Conflict brews as insurers set telemedicine reimbursement expiration dates
To help combat the unprecedented health challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, insurers and regulators adopted temporary policies to encourage telemedicine use – policies that are now a point of contention as providers say they should remain permanent. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Seth Thomas Gulledge Source Type: news

Kenya: Ministers Call for Stronger Women Leadership in COVID-19 Fight
[Nation] Africa's female Foreign Affairs ministers ask AU to mainstream gender in its Covid-19 strategies (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: As Focus Turns to COVID-19, TB Patients Suffer
[Nation] Report shows about 41,000 more people are estimated to develop killer disease between now and 2025 in Kenya. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Manchester's pubs pine for the end of lockdown
Even with the relaxation of measures, pubs in the city are still likely to go to the wallTwo months after the Briton ’s Protection pub in Manchester city centre had to close its doors, the business’s owner Mark West doesn’t know when they will reopen, a source of frustration for him and his furloughed staff.The specialist ale and whisky pub, which has been serving the city ’s drinkers including artists and musicians for more than 200 years, is currently “haemorrhaging” money says West, who is using money from his property development business to support the pub.Continue reading... (Sourc...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Pidd North of England editor Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Source Type: news

Cut air pollution to help avoid second coronavirus peak, MPs urge
Cross-party group highlights new evidence on how dirty air may worsen infectionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAir pollution must be kept at low levels to help avoid a second peak of coronavirus infections, according to a cross-party report from MPs.There isgrowing evidence from around the world linking exposure to dirty air and increased infections and deaths from Covid-19. Lockdowns cut air pollution levels in many places, but the MPs said measures were needed to ensure it remains low.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Air pollution Coronavirus outbreak UK news US news Environment Science World news Politics Source Type: news

Here's 1 big change that health care execs say will remain after Covid-19
Despite the return to a more normal schedule at the region's health care systems, telemedicine has gained a foothold it won't relinquish. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

AstraZeneca Says It May Consider Exposing Vaccine Trial Participants to Virus AstraZeneca Says It May Consider Exposing Vaccine Trial Participants to Virus
The chief executive of AstraZeneca, which is developing a leading coronavirus vaccine with Oxford University, said it is too early to deliberately expose vaccine trial participants to the pathogen, but it may become an option if ongoing trials hit a snag.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Doctors in Chile Face Tough Decisions as Coronavirus Cases Spike Doctors in Chile Face Tough Decisions as Coronavirus Cases Spike
Doctors in hospitals across the Chilean capital Santiago said on Wednesday beds are fast running short as new coronavirus cases spike across the city, forcing urgent care wards to make tough decisions with patients flooding the system.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

California Hospitals Struggle Financially After Preparing for COVID-19 Surge That Never Came California Hospitals Struggle Financially After Preparing for COVID-19 Surge That Never Came
As the novel coronavirus tore through Italy and then New York in March, California, anticipating a deadly surge in cases, ordered hospitals to shut down routine procedures and called in thousands of health care workers to help patients.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Hotels Provide'Safe' Places for Healthcare Workers COVID-19 Hotels Provide'Safe' Places for Healthcare Workers
During the calamitous COVID-19 outbreak in Italy in April, some doctors and nurses who helped coronavirus patients chose to stay at a hotel and temporarily separate from their families.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

EU Plans Permanent Stockpile of Essential Drugs, Medical Gear EU Plans Permanent Stockpile of Essential Drugs, Medical Gear
The European Commission said on Thursday it wanted to set up a permanent reserve of essential drugs and medical equipment to address shortages that have dogged the EU for years and worsened throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Active Cancer Increases Death Risk in Patients With COVID-19 Active Cancer Increases Death Risk in Patients With COVID-19
Patients with COVID-19 and cancer that is progressing cancer had a fivefold increased risk of 30-day mortality, compared with COVID-19 cancer patients whose disease was snot progressing, a study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Death Rates No Higher Among Blacks Than Whites in Louisiana Study COVID-19 Death Rates No Higher Among Blacks Than Whites in Louisiana Study
Although blacks are disproportionately more likely to fall ill with COVID-19, they are no more likely than whites to die from the novel coronavirus, doctors in Louisiana are reporting in The New England Journal of Medicine.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Cloth Masks Can Help Stop Spread of COVID-19 Cloth Masks Can Help Stop Spread of COVID-19
Cloth masks may help prevent transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus by at least partially blocking droplets expelled by people when they speak, cough and sneeze, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

UR Medicine to Begin COVID-19 Antibody Testing Monday, June 1
UR Medicine Labs will begin testing blood samples for antibodies to novel coronavirus on June 1. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - May 29, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Coronavirus in England: half of those with symptoms not isolating
Scientists say failure to follow advice raises questions over test-and-trace policyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly half of people who develop coronavirus symptoms self-isolate for at least a week, according to government science advisers, raising urgent questions about the success of the test, trace and isolate strategy needed to contain future outbreaks.In an April report to the government ’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), behavioural science experts said “rapid” research was needed on how best to get people to comply with self-isolation advice giv...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science UK news Health policy Source Type: news

Now is the time to get health care back on your schedule
While staying home as much as possible has been important to slowing the spread of Covid-19, ongoing medical issues still exist — and don’t go away because there’s a pandemic. New health care concerns can also come up, and may become a problem if they are ignored. Visiting the doctor to seek regular medical care is important to maintain health and well-being. The good news is that health care professionals are taking extra safety measures to protect patients. Chronic conditions need care Chronic… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: TriHealth Source Type: news

APA, Others Lobby to Make COVID-19 Telehealth Waivers Permanent APA, Others Lobby to Make COVID-19 Telehealth Waivers Permanent
The APA is calling on Congress to permanently lift restrictions that have allowed unfettered delivery of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

South Africa: South Africa's Military Is Not Suited for the Fight Against COVID-19. Here's Why
[The Conversation Africa] The South African National Defence Force is not suited for internal deployment, particularly where it must fight "an invisible enemy" such as the coronavirus. Its conduct while enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown has brought this reality to the fore. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mauritius: How Mauritius' Unique Political Culture Helped It Beat COVID-19
[African Arguments] Every day at 6pm, one of the co-author's 10-year-old son would ask: "Mama, how many new cases today?". For the last 27 days, the reply has been "none" (apart from two recently imported cases in quarantine). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mozambique: Nyusi Extends State of Emergency for Third Month
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday night announced the extension of the state of emergency, decreed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, for a further month. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Why COVID-19 Offers a Chance to Transform UN Peacekeeping
[The Conversation Africa] Peacekeeping may be entering a period of major change. Over the past four years, there has been a steady decline in the number of peacekeepers deployed worldwide. And two of the largest peacekeeping missions in history are beginning to draw down. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Together, African Countries Have Enough to Fight COVID-19
[Chatham House] Africa can mount a stronger COVID-19 response strategy by using regional trade blocs to coordinate, consolidate, and connect resources across the continent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The problem with 'shielding' people from coronavirus? It's almost impossible | Devi Sridhar and Yasmin Rafiei
Testing and tracing is the answer to protecting our most vulnerable – not trying in vain to ‘cocoon’ them awayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn the lastUK government report on coronavirus policy, the word “shielding” is mentioned 36 times. The UK, Sweden and the Netherlands have all shown much interest in this strategy of cocooning elderly and other vulnerable groups in their homes or shelters while attempting to reopen economies outside.To date,shielding has meant asking the elderly, chronically ill, and others vulnerable to hospitalisation from co...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Devi Sridhar and Yasmin Rafiei Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science UK news Older people Social care Society Health Source Type: news

' Massachusetts Strong' COVID-19 Response'Massachusetts Strong' COVID-19 Response
A coordinated state response, exhaustive disaster planning, and pooled resources of a robust medical community kept disaster at bay in the Bay State, despite a high number of coronavirus cases.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Africa: Madagascar's Claims About Clinical Trials for Herbal Coronavirus Cure Creates Confusion
[RFI] Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina this week announced the start of clinical trials of an injectable solution based on extracts of the artemisia plant, a herbal treatment the Malagasy leader has been promoting for treatment of Covid-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Union Suspends Movement of Trucks to Uganda
[Nation] A union representing Kenyan long-distance truck drivers has said it suspended the movement of trucks to neighbouring Uganda yesterday until they are assured of their safety, citing Covid-19-related stigma and harassment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

As Northern Virginia and D.C. start to reopen, don't forget your mask
Life in parts of Greater Washington will make small steps toward a return to normalcy starting Friday as the District and Northern Virginia begin the first phase of reopening their economies during the coronavirus pandemic. Just don’t forget to bring your mask — even when you’re eating on a restaurant patio. A mask mandate from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s goes into effect Friday, requiring anyone older than 9 to wear a mask or face covering in all spaces where the public interacts,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Drew Hansen Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Receives Positive CHMP Opinion for Janssen ’s Investigational Preventive Ebola Vaccine Regimen
Discussions with the FDA are ongoing to define the required data set for filing Janssen’s Ebola vaccine regimen under the FDA’s Animal Rule licensure pathway. About Janssen’s Ebola Vaccine Regimen The Janssen investigational preventive Ebola vaccine regimen (Ad26.ZEBOV, MVA-BN-Filo) utilizes a viral vector strategy in which viruses – in this case adenovirus serotype 26 (Ad26) and Modified Vaccinia Virus Ankara (MVA) – are genetically modified so that they cannot replicate in human cells. In addition, these vectors are modified to safely carry the genetic code of an Ebola virus protein in order...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - May 29, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Africa: Don't Let Guard Down, We Must Be Ready for Long Fight - WHO's Moeti
[allAfrica] Cape Town -It took 36 days to reach 1,000 reported cases of COVID-19 on the continent. In 62 days, 100,000 cases were reported, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, said during an online media briefing hosted by the World Economic Forum. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHO
Tobacco products continue to kill eight million people a year who get hooked via a $9 billion a year marketing strategy. That’s the warning from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, which has said that even during a global pandemic, the tobacco and nicotine industry has continued to promote products that limit people’s ability to fight new coronavirus and recover from the disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Kenya: COVID-19 - Kenya Geath Toll Hits 62
[Nation] Kenya on  Friday reported 127 new Covid-19 cases and four more deaths, raising the tally of infections to  1,745 and the death toll to 62. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Children--United States Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Children--United States
This preliminary description of pediatric U.S. COVID-19 cases highlights important differences in presentation, course, and outcomes among children and adults.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Coronavirus - Top 10 tips on what to do in primary care, RCGP (updated 28th May 2020)
Key information for GPs during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Population-based age-stratified seroepidemiological investigation protocol for COVID-19 virus infection, WHO
The protocol has been designed to investigate the extent of infection, as determined by seropositivity in the general population, in any country in which COVID-19 virus infection has been reported. Each country may need to tailor some aspects of this protocol to align with public health, laboratory and clinical systems, according to capacity, availability of resources and cultural appropriateness. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Community pharmacists are key players in COVID-19 response and must stay up-to-date on guidance, WHO
Community pharmacies are often the first port of call for people who are feeling ill. They are well placed within their communities to offer advice and reinforce messages about hand and respiratory hygiene and physical distancing. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Revealing the toll of COVID-19: A technical package for rapid mortality surveillance and epidemic response, WHO
Rapid mortality surveillance generates daily or weekly counts of mortality data by age, sex, date of death, place of death and place of usual residence. This provides a more complete picture of impact, particularly for deaths that may be indirectly related to COVID-19. This also addresses the indirect impact caused by disruptions in healthcare access and supply chains. This tool will help policy-makers compare estimated weekly number of excess deaths related to COVID-19 with pre-pandemic levels. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Countries failing to stop harmful marketing of breast-milk substitutes, warn WHO and UNICEF, WHO
Agencies encourage women to continue to breastfeed during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new report by WHO, UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals that despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Specialist issues with COVID-19, RCGP (updated 28th May 2020)
Part of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 Resource Hub, this provides information on dealing with specific patient groups throughout the COVID-19 period. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Controlling the spread of COVID-19 at ground crossings, WHO
This guidance advises countries on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 resulting from travel, transportation, and trade on and around ground crossings by identifying priority ground crossings and communities and scaling up preparedness and control measures at points of entry to strengthen national capacities to prevent, prepare for, detect and respond to health emergencies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta ends the CNN global coronavirus town hall with a message that many coronavirus-related deaths could have been prevented, noting countries with lower death tolls. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has some coronavirus safety tips for those who choose to start eating out at restaurants again. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Together, We Grieve: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's bonus coronavirus podcast for May 28
As the coronavirus' death toll in the U.S. surpasses 100,000 victims, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a moment to reflect on this tragic milestone and commemorate those we've lost. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead for the Covid-19 response at the World Health Organization, and Dr. Leana Wen joined CNN's coronavirus town hall to explain how coronavirus can be transmitted. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how you can protect yourself while eating out at a restaurant as the country continues to reopen. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Actress Taraji P. Henson joins CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta to discuss her mental health program aimed at helping those suffering during the coronavirus pandemic and the impact on the African American community. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

With the coronavirus pandemic entering a new phase in the US, world health experts shift focus to new hot spots
As the US coronavirus death toll reached the grim milestone of more than 100,000 deaths this week, world health experts are concerned about new hot spots and the CDC is projecting 123,000 coronavirus deaths by June 20. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Experts join CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta to talk about lessons learned throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and famed science writer David Quammen explains how he predicted a pathogen similar to coronavirus eight years ago in his book "Spillover." (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Assessment of risk factors for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in health workers: protocol for a case-control study, WHO
Understanding SARS-CoV-2 infection among health workers and identifying the risk factors for adverse outcomes are important not only for characterizing virus transmission patterns and risk factors for infection, but also for preventing the future infection of health workers and patients, for informing and updating infection prevention and control (IPC) measures at health care facility and national levels, and for reducing secondary SARS-CoV-2 transmission within health care settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How is COVID-19 changing the use of emergency care?, The Health Foundation
These A&E and ambulance data demonstrate the scale and speed of the changes in NHS emergency care in the first 2 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also show that understanding why those changes have happened is complex. How the NHS treats patients has changed, but so too has how patients seek treatment and the underlying rates of some diseases. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Decision Points: Doctor on Demand shifts to meet Covid-19 demand
Less than a year into a new role, Doctor on Demand President Robin Glass found herself faced with an unprecedented public health situation. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kevin Truong Source Type: news