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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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  • Veterans Affairs, Fitbit help support Veteran Health and Wellness during COVID-19 Pandemic

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Fitbit help support Veteran Health and Wellness during COVID-19 Pandemic | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: January 11, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new initiative with Fitbit that will provide eligible Veterans, caregivers and VA staff with access to Fitbit programs and services to help manage stress, improve sleep and increase physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will be focused on participants who currently use Fitbit devices. VA has contracted with Fitbit to initially provide 10,000 eligible Veterans, caregivers and VA staff a one-year free membership to Fitbit Premium. This includes access to guided programs, hundreds of workouts, mindfulness content, a wellness report and a health metrics dashboard. Participants will also have access to Fitbit Health Coachi...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Lead Federal Grants Management Innovations and Efficiencies

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Lead Federal Grants Management Innovations and Efficiencies | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: January 11, 2021)

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today formally designated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Quality Service Management Office (QSMO) for grants to lead efforts to transform the Federal grants management process end-to-end. With this designation, the Grants QSMO will drive standardization and modernization of systems to increase efficiency and reduce burden for grant applicants and recipients and for the federal workforce government-wide. “The designation of HHS as the Grants QSMO affirms the long-standing role of HHS as the largest grant-making agency and leader in improving grants management. We look forward to working across the stakeholder community of awarding agencies, service pro...
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  • FDA Issues Alert Regarding SARS-CoV-2 Viral Mutation to Health Care Providers and Clinical Laboratory Staff

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Alert Regarding SARS-CoV-2 Viral Mutation to Health Care Providers and Clinical Laboratory Staff | site |


    Impact on molecular tests remains low


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: January 8, 2021) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting clinical laboratory staff and health care providers that the FDA is monitoring the potential impact of viral mutations, including an emerging variant from the United Kingdom known as the B.1.1.7 variant, on authorized SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests, and that false negative results can occur with any molecular test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 if a mutation occurs in the part of the virus’s genome assessed by that test. The SARS-CoV-2 virus can mutate over time, like all viruses, resulting in genetic variation in the population of circulating viral strains, as seen with the B.1.1.7 variant. The FDA is taki...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Continues Community Based Testing Sites for COVID-19

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Continues Community Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 7, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the extension of the Community Based Testing Site program for COVID-19 testing, through partnership with national pharmacy and retail chains CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Quest (through services at Walmart) and service provider eTrueNorth (through services at Health Mart and Topco locations). The partnership has resulted in establishing more than 3,300 COVID-19 testing locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To date, more than 5.6 million tests have been conducted as a result of this partnership. The Community Based Testing Site program began in the spring of 2020 and includes a large percentage - over 70% - of testing sites located in communities ...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 22 Billion Dollars in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $22 Billion in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: January 6, 2021)

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced two upcoming actions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories in support of the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as directed by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

    Funding will provide critical support for testing and vaccination-related activities to jurisdictions before January 19, 2021:
    • More than $19 billion will be allocated to jurisdictions through the existing CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement. These awards will support testing, contract tracing, surveillance,
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  • CVS Health Corporation Announces Quarterly Dividend

    CVS Health Corporation Announces Quarterly Dividend

    CVS Health Corporation Announces Quarterly Dividend | site |




    (Information contained in CVS Health Corporation press release dated: January 4, 2021)

    Woonsocket, R.I., — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) today announced that its board of directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $0.50 (50 cents) per share on the corporation’s common stock. The dividend is payable on February 1, 2021, to holders of record on January 22, 2021.
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  • National Institutes of Health says Peer-reviewed Report on Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Publishes

    National Institutes of Health says Peer-reviewed Report on Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Publishes | site |



    NIH says "Data from Phase 3 clinical trial confirm vaccine is effective".


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: December 30, 2020)

    The investigational vaccine known as mRNA-1273 was 94.1% efficacious in preventing symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to preliminary results from a Phase 3 clinical trial reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The vaccine also demonstrated efficacy in preventing severe COVID-19. Investigators identified no safety concerns and no evidence of vaccine-associated enhanced respiratory disease (VAERD). The vaccine was co-developed by Moderna, Inc., a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. ...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes Statements on FDA Authorization of Moderna Vaccine

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes Statements on FDA Authorization of Moderna Vaccine | site |



    (The following information was contained in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: December 18, 2020)



    HHS and DoD Statements on FDA Authorization of Moderna Vaccine



    On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it had issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the second COVID-19 vaccine to receive an EUA. Operation Warp Speed has allocated more than 5.9 million doses of the vaccine for jurisdictions to receive in the coming week. Below are statements from HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller. “On January 7, before China had reported even one death from the novel coronavirus or confirmed human-to-human transmission, NIH scientists and innovators at Moderna agreed to b...
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  • CVS Health begins Administering COVID-19 Vaccines in Long-term Care Facilities

    CVS Health begins Administering COVID-19 Vaccines in Long-term Care Facilities

    CVS Health begins Administering COVID-19 Vaccines in Long-term Care Facilities | site |


    CVS Health says "Majority of facilities nationwide have selected CVS Pharmacy as vaccination provider"


    (Information contained in CVS Health press release: December 21, 2020) Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) has formally launched its COVID-19 vaccination program for long-term care facilities, whose residents have been disproportionality impacted by the pandemic. CVS Pharmacy teams will administer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in facilities across 12 states this week, and the company expects to vaccinate up to four million residents and staff at over 40,000 long-term care facilities through the program. "Today's rollout is the culmination of months of internal planning and demonstrates how the private sector can use its expertise to help solve some of our most critical challenges," said Larry J. Merlo, President and Chief Executive Off...
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  • American Medical Association article says AHA, AMA, ANA urge Health Care Workers to take COVID-19 Vaccine

    American Medical Association article says AHA, AMA, ANA urge Health Care Workers to take COVID-19 Vaccine | site |


    The following information is contained in American Medical Association (AMA) press release dated December 15, 2020 and titled as follows:



    AHA, AMA, ANA urge health care workers to take COVID-19 vaccine



    Washington, DC — With the initial distribution and administration of a COVID-19 vaccine underway, leading U.S. medical, nursing and hospital organizations thanked health care professionals in an open letter today and urged them to continue their battle against COVID-19 by taking a vaccine and sharing their experience with others, noting their position as trusted and valued voices in their communities.

    The open letter from the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, and American Nurses Association is available here. The full text is below: An open letter to all health care prof
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  • Statement published by HHS on FDA Emergency Use Authorization of a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

    Statement published by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on FDA Emergency Use Authorization of a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: December 11, 2020) Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Pfizer for its COVID-19 vaccine, the first authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. Operation Warp Speed and private sector partners now begin distributing the first allocation of doses to sites designated by the public health jurisdictions and five federal agencies with which OWS and CDC have been working to plan distribution. HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller released the following statements: “It is nothing short of a medical miracle to have FDA authorization of a vaccine for COVID-19 just over 11 months since the virus was made known to the w...
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  • National Institutes of Health says Baricitinib plus Remdesivir shows Promise for Treating COVID-19

    National Institutes of Health says Baricitinib plus Remdesivir shows Promise for Treating COVID-19 | site |


    NIH says "Peer-reviewed results of NIH clinical trial published".


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release media advisory: December 11, 2020)

    The combination of baricitinib, an anti-inflammatory drug, and remdesivir, an antiviral, reduced time to recovery for people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to clinical trial results published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The clinical trial is the second iteration of the NIH Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT-2), a study protocol to evaluate therapeutics for people hospitalized with COVID-19. Remdesivir is a broad-spectrum antiviral treatment developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc. Baricitinib was discove
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    NIH Scientists identify Nutrient that helps prevent Bacterial Infection
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    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 ...
    01-15-2021, 07:43 PM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Celebrates 75 Years of the Veterans Health Administration
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    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
    ...
    01-14-2021, 07:54 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NIH Scientists Study Salmonella Swimming Behavior as Clues to Infection
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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


    National Institutes...
    01-14-2021, 06:39 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Veterans Affairs, Fitbit help support Veteran Health and Wellness during COVID-19 Pandemic
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Fitbit help support Veteran Health and Wellness during COVID-19 Pandemic | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: January 11, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new initiative with Fitbit that will provide eligible Veterans, caregivers and VA staff with access to Fitbit programs and services to help manage stress, improve sleep and increase physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will be focused on participants who currently use Fitbit devices. VA has contracted with Fitbit to initially provide 10,000 eligible Veterans, caregivers and VA staff a one-year free membership to Fitbit Premium. This includes access to guided programs, hundreds of workouts, mindfulness content, a wellness report and a health metrics dashboard. Participants will also have access to Fitbit Health Coachi...
    01-12-2021, 12:20 AM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Lead Federal Grants Management Innovations and Efficiencies
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Lead Federal Grants Management Innovations and Efficiencies | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: January 11, 2021)

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today formally designated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Quality Service Management Office (QSMO) for grants to lead efforts to transform the Federal grants management process end-to-end. With this designation, the Grants QSMO will drive standardization and modernization of systems to increase efficiency and reduce burden for grant applicants and recipients and for the federal workforce government-wide. “The designation of HHS as the Grants QSMO affirms the long-standing role of HHS as the largest grant-making agency and leader in improving grants management. We look forward to working across the stakeholder community of awarding agencies, service pro...
    01-11-2021, 10:15 PM

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