Daily Archives: November 3, 2020

2020-11-03: News Headlines

del Rio C, Collins LF, Malani P. (2020-11-03). Long-term Health Consequences of COVID-19. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint discusses long-term consequences of COVID-19 infection, including cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurologic, and mental health sequelae, and calls for an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to better characterize how post—acute phase disease manifests in organ systems and overall health.

Sara Flounders (2020-11-03). Amazon bans book exposing U.S. COVID chaos—a commentary. workers.org A decision by the Amazon company to block a book focused on a scientific and cooperative approach to COVID-19 amounts to corporate information control operating at a new intensity. This censorship occurs while almost every form of U.S. media permits and promotes racist, unscientific and thoroughly confusing information. The censored . . . |

Prof. Ruel F. Pepa (2020-11-03). The Global Spread of the "Virus of Fear" globalresearch.ca The real story behind the so-called "second-wave" Covid-19 infection | The entire world at this point in time is being conditioned that the Covid-19 infection has gotten worse and the "second wave" of the PLANdemic is already here to wreak renewed …

Abbasi J. (2020-11-03). Large Meta-analysis Digs Into Obesity's COVID-19 Risks. jamanetwork.com This Medical News article is an interview with nutrition expert Barry Popkin, PhD, lead author of a new systematic review and meta-analysis of studies on coronavirus disease 2019 among individuals who are obese.

Hampton T. (2020-11-03). Newly Discovered Cellular Protection Pathway Blocks Ebola, COVID-19 Viruses. jamanetwork.com Faced with the urgent need for new antiviral strategies, investigators recently uncovered a surprising pathway that host cells use to protect against diverse viruses, including those that cause Ebola and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The findings, published in Science, point to a potential novel treatment target.

Meredith J, High KP, Freischlag J. (2020-11-03). Preserving Elective Surgeries in the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Future. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint describes the health burden imposed on patients and the logistical and financial burdens posed to health systems by the temporary halting of elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic, and proposes organizational and policy responses to maintain standards of quality and safety while sustaining the surgical services patients need.

MEE and agencies (2020-11-03). Bahrain approves use of experimental Covid-19 vaccine for frontline workers. middleeasteye.net Bahrain approves use of experimental Covid-19 vaccine for frontline workers | Bahrain's health minister said clinical trials showed the Chinese vaccine was 'safe and effective' | Tue, 11/03/2020 – 12: 13 | A volunteer disinfects a bed as Muslim Shia mourners give blood as part of Ashura commemorations, in Alnoaim village, a suburb of the Bahraini capital Manama (AFP) | Bahrain has approved…

MEE staff (2020-11-03). Covid-19: Scores of Palestinian prisoners infected. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Scores of Palestinian prisoners infected | The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs blames 'bad measures' inside Gilboa prison for the spread of the coronavirus | Tue, 11/03/2020 – 15: 05 | Palestinian prisoners and visitors at Gilboa prison in central Israel in 2006 (AFP) | Around 73 Palestinian prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19 inside the Israeli prison of Gilboa, according to the…

Jeremy Loffredo (2020-11-03). Same Story, Different Decade: How WHO's Definition of a Global Pandemic Benefits Big Pharma. globalresearch.ca When WHO broadened its definition of global pandemic in 2009, H1N1 vaccine makers profited at taxpayers' expense. COVID vaccine makers will likely reap even more benefits. | *** | In the years leading up to 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) worked …

Peter Koenig (2020-11-03). COVID and Its Man-Made Gigantic Collateral Damage: The Great Reset — A Call for Civil Disobedience. globalresearch.ca The going narrative in the west is: "Covid is on the Rise — we are entering the second wave — we must protect our people." | The offered recipe is testing-testing-testing — it is the instrument for increasing "cases". The more …

Peter Koenig (2020-11-03). Video: The Second Wave: Testing, Testing, "Covid is on the Rise". The Lockdown. globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2020-11-03). The approach of the World Socialist Web Site to science. wsws.org The WSWS was the only publication to warn very early on the dangers the working class faced if the coronavirus became a pandemic.

Nica San Juan (2020-11-03). Tourism Industry to Lose Over $1 Trillion and Can Reduce Global GDP by up to 2.8%. globalresearch.ca Tourism, which is the third largest export sector in the global economy, is among the worst impacted sectors by the global pandemic. According to the research data analyzed and gathered by

Annerieke Daniel (2020-11-03). Pandemic's Toll on Young Black Women. progressive.org Structural racism, discrimination, and poverty—which have historically left Black people out of the healthcare system — are leaving leave us more vulnerable to a serious and deadly virus.

Marshall DC, Tarras ES, Rosenzweig K, et al. (2020-11-03). Trends in Industry Payments to Physicians in the United States From 2014 to 2018. jamanetwork.com This study uses Medicare Open Payments data to characterize trends in the prevalence and value of physicians' interactions with industry overall and by specialty between January 2014 and December 2018 after implementation of the federal Open Payments transparency program in 2013.

Voelker R. (2020-11-03). New Center at FDA Will Advance Digital Health Innovation. jamanetwork.com The FDA is launching a Digital Health Center of Excellence within its Center for Devices and Radiological Health to advance technologies including wearable medical devices and mobile health devices.

Shachar C, Curfman G. (2020-11-03). Reconsidering Health Care Fraud and Abuse Laws. jamanetwork.com When financial incentives influence physicians' clinical decision-making, there may be cause for concern. Not all inducements aimed at affecting the utilization of medical services, however, are ill-intentioned. At a time when medical spending is stressing the US health care system, financial inducements aimed at encouraging cost controls or improving outcomes should be supported. To more accurately distinguish between public-minded vs detrimental financial inducements, the time has come to revisit the health care fraud and abuse laws that regulate these inducements.

Baer HJ, Rozenblum R, De La Cruz BA, et al. (2020-11-03). Effect of an Online Weight Management Program With vs Without Individualized Management on Weight Change. jamanetwork.com This cluster randomized trial compares the effects of an online weight management program with vs without a health manager monitoring progress vs usual care on 12-month weight change among adults with overweight or obesity and a diagnosis of hypertension or type 2 diabetes.

Campbell TL. (2020-11-03). Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply I agree with Dr Harris and with Dr Gordon and colleagues that screening for ACEs may reduce child abuse, improve the outcome of physical and mental disorders, and result in better public health, but this has yet to be proven. Where we primarily disagree is whether there are interventions that have been proven to improve health outcomes for children and adults who report high levels of ACEs on screening.

_____ (2020-11-03). Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls Committee Releases Final Report. popularresistance.org Arizona's Study Committee on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has posted its final report, including dozens of specific legislative, law enforcement and other policy recommendations to address the ongoing crisis. After nearly a year of in-depth research, which was slowed by COVID-19 and some enforcement agencies choosing not to participate, Arizona got its clearest picture to date of the increasing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. | "Our work will not end with this report; this is only the beginning," said Chairwoman Rep. Jennifer Jermaine, D-Chandler.

_____ (2020-11-03). Bad Leadership Is Plunging Public Schools Into A Crisis. popularresistance.org Michael Barbour, a professor at Touro University California and an expert on K-12 online learning, believes that more than half of the nation's school superintendents "should be fired." | His blistering criticism stems from the fact that, deep into the 2020-2021 school year, many schools are still struggling with virtual learning during the pandemic. | Stories of school districts' online learning systems crashing are widespread. Teachers complain about not being included in decisions about online curriculum and pedagogy. Alarming numbers of students are not engaged or not showing up, especially in low-income area…

George Monbiot (2020-11-03). The government's secretive Covid contracts are heaping misery on Britain. zcomm.org England's response to the coronavirus pandemic now relies on unskilled teenaged call centre workers, taking the place of experienced clinicians…

Plott CF, Kachalia AB, Sharfstein JM. (2020-11-03). Unexpected Health Insurance Profits and the COVID-19 Crisis. jamanetwork.com The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has placed unprecedented financial stress on most of the US health care system, including physician practices, emergency medical service systems, and hospitals. But there is one notable exception: health insurance companies. Sharp declines in elective care during the pandemic have reduced health care expenditures and contributed to earnings that are twice as large as those earned last year. For example, the UnitedHealth Group's net income during the second quarter grew from $3.4 billion in 2019 to $6.7 billion in 2020 and Anthem Inc's net income increased from $1.1…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-11-03). Fukushima espalha a pandemia nuclear. globalresearch.ca Nà£o é o Covid, mas a notícia passou quase desapercebida: o Japà£o descarregará no mar mais de um milhà£o de toneladas de água radioactiva da central nuclear de Fukushima. | O acidente catastrófico de Fukushima foi provocado pelo tsunami que, em …

Manlio Dinucci (2020-11-03). Fukushima, dilaga la pandemia nucleare. globalresearch.ca Foto: Una parte degli oltre mille serbatoi pieni di acqua radioattiva, accumulati nella centrale nucleare di Fukushima. | Non è Covid, per cui la notizia è passata quasi inosservata: il Giappone scaricherà in mare oltre un milione di tonnellate di acqua …

MEE and agencies (2020-11-03). Covid-19: Saudi Arabia's Aramco announces major slump in profits. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Saudi Arabia's Aramco announces major slump in profits | Saudi state oil company revealed it had suffered a 44.6 percent decline in profits in the third-quarter | Tue, 11/03/2020 – 13: 59 | Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq oil processing plant (AFP) | Profits in Saudi Arabia's state oil company have taken a severe hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, slumping by 44.6 percent in the…

Eliza Egret (2020-11-03). A school email perfectly demonstrates the government's shambolic handling of coronavirus. thecanary.co A leaked email shown to The Canary clearly demonstrates how, by keeping schools open, the government is spectacularly failing to protect us from coronavirus (Covid-19). | The email was sent by a school in Cornwall on 31 October, and was given to the parents of children who take a school bus. It told the parents that a child who takes the bus tested positive for the virus on 24 October. But the school was only informed on 30 October, and parents were told on 31 October. That's a whole week after the child tested positive for the virus. The email said: we need to inform you that someone on the… coach tested positi…

news.un (2020-11-03). 'Super typhoon' Goni: Towns cut off as COVID-19 impacts response. news.un.org "Super storm" Typhoon Goni has left several towns inaccessible and destroyed thousands of homes in the Philippines, the UN humanitarian wing has said, adding that relief efforts have been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

news.un (2020-11-03). Deputy UN chief pushes Security Council on global ceasefire, to fight 'common enemy'. news.un.org The UN Deputy Secretary-General on Tuesday urged the Security Council to do more to encourage combatants across the world to put down their guns and focus instead on fighting "our common enemy" — the coronavirus.

Staff (2020-11-03). As COVID Surges, States Attempt to Adapt With Drive-Through and Curbside Voting. truthout.org As COVID-19 cases have soared in suburban St. Louis County, Missouri, so have the calls from ailing or quarantined voters to the Board of Elections, asking how they can vote. Until this week, workers have taken down their contact information and sent ballots to their homes. But on Monday, the board pivoted. Today, voters with COVID-19 can vote at a newly established drive-thru site. | "So many more people are testing positive, there's no way we could send them all ballots," said Eric Fey, t…

Pam Long (2020-11-03). The US Military's 'Four Horsemen of Pharma': Destroying Veterans' Health? globalresearch.ca The

_____ (2020-11-03). 'The Coming War On China' — Watch John Pilger's Powerfully Relevant Documentary. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | "The aim of this film is to break a silence: the United States and China may well be on the road to war, and nuclear war is no longer unthinkable," Pilger says in his 2016 documentary The Coming War on China, which "In a few years China has become the world's second-biggest economic power," Pilger's introduction continues. "The United States is the world's biggest military power, with bases and missiles and ships covering ever…

Nadda Osman (2020-11-03). Egypt court orders release of more than 600 detainees swept up in crackdown. middleeasteye.net Egypt court orders release of more than 600 detainees swept up in crackdown | The prisoners include journalists, politicians and students who had been in pre-trial detention for over a year | Tue, 11/03/2020 – 14: 50 | A picture taken during a guided tour organised by Egypt's State Information Service on 11 February, 2020, shows the entrance of the Tora prison clinic in the Egyptian capital Cairo (AFP/fi…

Gordon JB, Nemeroff CB, Felitti V. (2020-11-03). Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Although Dr Campbell counseled caution "before advocating widespread screening for ACEs," there are many reasons to proceed with enthusiasm.

Annapureddy AR, Henien S, Wang Y, et al. (2020-11-03). Association Between Industry Payments to Physicians and Device Selection in ICD Implantation. jamanetwork.com This cross-sectional study examines the association between payments from device manufacturers to physicians and device selection for patients undergoing first-time implantation of a cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator (CRT-D).

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-03). Drones that patrol forests could monitor environmental and ecological changes. imperial.ac.uk Imperial researchers have created drones that can attach sensors to trees to monitor environmental and ecological changes in forests.

Chopard R, Albertsen I, Piazza G. (2020-11-03). Diagnosis and Treatment of Lower Extremity Venous Thromboembolism (VTE). jamanetwork.com This narrative review summarizes recent developments in the diagnosis and management of lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT), including discussion of risk factors, clinical presentation, and risks for pulmonary embolism (PE) and other complications.

Voelker R. (2020-11-03). Biologic Treatment Approved for Rare Blood Disorders. jamanetwork.com For the first time in nearly 14 years, the FDA has approved a treatment for adults and adolescents who have had hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) for 6 months or longer without a known nonhematologic secondary cause.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-03). Could the UK be set for negative interest rates? Views from Imperial's experts. imperial.ac.uk UK interest rates are currently at record lows of just 0.1% but could they soon turn negative?>

Deka R, Courtney P, Parsons J, et al. (2020-11-03). Association of African American Race and Outcomes in Low-Risk Prostate Cancer With Active Surveillance. jamanetwork.com This cohort study estimates 10-year risk for disease progression, surgery, metastasis, and cause-specific and all-cause mortality among African American men with low-risk prostate cancer managed with active surveillance.

WSWS (2020-11-02). Australia: Queensland Labor holds office by exploiting pandemic concerns. wsws.org Labor postured as a protector of the population from COVID-19, but will now unveil austerity measures in a delayed December budget.

news.un (2020-11-02). 'If we invest in health systems, we can bring this virus under control' — WHO chief. news.un.org Health systems and global preparedness are not only an investment in the future but "the foundation of our response" to today's COVID-19 health crisis, the head of the UN's health agency said on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-02). Interior Min. hosts COVID-19 Combat, Prevention HQ's meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 02 (MNA) — The meeting of National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters was held at the venue of Interior Ministry on Monday in the presence of Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani fazli and Health Minister Saeed Namaki.

Mark Pocan (2020-11-02). Everyone Needs to Do More to Fight COVID-19. commondreams.org We have little room for error if we are going to prevent thousands of people from getting sick and dozens from dying every day. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/coronavirus_3.jpeg

WSWS (2020-11-02). Missouri hospitals face being overwhelmed in latest surge of COVID-19 infections. wsws.org Hospital administrators across the state are raising the alarm, demanding the governor take action to limit the spread, including mandating masks, even as plans remain to reopen schools.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-02). Portuguese communists call to strengthen National Health Service to fight fresh spike in COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org The Portuguese government has announced new lockdown restrictions in 121 municipalities across the country in the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases. A record number of 4,656 COVID-19 cases were reported on October 30…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-02). Logistics, transportation industry's role in fighting COVID19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 02 (MNA) — Mehrzad Manuel Ferdows and Behzad Daniel Ferdows, two entrepreneurs in the logistics and transportation industry, have, in an analysis, weighed in on the significance of this industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2020-11-02). The Flawed COVID-19 Vaccine Testing Programs. globalresearch.ca There doesn't appear to be much difference between the testing protocols of the dozens of pharmaceutical companies that are working on developing a vaccine for the elusive (and therefore dubious) SARS virus that has not actually yet been isolated in …

sputniknews (2020-11-02). Peru's Machu Picchu Reopens for Tourism After COVID-19 Lockdown. sputniknews.com Peru's greatest tourist attraction, the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, reopened on Sunday after being closed for nearly eight months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the number of cases in the South American country steadily decreases.

WSWS (2020-11-02). Omaha, Nebraska school worker dies from COVID-19 as cases spike and teacher anger grows. wsws.org School custodian Greg Petersen became ill as schools reopen and teacher opposition grows to the spread of the deadly virus.