CDC director says more than 90% of US susceptible to COVID-19 but vaccine predicted by spring 2021
CDC director Dr Robert Redfield and Dr Anthony Fauci,director of NIAID, were testifying during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Wednesday (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Test Your Knowledge About Managing Retirement Accounts
En espa ñol | Perhaps the biggest financial challenge of retirement is making sure you don’t run out of money. ... Social Security is a key source of income, as is a pension if you have one, but man... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - September 17, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Pension ruling a disaster for 1950s-born women, says UNISON
Commenting on the judgment from the Court of Appeal today (Tuesday) over the raising of the state pension age and the impact this had on women born in the 1950s, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “For a generation of women, this is nothing short of a disaster. “Raising the state pension age with next to no notice has had a calamitous effect on their retirement plans. “Those on lower incomes have been left in dire straits, struggling to make ends meet with precious little support from the government. “It’s now time MPs intervened to give them the financial help many...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 15, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Backto60 State pensions Source Type: news

Science, Medical Groups Oppose Fetal Tissue Ethics Board Recommendations
AIBS joined 76 other scientific, medical, and patient groups in expressing concerns about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Fetal Tissue Ethics Advisory Board’s report that recommends withholding funding for most of the applications submitted to NIH to conduct medical research using human fetal tissue. After reviewing 14 research proposals in July 2020, the Ethics Board recommended in a report sent to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar only fund one of the proposals and withhold f...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 15, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

The Debt the Government Does Not Want to Recognize
By Saul Escobar ToledoMEXICO CITY, Sep 11 2020 (IPS) The national occupation and employment survey prepared by INEGI, with figures updated to July 2020, shows an improvement that has occurred in the last two months. However, the employment situation, compared with the data existing before the pandemic still shows serious problems: Saul Escobar ToledoOf the 12 million who left the labor market since the beginning of April, 7.2 have already returned; the other 4,800,000 declared they needed a job, but they are not looking for one. In addition, another important portion of the workforce became part of the people characterize...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Saul Escobar Toledo Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Over-50s in England ‘prematurely shuffled out of labour market’
DWP data shows decade-long growth in over-50s employment stalled this yearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA decade-long rise in the number of over-50s in employment in England has stalled, prompting concerns that older people are being “prematurely shuffled out of the labour market”.Figures fromthe Department for Work and Pensions on the economic labour market status of individuals aged 50 and over show that a rise in employment among the group has halted in England, with the exception of the east of England, where there was a fall in the employment rate among 50- to 64-year-ol...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Amelia Hill Tags: Middle age Older people Job hunting Job losses Business Money Society Science Work & careers Source Type: news

California is too broke to pay its pensions, but now wants to explore paying "reparations" to black people who were never slaves
(Natural News) With no extra money to spare, the state of California is still choosing to bypass the pressing needs of its own citizens with the creation of a new reparations task force, which will decide how much taxpayer cash to hand out for free to people with black skin whose ancestors may have been... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fixing social care: the fundamental choice
This report weighs up the three leading options for social care reform, ranking them by cost, political feasibility and impact on supply. It concludes that, of the options being considered, a pension-style model would be most cost effective, while also increasing supply and meeting the increasing demand for social care. It would also better protect people's assets and benefit a greater number of families. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It Is Time to End the Controversial World Bank ’s Doing Business Report
By Isabel Ortiz and Leo BaunachNEW YORK and WASHINGTON D.C. , Sep 2 2020 (IPS) On 27 August the World Bank announced that it will suspend the Doing Business Report over data irregularities, until it conducts a review and audit. The halting of the report was welcomed by trade unions, academics and human rights groups. The World Bank’s Doing Business Report ranks countries based on business regulations in 190 economies. The more regulations are slashed, the better a country does in the ranking. Most indicators are based on a standardized case study such as the conditions facing a small firm in the largest commercial c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Isabel Ortiz and Leo Baunach Tags: Economy & Trade Education Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Fetal Tissue Ethics Board Recommends Rejecting Majority of Research Proposals
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board, which was appointed by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar in February 2020, has recommended that the Secretary withhold funding for most of the applications submitted to NIH to conduct medical research using human fetal tissue. The Trump Administration first announced that it will restrict federal funding for medical research that uses human fetal tissue in June 2019. The new policy prohibits all intramural research, or research conducted within NIH, involving the use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions. ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 1, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Cause of parental death and child's health and education: the role of parental resources - Kailaheimo-L önnqvist S, Kotimäki S.
Early parental death has been linked to problems in health and educational path. We added to the literature by examining disability pension and various educational outcomes after external (accident, violence, suicide) or natural parental death during child... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

UNISON wins Access to Work victory
UNISON has won a major victory for disabled workers, after the Department for Work and Pensions announced that new help will be available to disabled people who are working at home, with Access to Work extended to include support for specialist equipment, travel costs and mental health. UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea wrote to the Chancellor in July calling for a “culture change in UK employers” so that disabled people who want to, can work from home, with additional funding for Access to Work to better enable that. UNISON also met Treasury officials in July, when they were able to lay out t...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 19, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News access to work Christina McAnea disabled members Source Type: news

NSW hotel guard tests positive as federal officials confirm no pension increase until at least March – as it happened
Victoria reports 17 more Covid deaths; ADF says it offered hotel quarantine support to the state; Sydney bus drivers threaten to strike unless masks are made compulsory for passengers. This blog has now closedNo pension rise until at least MarchNSW police investigate hotel security guard infectionFollow our global live blogAustralian stats interactive;Vic cases map;NSW cases map;NSW hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia ’s coronavirus email9.59amBSTThat ’s it for today.Amy Remeikis will be back with you first thing. Thanks again for reading along.Here ’s what we learned today:9.39amBSTThe security g...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Ryan and Amy Remeikis Tags: Australia news Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Coronavirus Australia live update: NSW security guard at quarantine hotel in Sydney tests positive to Covid-19 – latest news
Victoria reports 17 more deaths; ADF says it offered hotel quarantine support to the state; Sydney bus drivers threaten to strike unless masks are made compulsory for passengers. Follow live updatesNSW police investigate hotel security guard infectionFollow our global live blogAustralian stats interactive;Vic cases map;NSW cases map;NSW hotspots listState by state Covid restrictions;Melbourne stage 4 restrictions;Vic stage 3 rulesSign up for Guardian Australia ’s coronavirus email9.24amBSTThe Senate committee examining the Morrison government ’s response to Covid-19 has heard from officials from the Department ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Ryan (now) and Amy Remeikis (earlier) Tags: Australia news Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Enough Is Not Enough – Call for Urgent Change in Mexican Economic Policy
By Saul Escobar ToledoMEXICO CITY, Aug 14 2020 (IPS) A group composed by women and men, called Nuevo Curso de Desarrollo (New Course for Development) based at the National University of Mexico recently published a document to propose a set of measures to change the current economic policy in Mexico. This proposal responds to a diagnosis of the current situation: at this point of the year, the serious social damage inflicted by the health and economic crisis can already be observed. As we know, in Mexico as in many other countries, there was a great economic disruption caused by COVID. Millions of people ceased to receive i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Saul Escobar Toledo Tags: Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

GPs face tax problems as missed pension deadline forces PCSE apology
Many GPs could struggle to plan for retirement after Primary Care Support England (PCSE) apologised to doctors who will now have to wait until December at the earliest for 2018/19 pension certificates to be completed, accountants have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Homerton Hospital workers secure living wage and sick pay victory
Homerton Hospital’s cleaners, porters and security staff will be paid the London living wage and NHS sick pay “from day one” of a renewed, five-year contract with facilities firm ISS. However, hospital workers will still not get NHS equivalents for their wages, pensions, overtime or annual leave. Since December 2019, UNISON has been running a campaign alongside GMB to persuade hospital chiefs to bring the outsourced services back in-house, ensuring parity for the lowest-paid key workers. UNISON organiser Michael Etheridge told the Hackney Gazette: “While this is far short of equality and what o...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News Covid-19 homerton hospital hospital workers key workers outsourcing sick pay Source Type: news

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to lower the birth rate. Here's why that matters
The COVID-19 pandemic will likely lower Canada's already declining birth rate, and that has implications for everything from how competitive it will be for a child to get a spot on a soccer team to how healthy the Canada Pension Plan will be in 2050, economists say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Limit  on mega council pay-offs could cost middle-income workers thousands
Social workers and librarians are among employees who could be thousands of pounds worse off due to new measures to cap ​public sector exit payments, says UNISON ​today (Friday). Middle-income workers are ​likely to be caught out by a law designed to put a £95,000 ceiling on pay-offs for high-earning staff​, the union says. Anyone over the age of 55 who pays into the local government pension scheme and is made redundant has to take their pension early. But doing so before the state retirement age – which currently varies fro...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea local authorities pensions Source Type: news

UNISON joins attack on housing minister over fossil fuel divestment
UNISON has added its voice to an open letter signed by more than 70 civil society leaders this week, condemning the government for encouraging investors to practice “constructive engagement” with fossil fuel companies. Writing on the government website GovUK, pensions minister Guy Opperman acknowledged that the best way of pension fund trustees “seizing sustainable opportunities” was through financing green tech and energy revolution. But at the same time, the minister argued that funds should hold onto their stocks in oil and gas companies, in order to “nudge, cajole or vote firms towards low...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News green unison local government local government pension scheme Source Type: news

The art of listening 3 ways
I listened to a conversation that took place between Liz Scott and Dicken Bettinger last week about the art of listening deeply and it was truly insightful. Dicken spoke about the way most of us who have been trained in the ‘listening arts’ being something that actually ignores the other person most of the time as we listen for ‘cues’ or for what we’re going to say. And it reminded me of the deep listening I was introduced to when I trained to become a psychospiritual counsellor and it involves listening heart to heart for the message your co-conversationalist is having beyond the words. When ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 28, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness listening Source Type: news

Neglected, Sacrificed: Older Persons During the COVID19 Pandemic
Credit: United NationsBy Isabel OrtizNEW YORK, Jul 28 2020 (IPS)   Failing to help those in most need COVID19 is devastating on older persons. The numbers are staggering, more than 80 percent of the fatalities due to coronavirus in the US and East Asia occurred among adults aged 65 and over. In Europe and Australia, the figures are even higher, 94 and 97 per cent of the deaths were persons aged 60 and over. However, when contagions spread, older persons were denied access to beds and ventilators, despite being the most vulnerable group. Human rights experts were alarmed by the decisions made around the use of scarce ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Isabel Ortiz Tags: Crime & Justice Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2020
This report examines how living standards – most commonly measured by households'incomes – were changing in the UK up to approximately the eve of the current COVID-19 crisis, using the latest official household income data covering years up to 2018–19. We particularly focus on how this differed for different groups, and what this meant for poverty and inequality. It gives us a compr ehensive account of where we stood before the current crisis, including for groups who we now know have subsequently had their economic lives turned upside down. The analysis in this report is chiefly based on data from two UK...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS pension record gaps threaten bid to reverse discrimination, accountants warn
Gaps in pension records could leave GPs unable to make key financial choices under government plans to reverse discrimination in the NHS pension scheme, accountants have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 24, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Blog: Will the elderly be expected to pay for COVID-19?
We all know the disastrous impact that COVID-19 has had on older people. Data from outbreaks of the new coronavirus around the world show that older people – and those with certain underlying health conditions – are at greater risk of the serious effects of COVID-19. Of the excess deaths registered during the pandemic in England and Wales up to the end of May, the Office For National Statistics (ONS) reports that more than four in five were of people aged 70 or over. When we look at the number of deaths from coronavirus for each 1,000 people, there is an even more stark relationship to age. In age groups ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 retired members Source Type: news

Government to give NHS staff ‘difficult’ pension choice
NHS Pension Scheme members face ‘difficult’ decisions over their benefits under government proposals to fix ‘unlawful’ discrimination in public sector schemes. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospitals Ordered to Bypass CDC, Send COVID-19 Data to Washington
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a notice ordering hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and send all COVID-19 patient data to a centralized database effective July 15, 2020. The directive has raised concerns about transparency and public access to data. According to the order, HHS, and not CDC, will now collect daily reports about COVID-19 patients being treated at each hospital, the number of beds and ventilators available, and other information related to tracking and monitoring the pandemic. The new guidance also states that if hospitals were reporting thi...
Source: Public Policy Reports - July 21, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

UNISON extends solidarity to women in pensions appeal hearing
UNISON is sending a message of solidarity and support to women born in the 1950s in their judicial review appeal hearing against pension injustice this week. The two-day hearing in the Court of Appeal is scheduled for today and tomorrow. UNISON – the UK’s largest trade union, which represents over one million women – sends the message of support and solidarity to affected women, many of whom are members. UNISON was the first union to support the cause of pension justice for women born in the 1950s and denied their state pension at the age of 60. It is estimated that 3.8m have had to wait up to six years l...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Gloria Mills pensions WASPI Source Type: news

Plan to end NHS pension discrimination could bring tax windfall and higher GP partner costs
GP partners could face increased costs as employer pension contributions rise under a £17bn government plan to end discrimination in public sector pension schemes - but some GPs could also be in line for a tax windfall, accountants have said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Dealing with Food Insecurity, on a Longer Term
Longer term investments are needed to enable the over 500 million small holder farmers in developing countries to grow more food, thus increasing their incomes and resilience. Credit: Miriam Gahtigah/IPS By Esther NgumbiILLINOIS, United States, Jul 16 2020 (IPS) African countries are beginning to reopen borders, and this is finally enabling many citizens to resume their normal life. However, there is still an urgent need for African countries to prioritize agriculture to tackle food insecurity issues that have been exacerbated by COVID and will continue to be an issue into the near future. According to the latest estimates...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Esther Ngumbi Tags: Africa Food & Agriculture Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Toward a More Resilient Europe
This article is from International Monetary Fund   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post Toward a More Resilient Europe appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Poul M. Thomsen Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Blog: Why reform of the Gender Recognition Act is essential
Just for a little while during lockdown, the cacophony from UK’s anti-trans media quietened. A few weeks without a scare-mongering headline or ill-informed comment piece was a little respite for a community battle weary from the ceaseless task of defending the most human of rights – our right to be valid, our right to be men, to be women or to be free from the binary. Then came along JK Rowling (15 million Twitter followers) and government minister Liz Truss. What would unite the Harry Potter scribe and Boris Johnson’s choice for minister for equalities? Well, the answer is seemingly an aversion to rights...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article LGBT members transgender discrimination Source Type: news

A Revolution ’s Evolution: Inside Extinction Rebellion’s Attempt to Reform its Climate Activism
The honeymoon for Extinction Rebellion, the hugely influential climate activist group, ended on Oct. 17, 2019. From its launch, a year earlier, until that day, it seemed like the group might have cracked the formula for saving the planet: its strategy of shutting down city centers with disruptive, nonviolent civil disobedience had drawn ordinary people onto the streets to demand action on the climate crisis. It had also made the group, now present in 75 countries, the most radical of a wave of climate activist groups sweeping the world in recent years, including the youth-focused Sunrise Movement in the U.S. and the school...
Source: TIME: Science - July 9, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Uncategorized climate change feature Londontime Magazine Source Type: news

Does early access to pension funds improve health?
(Wiley) In a recent study from Singapore, early access to pension wealth was associated with improved health status. The findings are published in Economic Inquiry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Namibia: Govt Institutions Pension Fund Tight-Lipped On Real COVID-19 Effect
[Namibian] Namibia's Government Institutions Pension Fund has to date not revealed what impact Covid-19 has had on investments, but has said diversified investments have kept the fund safe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Woman whose NHS cancer trial was halted seeks to buy drug privately
Psychologist was due to get life-saving NHS cancer treatment until coronavirus struckCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA psychologist denied access to a potentially life-saving cancer drug trial because NHS services were suspended due to Covid-19 is trying to raise £240,000 to buy the medicine privately.Wendy Peake said it was “shocking, absolutely shocking” that she and her husband, Andrew, were having to use their savings, draw down pension money and remortgage their house to raise the money for treatment that she was due to get on the NHS until the pandemic struck.Contin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 6, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Denis Campbell Health policy editor Tags: NHS Cancer Coronavirus outbreak Drugs Queen's University Belfast Health Infectious diseases Science Society UK news BBC One Media Medical research Source Type: news

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander Says President Trump Should Wear a Mask, Urges Protecting Americans Over Politics
WASHINGTON — A leading Republican senator says President Donald Trump should start wearing a mask at least some of the time because politics is getting in the way of protecting the American people from COVID-19. “The stakes are too high for the political debate about pro-Trump, anti-Trump masks to continue,” says Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. Alexander is chairing a hearing of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee that’s focused on ways to safely reopen schools and workplaces. Alexander had to self-quarantine after he was exposed to a staff member who tested positive. But the sena...
Source: TIME: Health - June 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

Blog: Retired members are facing a raft of COVID problems
Retired members have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have underlying health problems and we are in one of the most vulnerable groups, with high fatalities. Those living in care homes have been particularly at risk. The lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health staff and care workers, together with those in their care, has been massive and led to numerous unnecessary deaths. Please spare a thought for all victims of this invisible enemy and pay tribute to essential workers who continue to risk their lives on our behalf.  All fear the unknown – not knowing who will succumb ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 29, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article coronavirus Covid-19 retired members Source Type: news

DWP's response to the coronavirus outbreak, House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee
This report on the Department for Work and Pensions'response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak finds that the pandemic has left huge numbers of people struggling to cover the costs of essentials, with some disabled people in particular hit hard by increased costs of care and rising food prices. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 has Further Marginalised Persons with Disabilities
Containment measures, such as physical distancing and self-isolation, may be impossible for those who rely on the support of others to eat, dress, and bathe. Credit: Bigstock By Srilakshmi BellamkondaHYDERABAD, India, Jun 16 2020 (IPS) Since the beginning of the year, more than 200 nations across the globe have been affected by COVID-19. Many are still reeling under the devastating effects of the pandemic, with both public health and the global economy having taken a major blow. Emerging markets seem to be especially vulnerable, given that their healthcare facilities tend to be ill-equipped to tackle a pandemic of this nat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Srilakshmi Bellamkonda Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

What is the Windfall Provision for Social Security?
En espa ñol | The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) is a formula that can reduce the size of your Social Security retirement benefit if you receive a pension from a job in which you did not pay S... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - June 13, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

LGPS survey: local authorities adapting slowly to COVID-19
A survey of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), taken in mid-May, shows how local authorities are adapting to COVID-19. Run on behalf of the England and Wales Scheme Advisory Board, 83 local authorities took part. It found that 27% of schemes are having virtual pension committee meetings, yet 61% have not reached the stage of going beyond the planning of meetings. Only 51% of local authorities have reviewed their registers. There were changes to 42 councils, which indicated they were dealing with member contributions and changes to investment returns. Overall, UNISON hopes to see the process improve as the response...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 9, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article LGPS Source Type: news

Short Takes
On June 3, 2020, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved President Trump's nominee to lead the National Science Foundation. The White House nominated Dr. Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, a computer scientist and Chief Research and Innovation officer at Arizona State University, to serve as the next NSF Director back in December 2019. Dr. Panchanathan will now need to be confirmed by the full Senate. Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is currently serving as Acting Director for the science agency. The Ecosystems Mission Are...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 8, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

COVID 19 – Conspiracy or Apocalypse? – Part I
By Daud Khan and Leila Yasmine KhanAMSTERDAM/ROME, Jun 1 2020 (IPS) As the COVID-19 virus spread rapidly around the globe, so did various theories about what caused the pandemic. According to the standard scientific theory, the virus probably originated in bats and then crossed over to humans, probably via another intermediate host. It then spread rapidly across the globe, piggybacking on the international travel network. While the mainstream scientific theory sufficed for some, a large number of people saw the pandemic as the work of cold-hearted military or industrial strategists. An equally large number of people saw it...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Daud Khan and Leila Yasmine Khan Tags: Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

One of Canada's largest long-term care operators is owned by a federal Crown corporation
One of the largest operators of seniors' residences and long-term care homes in Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP), a federal Crown corporation. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: Ending the pandemic is expensive. Everyone, rich and poor, will pay for it
The kind of reforms needed to get through the pandemic will be expensive. Pensions will have to be cut, corporate dividends reduced and taxes raised. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK scientists must not be blamed for giving advice, says Royal Society head
Exclusive: intervention comes after minister appeared to scapegoat scientists over Covid-19 errorsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists must be allowed to take independent decisions without fear of recriminations, the head of the Royal Society has warned after a cabinet minister appeared to blame “wrong” science for mistakes made in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.The work and pensions secretary, Th érèse Coffey, made the comments while being challenged on the government’s response to the crisis, includingwhat was done – or not - to protect care...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Haroon Siddique Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Th érèse Coffey Medical research Infectious diseases UK news Politics Conservatives Source Type: news

There will be no winners in the UK's coronavirus blame game | Gaby Hinsliff
As the spats continue, the Commons science and technology committee paints a more nuanced picture of what went wrongCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAdvisers advise, as the old saying goes, but politicians decide. What it doesn ’t add but should is that when those decisions go wrong, both sides are monumentally tempted to blame the other.And so it has proved withcoronavirus. Ministers are increasingly openly attacking the scientific advice they were given, while experts both in and out of Sage are increasingly critical of the decisions subsequently made. Stand by for the fallout from ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Gaby Hinsliff Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Politics UK news Source Type: news

Joe Biden Says He Would Tell Governors to ‘Listen to Dr. Fauci’ and ‘Facts’ if He Were President
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday morning that if he were President he would tell governors to “listen to Dr. [Anthony] Fauci,” the United States’ top infectious disease expert who testified before the Senate on Tuesday that reopening states prematurely risks creating new outbreaks of the virus. “Do you believe states are opening up too quickly or too slowly?” George Stephanopoulos asked the Democratic presidential nominee Tuesday on Good Morning America. “If you were President right now, what would you be telling governors to do?” “I would be telling governors to ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeleine Carlisle Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk Source Type: news

COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School
Source: U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Published: 5/12/2020. This three-hour, 45-minute Congressional hearing focuses on updates from officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and Food and Drug Administration, who discuss what federal, state, and local governments are doing to help Americans go back to work and back to school as rapidly and safely as possible. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news