Black people four times more likely to die from Covid-19, ONS finds
Official figures show that wide disparity not just due to health and economic differencesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBlack people are more than four times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white people, according to stark official figures exposing a dramatic divergence in the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in England and Wales.The Office of National Statistics found that the difference in the virus ’s impact was not only caused by pre-existing differences in communities’ wealth, health, education and living arrangements.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 7, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Robert Booth and Caelainn Barr Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Infectious diseases UK news Health Society Race Office for National Statistics Source Type: news

Deaths involving COVID-19 by local area and socioeconomic deprivation: deaths occurring between 1 March and 17 April 2020, ONS
Released 1st May 2020 Provisional counts of the number of deaths and age-standardised mortality rates involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) between 1 March and 17 April 2020 in England and Wales. Figures are provided by age, sex, geographies down to local authority level and deprivation indices. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health care software startup TimeDoc raises $5.7 million
Chicago startup TimeDoc Health, a health care startup that creates virtual care management software for hospitals, raised $5.7 million in new funding. The Series A funding round was led by Atlanta-based VC firm Vocap Investment Partners, and included backing from Grand Ventures, Serra Ventures, Waterline Ventures, Impact Engine, Break Trail Ventures, Chaifetz Group and Pat Welsh, the co-founder of Welsh, Carson, Anderson& Stowe. Want more stories about tech and innovation in Chicago? Subscribe… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jim Dallke Source Type: news

Eta Aquarids meteor shower May 2020: comet dust puts on a show – in pictures
Australian photographers Jacob Vlatko from New South Wales and Christian Bowman from Queensland were both waking up before the sun rose to capture images of the Eta Aquarids meteor showerAustralians told to look to the skies early Wednesday for best viewsContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 6, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Meteorology Science Photography Art and design Culture Source Type: news

Are some ethnic groups more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others?, Institute for Fiscal Studies
This report brings together evidence on the unequal health and economic impacts of Covid-19 on people in minority ethnic groups in the United Kingdom, presenting information on risk factors for each of the largest minority ethnic groups in England and Wales: white other, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, black African and black Caribbean. The analysis focuses on a limited but crucial set of risk factors in terms of both infection risk and economic vulnerability in the short term. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Britain's coronavirus death toll may be 34% higher
Death certificate data from the Office for National Statistics also showed that one in five of all coronavirus victims in England and Wales up to April 24 were people who died in care homes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The patients fast-tracked on new drugs BEFORE they've been approved
As many as 400,000 people a year in England and Wales are told they've reached the end of their treatment options, according to charity Marie Curie. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Police staff unions ask for 6.5% pay rise (England and Wales)
Police staff unions in England and Wales have submitted a 2020 pay claim for a rise of 6.5% or £1,200 a year, whichever is higher. UNISON and the other unions who sit on the police staff council (Unite and the GMB) are also asking for a 6.5% increase on stand-by and overnight away-from-home allowances, an additional day’s leave and for apprenticeships to be job evaluated and paid appropriately. “Police staff in England and Wales are working above and beyond to protect communities during the COVID-19 crisis,” said UNISON national officer Ben Priestley, the trade union side secretary of the police sta...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News pay pay and conditions pay negotiating and bargaining police and justice police staff police staff pay Source Type: news

Blog: Worth more than a clap
What is your health worth? How about your safety? Or your community? How much do green spaces and clean streets matter to you? A happy childhood? Someone to look after you when you’re old? It’s not an exaggeration to say that council and school workers are instrumental to so many things that we hold dear. COVID-19 has reminded us all how important our key workers are. And they have just been offered a 2.75% pay rise in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You might think that’s better than nothing. But local authority funding has been halved since 2010, which has left many council and school workers with ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Jon Richards Tags: Blogs council pay local government pay negotiating and bargaining Pay up now NJC schools Source Type: news

Local government pay – UNISON statement
UNISON will continue to campaign for more funds for local government, allowing employers to improve their final pay offer for council and school staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although employers have said that their offer of a 2.75% increase is final, they have also said that they will approach the government for more money for local government pay for 2020-21. Pay outside Scotland is negotiated through the national joint council for local government services, and the union says it is not in position to consult members on the offer until the government’s response is known. UNISON NJC committee statemen...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article council pay local government pay negotiating and bargaining Pay up now NJC schools Source Type: news

England could allow primary schools to reopen as soon as June 1: Telegraph
(This May 2 story corrects headline and lead to show England (not England and Wales) could reopen primary schools) (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

UK could allow primary schools to reopen as soon as June 1: Telegraph
The United Kingdom could allow primary schools in England and Wales to reopen as soon as June 1 under plans being discussed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Telegraph newspaper reported. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Serious sports-related injury in England and Wales from 2012-2017: a study protocol - Davies MAM, Lawrence T, Edwards A, Lecky F, McKay CD, Stokes KA, Williams S.
BACKGROUND: Physical activity is an important component of healthy lifestyles, with a central role in morbidity prevention. However, sporting and physical activity also involve an inherent injury risk. Some sports and activities have a higher injury risk, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Coronavirus UK: Interactive map shows fatalities by postcode
The map, created by the Office for National Statistics, shows deprived regions in England and Wales are suffering 55 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 25 deaths in affluent areas. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Additional Police Support for Community Pharmacies in Wales
Police forces in Wales will be contacting community pharmacies to reassure pharmacists and their teams about the support they can provide to protect staff and pharmacy premises. This is in response t (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Why can I visit a DIY shop but not a museum? This total lockdown is failing | Simon Jenkins
We should focus on the areas where infection is most likely – and liberate the countryside, playgrounds and pub gardens• Coronavirus latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageA woman sits on a bench by the Thames. Two policemen arrive and tell her to stand up. Two boys remove their shirts in Holland Park. They are told to put them back on. A policeman shouts at two girls in bikinis on Primrose Hill to get dressed. How dare they enjoy themselves.You can crowd a London Tube train but not climb a Welsh mountain. You can drive toa country footpath, but only if the walk takes longer than the drive. Michael...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 1, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Simon Jenkins Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science UK news Michael Gove Medical research Politics Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Alarm over deaths of bees from rapidly spreading viral disease
Researchers study whether new strain of chronic bee paralysis virus is responsibleA viral disease that causes honey bees to suffer severe trembling, flightlessness and death within a week is spreading exponentially in Britain.Chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) was only recorded in Lincolnshire in 2007. A decade later, it was found in 39 of 47 English counties and six of eight Welsh counties, according to data collected from visits to more than 24,000 beekeepers.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 1, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Patrick Barkham Tags: Bees Environment Wildlife UK news Genetics Biology Insects Science Agriculture Source Type: news

Coronavirus UK: Death toll 26,711; 674 new fatalities
NHS England declared 391 COVID-19 victims, while Scotland recorded 60 and Wales posted 22. Northern Ireland has yet to announce. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes Supreme Court decision on ethical LGPS investment
UNISON has welcomed a Supreme Court decision overturning a ban on Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) investment decisions which differ from government foreign and defence policy. Yesterday’s decision overturned regulations introduced in 2016 which banned the funds from disinvesting in companies or countries on ethical grounds, except where the government has imposed official sanctions. These were aimed at campaigns calling on pension funds to disinvest from companies which profit from, for instance, arms sales or the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Reacting to the court’s decision, UNISON head...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article disinvestment international LGPS local government pale pensions pensions divestment Source Type: news

COVID-19: Urgent clarity sought on Welsh death in service scheme
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Wales has welcomed the Welsh Health and Social Care Minister’s oral statement to the Welsh Assembly that the COVID-19 Death in Service Scheme does apply (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 30, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity, DHSC
This emergency guidance is for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity during the coronavirus outbreak. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID19: Supporting unpaid carers to access medicines in Wales
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales has joined forces with Carers Trust Wales, Carers Wales, and Community Pharmacy Wales to help unpaid carers to overcome the practical challenges of accessing (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Remembering our key workers
People across the country, and across UNISON, held a silent tribute today to health, care and other key workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19 in the current pandemic. They included general secretary Dave Prentis (pictured above), leading the union from home in the current lock-down. Every year, UNISON members trade unionists around the world mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April, committing themselves to “remember the dead and fight for the living”. But, said Mr Prentis, “this year the day has a special meaning, as coronavirus takes its toll on key workers providing vital publ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 28, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News 28 April coronavirus Covid-19 dave prentis health and safety international workers' memorial day IWMD Source Type: news

Coronavirus deaths more than twice hospital toll, data indicate
Official death statistics for England and Wales suggest the crisis is more severe than previously thought (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 28, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How do epidemics spread and persist before and after introduction of a vaccine?
(Penn State) Modeling of measles epidemics in England and Wales from 1944 to 1994 shows that, before vaccination, measles could persist in both large population centers and by spread among sets of smaller towns. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

To tackle this virus, local public health teams need to take back control
A massive increase in testing and tracing should be the next phase, but decades of cuts and reorganisations have whittled away the necessary regional expertiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePerhaps, the most surprising aspect of the British Covid-19 crisis is the extent to which the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments, and the English regions, have allowed strategy to be decided by Westminster.Health and social care are devolved, and thisnational epidemicis not homogenous. It is made up of hundreds, if not thousands, of outbreaks around the country, each at a different stage . ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Allyson M Pollock and Peter Roderick Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Health NHS Source Type: news

Coronavirus update: The biggest risk factor for possible death from COVID-19 revealed
CORONAVIRUS updated cases now stand at a shocking 19,499 deaths. The government had envisaged hitting the 20,000 mark by Sunday, however with these latest grim stats it's likely it will be before then. NHS England confirmed a further 587 people have died of COVID-19 and another 174 deaths were announced across Scotland and Wales. The 761 new deaths mark a 24 percent rise from yesterday's 616. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protocol for a stepped-wedge, cluster randomized controlled trial of the LifeSpan suicide prevention trial in four communities in New South Wales, Australia - Shand F, Torok M, Cockayne N, Batterham PJ, Calear AL, Mackinnon A, Martin D, Zbukvic I, Mok K, Chen N, McGillivray L, Phillips M, Cutler H, Draper B, Sara G, Christensen H.
BACKGROUND: Despite increasing investment in suicide prevention, Australian suicide rates have increased steadily in the past decade. In response to growing evidence for multicomponent intervention models for reducing suicide, the LifeSpan model has been d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Number of people dying in their own homes in England and Wales is 51% higher than average
Latest data from the Office for National Statistics revealed 4,117 people in England and Wales passed away at home in the week leading up to April 10 - 51% higher than before the crisis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changes to local authority powers and duties resulting from the Coronavirus Act 2020, LGA
This is a guide to the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and to new, modified or suspended local government powers and duties applicable to local authorities in England and Wales only. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tackling loneliness
The Government's Loneliness Strategy was published in October 2018. It set out a wide variety of cross-departmental measures that the Government would take to provide'national leadership'to tackle loneliness in England. As well as explaining the Strategy and the steps taken so far by the Government, this paper also looks at research into the causes and impact of loneliness and possible interventions. Finally, this briefing also briefly outlines the situation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Injuries in England and Wales elite men's domestic cricket: a nine season review from 2010 to 2018 - Goggins L, Peirce N, Ranson C, McCaig S, Newman D, Langley B, Griffin S, Young M, McKay C, Stokes K, Williams S.
This study primarily aimed to explore injury incidence rates in the three main domestic competition formats in England and Wales (First-Class, One-Day and Twenty20 [T20]). For the first time, the study also describes the epidemiology of elite m... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Coronavirus: England and Wales care home deaths quadruple in a week
More than 1,000 die in week before Easter, with private homes deaths more than triplingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 fatalities in care homes in England and Wales have more than quadrupled in a week, rising to 1,043, according to the latestofficial figures.By 10 April, more than 1,000 people were confirmed to to have died in care homes from the virus, up from 217, the previous week. The number of people who died in private homes also more than tripled, to 466.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Robert Booth and Pamela Duncan Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science UK news Wales Social care Society Source Type: news

Scientists create a rapid swab test for coronavirus that gives results in as little as 20 MINUTES
The kit, developed by experts at the University of South Wales, costs less than £100 to manufacture and is currently being evaluated. It works by analysing a nasal swab for traces of the virus' DNA. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus in Wales: Call for action on ethnic minorities virus risks
Wales must launch its own review of Covid-19's effect on BAME people, a doctors group says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Self-aligning microscope smashes limits of super-resolution microscopy
(University of New South Wales) An ultra-precise microscope that surpasses the limitations of Nobel Prize-winning super-resolution microscopy will let scientists directly measure distances between individual molecules. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 20, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Mental health support extended to pharmacy professionals in Wales
The Welsh Government has announced that during the COVID-19 pandemic,a free mental health support service will be extended to a wide range of front-line NHS staff, including pharmacy professionals. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 17, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Book review: the birth of the NHS
Hold On Edna! by Aneira Thomas “Hold on Edna!” cried the medical team as Edna Rees was about to give birth to her seventh child late on 4 July 1948. If only she could “hold on” for just a few minutes more, then the child would be born on 5 July – the day that the National Health Service came into being. Edna and her husband Willie wouldn’t have to pay for a midwife – as they had with their previous children. If mother or child was ill, they wouldn’t have to worry about the cost of calling a doctor – let alone the price of medicine. It was the beginning of a new era in B...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article aneira thomas books NHS Source Type: news

Council workers keeping  vital local services running deserve a proper pay rise, say unions
Staff keeping vital local services running – including schools, refuse collection and child protection – during the pandemic deserve a proper pay rise, say the three unions representing council staff in England and Wales today (Thursday). Responding to the 2.75% pay offer for 2020/21 made today by the Local Government Association (LGA), UNISON, Unite and the GMB are urging the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and other ministers to heed the call from the local government employers to fund a top up to reward council and school support staff. A much-needed increase would en...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release coronavirus council and school staff local government pay offer top up Source Type: news

Men die of coronavirus at twice women's rate in England and Wales
ONS March figures show 91% of those who died with Covid-19 had pre-existing conditionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMen died of coronavirus at twice the rate of women in England and Wales in March, according to ONS statistics.The data, which gives more in-depth information on the age, gender, and pre-existing conditions of those who died both inside and outside hospitals, shows that men had a significantly higher rate of death from Covid-19 than women in all of the older age groups.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Pamela Duncan Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Health Infectious diseases Science Society UK news Source Type: news

Thousands of people a week are ALREADY dying from non-coronavirus causes
Of the 6,082 deaths above the five year average, COVID-19 was not reported on at least 2,600 certificates. Experts said the figures for England and Wales were 'worrying'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus UK: Death toll jumps by 761 to almost 13,000
The Department of Health has yet to announce the official daily tally. But the counts from each nations add up to 801, with 651 in England, 84 in Scotland, 60 in Wales and six in Northern Ireland. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news