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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden-Harris Administration Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden-Harris Administration Staff Appointments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: March 2, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden-Harris Administration appointments, building on an experienced team committed to President Biden’s mission to end the COVID-19 pandemic, expand affordable health care, and advance equity. “President Biden’s team at HHS is growing quickly and continues to work tirelessly to end the COVID pandemic and address our many health challenges,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. “Our appointees will work hand-in-hand with our dedicated team of career officials throughout HHS to protect and expand quality, affordable care to all Americans.” These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, wh...
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  • OCR Resolves Three Discrimination Complaints After Medstar Health System Ensures Patients With Disabilities Can Have Support Persons in Health Care Settings During Covid-19 Pandemic

    Office for Civil Rights Resolves Three Discrimination Complaints After Medstar Health System Ensures Patients With Disabilities Can Have Support Persons in Health Care Settings During Covid-19 Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] news release dated: February 25, 2021) Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services announces the resolution of three disability discrimination complaints to ensure that patients with disabilities are allowed access to support persons in MedStar Health hospitals and care locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A support person may be a family member, personal care assistant, similar disability service provider, or other individual knowledgeable about the management or care of the patient who is authorized to assist the patient in making decisions. None of the individuals in the complaints had COVID-19, but all w...
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  • NIH’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes

    NIH’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes

    National Institutes of Health’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes | site |



    NIH says historic findings could boost precision medicine, reduce health disparities


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 10, 2021)

    Researchers supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced the publication of a groundbreaking study which analyzed more than 53,000 whole genomes, primarily from minority populations. The study, which appears in the Feb. 10 online issue of the journal Nature, examines one of the largest and most diverse data sets of high-quality whole genome sequencing—a person’s complete set of DNA. The genetic data could shed new light on how heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders impact people with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, who often are underrepresented in genetic
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  • NIH calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research

    National Institutes of Health calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press releases: February 10, 2021)

    Longstanding obstacles to include pregnant and lactating people in clinical research have led to this population now deciding whether or not to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine without the benefit of scientific evidence, writes Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, and colleagues. Their viewpoint article appears online in JAMA. The manufacturers of currently available vaccines excluded pregnant and lactating people from the clinical trials needed to obtain Emergency Use Authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now that the vaccines have been distributed, the U.S. Center
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  • National Institutes of Health Networks to Advance Emotional Well-being Research

    National Institutes of Health Networks to Advance Emotional Well-being Research

    National Institutes of Health Networks to Advance Emotional Well-being Research | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 1, 2021)

    Five new research networks totaling $3.13 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health will allow investigators to refine and test key concepts that advance the study of emotional well-being. Emotional well-being has been defined as an overall positive state of one’s emotions, life satisfaction, sense of meaning and purpose, and ability to pursue self-defined goals. The opportunity to research emotional well-being and its core components — a sense of balance in emotion, thoughts, social relationships, and pursuits — aligns with NIH’s broader objectives of fostering health promotion and disease prevention. For example, having a sense of purpose in life has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. These research networks, f...
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  • Federal Housing Administration issues Measures to protect Health, Safety, and Homeownership Security of Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19

    Federal Housing Administration issues Measures to protect Health, Safety, and Homeownership Security of Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: February 3, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a series of waivers of provisions in its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1 that would normally require in-person contact between mortgage servicers and borrowers, including seniors with FHA-insured Home Equity Conversion (HECM) reverse mortgages. These waivers allow important mortgage servicing activities to continue, but in a manner that allows for safe social distancing to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. “President Biden has made it clear that protecting the health, safety, and homeownership security of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including seniors, are urgent and immediate priorities,...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks Feedback to guide Future Vision of VA Health Care

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks Feedback to guide Future Vision of VA Health Care | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 1, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a draft decision for criteria Feb. 1 in the Federal Register to be used by VA’s Secretary to develop recommendations for the future of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health care.

    The criteria are based on specific factors outlined in the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (MISSION Act), which gives Veterans greater access to health care in VA facilities and the community, and input received through collaboration with stakeholders, including Veterans and Veterans Service Organizations. The criteria includes the following categories: Veterans’ need for care and services; accessibility of care for veterans; impact on mission; providing the highest quality whole health care
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  • Prioritizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy

    Prioritizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: January 28, 2021)


    Press Statement
    Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State
    January 28, 2021


    Today, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum revoking the January 23, 2017 Presidential Memorandum on the Mexico City Policy. Pursuant to President Biden’s memorandum, the previous administration’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy has also been rescinded. In the Biden-Harris administration, the empowerment and protection of women and girls, including promoting their sexual and reproductive health and rights, is a central part of U.S. foreign policy and national security. Today’s action by President Biden will help improve the lives of women and children around the world by expanding the base of partners implementin...
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  • HHS Announces Marketplace Special Enrollment Period for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Marketplace Special Enrollment Period for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency | site |



    2021 SEP provides access to health coverage during the pandemic


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 28, 2021)

    In accordance with the Executive Order issued today by President Biden, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for individuals and families for Marketplace coverage in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, which has left millions of Americans facing uncertainty and exceptional circumstances while millions of Americans have experienced new health problems during the pandemic. This SEP will allow individuals and families in states with Marketplaces served by the HealthCare.gov platform...
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  • Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Remarks at the World Health Organization Executive Board Meeting​​​​​​​

    Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Remarks at the World Health Organization Executive Board Meeting | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: January 21, 2021)



    Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Remarks at the World Health Organization Executive Board Meeting


    “Director-General Dr. Tedros, distinguished representatives, friends and colleagues: It is an honor for me to be here, representing the United States of America, on behalf of the newly inaugurated Biden-Harris administration, and as the Chief Medical Adviser to President Biden. I also am here to represent the scientists, public health officials and frontline healthcare workers, and community health workers who have worked so heroically this past year to fight COVID-19, developing medical countermeasures at truly phenomenal speed, adapting policy responses as we learn more about the virus, and courageously...
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  • National Institutes of Health Officials Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Unknowns for Healthcare Providers

    National Institutes of Health Officials Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Unknowns for Healthcare Providers | site |



    (Information included in a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) news release dated: January 18, 2021)

    Healthcare providers must be able to explain the latest data supporting the safety and efficacy of vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) so they can strongly encourage vaccination when appropriate while acknowledging that uncertainty and unknowns remain. This message comes from a new commentary co-authored by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and other leading NIAID scientists in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The commentary provides an overview of the seven COVID-19 vaccines furthest along in development in the United States. For each vaccine candidate, the authors des
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  • Veterans Affairs, Israel Ministry of Defense renew Partnership to Share Best Practices in Veteran Health Care

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Israel Ministry of Defense renew Partnership to Share Best Practices in Veteran Health Care
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is renewing its partnership with the Israel Ministry of Defense to continue sharing expertise on caring for Veterans. The partnership focuses on enhancing the quality of life for Veterans through the delivery of state-of-the-art, evidenced-based physical and mental health care that leverages the experience, resources and research of both partners. “The partnership with the Ministry will augment the important work VA does to support Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This collaboration will also identify opportunities for VA and the Ministry to share best practices in polytrauma rehabilitation and assessment, treatme...
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  • NIH Scientists identify Nutrient that helps prevent Bacterial Infection

    NIH Scientists identify Nutrient that helps prevent Bacterial Infection

    National Institutes of Health Scientists identify Nutrient that helps prevent Bacterial Infection | site |



    Taurine, which helps the body digest fats and oils, could offer treatment benefit.



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: January 15, 2021)

    Scientists studying the body’s natural defenses against bacterial infection have identified a nutrient — taurine — that helps the gut recall prior infections and kill invading bacteria, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kpn). The finding, published in the journal Cell by scientists from five institutes of the National Institutes of Health, could aid efforts seeking alternatives to antibiotics. Scientists know that microbiota — the trillions of beneficial microbes living harmoniously inside our gut — can protect people from bacterial infections, but little is known about how they provide protection. Scientists are studying the microbiota ...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Celebrates 75 Years of the Veterans Health Administration

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Celebrates 75 Years of the Veterans Health Administration | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: January 12, 2021)

    Washington - - This year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) commemorates 75 years of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

    Originally established in 1946 as the Department of Medicine & Surgery to care for Veterans returning from World War II, VHA has evolved to meet the unique challenges and care needs of Veterans from every era and at every stage of their lives. “As we celebrate this historic milestone, we are presented with an opportunity to share VHA’s rich history while looking toward our next chapter as a learning organization that is committed to continuous improvement,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It is also a fitting occasion to recognize the extraordinary efforts of VHA staff and volunteers during the
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  • NIH Scientists Study Salmonella Swimming Behavior as Clues to Infection

    NIH Scientists Study Salmonella Swimming Behavior as Clues to Infection

    National Institutes of Health Scientists Study Salmonella Swimming Behavior as Clues to Infection | site |


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: January 13, 2021)

    Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium bacteria (S. Typhimurium) commonly cause human gastroenteritis, inflammation of the lining of the intestines. The bacteria live inside the gut and can infect the epithelial cells that line its surface. Many studies have shown that Salmonella use a “run-and-tumble” method of short swimming periods (runs) punctuated by tumbles when they randomly change direction, but how they move within the gut is not well understood.



    Salmonella bacteria (pink), a common cause of foodborne disease, invade a human epithelial cell (yellow). Courtesy: NIH/NIAID


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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden-Harris Administration Staff Appointments
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden-Harris Administration Staff Appointments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: March 2, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden-Harris Administration appointments, building on an experienced team committed to President Biden’s mission to end the COVID-19 pandemic, expand affordable health care, and advance equity. “President Biden’s team at HHS is growing quickly and continues to work tirelessly to end the COVID pandemic and address our many health challenges,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. “Our appointees will work hand-in-hand with our dedicated team of career officials throughout HHS to protect and expand quality, affordable care to all Americans.” These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, wh...
    03-05-2021, 11:39 PM
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    OCR Resolves Three Discrimination Complaints After Medstar Health System Ensures Patients With Disabilities Can Have Support Persons in Health Care Settings During Covid-19 Pandemic
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    Office for Civil Rights Resolves Three Discrimination Complaints After Medstar Health System Ensures Patients With Disabilities Can Have Support Persons in Health Care Settings During Covid-19 Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] news release dated: February 25, 2021) Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services announces the resolution of three disability discrimination complaints to ensure that patients with disabilities are allowed access to support persons in MedStar Health hospitals and care locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A support person may be a family member, personal care assistant, similar disability service provider, or other individual knowledgeable about the management or care of the patient who is authorized to assist the patient in making decisions. None of the individuals in the complaints had COVID-19, but all w...
    02-26-2021, 05:46 AM
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    NIH’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes
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    National Institutes of Health’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes | site |



    NIH says historic findings could boost precision medicine, reduce health disparities


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 10, 2021)

    Researchers supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced the publication of a groundbreaking study which analyzed more than 53,000 whole genomes, primarily from minority populations. The study, which appears in the Feb. 10 online issue of the journal Nature, examines one of the largest and most diverse data sets of high-quality whole genome sequencing—a person’s complete set of DNA. The genetic data could shed new light on how heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders impact people with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, who often are underrepresented in genetic
    ...
    02-10-2021, 09:07 PM
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    NIH calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research
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    National Institutes of Health calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press releases: February 10, 2021)

    Longstanding obstacles to include pregnant and lactating people in clinical research have led to this population now deciding whether or not to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine without the benefit of scientific evidence, writes Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, and colleagues. Their viewpoint article appears online in JAMA. The manufacturers of currently available vaccines excluded pregnant and lactating people from the clinical trials needed to obtain Emergency Use Authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now that the vaccines have been distributed, the U.S. Center
    ...
    02-10-2021, 07:08 PM
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    National Institutes of Health Networks to Advance Emotional Well-being Research
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    National Institutes of Health Networks to Advance Emotional Well-being Research | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 1, 2021)

    Five new research networks totaling $3.13 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health will allow investigators to refine and test key concepts that advance the study of emotional well-being. Emotional well-being has been defined as an overall positive state of one’s emotions, life satisfaction, sense of meaning and purpose, and ability to pursue self-defined goals. The opportunity to research emotional well-being and its core components — a sense of balance in emotion, thoughts, social relationships, and pursuits — aligns with NIH’s broader objectives of fostering health promotion and disease prevention. For example, having a sense of purpose in life has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. These research networks, f...
    02-04-2021, 12:21 AM

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