The Health 202: Coronavirus relief proposal on Capitol Hill would put billions toward vaccine distribution

Of the $908 billion proposal, $16 billion would go toward vaccines, testing and contact tracing.

The package has a growing number of Democratic and Republican backers, after a bipartisan group led by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) rolled out the compromise measure earlier this week. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have both said it should be used as the basis for negotiations, renewing hopes for fresh aid for small businesses, state and local government, unemployment benefits, and dozens of other priorities. A number of Senate Republicans also signaled openness to the package yesterday.

But it’s far from final: “Although there has been a sudden burst of bipartisan momentum for the package since Tuesday, it remains an incomplete legislative proposal that has not been drafted as a formal piece of legislation yet,” Jeff Stein, Mike DeBonis and Seung Min Kim report. “Still, the rapid mobilization

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Researchers create ingredients to produce food by 3-D printing

Researchers create ingredients to produce food by 3D printing
Food engineers in Brazil and France developed gels based on modified starch for use as “ink” to make foods and novel materials by additive manufacturing. Credit: Bianca C. Maniglia / USP

It is already possible to produce food with a 3-D printer, potentially delivering products that suit consumer preferences regarding taste, texture, cost, convenience and nutrition. In the near future, it will be possible to produce food with personalized shapes, textures, flavors and colors considered attractive and healthy for children and the elderly, for example.

A group of researchers at the University of São Paulo’s Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ-USP) in Brazil, partnering with colleagues in France at Nantes Atlantic College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Engineering (Oniris) and the National Institute for Research on Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), have made strides toward achieving this goal. They are developing hydrogels based on modified starch for use

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‘They don’t need me now’: COVID impact forcing Britons to food banks

LONDON (Reuters) – British food banks are seeing more families needing their support as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic forces struggling people to seek help, charities and volunteers say.

FILE PHOTO: Cereal is pictured at The DENS charity food bank, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Hemel Hempstead, Britain, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Paul Childs

Lockdowns and other measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus have forced businesses to close or lay off staff. The rise in those out of work has resulted in more people turning to food banks, which provide emergency food supplies to families in need.

“I was working part-time as a cleaner for evenings, and then when COVID started, we had to quit because everything was closed and our offices, they’re not opening until 2021 because people can work from home,” said Vilma Tunylaite, 40, queuing at a food bank in

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Health experts on COVID-19 vaccine: Americans have ‘a lot of distrust’

“We get vaccines to the American people and they don’t take them,” Gen. Gus Perna told CBS “60 Minutes” of his worst nightmare in November. “Shame on us. ‘Hey, I was already sick, I don’t need it.’ Shame on us. ‘Hey, I don’t believe in vaccines.’ Shame on us.”

Pfizer and Moderna have submitted requests to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of their COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA is set to review Pfizer’s request on Dec. 10 and Moderna’s on Dec. 17. Both companies have announced vaccine efficacy rates of more than 90%.

The government’s Operation Warp Speed has said there will be “shots in arms” within 24 hours of authorization.

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Getting the right health team as virus rages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up soon for President-elect Joe Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It’s hard to imagine more consequential picks.

Already two Democratic governors seen as candidates for health and human services secretary have faded from the frame. Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo told reporters Thursday that she would not be the nominee and is staying to help her state confront a dangerous surge of COVID-19 cases.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was offered another Cabinet post — interior secretary — and turned it down, a person close to the Biden transition said Wednesday. That person spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus made a fresh push during a virtual conference call Thursday for Biden to nominate Lujan Grisham as HHS secretary. One lawmaker, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico — a distant

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Diabetic Food Market Size, Share, Trends, Growth, Outlook, Top Manufacturing Companies, Industry Report and Business Opportunity 2020-2025

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According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Diabetic Food Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2020-2025”, the global Diabetic Food Market size is currently expanding at a steady rate. Diabetes is a metabolic condition in which the patient’s blood glucose levels increase due to inadequate insulin production or inappropriate response to insulin. It nearly doubles the risk of heart diseases and heightens the chances of developing mental health disorders such as depression. To prevent or control this condition, patients across the globe are opting for a diabetic diet, a healthy-eating plan consisting of rich nutrients, and low fats and calories. It generally includes baked sweet potatoes, fruits and vegetables, nuts, fishes, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains such as oatmeal, millet

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Neighborhood health | Editorials | The Journal Gazette

It’s no secret residents on Fort Wayne’s southeast side face challenges largely absent in other parts of the city.

The area is among our poorest, healthy food is sometimes hard to find and its residents often struggle with health problems. There also are few options for health care.

A newly opened clinic at 2700 Lafayette St. is no cure-all, but it does provide a welcome oasis within what in recent years has become a medical desert.

Alliance Health Centers saw its first patient this week, and the facility inside the Lafayette Medical Center offers primary care for adults and children and access to other needs such as mental health treatment. A sliding fee scale based on income is available, and a worker is on site to help patients with sometimes hard-to-decipher applications for coverage programs such as Medicaid.

It’s a fresh approach to serving theunderserved that ties local health care

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Restore the CDC, prioritize health across the globe

A who’s who of health officials published a commentary Wednesday outlining their wish list for the incoming Biden-Harris administration, starting with their desire for the U.S. to rejoin the global public health community.

CDC committee: Health care workers, nursing home residents should get COVID vaccine first



“A threat anywhere is a threat to all of us,” said Dr. Michelle Williams, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an author of the commentary, published in The Lancet. 

Basic scientific research needs more government funding, according to the group, which also included former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Democratic Congresswoman and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, and Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University.

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The writers said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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December 4, 2020 | Tech Today

Fill Out the COVID-19 Symptom Tracking Form Before Coming to Campus

If you are working on campus while the University is at Health Safety Level Five, remember that no one is permitted to come to campus with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Employees are required to monitor their symptoms daily before coming to campus. The Daily Symptom Tracking Form is a short form that will help you determine if you have COVID-19 symptoms.


Free Holiday Pies

Due to COVID-19, Staff Council is unable to have the annual Holiday Dinner at the MUB this year. However, thanks to an in-kind donation from one of our foodservice vendors, along with additional support from the President’s Office, Dining Services and Staff Council, we would like to offer a free pie to our faculty and staff members as a small token of our appreciation for your hard work over the past year.

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Health technology firm started by Dallas native lands $175 million investment to expand

Austin-based health technology company Everlywell has raised $175 million to expand its digital health offerings and its workforce.

Everlywell was founded by Dallas native Julia Cheek in 2015, and the company moved to Austin in 2016.

Everlywell focuses on home health care diagnostics, including at-home tests for food sensitivity, allergies, thyroid issues, hormones and vitamins. The company also has received authorization for an at-home test kit for COVID-19.

New investors in the financing round include funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, the Chernin Group, Foresite Capital, Greenspring Associates, Lux Capital, Morningside Ventures and Portfolia, as well as existing investors Goodwater Capital, Highland Capital Partners and Next Coast Ventures.

This investment brings the total capital raised by the company to more than $250 million.

“The pandemic has shed light on the challenges of lab testing for Americans, from unknown costs to confusion and inconvenience,” Cheek said. “We’ve been empowering people with

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