Government funding of £2.4m to alleviate seafarers’ mental health issues

Maritimes Minister Robert Courts announced government funding for 3 organizations to support projects developing maritime welfare and skills, diversity and careers for seafarers. Announcing the news at the Mersey Maritime Exchange in Liverpool, the minister also explained how the funding will support a review of the formation of ‘ratings’. This will include roles such as … Read more

Is SARS-CoV-2 a seasonal virus?

In a recent study published on medRxiv* preprint server, Pfizer Inc scientists determined whether the rates of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the United States (US) and Europe (EU) follow a seasonal pattern at the using a time series model. Study: Is COVID-19 seasonal? A time series modeling approach. Image Credit: CKA/Shutterstock Background Severe … Read more

Patients seek mental health care from their doctor, but find health plans that prevent them

When a longtime patient visited Dr. William Sawyer’s office after recovering from covid, the conversation quickly turned from coronavirus to anxiety and ADHD. Sawyer — who ran a family practice in the Cincinnati area for more than three decades — said he spent 30 minutes asking about the patient’s exercise and sleep habits, counseling him … Read more

Review of Cannabis Use on Reproductive Health, Pregnancy, and Fetal Outcomes

A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology examined cannabis use on reproductive health, pregnancy, and fetal outcomes. Study: Impact of cannabinoids on pregnancy, reproductive health and offspring outcomes. Image Credit: Yarygin/Shutterstock Background Cannabis, a federally illegal drug, is the most abused drug in the United States (US). Its consumption is … Read more

More support needed to keep healthcare workers mentally healthy during the pandemic

Healthcare workers in home care settings have played a crucial role in caring for vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. But now Japanese researchers have found that these workers need more support to stay mentally healthy. In a study recently published in BMC Primary Careresearchers from the University of Tsukuba found that fear related to … Read more

Flu vaccination rates of staff in healthcare and aged care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic

In a recent study published in the Australian Medical Journalresearchers evaluated the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on influenza vaccination. Study: Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic: increasing the uptake of influenza vaccination by healthcare and elderly care workers. Image Credit: Emmy1622/Shutterstock The target rate of flu vaccination to be received by healthcare workers was 75% … Read more

The economic impact of COVID-19 on health systems, societies and people

In a recent study review published on medRxiv* preprint server, researchers assessed the economic and medical costs incurred due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. They also assessed the cost-effectiveness of COVID-19 surveillance, response measures and preparedness. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections have caused economic disruption, loss of life and social … Read more

Public health communication can be very effective when an “autonomy-friendly” approach is used

New research led by psychologists from Durham University, UK and Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, and a collaborative network of researchers around the world (as from the Psychological Science Accelerator Self-Determination Theory Collaboration) found that public health communication is most effective when an “autonomy-supportive” approach is undertaken compared to the message control approach. Researchers tested … Read more

Medical Associations Respond to Canada’s Health Care Crisis

Canada’s healthcare system has reached a breaking point and requires immediate and long-term changes to avoid total collapse, according to new recommendations from three of the country’s leading medical associations. The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association and the College of Family Physicians of Canada have developed an action plan to rebuild the healthcare … Read more

Health authorities must revolutionize testing to deal with future prevalence of covid-19

Dealing with lower levels of covid-19 will require a better understanding of the best use of diagnostic tests. More accurate testing will also be needed, but as the demand for testing declines, the provision of such testing requires incentive-based support. As the future prevalence of covid-19 varies over time, health authorities need to revolutionize testing … Read more