Health Canada to start real-time review of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

(Reuters) – Health Canada will start a real-time review of Germany’s BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said on Friday.

The companies said they would submit safety and efficacy data from the trial of their COVID-19 vaccine to Canada’s health ministry under a rolling submission as and when it becomes available.

A rolling review allows researchers to submit findings in real time, without waiting for studies to conclude. Canadian health minister Patty Hajdu last month signed an order allowing companies developing COVID-19 vaccines to submit information as it becomes available.

Health Canada said it will not make a decision on whether to authorize any vaccine under rolling review until it has received the necessary evidence to support the candidate’s safety, efficacy and quality.

The EU health regulator on Tuesday launched a real-time review of the companies’ experimental COVID-19 vaccine to potentially speed up the process of

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Pelosi to propose experts review a president’s mental fitness under 25th Amendment

House Democrats, who have accused President Donald Trump of acting erratically as he battles the coronavirus, on Friday will introduce a proposal to establish a panel to determine a president’s fitness for office under the Constitution’s 25th Amendment.

a person wearing a costume: Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi gestures during the Weekly News Conference on Capitol Hill, Oct. 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi gestures during the Weekly News Conference on Capitol Hill, Oct. 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.

The move comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday Trump was in an “altered state,” but has said it likely wouldn’t apply to him.


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The measure would create an expert panel – with members appointed by Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate – to conduct a medical exam at the direction of Congress to “determine whether the President is mentally or physically unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office,” according to the text of a version of

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Amazon Halo Band review: Creepy yet unobtrusive and useful for quantified self health data junkies

Amazon Halo Band is a fitness, mood, and wellness tracker that can be a bit creepy but may find its own niche with its unique spin on wearables and enterprise corporate wellness programs.

I’ve been taking the Halo for a spin for the last three days and have now entered the obsessive quantified self disorder zone. I’m wearing my usual Garmin Fenix 6 on the left hand and Halo Band on the right.


Amazon Halo Band riding shotgun with my Garmin Fenix 6. 

Oddly enough, this two-pronged device strategy is filling in a few gaps. Whether this quantified self adventure continues remains to be seen, but Halo Band is providing enough insights for me to think that it’ll stick around. The device, which was announced in August, also has the cost structure and features to be bundled into enterprise wellness programs.

To really decide whether Halo is worth the cost

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Head to Head Review: Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ:CASS) vs. Tabula Rasa HealthCare (NASDAQ:TRHC)

Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ:CASS) and Tabula Rasa HealthCare (NASDAQ:TRHC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Cass Information Systems has a beta of 0.84, indicating that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tabula Rasa HealthCare has a beta of 0.99, indicating that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cass Information Systems and Tabula Rasa HealthCare’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cass Information Systems $157.24 million 3.69 $30.40 million N/A N/A
Tabula Rasa HealthCare $284.71 million 3.50 -$32.44 million ($0.25) -173.38

Cass Information Systems has higher earnings, but lower

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Book review of Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary by Timothy Snyder

His condition worsened, and on Dec. 29, back home in New Haven, where he teaches history at Yale University, he spent 17 hours in the emergency room before a diagnosis was finally made. He now had a baseball-size abscess in his liver, accompanied by bacteria in his bloodstream. He was on the verge of death from overwhelming sepsis. It was probably a complication of a burst appendix.

After emergency surgery, instead of gratitude that he was alive, Snyder felt rage. In fact, rage is the leitmotif of his slender new book, “Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty From a Hospital Diary,” with more than 30 occurrences of the word, averaging roughly one “rage” every five pages.

His central argument is this: America is supposed to be about freedom, but if our health-care system makes us unhealthy, it is making us unfree. Health care, Snyder writes, is a fundamental human right, as

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Cannabis Industry Giant Expands Health-Specific Content, Introduces Medical Review Team

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In a bid to improve the quality and availability of information on health-specific cannabis use, industry giant has introduced a team of doctors and health experts to review thousands of topics relating to the use of medical cannabis and CBD for specific health conditions.


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The website, which for years has provided a reliable informational resource for medical cannabis patients, believes it is time for cannabis users of all types to have access to trustworthy, research-backed content on specific conditions and ailments.

“There’s no shortage of information out there in terms of using cannabis medicinally,” says WayofLeaf Medical Director Dr. Lynn Marie Morski. “However there is a need for more trustworthy, research-backed information that medical cannabis and CBD users can rely on.”

The medical review team, which is composed of physicians and scientists, is tasked with reviewing the site’s

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Cuomo: NY to ‘review’ coronavirus vaccine over fears of politicization, despite health officials’ assurances

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York will “review” a potential COVID-19 vaccine over fears of a politicized process — despite a number of assurances from the nation’s top health officials.

“The first question is, is the vaccine safe? Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion and I wouldn’t recommend to New Yorkers based on the federal government’s opinion,” Cuomo said at a press conference on Thursday


“New York state will have its own review when the federal government has finished with their review and says it’s safe,” he said, announcing a panel headed by the state’s Department of Health. “We’re going to put together a group for them to review the vaccine so I can look at the camera and I can say to New Yorkers that it’s safe to take — I

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KNH workers stage protest, slam SRC over failed salary review

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) workers on Friday morning staged a peaceful protest accusing the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) of failing to implement a proposed salary review from eight years ago.

The workers – under the umbrellas of Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) and Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied workers (KUDHEIHA) – converged outside the facility around 9am where they began their go-slow.

The hospital staff, in a letter to the Regional Police Commander seen by Citizen Digital, said they will end the procession at the SRC offices at Williamson House in Community at around 1pm.

“The services in the hospital (KNH) shall not be affected and the employees participating in the picketing will adhere to the COVID-19 regulations,” read the letter.

In 2012 the state corporation advisory committee evaluated all parastatals in the country

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Richmond public safety task force endorses civilian review board, changes to police training | Richmond Local News

The report, however, does not address other items on a widely distributed list of demands, including dropping charges against all protesters, defunding the city’s police department, releasing the names of all officers currently under investigation for use-of-force misconduct, and reopening the case of Marcus-David Peters, a Black schoolteacher who was killed by a Richmond police officer in 2018 while in mental health crisis.

The panel’s use-of-force subcommittee, for example, notes that law enforcement historically has responded to non-criminal calls involving people experiencing homelessness or mental health crises, leading to situations that caused harm.

“Responding to non-criminal calls, which lie beyond their training, can lead to unnecessary confrontations between the police department and the community and lead to community mistrust,” the report states.

Similar to activists calling for the creation of a “Marcus Alert,” named for Peters, the panel suggested emergency calls for non-criminal matters should be handled by “appropriate community

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Mental health management of elite athletes during COVID-19: a narrative review and recommendations


Elite athletes (defined as professional, Olympic/Paralympic or collegiate) suffer from many mental health symptoms and disorders at rates equivalent to or exceeding those of non-athletes.1 The COVID-19 pandemic has created new mental health stressors for everyone; for athletes, these have been addressed in recent publications.2–5 However, the pandemic’s impact on management of mental health symptoms and disorders in athletes has received little scholarly attention. Management in general for athletes has focused on the cardiac complications, screening for asymptomatic disease, and return to sport, incorporating hygiene measures.6–8 Here, we delineate management considerations for mental health symptoms and disorders in elite athletes. Options for management in elite athletes during the pandemic span various treatment modalities, inclusive of community-based or outpatient psychotherapy, outpatient pharmacotherapy and higher levels of care,9 all of which are addressed in this article. It is likely that these considerations will hold relevance into the foreseeable future given anticipated

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