New Global Telepsychiatry Guidelines Released

The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) has released new global telemedicine guidelines. Prompted by the worldwide explosion of interest in telepsychiatry driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, the guidelines emphasize the need for international collaboration in psychiatry. “Global teamwork is the light at the end of the tunnel” of the current crisis, lead authors Davor Mucic, MD, The Little Prince Treatment Center, […]

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Green, amber or red: UK to classify travel destinations in May

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will confirm in early May whether it will allow international travel to resume from May 17 and which countries will fall into the red, amber or green categories in a new traffic light system based on COVID-19 risks.FILE PHOTO: A public health message is displayed at a terminal at Heathrow Airport, amid the spread of the […]

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EU regulator to probe ethical standards of Sputnik vaccine trials: FT

FILE PHOTO: Bottles of Russia’s “Sputnik-V” COVID-19 vaccine are seen before inoculation at a clinic in Tver, Russia, October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva(Reuters) – The EU drug regulator will begin investigations next week on whether clinical trials of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine followed global clinical and scientific guidelines, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. The European Medicines Agency’s probe […]

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Spain's COVID rate jumps, vaccine deliveries speed up

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s rising coronavirus infection rate is accelerating, official data showed on Monday, as authorities took delivery of the largest batch of vaccines to date.Slideshow ( 2 images )The infection rate as measured over the past 14 days rose to 163.4 cases per 100,000 people from 151.8 cases on Saturday as a gradual uptick in contagion from mid-March […]

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Through War and Pandemics, Hungary’s Oldest GP Still Finds Joy in Healing at 97

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s oldest general practitioner at the age of 97 receives patients every day and administers COVID-19 vaccines with an unwavering devotion to his profession. Istvan Kormendi says he was inspired from his early childhood by the example of his father, who was also a GP. He still lives in the high-ceilinged old apartment on the Buda side […]

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Number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care in France keeps rising

FILE PHOTO: A member of the medical staff administers the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a colleague at the Foch hospital in Suresnes, near Paris, France, February 8, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) – The number of people with the COVID-19 disease in French intensive care units rose by 17 on Wednesday to 4,651, setting a high for 2021 so far, […]

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France eases bird flu measures on poultry farms as new cases fall

PARIS (Reuters) – France is to allow poultry farms in southwestern areas hit by a severe strain of avian influenza to resume production after a sharp fall in new cases of the disease, the agriculture ministry said.FILE PHOTO: Mulard ducks are pictured at a poultry farm in Montsoue, France, January 12, 2017, as France continues a massive cull of ducks […]

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'My legs were shaking': elderly Spaniards thrilled to go out

MADRID — A group of elderly Spaniards got a long-awaited treat Monday: a trip out of their care homes for the first time in many months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The surprise destination for their outing left them gaping at breath-taking views over Madrid from a glass bridge 100 meters (330 feet) above the city street. Recent vaccinations against the […]

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French labour minister tests positive for COVID-19

PARIS (Reuters) – French Labour Minister Elizabeth Borne said on Sunday she had tested positive for COVID-19 and would keep working, the latest senior French official to catch the virus. The 59-year-old, who is number eight in rank in the cabinet, said on Twitter that she was doing well despite having some symptoms. “Having tested positive for COVID-19, I will […]

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Italy's Piedmont region temporarily suspends AstraZeneca shots

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s northern region of Piedmont said on Sunday said it would temporarily suspend AstraZeneca coronavirus shots after a teacher from the town of Biella died following his vaccination on Saturday.FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled “AstraZeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Dado […]

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