St. Louis task force says hospitals in worse position to handle surge of Covid than last year
The leader of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force said case rates in the St. Louis area are starting to mirror those reported late last year, and hospitals in the area are in a worse position to handle a potential surge. "We have less buffer capacity than we had a year ago," Dr. Clay Dunagan said in a press briefing Tuesday afternoon. "There are fewer people available, fewer caregivers. Staffing concerns continue to plague hospitals all across the country, and St. Louis is no exception." Cases… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 8, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Sam Clancy, KSDK Source Type: news

Covid live: Omicron spreading through UK ‘much faster’ than other variants, PM says; alarm at South Korea surge
Boris Johnson says Omicron infecting people‘much faster’ than previous iterations of virus; South Koreahospitald under strain as cases riseOmicron can partially evade Covid vaccine protection, study findsUK races to deliver booster jabs before Omicron takes holdModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?China shifts Africa approach from debt to vaccine diplomacyGermany reported 69,601 cases of Covid-19 and 527 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute, taking the total cases in the country to 6,291...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Marsh (now); Martin Belam and Martin Farrer (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science UK news US news Europe South Korea World news Source Type: news

How a Viral Hand Gesture Is Helping Abuse Survivors How a Viral Hand Gesture Is Helping Abuse Survivors
"We knew gender-based violence would spike during the pandemic. Abuse often happens behind closed doors and spikes in times of crisis."WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - December 8, 2021 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Changes in California cannabis exposures following recreational legalization and the COVID-19 pandemic - Roth W, Tam M, Bi C, Kim J, Lewis J, Ho R, Apollonio DE.
INTRODUCTION: Since 2012, eighteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis. Past research suggests this policy change is associated with increased cannabis exposures however this has not yet been studied in California, desp... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Daily stress and use of aggressive discipline by parents during the CoViD-19 pandemic - Freisthler B, Price Wolf J, Chadwick C, Renick K.
To assess the relationship between stress throughout the day and aggressive discipline practices by parents during COVID-19 stay at home orders. For this study, participants took baseline survey online, then provided data three times a day (10 a.m., 3 p.m.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The effect of cyberbullying, abuse, and screen time on non-suicidal self-injury among adolescents during the pandemic: a perspective from the mediating role of stress - Wiguna T, Minayati K, Kaligis F, Ismail RI, Wijaya E, Murtani BJ, Pradana K.
This study constructed and empirically tested a theoretical model of thr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Domestic violence alleged in California child maltreatment reports during the CoViD-19 pandemic - Rebbe R, Lyons VH, Webster D, Putnam-Hornstein E.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, reports to child abuse and neglect hotlines have dropped significantly across the United States. Yet, during this same period, calls to domestic violence hotlines have increased. The purpose of this study was to examine if the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Demographic and clinical factors associated with psychiatric inpatient admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic - Seiler N, Ng M, Dawud M, Das S, Ooi SH, Waterdrinker A.
OBJECTIVE: The COVID-19 pandemic may cause a major mental health impact. We aimed to identify demographic or clinical factors associated with psychiatric admissions where COVID-19 was attributed to contribute to mental state, compared to admissions which d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Do job insecurity, anxiety and depression caused by the COVID-19 pandemic influence hotel employees' self-rated task performance? The moderating role of employee resilience - Aguiar-Quintana T, Nguyen THH, Araujo-Cabrera Y, Sanabria-D íaz JM.
The COVID-19 health disaster has had a dramatic impact on the global hospitality industry, affecting millions of people. The aim of this study is to examine the impact of job insecurity on hotel employees' anxiety and depression, and whether these psycholo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Gender in mental health: gender-based violence, suffering, recovery, and the greater responsibility of society during the COVID-19 pandemic - Alibudbud R.
Trauma including gender-based violence (GBV) requires us to bear witness to the human capacity to bring about social suffering to another in the context of a seemingly orderly society (Herman, 2015). Although GBV is widely experienced by women and people o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

High maternal mortality rates: racial, geographic, and socioeconomic disparities in Brazil - Almino MAFB, Maia MAG, Feitosa PWG, Filho FHP, Ara újo JEB, Alves RNP, Pereira LM, Neto MLR, Lima NNR.
What are the harsh consequences of racism and our country's slavery past in the life of every black woman today? How does the current federal government reinforce the reproduction of structural sexism and racism during a pandemic? Hunger, domestic violence... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

No buffer effect of perceived social support for people exposed to violence during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional community study - Birkeland MS, Thoresen S, Blix I.
BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has represented a burden to communities worldwide. Research indicates that this burden is not equally distributed in the community, and vulnerable groups, such as violence-exposed individuals may pay a particularly high pr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Increases in intimate partner violence during CoViD-19: prevalence and correlates - Peitzmeier SM, Fedina L, Ashwell L, Herrenkohl TI, Tolman R.
Measures to contain the global COVID-19 pandemic led to stay-at-home orders across the world, accompanied by fears of a global surge in intimate partner violence (IPV). We administered an online general-population survey to 1169 women and transgender/nonbi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

A booster may help protect you from Omicron – but it won’t end the pandemic | Charlotte Summers
It ’s important to know how boosters work, but they must not impede the push towards worldwide vaccinationFirst there was Alpha, then Beta, Gamma and Delta. Now, thanks to the tremendous efforts of scientists in sub-Saharan Africa, the world is getting to grips with theOmicron variant. This new variant of Covid-19 has a number of mutations that distinguish it from previous ones, raising concerns among scientists that the vaccines we are currently using may not remain as effective against it. In response, the UK ’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended thatall over-18s in Britain...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Charlotte Summers Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Science World news UK news Health Infectious diseases Society Source Type: news

Foodborne Infections Caused During the COVID-19 Pandemic Foodborne Infections Caused During the COVID-19 Pandemic
What might explain the significant decrease in foodborne infections during the COVID-19 pandemic--the first decline in many years?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

We ’re Getting Close to ‘Universal’ Vaccines. It Hasn’t Been Easy.
A new class of flu vaccines could eventually save millions of lives — and perhaps stop the next pandemic — if scientists can overcome the remaining obstacles. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kim Tingley Tags: Fauci, Anthony S Influenza Clinical Trials Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Epidemics Viruses Source Type: news

What Explains Vaccination Rates in EBRD Regions?
Credit: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)By Cevat Aksoy, Maxim Chupilkin, Zsoka Koczan and Alexander PlekhanovLONDON, Dec 8 2021 (IPS) Officially reported deaths from Covid-19 started to rise again in autumn 2021 in a number of economies in the EBRD regions. While in advanced economies in Europe the mortality rate has remained low despite the pick-up in Covid-19 cases, in the EBRD regions the mortality and infection rates continued to move in tandem. Reflecting this, daily Covid-19 deaths per million population were four times higher in the EBRD regions than in advanced Europe as of November 2021. T...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cevat Aksoy - Maxim Chupilkin - Zsoka Koczan - Alexander Ple Tags: COVID-19 COVID-19 VACCINES Development & Aid Economy & Trade Europe Featured Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Kenya: Kilifi Girls - Teen Pregnancies in the Region a Pandemic
[Nation] Girls in Kilifi and Mombasa counties have called on the county and national government to safeguard them against sexual gender-based violence. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - December 8, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

High court to hear pastor’s case against virus charges
Louisiana’s Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments in a pastor’s fight against criminal charges he faces for violations of 2020 pandemic gathering limits (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

SprintRay Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for NightGuard Flex
510(k) clearance expands patient access to 3D printed occlusal guards as demand increases during pandemicNightGuard Flex is a dental 3D printing resin clinically formulated for comfort, durability and speed of patient deliveryKey milestone in SprintRay's Protect A Smile campaign to combat rising global bruxism ratesLOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- SprintRay Inc., an industry leader in digital dentistry and 3D printing solutions, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the Company clearance to market its NightGuard Flex 3D printing resin as a Class II me...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - December 8, 2021 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

South Korea's daily virus jump exceeds 7,000 for 1st time
New coronavirus infections in South Korea exceeded 7,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic as hours-long lines snaked around testing stations in the capital Seoul amid a worsening virus crisis (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Pandemic lockdown declined emotional well-being for adults with hearing, vision loss: Study
(Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - December 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surgeon General Warns of Youth Mental Health Crisis
The coronavirus pandemic intensified a rise in adolescent depression, anxiety and mental health distress that was underway before the spring of 2020. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matt Richtel Tags: Anxiety and Stress Mental Health and Disorders Depression (Mental) Loneliness Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Teenagers and Adolescence Suicides and Suicide Attempts Youth Surgeon General (US) Social Media Murthy, Vivek H your-feed-health Source Type: news

The pandemic worsened young people ’s mental health crisis.
The message came as part of a rare public advisory from the nation ’s top physician, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matt Richtel Tags: Mental Health and Disorders Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Surgeon General (US) Teenagers and Adolescence Murthy, Vivek H Source Type: news

NYC anime convention may offer 'earliest looks' at Omicron spread in US, CDC director says
Peter McGinn was starting to feel exhausted. It was his last day in New York. He had an exciting four days meeting in person for the first time with friends he made online during the pandemic.... #petermcginn #cdc #animenyc #animeconvention (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pediatricians Find Children Need Much More Than Vaccines
At one clinic serving low-income children, treatment for health problems that have gone unchecked during the pandemic is more in demand than coronavirus shots. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Noah Weiland Tags: Children and Childhood Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) United States Politics and Government Charlotte (NC) Medicine and Health Source Type: news

Blood Pressure Control Worsened During COVID Pandemic Blood Pressure Control Worsened During COVID Pandemic
Increases in BP among US adults during the COVID-19 pandemic could signal a looming increase in future cardiovascular disease mortality, researchers warn.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - December 7, 2021 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Lessons from COVID-19 on Executing Communications and Engagement at the Community Level During a Health Crisis
On May 20, 2021, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a virtual convening of public health and communications practitioners to examine the challenges, opportunities, and lessons they saw while executing effective communications and community engagement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - December 7, 2021 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gen Z Most Stressed by Pandemic, Poll Says Gen Z Most Stressed by Pandemic, Poll Says
Generation Z is reporting more pandemic-related stress than any other age group, citing the toll on education, careers, and relationships.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - December 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

US COVID-19 Cases Approach 50 Million US COVID-19 Cases Approach 50 Million
The US has reported nearly 50 million coronavirus cases during the pandemic, reaching another grim milestone as the Omicron variant spreads across the country and world.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 7, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

What Actually Worries U.S. Doctors About Omicron
The latest COVID-19 variant, Omicron, is raising new fears—among policymakers, parents, educators, business owners and, well, just about everyone. And for good reason, as initial reports suggest that it is significantly more transmissible than prior variants. But for those of us engaged in clinical care and public health—we’re an emergency physician and trauma surgeon—there’s a different fear: with almost every part of our system already overtaxed, we are on the verge of a collapse that will leave us unable to provide even a basic standard of care. Even if Omicron ends up being mild, it could ...
Source: TIME: Health - December 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Megan L. Ranney and Joseph V. Sakran Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Anorexia Cases Among Children & Teens Have Risen During Covid-19: Study
A new study delves into the latest evidence that shows there was an almost 66 percent jump per month in anorexia diagnoses among girls between the ages of 9 to 18 years during the first wave of the pandemic. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 7, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anuradha Varanasi, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Coronavirus Source Type: news

Refugee Voices Matter – Nothing about Us, Without Us
By Anila Noor, Eliasib Amet Herrera and Shaza AlrihawiDisplaced, Dec 7 2021 (IPS) Over the past two years, the global refugee response has been tested. The world is being rocked by the greatest pandemic in over a century, while waves of refugees have fled from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Belarus, and Tigray. So, where do we go from here? Next week, the international community will convene to take stock of the successes and shortcomings of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), a unique multilateral mechanism built to ensure the protection of one of the most vulnerable populations. This marquee Compact is up for review, but unlike...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anila Noor - Eliasib Amet Herrera - Shaza Alrihawi Tags: COVID-19 Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Religion TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Wearing a mask is better than social distancing in EVERY scenario, study finds
Masks have been mandated in almost every country in the world at some point in the pandemic, including Britain, but the jury's still out on their efficacy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Employers are doing a checkup on their employee dental benefits
With routine checkups and cleanings done less frequently due to the disruptions from the pandemic response, dentists are now seeing more patients than usual with serious problems. And serious problems often come at high costs – for both employees and employers. “Dental practices were closed due to government orders during the beginning of the pandemic and many patients have not returned after they reopened for a variety of reasons,” said Dr. Dean Fry, Chief Dental Officer for Humana. “As… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 7, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jim Molis Source Type: news

Michigan sets hospitalization record, leads nation in new coronavirus cases per capita
Michigan continues to struggle amid the pandemic, setting a record this week for Covid-19 hospitalizations and leading the nation in per capita case rates, new data reveal. #hospitalizations (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vision and dental benefits could be difference-makers in employee recruitment and retention
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed employee expectations about work in many ways, including their view of benefits. Research by the consulting firm LIMRA shows that employees now place greater importance on benefits and are examining their needs more closely. This has driven employees to add or increase benefits, with life insurance, medical insurance and dental insurance becoming the top three, LIMRA says. S even of 10 employees say dental insurance is a must-have, according to MetLife’s 2021… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - December 7, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Jim Molis Source Type: news

Eating disorder symptoms and self-harm linked to higher levels of depression and anxiety during COVID-19 pandemic
Young adults with previous self-harm or eating disorders reported higher levels of depression and anxiety during the pandemic, even when restrictions had eased, according to new research. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - December 7, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research, Health; Institutes, ALSPAC Source Type: news