Robin Swann

Robin Swann

Health Minister Robin Swann was appointed Minister of Health in the Northern Ireland Assembly on 11…
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‘Cutting edge’ planning tool supports Europe’s largest 5G health network

Liverpool’s 5G Create network has begun using a “cutting edge” planning tool to demonstrate t…
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All you need to know about virtual health and happiness day featuring Great British Bake Off finalist

Great British Bake Off series six finalist Ian Cumming is the main attraction of East Cambs Distric…
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Digital Health Startup Ro Raised $500 Million At $5 Billion Valuation

Digital Health Startup Ro Raised $500 Million At $5 Billion Valuation

Virtual health venture deal activity hit a record of $2.3 billion invested across 192 deals in 2020, according to PitchBook. Returning investors General …
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COVID-19 Public Health Response (Maritime Border) Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/240) (as at 04 …

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated. Changes authorise…
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Riva Health launches with $15.5 million in funding

Riva Health, a new digital cardiology platform, has come out of stealth mode to announce a $15.5 million funding round led by Menlo Ventures.
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Youth anxiety and depression are at record levels. Mental health hubs could be the answer

Youth anxiety and depression are at record levels. Mental health hubs could be the answer

The COVID pandemic has shone a light on the ongoing decline in young people’s mental health. Psyc…
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Children’s brushing battles and simple ways to combat them

Figures from Oral-B reveal the reality of British children’s oral health habits. Research has hig…
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National Rural Health Conference 2021

National Rural Health Conference 2021

Healthy Rural Communities RECONNECTING RURAL / KANOHI KI TE KANOHI Friday 30 April – Saturday 1 M…
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German Health Minister in spotlight over mask contract with husband’s firm

Spiegel Online reported that the health ministry run by Jens Spahn bought 570,000 masks from a company called Burda last year. Spahn’s husband, …
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Mental Health Task Force discusses cost-benefit of UNC’s self-help resources

UNC and North Carolina health and wellness leaders discussed how an online student mental health hub could increase the amount of resources for …
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Houston Health Department opens over 13000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the week …

Houston Health Department opens over 13000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the week …

HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department opened 13,070 new COVID-19 vaccination appointment slots …
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French health experts criticise new third-wave lockdown measures as too soft

Doctors say that “lockdown light” measures are not enough to stop hospitals being overwhelm…
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Maintaining Emotional Health and Wellbeing During COVID-19

Newswise — As the pandemic enters its second year, the toll on emotional health is still being felt across country. According to a recent Pew Poll, three- …
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Coronavirus update San Antonio, March 21: Health officials report 193 new COVID-19 cases, no …

Coronavirus update San Antonio, March 21: Health officials report 193 new COVID-19 cases, no …

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reported 202,550 total COVID-19 cases …
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Finding new solutions for racial health gaps

A painful but pioneering infant mortality study is a challenge we “can’t walk away from,” as Minnesota DFL Rep. Kelly Morrison, who’s also a physician, aptly put it during a recent legislative briefing. Black babies in the U.S. have long been at much higher risk of dying than white newborns. But a study from a team that included two University of Minnesota researchers yielded a stunning finding: The hospital death rate for Black infants drops by a third when a Black doctor cared for them during the critical period after delivery. The study garnered national headlines last year and appeared in one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals — and rightfully so. The distressing differences in infant mortality have long been a shameful public health crisis. The findings provide a groundbreaking perspective on the roots of this racial gap and should drive innovation to close it. The work to do this is just beginning, but a timely $5 million donation will ensure that it will continue. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota has commendably provided a sizable gift to establish the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity at the U’s School for Public Health. Rachel Hardeman, an associate U professor renowned for her research on reproductive health equity, will lead this new center. Along with the U’s Aaron Sojourner, she was one of four authors on the study linking Black infants’ health to having a Black doctor. The study yielded critical questions that still need to be answered about why the provider’s race matters. The center will be one of the first of its kind. The work that will happen there will lead to health improvements across the nation. It will also address a grim reality behind rankings over the years that have declared Minnesota one of the healthiest states in the nation. “When we dive deeper into the data, it is clear that Minnesota has some of the greatest health disparities in the country between whites and people of color and American Indians. This has been the case for decades,” state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm wrote in a 2019 letter to lawmakers. The new center will investigate health gaps differently. As a fact sheet for the new center said, it will move beyond asking, “What’s wrong with people of color that makes them die younger … and suffer more illnesses?” Instead, researchers will take a systemic approach, asking, “How do systems, policies and social structures combine to create the conditions for poor health?” The study documenting “concordance” between Black infants’ clinical outcomes and their doctor’s race is an example of the value of looking through this lens. Policy solutions could include efforts to encourage more people of color to become medical providers. A worthy bill in the Minnesota Legislature is an early example of how research like this can inspire other solutions. DFL Rep. Ruth Richardson is the chief author of HF 660, the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act. It would require continuing education for obstetric care providers on racism and implicit bias. In addition, it would expand the state’s maternal health research, gathering data not just about maternal mortality but health problems mothers experience after birth. The investment in the new center “will go a long way to helping policymakers and clinicians alike recognize and dismantle structural racism and the harm it perpetuates,” said Dr. Nathan Chomilo, a board member for Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity. The center will put Minnesota at the forefront of addressing racial health gaps. Blue Cross merits praise for recognizing Hardeman’s vision for the center and then funding it. We hope the insurer continues its support beyond the generous one-time donation and that others will join the effort.
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Adventist Health hosts communitywide prayer as pandemic hits one-year mark in Kern

Adventist Health Bakersfield Chaplain Tony Andrews said, “We thank you Lord for showing us hope and not letting us fall into despair.”.
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Germany's health minister under scrutiny over mask purchases

Germany’s health minister under scrutiny over mask purchases

Last year, Germany’s Health Ministry ordered over half a million masks from a company that Jens Spa…
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Minnesota health officials issue warnings for travelers during recent COVID-19 outbreaks

“Hearing about that makes me concerned for the opportunity not only for spread, but it would allo…
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Local health officials urge everyone to stay safe while weather gets warmer

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) – Spring is finally here and with the weather warming up that means more people are going outside. Currently, health officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department say the number of COVID-19 cases are the lowest they have seen. “I think our lowest in the district is Knott County at 5.8, highest of 16 in Wolfe County and for our seven counties in Kentucky River District, this is the lowest the incident rate has been in some time,” Public Health Director of the Kentucky River District Health Department Scott Lockard said. Lockard said people heading outdoors will help the situation. “The virus spreads the easiest indoors, from person to person. So…when we get outside, more airflow and a transition to more outdoor activities, it’s just going to be better all the way around,” Lockard said. Lockard urges everyone to get vaccinated first. “If you’re interested in getting a vaccine and you’re over 18 years of age, call your local health department, call ARH, call Primary Care Center, call Mountain Comp., get on a list because you will get vaccinated sooner rather than later,” Lockard said. Despite this, Lockard asked everyone to continue following the guidelines. “Please don’t let up on all good things that have got us this far. When you’re with others continue to mask, continue to wash your hands, continue to take those precautions,” Lockard said. Saying we are not out of the woods yet. “If we let our guard down and think this pandemic is over before it actually is. We’ll see an increase in cases. So, we still have to take precautions and be wary. That’s always on our minds,” Lockard said. Lockard said he understands everyone has suffered mentally and physically from being cooped up inside. He asks that if you plan on taking advantage of the season and warmer weather, please use caution. Copyright 2021 WYMT. All rights reserved.
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Health-Care Workers From Kosovo Receive COVID-19 Vaccines In Albania

Health-Care Workers From Kosovo Receive COVID-19 Vaccines In Albania

About 250 Kosovo health-care workers traveled from Kosovo to the Albanian city of Kukes on March 20…
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Covid cases are rising in 21 states as health officials warn against reopening too quickly

Even as the pace of vaccinations accelerates in the U.S., Covid-19 cases are increasing in 21 state…
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‘Children’s mental health help is vital’

Column by Dr Caroline Johnson, MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham I am delighted that schools have n…
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Public health pandemic 'alert' system didn't operate as intended for COVID-19: report

Public health pandemic ‘alert’ system didn’t operate as intended for COVID-19: report

An interim review of why Ottawa’s early pandemic warning system failed to issue a formal alert on C…
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‘From depths of despair, to transforming my life’: Mental health club encouraging men to open up

Andy’s Man Club said it’s bracing itself for an ‘influx’ of new members who have suffered over the …
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Health Canada issues advisory over fake N95 masks flooding the market

A real 3M respirator – the mask in which many Canadian health care workers are using to prote…
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HEALTH: Dundee-based personal trainer Emma at forefront rise in online fitness coaches

HEALTH: Dundee-based personal trainer Emma at forefront rise in online fitness coaches

The past 12 months have been difficult for all of us. One group that hasn’t been given much thoug…
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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Department of Health reports no further Covid-19 related deaths

There has been a further 159 new cases detected Never miss a thing from Belfast and beyond – sign u…
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Britain on track to ease lockdown measures in line with plan: health minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is on track to ease lockdown measures in line with its roadmap, health m…
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