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Did you know a small handful of walnuts a day may lower your cholesterol? It could also protect against inflammation in your heart’s arteries -- here's why:

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📢Happening Now!📢 #Nurses  from overwhelmed, hotspot areas across the country speak out about hospital employers' knowing failure to prepare for the #Covid19  surge. a thread...

🆕 : PHAC published advice on planning safe #holiday  celebrations to be used with the advice of your local public health authority. Read more: #COVID19 

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"We’re calling on everyone to show their solidarity with women affected by violence by raising their voices, and by wearing something orange this Wednesday as a symbol of solidarity and hope " @DrTedros-  #EndViolence 

@uamshealth  Little Rock, Arkansas, introduced a new pilot program called Geriatric Buddy to address the challenges of social isolation by setting up virtual visits with older adults living in local nursing homes or by themselves. #HealthcareHeroes 

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Today is Public Health Thank You Day! #AHRQ  commends the efforts of the nation’s public health workforce to enhance our safety and well-being and build healthier communities. @ResearchAmerica  #PublicHealthHeroes 

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Join #AHRQ  to help raise awareness about #WAAW  and global antimicrobial resistance. Let's avoid the spread of drug-resistant infections.

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#COVID19 underscores the need to strengthen our public health capacity & support our public health workforce. #PHTYD  is a day to say thanks. @ResearchAmerica 

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CARE is extremely concerned about rising levels of violence against women and girls and reports of increasing incidences of child marriage in temporary displacement camps due to desperation and people fleeing brutal attacks on civilian areas in Mozambique.

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Scoops of the Day

We have called on the @wto  to eliminate “harmful” fishing subsidies, which have been linked to: ❌ overfishing ❌ marine environmental destruction ❌ loss of livelihoods & income for coastal communities Urgent action is needed now. More: #SDGs 

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Do you keep sheep or goats? It's nearly time for you to complete your annual sheep and goat inventory. You'll receive a letter or email soon telling you what you need to do. The deadline for completion of the inventory is 31 December 2020.

NEW—Tackling #COVID19  in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. In a Comment, Ahmed Salim Al-Mandhari, Richard J Brennan, Abdinasir Abubakar & Rana Hajjeh@WHOEMRO  describe factors explaining the regional trends & the response challenges in the region

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#AvianInfluenza H5N8 has been found in #Poultry  and captive birds at a premises nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. 3km & 10km temporary control zones are in place. Find the latest updates & advice on how to protect your birds here: #BirdFlu  @BHWTOfficial 

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World Report: A lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act may be floundering after Supreme Court justices questioned why the law should be dismantled. Susan Jaffe@susanjaffe ) reports from Washington, DC

This #WAAW  find out more about how APHA play a role in tacking #Antibiotic  Resistance by reading Sarah Evan's excellent #APHAscience  blog

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Excellent news! #Oxford  #AstraZeneca  #COVID19  #vaccine  has 70.4% average efficacy and 90% if a lower dose used, plus it can be stored at normal fridge temperature (2-8 °C)

Georgia is purging voters. Please check your voting status and re-register if need be.

Christmas time’s a comin’. A huge tractor trailer just pulled up in front of CBC in Corner Brook to offload Christmas trees that will be sold at Sobeys next door.

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Scoops of the Week

📢📽️📅 The links between health & climate change are undeniable. Join the launch of the 2020 @LancetCountdown  report bringing together a diverse group of authors & speakers working at the nexus of #climatechange  & health Register#LancetClimate20 

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Authors note that their new findings could be encouraging if the immune responses found in their study are associated with protection against infection with SARS-CoV-2, but this study did not assess efficacy and phase 3 trials are ongoing to confirm this

In a linked Comment, Melissa Andrew & Janet McElhaney discuss how results of the phase 2 trial of the Oxford#COVID19  vaccine in older adults might be applied to the true target populations for COVID-19 vaccines

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NEW—Infectiousness peaks early in #COVID19  patients, emphasising the need to rapidly isolate cases: finding from a systematic review and meta-analysis of three human coronaviruses @LancetMicrobe 

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Today we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of our Millennium Seed Bank & its partnership! 🎉 Located in Sussex @Wakehurst_Place , the MSB is the world’s largest underground seed bank & conservation resource for global wild plant species #MSBP20 🌱

Following the #COVID19  vaccine updates this week, many people are feeling hopeful for the first time in a long time. But there is still much to learn and many barriers to overcome. NEW Editorial discusses the dangers of becoming complacent

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If you are out #Walking  this #Weekend  & you find dead wild waterfowl such as #Swans , #Geese  or #Ducks , or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or #BirdsOfPrey , please let us know to protect against #AvianInfluenza  #BirdFlu  #WinterWalks  @Natures_Voice 

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#AvianInfluenza H5N8 (pathogenicity to be determined) has been confirmed in captive birds at a non-poultry premises near Stroud in Gloucestershire. Find all the latest updates here: @GlosCC  #BirdFlu  @BIAZA  @BHWTOfficial 

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By supporting other countries efforts against #Birdflu  APHA scientists were able to identify the new high-path strain being seen this year. As a result we were able to put out international warnings and ensure the UK was prepared before it arrived #APHAscience 

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We have published updated biosecurity guidance & a new checklist to help all #Poultry  & captive bird keepers follow the legal requirements of the #AvianInfluenza  prevention zone: @BHWTOfficial  @NFU_Poultry  #BirdFlu  #Chickens  #Ducks  #Gamebirds 

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