the famous Irish Famine of the 1840s. In a recently published study, a group of scientists focused on the effectors of that pathogen and confirmed that plant pathogens employ an array of mechanisms to escape plant immunity response. These mechanisms explain why integrated resistance in plants cannot last long. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 2, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Children who get little sleep and spend too much time on screens most likely to be obese
Irish scientists found that, for every extra hour of screen use, youngsters are 16 per cent more likely to become overweight or obese. While every hour less of sleep drove up the risk by 23 per cent. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The summer of staying put
If you'd asked me this past February, here are the things I'd have told you I'd be doing this summer: Launching a fourth book of poetry and going on tour with said book. In June, I was going to be in Seattle, Chicago, New York and LA. In July, I was going to teach for a short stint in Paris. My husband was going to come with me to Europe; we were going to leave our kids with the grandparents -- a blessed week alone together after nearly a decade of raising kids. Then I was going to give a reading in Edinburgh. Finally, in September, after the kids were back in school, I had a residency in Ireland. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Late eaters are more likely to gain weight, study finds
Researchers from Ulster University in Northern Ireland surveyed almost 1,200 people and found that those who were later eaters ended up eating more overall and it tended to be less healthy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Xaracoll (bupivacaine hydrochloride) Implant for Acute Postsurgical Pain Relief Following Open Inguinal Hernia Repair
ATHLONE, Ireland, Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/— Innocoll Holdings Limited, a specialty pharmaceutical company and portfolio business of Gurnet Point Capital, announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - August 31, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Give all NHS staff a wage rise immediately of at least £2k, says UNISON
  A pay claim submitted by UNISON to the government today (Friday) would see every NHS employee receive an increase of at least £2,000 by the end of this year. UNISON – which is the UK’s biggest union and represents NHS staff including healthcare assistants, radiographers, porters, midwives and paramedics – says this rise is the equivalent of around £1 an hour for all staff. If the claim is accepted, minimum wages in the health service would go above £20,000 a year for the first time (more than £20,400 annually in Scotland), according to the ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus health workers nhs pay Source Type: news

Duchenne: " Crosstalk " between muscle and spleen
(University of Bonn) Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common muscle disease in children and is passed on by X-linked recessive inheritance. Characteristic is a progressive muscular atrophy. The disease often results in death before the third decade of life. Researchers of the Universities of Maynooth (Ireland) and Bonn have found a connection between dystrophic muscles and the lymphatic system in mice with Duchenne disease. The results have now been published in the journal " iScience " . (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Van Morrison blasts Covid gig limits as 'pseudoscience'
Star calls for live music to challenge social distancing rules, but faces fan backlashVan Morrison has denounced the supposed “pseudoscience” around coronavirus and is attempting to rally musicians in a campaign to restore live music concerts with full capacity audiences.The 74-year-old Northern Irish singer launched a campaign to “save live music” on his website, saying socially distanced gigs were not economically viable. “I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this. Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent Tags: Van Morrison Coronavirus outbreak Music industry Culture Northern Ireland UK news World news Science Business Source Type: news

Irish leader forced to defend govt future amid golf scandal
Ireland’s prime minister has been forced to defend the future of his government as criticism mounted over a golf event attended by senior politicians despite a ban on large gatherings amid the pandemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Statement on schools and childcare reopening
This is a consensus statement from the Chief Medical Officers and Deputy Chief Medical Officers of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the current evidence of risks and benefits to health from schools and childcare settings reopening. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 24, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The cruel exams algorithm has laid bare the unfairness at the heart of our schools | Kenan Malik
Don ’t be misled. It is political judgments, not obscure equations, which are doing so much to damage our children’s futuresWhat children know and too many politicians seem not to: a few years ago, the psychologists Alex Shaw and Kristina Olsonran an experiment in which they told young children about two boys, Dan and Mark, who had cleaned up their room and were to be rewarded with rubbers (why rubbers should be seen as a reward I don ’t know). However, there were five rubbers, so they could not be divided equally between the two boys. What should they do? The vast majority of children thought that one er...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Kenan Malik Tags: Exams Politics Higher education Education policy Science Ofqual Northern Ireland Wales UK news Social exclusion Society Source Type: news

UNISON local government staff accept new pay deal  
UNISON council workers have today agreed to accept a 2.75% pay offer for this year. Staff in the local government sector voted two to one (66%) in favour of the 2020/21 pay award, which will apply to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The union’s national joint council committee accepted the offer from employers, but said it fell far short of the 10% claim and did not properly reward key workers for their exceptional contributions throughout the pandemic. UNISON head of local government Jon Richards said: “Council staff have gone above and beyond to keep communities safe and...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release local government pay – the National Joint Council (NJC) Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: concern over cases at Berlin schools; Spain health chief warns over infections rise
Berlin casesraise questions over schooling in pandemic; Spanish minister says‘things not going well’;Irish minister resigns over lockdown breachJacinda Ardern defends New Zealand Covid response against TrumpUK coronavirus updates - liveTour de France teams will be expelled if two members have CovidVanuatu passport sales deliver budget surplus despite shutdown1.23pmBSTLebanonhas imposed a partial lockdown for two weeks to counter coronavirus infections which have spiralled since the catastrophic explosion at Beirut ’s port.The spread of Covid-19 is compounding the problems in the country still reeling from...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Amy Walker (now); Archie Bland and Martin Farrer (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science US news Europe Africa UK news Source Type: news

New survey will reveal state of NHS staff car parking
UNISON has launched a survey of NHS staff in hospitals, to get a fuller understanding of what is happening about free car parking for workers as the lockdown eases. Hospital parking has been free for NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, while local authorities and private providers have also offered free parking to health and social care staff. At the beginning of July, the prime minister confirmed that parking would remain free until the end of the pandemic. In addition, NHS England People Plan, which was published at the beginning of August, stated that: “NHS organisations should continue to give their people fr...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 21, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 hospital car parking charter NHS Source Type: news

Can the World Health Organisation's 'QualityRights' initiative help reduce coercive practices in psychiatry in Ireland? - Duffy RM, Kelly BD.
The treatment of mental illness is undergoing a paradigm shift, moving away from involuntary treatments towards rights-based, patient-centred care. However, rates of seclusion and restraint in Ireland are on the rise. The World Health Organisation's Qualit... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news