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U.S.’s coronavirus task force steps up screening, allots $100M for aid

U.S.’s coronavirus task force steps up screening, allots $100M for aid

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Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Homeland Security officials announced Friday that they will be stepping up efforts to screen travelers arriving in the United States for the 2019 novel coronavirus. In addition, President Donald Trump's Novel Coronavirus Task Force indicated that the administration has allocated $ 100 million in foreign aid to outbreak response in China and other affected countries, Stephen Biegun, deputy Secretary of State said during a press briefing. "This aid signals strong U.S. leadership in response to this outbreak," Biegun added. The country "remains the world's most generous donor," he continued. During a press briefing led by all of the members of the President's Task Force, which includes representatives from multiple agencies with...
CDC mulling expanded screening for coronavirus; spread risk still low

CDC mulling expanded screening for coronavirus; spread risk still low

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Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday raised its travel warning for China to its highest alert level as they consider increased screenings for travelers from the Asian nation that is dealing with an increasing number of confirmed cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus. The agency raised its travel advisory to a level 3, warning U.S. citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to the country while urging those who must visit China to avoid sick people, animals, animal market and animal products. Meanwhile, the agency told reporters Monday that there have been no new cases beyond the five currently known and that 110 people from 26 states are currently being tested for the virus. People coming to the United States from China have been funneled through five airpor...
Screening in UK as China warns virus is ‘mutating’

Screening in UK as China warns virus is ‘mutating’

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The new virus that has killed nine people in China is mutating and could spread further, health officials have said., as Britain announced measures to monitor flights arriving from the country.UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News a "separate area" is being set up at Heathrow, as airports around the world step up screening of travellers arriving from affected regions at the centre of the outbreak. Public Health England said on its website the current risk to the UK is "very low", but added the situation is under "constant review". Image: There are fears the virus will spread as people travel for the lunar new year celebrations Mr Shapps said: "There have been some announcements this morning about flights that come direct f...
Lesbian women cervical screening myth is ‘dangerous’

Lesbian women cervical screening myth is ‘dangerous’

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The "dangerous myth" that gay and bisexual women cannot get cervical cancer means thousands could be missing out on screening, NHS England says.Any sexual activity can pass on the HPV virus, which causes the vast majority of cervical cancers.But a survey suggests one in five LGB women has never been for a test.Anyone with a cervix, between the ages of 25 and 64 should go for regular screening, health experts said.The figures are based on a report into attitudes to cervical screening among lesbian, gay and bisexual women in the North West of England.While the majority were aware they needed to go for cervical screening, 8% thought LGB women did not need the test or didn't know if it was required. And 21% thought LGB women were at lower risk of cervical can...
Prostate cancer screening scan hope

Prostate cancer screening scan hope

Health
Hundreds of UK men are trying out a new screening test for prostate cancer to see if it should eventually be offered routinely on the NHS. The test is a non-invasive MRI scan that takes images of the inside of the body to check for any abnormal growths. Scientists running the trial say it will take a few years to know if MRI will be better than available blood tests and biopsies at spotting cancers. NHS England said it would review this "potentially exciting" development.Why don't we already screen for prostate cancer?The UK currently doesn't offer routine screening because there is no reliable test. A blood test, called PSA, can check for high levels of a protein that can sometimes indicate that the person might have prostate cancer, but it is not always...