Weekly Covid deaths in England and Wales fall to lowest levels in six months
Office for National Statistics data showed 400 people had the virus mentioned on their death certificates in England and Wales over the week to April 2. This was the lowest level since October. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNISON research reveals scale of council deficits
New UNISON research reveals the scale of the impact that COVID-19 has had on council finances across England and Wales. Huge increases in spending needed required to fight the pandemic, coupled with a massive hit to council income streams, meant that, in December 2020, top-tier councils predicted funding gaps totalling over £1bn by the end of the financial year (March 2021). District and borough councils are often overlooked even more than their top-tier equivalents, but they provide a range of important local services, from council housing and local planning, to recycling, refuse collection and leisure facilities....
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article council cuts local government save our services Source Type: news

Why CAN Wales ease lockdown quicker if England can't?
EXCLUSIVE: Pressure is building on No10 to accelerate its roadmap out of lockdown in England after Wales announced coronavirus restrictions will be lifted ahead of schedule. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prince Philip: Charles says dear Papa was very special
The Prince of Wales says the Duke of Edinburgh would be "amazed" by the reaction to his death. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tom Jones health: Singer says he hangs upside down to help his lower back - ‘It’s great’
TOM JONES may be 80 but it hasn't stopped the star announcing his new album ‘Surrounded Time'. The Welsh singer's youthful appearance may be down to his diet and fitness regime, which sees him hang upside down first thing in the morning. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emergency nurses' experiences of the implementation of early goal directed fluid resuscitation therapy in the management of sepsis: a qualitative study, Australasian Emergency Care
Severe sepsis can lead to organ failure and death if immediate treatment, such as intravenous fluids and antibiotics, are not commenced within the first hour. Time - critical initiation of intravenous fluids which in other words is early goal directed fluid resuscitation has not always been given its clinical priority. This qualitative study aimed at exploring the experiences of emergency nurses initiating early goal directed fluid resuscitation in patients with sepsis. Using an exploratory approach, face - to - face semi - structured interviews were conducted with ten registered nurses working in emergency departments acr...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus Australia live update: Scott Morrison announces 20m more Pfizer vaccine doses after problems with AstraZeneca-led rollout
Vaccine rollout faces delays as authorities scramble to secure alternatives to AstraZeneca such as Pfizer for under-50s over blood clot fears. Follow updates liveAustralia issues blood clot warning for AstraZeneca vaccine for under-50sAged care nurses still in the dark about promised ‘pop-up’ vaccination hubsFollow our global coronavirus live blog6.37amBSTA drunk and drugged driver who killed four children after mowing them down on a Sydney footpath has been jailed for at least 21 years.Samuel William Davidson was driving erratically and speeding when he struck Veronique Sakr, 11, and her cousins, Sienna Abdall...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 9, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Elias Visontay (now), Amy Remeikis (earlier) and Matilda Boseley (earlier) Tags: Australia news Coronavirus Australian politics Medical research Scott Morrison Vaccines and immunisation Health AstraZeneca New South Wales Liberal party Coalition Victoria New South Wales politics Source Type: news

Covid: Deaths in England and Wales fall 92% since January peak
The drop in England and Wales comes amid efforts to reassure the public about vaccine safety. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deaths are falling quickest in over-80s in England and Wales, ONS statistics show
Office for National Statistics estimates showed there were 379 fatalities in the final week of March compared to 5,354 at the peak of the second wave in January. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid: Moderna vaccine UK rollout begins in Wales
The vaccine is the third to be used in the UK, with England's rollout due "in the next few days". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK Covid live news: MHRA should issue new guidance on AstraZeneca vaccine urgently, says health committee chair
Latest updates: call comes after trial of AstraZeneca vaccine on children aged six to 17 is paused amid concerns over links to very rare blood clotsAstraZeneca jab: UK says concerns being investigated thoroughlyAstraZeneca jab could have causal link to rare blood clots, say UK expertsThird of survivors of severe Covid diagnosed with mental health conditionCoronavirus – latest global updates12.19pmBSTIn Wales Plaid Cymru has launchedits manifesto for the Senedd (Welsh parliament) election.Adam Price, the party leader, said that if Plaid formed a government, it would hold an independence referendum before the end of it...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 7, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Coronavirus Politics UK news Vaccines and immunisation Health Boris Johnson House of Commons Medical research NHS Jeremy Hunt Source Type: news

Covid: Moderna vaccine UK rollout to begin in Wales
Patients in Carmarthenshire will be the first in the UK to receive the vaccine on Wednesday. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Misogynistic tweets correlate with violence against women
(University of New South Wales) Places where there are a lot of misogynistic tweeting going on are likely to have a lot of domestic violence as well, a study by UNSW has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Moderna’s UK vaccine rollout to begin in Wales
Third jab comes into use as concerns over AstraZeneca side-effects investigated (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 6, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Moderna’s UK vaccine rollout begins in Wales
Third jab comes into use as concerns over AstraZeneca side effects investigated (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 6, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Should We Keep Wearing Masks Even After the Pandemic Ends?
Riding the New York City subway during cold and flu season used to test your stomach. The woman next to you was coughing. The guy behind her was sneezing. Somebody was always fishing for a tissue. That’s a distant memory now. The subway is far emptier, for one thing—and with the riders onboard almost universally wearing masks, the chorus of sniffles and coughs has been silenced. During the pandemic, the need for that policy is clear. But should the masks stay even after COVID-19 is gone? Before vaccines began rolling out to the general public, masks were among the only tools available for containing SARS-CoV-2,...
Source: TIME: Health - April 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Half of UK has antibodies from vaccination or infection, ONS
In the latest report, it was estimated that 54.7%, 50.5%, 49.3% and 42.6% of people in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland respectively would have tested positive for antibodies against the coronavirus – SARS-CoV-2 in the week ending 14 March 2021. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of COVID-19 lockdown on emergency asthma admissions and deaths: national interrupted time series analyses for Scotland and Wales, Thorax
Lockdown was associated with a 36% pooled reduction in emergency admissions for asthma (incidence rate ratio, IRR: 0.64, 95% CI: 0.49 to 0.83, p=0.001) across both countries. There was no significant change in asthma deaths (pooled IRR: 0.57, 95% CI: 0.17-1.94, p=0.37). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: Shielding coming to an end for millions
Today is the last day millions of the most clinically vulnerable people in England and Wales are told to shield. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

15-year-old Welsh boy hangs himself following coronavirus lockdown struggle
(Natural News) A 15-year-old boy in the town of Treorchy in Wales committed suicide after struggling to cope amid the U.K.’s coronavirus lockdown. Kian Southway posted a message on Snapchat saying “Goodbye everyone” before hanging himself in late March 2020. Despite his family’s intervention and medical treatment, Kian died four days after the suicide attempt.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Daytime fireball meteor generates sonic boom over UK and France
(Natural News) A rare daytime fireball rippled across the sky above the United Kingdom and France on Saturday, March 20. At 2:50 p.m., the fast-moving rock produced a loud sonic boom that was reportedly heard from southwest England to Wales all the way to northern France. Most people initially thought that the noise came from a fighter jet,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dogs (not) gone wild: DNA tests show most 'wild dogs' in Australia are pure dingoes
(University of New South Wales) A new dingo study collates the results from over 5000 DNA samples of wild canines across Australia. It found that 99 per cent of animals tested were pure dingoes or dingo-dominant hybrids - and that there were almost no feral dogs in the country. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 26, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Welsh rabbits serve up prehistoric finds on tiny Skokholm Island
Stone age tool used 9,000 years ago dug up by burrowing bunnies on island off PembrokeshireFresh insights into a remote Welsh island ’s ancient past have emerged thanks to the efforts of burrowing rabbits – and the sharp eyesight of two nature wardens.The bunnies onSkokholm Island, which lies in the Celtic Sea, two miles off the coast of Pembrokeshire, kicked up two pebbles and some shards of pottery as they dug out a new home.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Steven Morris Tags: Archaeology Wales UK news Science Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 19 March 2021, ONS
Estimates for England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. This survey is being delivered in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England, and Wellcome Trust, updated 19th March 2021. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK Covid live news: backlash over plan to have pub landlords check Covid status
Latest updates: Boris Johnson tells MPs landlords could set criteria for entry, including demanding customers provide Covid vaccine certificateEU leaders push back against plan to halt Covid vaccine exportsPlans to let pub landlords check Covid status criticised as dangerousPubs that check Covid status may be allowed to drop social distancingCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage10.07amGMTEU leaders are likely to shy away from supporting the use of new powers to block Covid vaccine shipments to countries such as the UK with better jab coverage than the bloc, according to a draft statement...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Coronavirus Politics UK news Boris Johnson House of Commons Infectious diseases NHS Medical research Microbiology Source Type: news

The Dish runs back to the moon: Parkes telescope to support commercial lunar landings
Australian observatory that shared Apollo 11 images reaches deal with US company Intuitive MachinesThe Parkes radio telescope in regionalNew South Wales, which famously shared Apollo 11 ’s landing images to more than 600 million people in 1969, will provide support to new commercial lunar missions this year aimed at ultimately creating a “sustainable presence” for humans on themoon.“The Dish”, as it has become known in Australia, will provide ground station support to the Houston-based Intuitive Machines group for the “multiple lunar missions” it is planning with Nasa over the next...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Elias Visontay Tags: New South Wales The moon Space Science Rural Australia Australia news CSIRO Source Type: news

Our Health Heroes: celebrating COVID contributions
On 23 March, more than 300 NHS and social care staff gathered for the virtual Our Health Heroes awards organised by Skills for Health. They were joined by sector and government leaders including Edward Argar, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care. After a year in which the NHS faced its toughest ever challenges, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown was an apt day to be recognising, reflecting, and celebrating the difference to people lives these unsung health heroes continue to make, day after day. Delivered by Skills for Health, with the help of partners UNISON, NHS Employers, SFJ Aw...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 24, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article health Our Health Heroes Source Type: news

RPS Wales welcomes investment in pandemic recovery
Plans published by the Welsh Government to lead the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic have been welcomed by RPS Wales. The recovery plan outlines strategic steps to help transform the health and so (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 23, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

England and Wales saw NO excess deaths last week for the first time since AUGUST
Office for National Statistics data showed there were 511 fewer fatalities than expected in the week to March 12. This was a 4.4 per cent dip below the five-year average. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mystery of the walrus spotted on rocks on the Welsh coast
Experts have different theories as to how the cow-sized Arctic animal ended up so far southIt could have been the incongruity of the walrusturning up on the Welsh coast. Or perhaps it was the discovery that the creature appeared to be on something of a tour of the British and Irish Isles while the human population remained in lockdown, their own chances of a foreign getaway shrinking daily. Maybe it was simply a sense of connection: the lost, lumbering beast a reflection of a nation at sea amid the waves of Covid.Whatever the reason, the juvenile Atlantic walrus spotted off the Pembrokeshire coast has become something of a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Animal behaviour Biology Animals Wales UK news Ireland Science Wildlife Source Type: news

Parts of Australia declare natural disaster during 'once in 100 years' floods
The Australian government has declared a natural disaster in large swaths of New South Wales (NSW) as heavy rains batter the state and... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Low-lying areas ordered to evacuate because of major flooding risk as heavy rains continue to batter Sydney. New South Wales Premier...
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says some areas are seeing a "one in 100-year event". (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suicide by homeless patients in England and Wales: national clinical survey - Culatto P, Bojani ć L, Appleby L, Turnbull P.
This study used data from the National Confidential I... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Social Etiologies and Disparities Source Type: news

Prince Harry invokes his mother's memory in foreword to new book for bereaved children of frontline workers
Prince Harry has revealed how the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, affected him in a new book to support grieving children... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu levels in Wales see 'remarkable' suppression
Only 18 cases have been recorded since the start of flu season, compared with 1,657 last winter. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK Covid: Boris Johnson says vaccine supply issues will not lead to change in roadmap out of lockdown – as it happened
The objective here is to save life and avert human misery. Because people are crossing the Channel who are being fooled, who are being conned, by gangsters, into paying huge sums of money, risking their lives.People have died trying to make this crossing and it is a deeply repugnant traffic that we need to stop, and that ’s why the Home Secretary has set out the tough series of proposals that you have seen.Related:Coronavirus live: Italy to resume using AstraZeneca vaccine after European regulator says it is 'safe and effective'5.52pmGMTAnother reason for Boris Johnson ’s coyness when it comes to criticising In...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Coronavirus Politics UK news Vaccines and immunisation Health Infectious diseases Boris Johnson Matt Hancock Gibraltar Immigration and asylum Mark Drakeford Wales Welsh politics Labour India Medical research Science Micro Source Type: news

Interactive Covid shows England and Wales death tolls by postcode
The Official for National Statistics map highlights how deaths have been concentrated in major cities, with London, Manchester, Cardiff and Birmingham among the worst affected. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fall prevention behaviour after participation in the Stepping On program: a pre-post study - Tiedemann A, Purcell K, Clemson L, Lord SR, Sherrington C.
This study measured ongoing fall prevention stra... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Westminster government out on its own on NHS pay, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the Welsh government is to recognise the efforts made by health and care staff throughout the pandemic, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Boris Johnson and his government are now out of step with every other part of the UK. “The devolved administrations have all made one-off gestures showing they appreciate everything NHS and care staff have done this past year. “It’s a pity ministers in Westminster have still failed to commit to funding the proper salary increases staff across the UK deserve. “The pu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 17, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release NHS pay rise Source Type: news

COVID-19 Florence Nightingale Diagrams of Deaths in England & Wales, CEBM (updated 16th March 2021)
Plotting the weekly numbers of deaths using this radial form demonstrates the variability during the first months of the year – For example, deaths from “Aussie flu” in the first weeks of 2018 can be observed. The increase in the number of deaths from the first week in April 2020 can clearly be seen. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RPS Wales welcomes critical investment in transforming access to medicines
We are delighted that today the Welsh Government has announced a£67 million investment to transform pharmacy services in Wales. This is a welcome recognition of pharmacy as an essential and inn (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 17, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NHS COVID-19 app: privacy information, DHSC (updated 16th March 2021)
Privacy notice and data protection impact assessment for the NHS COVID-19 mobile app. 16 March 2021Updated'Ap COVID-19 y GIG: hysbysiad preifatrwydd'(Welsh language privacy notice), adding link to frequently asked questions under'right of access and requests for information'. 10 March 2021Added link to frequently asked questions under'Right of access and requests for information'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is your child afraid of the dentist? CBT could help
University of SheffieldGrant AnnouncementAround one in three children are scared of going to the dentist and end up with poor oral health, more toothache, dental infections and tooth decay as a resultChildren with dental anxiety are frequently referred to specialist services for general anaesthetic which has additional challengesThe new study, led by the University of Sheffield, will involve 600 children from 30 dental practices across England and WalesResearchers will investigate a new way of reducing dental anxiety based on cognitive behavioural therapy.A pioneering study led by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield ...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - March 16, 2021 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Deaths in England and Wales have dropped BELOW average for the first time since September
Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates based on their data said deaths may have fallen to 10,480 in the week to March 5, about 812 fewer fatalities than expected at this time of year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

While drowning numbers soar, beach safety programs are largely unevaluated
(University of New South Wales) Australia may be leading the way on coastal drowning research, but a study led by UNSW has identified the need for more evidence to support prevention strategies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Covid hotspots NSW: list of Sydney and regional coronavirus case locations
Here are the current coronavirus hotspots in New South Wales and what to do if you ’ve visited themQLD hotspots listDownload the free Guardian appNew South Wales health authorities have updated a list of hotspots Covid-positive people have visited while infectious.Here ’s an overview and what to do if you’ve visited them. More detailed information is available at theNSW Health website.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 15, 2021 Category: Science Tags: New South Wales Australia news Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Health Sydney Source Type: news

Prince Charles wanted to issue point-by-point rebuttal after Harry and Meghan interview
The Prince of Wales is reportedly upset by Harry’s comments during the interview. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RPS Board Elections: statement from English, Scottish and Welsh Pharmacy Boards
We believe the 2021 elections for the RPS national boards in England, Scotland and Wales will be among the most important and influential in recent years. It’s a time of change and pressure acr (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

I ain't afraid of no ghosts: people with mind-blindness not so easily spooked
(University of New South Wales) The link between mental imagery and emotions may be closer than we thought. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Italy says decision to block 250,000 doses of Covid vaccine from Australia was 'not a hostile act'
Foreign affairs minister says Europe ‘ravaged’ by coronavirus and Italy is working according to EU regulationGermany voices concern over Italy ’s block of vaccine export to AustraliaCoalition to expand quarantine facility amid fears of Covid vaccine disruptionItalian officials say the decision to block a shipment of 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca ’s coronavirus vaccine destined for Australia was “not a hostile act”.The comments came as Victoria recorded another day of zero local transmission of Covid-19 and one new case in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine on Saturday. New South Wal...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 5, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Lisa Cox and agencies Tags: Australia news Italy Coronavirus Europe Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news