Daily Archives: October 27, 2020

2020-10-27: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-10-27). New figures show a 53% rise in coronavirus registered deaths in one week. thecanary.co The number of weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus has risen by more than half in seven days, new figures have shown. | There were 670 deaths registered in England and Wales which mentioned "novel coronavirus" in the week ending 16 October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. | This is a rise of 53% from the previous week, when 438 deaths involving Covid-19 were registered. | It is the sixth consecutive rise and the highest number of registered deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending 19 June. There were: | 521 deaths in hospitals | 106 deaths in care homes | 33 deaths in private homes…

Slomski A. (2020-10-27). Colchicine Reduces Cardiovascular Events in Chronic Coronary Disease. jamanetwork.com The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine has been shown to reduce cardiovascular events after recent myocardial infarction. Now, a trial in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that daily low-dose colchicine also significantly reduces the cardiovascular event risk among patients with chronic coronary disease.

Jasmine Norden (2020-10-27). The government quietly U-turned on a key pandemic promise just before going on a week's holiday. thecanary.co The government has slashed one of its key programmes aimed at helping disadvantaged children during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. And it did so quietly. On a Friday evening — just as parliament was going into recess for the week and half-term was starting for children across the country. | On 19 April, the government

Kuehn BM. (2020-10-27). Shifting Hydroxychloroquine Patterns Raise Concern. jamanetwork.com The number of hydroxychloroquine prescriptions by specialists who don't typically prescribe the drug skyrocketed after preliminary reports in March suggested potential benefits for patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

KPFK: Strength Thru Unity Program (2020-10-27). Wednesday 10/28: Strength Thru Unity: Multicultural Election Special on COVID, Racism, & Human Rights. indybay.org Watch online via website livestream…

Hofmann SG. (2020-10-27). Evaluating Non—Statistically Significant Results From Trials in Practice. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Dr Young and colleagues suggested that there are occasions when clinicians may treat statistically nonsignificant results as clinically meaningful and incorporate them in important clinical decision-making, especially when considering the effect size and associated confidence intervals. This recommendation is problematic because it elevates underpowered studies in clinical decision-making. Even more problematic in this context is the assumption that inferences can be made directly from group-level data to the individual, even if the group-level results are ambiguous or nonsignificant.

Gondi S, Chokshi DA. (2020-10-27). Financial Stability as a Goal of Payment Reform—A Lesson From COVID-19. jamanetwork.com Over the last decade, the US health care system embarked on a journey toward value-based care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed and implemented a range of value-based payments through the rollout of alternative payment models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs). The goal of these efforts was to increase value by improving quality and reducing costs. To date, however, alternative payment models have had modest effects on health outcomes or spending.

WSWS (2020-10-27). Automation drive accelerates in meatpacking industry in response to coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org The drive for automation no doubt has the potential to free workers from laborious and life-threatening tasks, particularly during a pandemic, but the result of automation under capitalism is to increase the exploitation of workers through layoffs, speedup and wage cuts.

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-10-27). Students across Europe take to the streets against government insensitivity amid COVID-19 spike. peoplesdispatch.org The inability of governments and institutional authorities to provide safety to students amid the new spike in COVID-19 cases in Europe has put their future at stake. The student community has once again hit the streets demanding safety and resources…

Staff (2020-10-27). Protests Rise in Philly After Police Murder Black Man Amid Mental Health Crisis. truthout.org Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—West Philly saw a quickly escalating situation develop on 4 p.m. Monday afternoon and dragging into the evening and overnight. In a graphic and disturbing video circulating on social media, two white Philadelphia Police (PPD) officers are seen repeatedly shooting a Black man in front of his mother from several feet away as he walked while holding a knife. Neither of the two officers in the video seemed to attempt to use their taser, and they appeared to hav…

WSWS (2020-10-27). Twenty-nine outbreaks reported in K-12 schools as COVID-19 rips through Michigan. wsws.org Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.

WSWS (2020-10-27). COVID rips through Michigan K-12 schools: record 29 new outbreaks reported last week. wsws.org Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-10-27). McConnell caught trying to sabotage Covid Relief agreement in order to prioritize Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation. nationofchange.org The window to hash out any details of a coronavirus relief deal is coming to an end as Election Day approaches even though there is a huge need for one.

Curt Wechsler (2020-10-27). Monday 10/26: Protest the Coronation of Trump's Handmaid. indybay.org 16th & Valencia, San Francisco…

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-10-27). "Mask Mouth": Wearing Facemasks Causes Decaying Teeth, Gum Disease, Skin Blemishes, Pimples, Acne. globalresearch.ca Facemasks are causing many problems, but the medical establishment and governments around the world who impose mandates to wear facemasks in public seem to be oblivious to the damage they are causing in order to protect us. In this case, …

Makia Freeman (2020-10-27). US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Study Refutes Official Covid-Sars-2 Narrative. globalresearch.ca CDC (Center for Disease Control) scientists made some COVID admissions that totally destroy the official COVID narrative in a study published in June 2020 entitled

Rubin R. (2020-10-27). US Drug Use Survey Uncovers Both Promising and Concerning Trends. jamanetwork.com Among people aged 12 years or older in 2019, 60.1% reported having used a substance during the past month, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

yenisafak (2020-10-27). Two die as migrant boat capsizes off northern France. yenisafak.com A major rescue operation is underway in northern France Tuesday after a boat carrying 20 migrants capsized off the coast of Loon-Plage.According to reporting by daily Voice of the North, two people have died, including a child. Another 15 people have been rescued, with eight of them experiencing hypothermia and two are in cardiac arrest. Three people remain missing.Firefighters and emergency medical services have been deployed to the scene, on both the docks and into the Channel, along with French Navy helicopters.Loon-Plage lies to the west of the town of Dunkirk on the northern coast.

Kinner SA, Borschmann R. (2020-10-27). Polysocial Risk Scores for Assessing Social Determinants of Health. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Dr Figueroa and colleagues recognized the importance of social determinants in shaping health outcomes. Echoing a recommendation to study marginalized populations, they recommended multisectoral data linkage as a promising means of examining these complex relationships. We agree with this recommendation but urge caution in pursuing development of a polysocial risk score for 4 reasons.

news.un (2020-10-27). Global foreign direct investment halved amid pandemic, but China remained resilient. news.un.org Foreign direct investment (FDI), a bellwether of globalisation and economic confidence, fell by 49 per cent to $399 billion in the first half of 2020, amid the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a new report from the UN trade and development organization UNCTAD showed on Tuesday.

yenisafak (2020-10-27). Top EU official tests positive for COVID-19. yenisafak.com European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas said on Tuesday he tested positive for coronavirus. | "I have just learned that my regular scheduled COVID-19 test before the College came back positive. I am now self-isolating as required. Stay safe," he tweeted. | Earlier this month, Mariya Gabriel, the European commissioner for innovation and research, also contracted the novel virus. | Other top officials who self-isolated after coming in contact with those who tested positive include foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, EU Commission President Ursula von der, and European Council President Charles Michel.

yenisafak (2020-10-27). Iran reports record 6,968 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Iran on Tuesday reported 6,968 new coronavirus cases and 346 deaths in the past 24 hours, its highest daily tally, pushing the death toll in the hardest-hit Middle Eastern country to 33,299.Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state media that the new cases brought the country's total number of identified cases to 581,824.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-27). The US announces fresh sanctions against Iran's petroleum sector. peoplesdispatch.org The sanctions mostly target entities and individuals in Iran's petroleum sector, including the minister of petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh. US sanctions have massively affected Iran's ability to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19…

Slomski A. (2020-10-27). Daily Aspirin Increases Gastrointestinal Bleeding Among Older Adults. jamanetwork.com People aged 70 years or older who took daily aspirin had an increased risk of clinically significant gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in the Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) trial, researchers reported in Gut.

WSWS (2020-10-27). UK Nightingale hospitals readied as pandemic threatens to overwhelm NHS. wsws.org As the pandemic hit the UK, tens of thousands of operations were cancelled. The pressure to clear through this backlog, while simultaneously handling the resurgence of the virus, will have dire effects on an already beleaguered NHS.

Jack Rasmus (2020-10-27). Barrett Confirmed, Post-Election Chaos Will Ensue. counterpunch.org Yesterday Mitch McConnell's Republican Senate confirmed its third ultra conservative Supreme Court nominee, Amy Barrett, as Supreme Court Justice. Coming in the midst of America's current dual crisis—economic and Covid health—both now worsening, the Barrett appointment ensures the emergence of historic political instability in the USA. The dual crisis is about to become a triple

Kuehn BM. (2020-10-27). Health Care Worker SARS-CoV-2 Infection Is Flying Under the Radar. jamanetwork.com A high percentage of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections among health care workers appear to go undetected, often because they have mild or no symptoms and workplace testing isn't sufficient, investigators from a multistate hospital network reported.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-27). Iran records highest COVID-19 daily death toll again. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Tuesday as 346 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak in the country.

Jake Johnson (2020-10-27). 'Should be ashamed': After installing Barrett, McConnell adjourns Senate for recess with no Covid relief insight. nationofchange.org "Small business owners, workers, and families are desperate for support—and lawmakers and the president abandoned them in order to focus on jamming through a historically non-transparent and extreme Supreme Court pick."

yenisafak (2020-10-27). US relief bill talks hit wall over COVID-19 differences. yenisafak.com The much-anticipated $2.2 trillion US relief bill negotiations between Democrats and Republicans have hit a wall on Monday amid party differences for nationwide testing plans against COVID-19.US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi continued her weeks-long talks with White House top negotiator Steven Mnuchin on the stimulus package, but released a letter with a harsh tone criticizing the Republicans."The Republicans' continued surrender to the virus — particularly amid the recent wave of cases — is official malfeasance," the top Democrat wrote in the letter."Unless we have a national plan for testing,…

Lynda Carson (2020-10-27). Coronavirus covid-19 pandemic invades the White House. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Memorial In Washington D.C.

Princess Harmony (2020-10-27). Purdue Pharma guilty in opioid deaths. workers.org A contributing cause to the opioid epidemic — overprescription of painkillers like OxyContin — has been identified by both individuals and the state. Since the start of the opioid crisis, overdoses have continued to rise, with COVID-19-based isolation pushing even more people toward the abuse of prescription and illicit opioids. . . . |

Rubin R. (2020-10-27). Rising Rates of ED Visits for Suicidal Ideation, Suicide Attempt. jamanetwork.com From 2008 to 2017, the rate of emergency department (ED) visits related to suicidal ideation or suicide attempt increased among all age groups 5 years or older, according to a recent report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The Canary (2020-10-27). 20 things the government must do to tackle structural racism and protect BAME communities from coronavirus. thecanary.co Baroness Doreen Lawrence has set out 20 recommendations for the government to protect those most at risk from coronavirus and tackle inequality in the longer term.Here are her recommendations from her review into the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities: | Set out an urgent plan for tackling the disproportionate impact of Covid on BAME people this winter | 2. Implement a national strategy to tackle health inequalities.3. Suspend the "no recourse to public funds" rule during the pandemic and review its impact on public health and health inequalities.4. Ensure Covi…

Figueroa JF, Jha AK. (2020-10-27). Polysocial Risk Scores for Assessing Social Determinants of Health—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Drs Kinner and Borschmann raise important concerns around the development and deployment of polysocial risk scores into real-world practice, a topic we described in a Viewpoint. Issues they highlight include problems related to the dynamic nature of social risk, the difficulty of capturing social complexity in a single score, the fact that there is not an optimal score to capture risk across multiple health outcomes, and the potential danger of interpreting the relationship between risk scores and health outcomes as causal. These are all important issues, and we largely agree, although we offer some poin…

Staff (2020-10-27). Headlines for October 27, 2020. democracynow.org Amy Coney Barrett Sworn In, Giving SCOTUS Heavy Conservative Majority Ahead of Pivotal Cases, SCOTUS Rules Wisconsin Cannot Count Ballots Received After Election Day, Surging COVID-19 Cases Trigger Curfews; Doctors Say 800,000 Children Have Been Infected, China Testing 5 Million People After One Asymptomatic Case in Xinjiang, New Lockdowns in Germany, Mask Orders in Russia as COVID-19 Cases Surge, Oxford Vaccine Shows Promising Results as New Data Suggests Antibodies in Recovered Cases Don't Last, U.S. Imposes Harsh New Sanctions on Iranian Oil, Airstrikes Kill Dozens at Training Camp in Idlib, Syria, Explosion a…

jamanetwork (2020-10-27). The Physician's Responsibility. jamanetwork.com The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Nebraska, abstracted in the Medicolegal department of The Journal last week, is of importance and interest to practicing physicians, and especially to health officers…. The plaintiff, while stopping at a small hotel, consulted a local physician, the defendant, regarding some sores that had appeared on his body. After an examination, the physician told the plaintiff—his patient—that he believed the disease to be syphilis, but that it was impossible to make a positive diagnosis without a Wassermann test, for which he had no equipment. The defendant physician…

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-10-27). Winter is coming in the Northern Hemisphere. Will COVID-19 get worse? peoplesdispatch.org There is not enough data to conclusively predict if the onset of winter will lead to a greater spread of the infection. However, researchers have been studying the possibility through a variety of ways…

Slomski A. (2020-10-27). No Mortality Differences Among Localized Prostate Cancer Treatments. jamanetwork.com Compared with active monitoring, radical treatment of localized prostate cancer does not improve disease-specific or overall survival at 10 years, a multicenter UK trial in Health Technology Assessment found.

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2020-10-27). Any True Recovery Must Include US Workers. thenation.com Any True Recovery Must Include US Workers…

news.un (2020-10-27). Equality, sustainability should guide COVID-19 recovery, say governments at regional forum. news.un.org Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region have called for COVID-19 recovery to be guided by the principles of inclusive development, equality and sustainability.

Applegate WB, Williamson JD, Berlowitz D. (2020-10-27). Deprescribing Antihypertensive Medication in Elderly Adults. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Deprescribing medications in frail older adults may result in improvements in overall health status. However, deprescribing should be based on a full consideration of scientific evidence. A clinical trial of antihypertensive medication reduction in persons aged 80 years or older with a systolic blood pressure of less than 150 mm Hg (mean, 130 mm Hg) reported that after 12 weeks of follow-up, the intervention group, which underwent removal of 1 medication, was noninferior with regard to systolic blood pressure control compared with the control group, in which there was no change.

Kavitha Muralidharan (2020-10-27). Burying 1,000 Bodies and Loads of Prejudice. counterpunch.org "We were worried that our father would not be treated well in death." Two months after Panchanathan Subramaniam's demise, his son S. Ramesh still grieves: "When we got him admitted to Thanjavur government hospital with symptoms of Covid-19, we never imagined we would take him back lifeless." More so since 68-year-old Subramaniam, who retired years

You S, Rho Y, Bikdeli B, et al. (2020-10-27). Ticagrelor vs Clopidogrel and Adverse Events in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome Undergoing PCI. jamanetwork.com This cohort study compares net risk for ischemic vs hemorrhagic events at 12 months among patients treated with ticagrelor vs clopidogrel during and after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) management of acute coronary syndrome (ACS).

Michael Arney (2020-10-27). EMS union drive near Syracuse, N.Y. boosted by coronavirus and company's hostile response. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Haymarket Books (2020-10-27). Thursday 10/29: The Virus, The Climate, The Alternative: Ecosocialist Solutions to Capitalist Crises. indybay.org Online event…

Young PJ, Nickson CP, Perner A. (2020-10-27). Evaluating Non—Statistically Significant Results From Trials in Practice—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We submit that clinicians have a responsibility to evaluate major clinical trials and, at times, to implement their findings in advance of clinical guidelines being produced by scientific societies and government agencies. In our Viewpoint, we sought to provide a framework for them to do this in situations in which actionable findings might be hidden behind a non—statistically significant primary outcome. We agree with Dr Piovani and colleagues that when deciding whether to implement clinical trial findings, outcomes that matter to patients are the most important. However, because data pertaining t…

WSWS (2020-10-26). COVID's deadly toll on people with Alzheimer's and dementia. wsws.org Deaths from dementia have been catastrophic as the isolation and lockdowns of nursing homes have led to cessation of vital support and treatment for this vulnerable layer of the population.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-26). With Covid-19 Rife Among VP Staffers, Democrats Says Pence Presiding Over Senate a 'Violation of Common Decency'. commondreams.org "Your presence alone could be very dangerous to many people—not just Senators, but to all the truly essential staff—both Democratic and Republican—who must be physically present inside the U.S. Capitol for it to function." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pence_senate_covid-19.jpg

W. T. Whitney (2020-10-26). Cuba Responds to Pandemic, Blockade and New Economic Troubles. counterpunch.org Buffeted for six decades by the U. S. economic blockade and recently having had to cope with restrictions on daily life and work due to COVID 19, Cuba's already shaky economy is deteriorating. Government leaders recently outlined remedial steps leading to what they call a "new normal." The UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and