Daily Archives: November 10, 2020

2020-11-10: News Headlines

Kuehn BM. (2020-11-10). COVID-19 Deaths Among US Clinicians. jamanetwork.com More than 100‚ÄØ000 US health care personnel have contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) since February and at least 641 have died, according to a report by health officials from the CDC and several states.

teleSUR (2020-11-10). Sinovac Rejects Halt of its COVID-19 Vaccine's Trials in Brazil. telesurenglish.net Chinese vaccine developer Sinovac Biotech reaffirmed that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate CoronaVac is safe, following the announcement by Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) over the suspension of clinical trials in the country on Tuesday. | RELATED: | "After communicating with our Brazilian partner, the Butantan Institute, we learned that their board believes that this serious adverse event is not r…

Kuehn BM. (2020-11-10). COVID-19 Poses Pregnancy Risks. jamanetwork.com Preventing and identifying coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in pregnant women is essential, as new data suggest some are at risk of severe illness or pregnancy loss.

WSWS (2020-11-10). Spain's PSOE-Podemos regime rejects lock-downs as COVID-19 soars. wsws.org The priorities of the ruling class in Spain are clear: even if lockdown measures could largely eliminate the virus in only a few weeks, they would rather see mass contagion and death in order to ensure the working class keeps producing profits.

Jim Miles (2020-11-10). Days of the Future Passed — Point of No Return. Covid-19 and The 2020 Presidential Elections. globalresearch.ca One of the more pivotal years in modern history was 1979 and its geopolitical events. Until recently I had considered them to be the most important alignment of events influencing future actions. It is still of paramount importance in the …

Krumholz HM, Bloom T, Sever R, et al. (2020-11-10). Submissions and Downloads of Preprints in the First Year of medRxiv. jamanetwork.com This study describes submissions, postings, abstract views, downloads, comments, and withdrawals on the medRxiv preprint server from June 2019 to June 2020 and compares submissions and postings before and after COVID-19.

Julian Rose (2020-11-10). Life Starts from Here. Counteract the "Great Reset" by "Puppet Master Big Banker" globalresearch.ca Let's do a reality check: many of us wake-up in the morning with our default memory sleepily reverted back to a pre-covid state of seeming 'normality'. But after splashing our face with cold water, taking the dog for a walk …

Antonucci E, Giovini M, Dell'Anna A. (2020-11-10). Noninvasive Oxygenation Strategies for Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The systematic review and network meta-analysis by Dr Ferreyro and colleagues found that noninvasive oxygenation strategies (ie, helmet or face mask noninvasive ventilation; high-flow nasal oxygenation) were associated with a lower risk of mortality and endotracheal intubation compared with standard low-flow oxygen therapy in adult patients with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure. This study could support wider use of noninvasive ventilation during the current coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, especially if the availability of ventilators is limited. However, some issues should be discussed furthe…

Gostin LO. (2020-11-10). The Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020—7 Critical Lessons. jamanetwork.com The world is experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, causing untold human suffering and death, unraveling of social relationships, and robbing individuals of livelihoods and countries of prosperity. The coronavirus pandemic has strained health systems, revealed unconscionable inequalities, and upended international institutions. Here are 7 critical lessons.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-10). Viral Optimism: The Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine. globalresearch.ca The announcement that Pfizer Inc., along with its collaborative partner BioNTech SE, had come up with a successful vaccine candidate to combat the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

WSWS (2020-11-10). Truck drivers at United Natural Foods vote to strike over lack of pandemic safety measures. wsws.org UNFI delivers groceries to a number of major retailers in New York City, New Jersey, upstate New York and Connecticut, including Whole Foods Market and Stop & Shop, from its distribution center in Montgomery, New York…

Barnett ML, Joynt Maddox KE, Orav E, et al. (2020-11-10). Skilled Nursing Facilities and a Bundled Payment Model for Joint Replacement Surgery. jamanetwork.com This study compares mean levels of institutional spending for Medicare beneficiaries after lower extremity joint replacement at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) participating vs not participating in Medicare's bundled payment program, before vs after implementation of the program.

Becker C. (2020-11-10). Relationships Between Academic Medicine Leaders and Industry. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay, a Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) clinician uses the resignation of BWH's president from Moderna's board of directors after a stock sale reportedly paying her millions to question why leaders of academic medical centers are allowed to develop lucrative relationships with industry that prioritize mutual profits over patient well-being and public health.

WSWS (2020-11-10). Face-to-face teaching resumed at Australian universities, despite continuing COVID-19 cases. wsws.org Despite the clear dangers, the trade unions covering university workers—such as the National Tertiary Education Union—have mounted no opposition to the return to campuses.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-10). Iran's COVID-19 cases surpass 700,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 10,339 COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases in the country to 703,288.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-10). FAO, WHO recommend five steps to ensure food safety. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization have provided five steps to ensure food safety.

news.un (2020-11-10). UN agency for Palestine refugees runs out of money as COVID-19 spreads. news.un.org The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA) has run out of cash on hand to keep vital services going amid the worsening health emergency, UNRWA spokesperson Tamara Alrifai told a regular UN press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.

news.un (2020-11-10). Can 'Open Science' speed up the search for a COVID-19 vaccine? 5 things you need to know. news.un.org The UN is calling for authoritative scientific information and research to be made freely available, to accelerate research into an effective vaccine against the COVID-19 virus, help counter misinformation, and "unlock the full potential of science".

Jasmine Norden (2020-11-10). The second lockdown will highlight the need for mental health service reform more than anything before it. thecanary.co The UK is now in its second national lockdown in an attempt to curb the still rising coronavirus (Covid-19) case numbers. While sorely needed, this lockdown could worsen the negative psychological effects of the first. | This is particularly evident in terms of mental health. Countless academics and charities have already warned about the mental health crisis facing the UK. The Centre for Mental Health The…

Claudio Rivera, Stephanie Knezz Shawn Smith (2020-11-10). Students Push to Remove Police. University President Doubles Down Instead. zcomm.org We know policing has negative health implications on young people, especially for Black people who are disproportionately affected…

The Canary (2020-11-10). Matt Hancock suggests vaccine will be rolled out from December, but not for everyone. thecanary.co The military and NHS staff are on standby to roll out a coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine across the UK from the start of December, according to the health secretary.Matt Hancock said there were many hurdles to overcome before the "vast task" of vaccination could begin. These include regulatory approval of the new Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and assessment of its safety data.No escaping second wave: On Monday 9 November, England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam told the Downing Street press conference he was "hopeful" there would be "some vaccine by Christmas". But he also urged caution.H…

The Canary (2020-11-10). More than 30,000 extra deaths at home have occurred during the pandemic. thecanary.co More than 30,000 extra deaths have taken place in private homes in England and Wales since the start of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, new figures show.Extra deaths — known as "excess deaths" — are the number of deaths that are above the average for the corresponding period in the previous five years.A total of 31,684 excess deaths in homes in England and Wales were registered between 7 March and 30 October, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Of this number, 2,676 — or 8% — were confirmed as deaths involving coronavirus(PA Graphics)People dying in their own homes

The Canary (2020-11-10). Redundancies hit record high as hundreds of thousands lose jobs. thecanary.co More people were made redundant between July and September than at any point on record, according to new official statistics. It comes as the pandemic laid waste to large parts of the economy. | Hard times: | Around 314,000 redundancies were registered during the three months according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This figure is up by 181,000 from the quarter before. The data suggests that unemployment in the UK reached 4.8% in the three months to September. It's an increase of 0.7 percentage points on the quarter before, and 0.9 percentage points from a year ago. | Meanwhile, around 33,00…

Ragip Soylu (2020-11-10). Covid-19: Turkey to be prioritised in receiving vaccine, official says. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey to be prioritised in receiving vaccine, official says | BioNTech founder says vaccine could be given to Turkish citizens in the first three months of 2021 | Tue, 11/10/2020 – 15: 12 | Vials carrying a potential vaccine against coronavirus (Reuters) | Turkey will be among the first countries to receive the experimental vaccine that is proven to be 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-…

MEE staff (2020-11-10). Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator, dies after contracting Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator, dies after contracting Covid-19 | The 65-year-old senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official was being treated for the disease in a Jerusalem hospital | Tue, 11/10/2020 – 09: 12 | Saeb Erekat, Chief Palestinian negotiator, speaking to reporters in 2014 (AFP) | Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator and senior Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) official,…

Health Care Voter (2020-11-10). Tuesday 11/10: #SaveTheACA Rally at Supreme Court w/ Health Care Voter (livestream). indybay.org Livestream recording of protest rally…

Staff (2020-11-10). Consumer Advocates Warn Pfizer Data Is Incomplete — Vaccine Is Still Months Away. truthout.org As the United States shatters global records for COVID-19 infections, news on Monday of early trial data suggesting that a potential vaccine for the virus is 90 percent effective provided a brief sense of relief. | However,

Staff (2020-11-10). Headlines for November 10, 2020. democracynow.org William Barr Says Prosecutors Can Probe Voter Fraud Claims, as GOP Backs Trump Refusal to Concede, GA Republican Senators Call for Sec. of State to Step Down After They Fail to Win Their Races, Joe Biden Pleads for Use of Face Masks as U.S. Cases Top 10 Million, Saeb Erekat, Chief Palestinian Negotiator, Dies After Contracting COVID-19, Trump Fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper, SCOTUS Hearing Arguments in GOP Attack on Obamacare, Which Could Strip Healthcare for Millions, Evo Morales Returns to Bolivia, One Year After Coup That Ousted Him, Peru Removes President Vizcarra in Impeachment Trial, Protests Erupt in Ar…

Staff (2020-11-10). As U.S. Faces Out-of-Control Pandemic, Pfizer Raises Hope for Vaccine, But Many Questions Remain. democracynow.org Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has announced that a Phase 3, late-stage study found their potential COVID-19 vaccine showed more than 90% effectiveness. The two-dose vaccine still faces several challenges, including how to store and transport it, since it must be refrigerated at subzero temperatures. Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Laurie Garrett says the news is hopeful, but urges caution. "There's been no scientific release. There's no published data," she says. "We don't have anything to go with except what the lawyers at Pfizer massaged carefully into a single-page press release. So, we have to take th…

Staff (2020-11-10). "We Are Committing Mass Suicide": Laurie Garrett on Danger of Overturning ACA During Pandemic. democracynow.org Today, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act, and millions of Americans could lose their healthcare in the middle of a pandemic. "In a way, we're committing mass suicide," says science journalist Laurie Garrett, who says scrapping the landmark Obama-era healthcare law would leave people "to potentially carry disease forward into the community, into their workplaces, and so on, without any treatment, any help, any assistance. That's just insane."

Whittle J. (2020-11-10). New Statin Use and Mortality in Older Veterans. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The study on the association of new statin use with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in older veterans found a reduction in all-cause mortality that was significantly larger than the reduction in cardiovascular mortality with statin use. In studies of primary prevention using statins in largely younger populations and in meta-analyses of participants older than 75 years in randomized trials, an effect on noncardiovascular mortality has not been demonstrated. It is also surprising that the risk of mortality decreased during follow-up, with the greatest effect seen in the initial 2 years, when r…

Flanagin A, Fontanarosa PB, Bauchner H. (2020-11-10). Preprints Involving Medical Research—Do the Benefits Outweigh the Challenges? jamanetwork.com A preprint is a complete manuscript posted to a preprint server by authors before peer review and publication in a journal. The goals of preprints are to enable authors to obtain timely feedback and comments on research before submission to a peer-reviewed journal, to claim provenance of an idea, and to facilitate and expedite dissemination of and access to research. Preprints can be amended or updated, commented on by others, and remain on the preprint server even if subsequently published in a journal. They can be cited and indexed and increasingly are given attention in the news and social media.

Verghese P, Matossian D. (2020-11-10). The US Preventive Task Force Recommendation on Screening for Blood Pressure in Children. jamanetwork.com In this issue of JAMA the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updates its 2013 report on screening of blood pressure in children and adolescents with a new recommendation statement and updated evidence report and systematic review. After reviewing publications since the earlier report, the USPSTF again concludes that, while there is evidence of tracking of blood pressure between childhood and adulthood and some evidence of a relation to subclinical cardiovascular disease, overall there was insufficient evidence to make a recommndation for or against screening for high blood pressure in children and adolesc…

Bischoff-Ferrari HA, Vellas B, Rizzoli R, et al. (2020-11-10). Effect of Vitamin D, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, or Strength Training on Clinical Outcomes in Older Adults. jamanetwork.com This randomized trial compares the effects of vitamin D, omega-3s, and a strength-training exercise program alone or in combination vs no supplementation and control exercise on changes in blood pressure, physical and cognitive function, nonvertebral fractures, and infections over 3 years among older adults.

Ferreyro BL, Angriman F, Scales DC. (2020-11-10). Noninvasive Oxygenation Strategies for Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We agree with Dr Antonucci and colleagues that endotracheal intubation, the secondary outcome in our network meta-analysis of noninvasive oxygenation strategies for acute hypoxemic respiratory failure, may not be an appropriate outcome for patients who do not wish to receive invasive mechanical ventilation. As an end point, endotracheal intubation is also vulnerable to manipulation in trials in which blinding of treatment allocation is not possible. This was the main rationale for choosing mortality as the primary end point in our review. Of note, most of the studies included in our network meta-analysis…

Malički M, Jerončić A, ter Riet G, et al. (2020-11-10). Preprint Servers' Policies, Submission Requirements, and Transparency in Reporting and Research Integrity Recommendations. jamanetwork.com This study describes the policies, submission requirements, and transparency in reporting and research integrity recommendations of academic preprint servers.

Eisenberg MJ, Hébert-Losier A, Windle SB, et al. (2020-11-10). Effect of e-Cigarettes Plus Counseling vs Counseling Alone on Smoking Cessation. jamanetwork.com This randomized trial compares the effect of using e-cigarettes with individual counseling vs individual counseling alone for smoking cessation on point prevalence abstinence at 12 weeks.

Graham DS, Busuttil RW, Kaldas FM. (2020-11-10). Outpatient Management of Liver Function Test Abnormalities in Patients With a Liver Transplant. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Performance Improvement article describes development of a protocol for workup and management of elevated liver function tests in liver transplant patients without readmission to their transplant referral center, and findings and outcomes for a case series of 80 patients managed with the new protocol from 2017 to 2019.

Jin J. (2020-11-10). Patient Information: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page summarizes the 2020 USPSTF recommendation statement on blood pressure screening in children, which concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the practice (I statement).

Gartlehner G, Vander Schaaf EB, Orr C, et al. (2020-11-10). USPSTF Report: Screening for Hypertension in Children and Adolescents. jamanetwork.com This systematic review to support the 2020 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement on screening for hypertension in children and adolescents summarizes published evidence on the benefits and harms of screening for hypertension in asymptomatic children and adolescents and on the effect of treating childhood hypertension on outcomes in adulthood.

, Krist AH, Davidson KW, et al. (2020-11-10). USPSTF Recommendation: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents. jamanetwork.com This 2020 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents (I statement).

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-10). Skills development in Physical AI could cultivate lifelike intelligent robots. imperial.ac.uk New research suggests combining educational topics and research disciplines to help researchers breathe life into lifelike intelligent robots.

Sarah Anderson (2020-11-09). San Franciscans Vote Overwhelmingly to Rein in Overpaid CEOs. counterpunch.org CEOs did not cause the pandemic. But they deserve a good deal of the blame for a model that shoveled profits up the corporate ladder, leaving lower-level employees financially insecure. When Covid-19 struck, it didn't take much to push millions of vulnerable workers over the edge. If we want to not only survive the pandemic

WSWS (2020-11-09). As COVID-19 surges around the world, governments put profits ahead of lives. wsws.org This weekend, the world hit 50 million reported cases of COVID-19 and deaths surpassed 1.25 million, as the Americas and Europe faced the worst stage of the pandemic to date.

RT (2020-11-09). Downing Street warns 'no guarantees' over Covid-19 vaccine by Christmas despite 'promising' results in Pfizer's trial. rt.com Despite 'promising' results in Pfizer's coronavirus trial, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman has warned that there are 'no guarantees' the vaccine will be approved by UK regulators. | Pfizer and their partner BioNTech have announced that their experimental Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in combating the virus. The statement from the pharmaceutical giant provides hope that the first coronavirus vaccine could be rolled out before Christmas. | However, dampening hopes, the UK prime minister's spokesman warned that they did not have a final date for when it would be approved and that, wh…

RT (2020-11-09). Russia says Sputnik V vaccine equally as effective as US pharma giant Pfizer's newly unveiled Covid-19 formula. rt.com Over 90 per cent of those given the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine are thought to have developed immunity to coronavirus, matching estimates for an alternative US-developed formula, the Ministry of Health said on Monday. | Oksana Drapkina, of the ministry's National Medical Research Center for Preventive Medicine, told journalists, "We are monitoring the effectiveness of the Sputnik V vaccine in those who have been vaccinated as part of civilian circulation. According to our observations, [its success rate] is also more than 90 per cent." | The news comes as US drug manufacturer Pfizer released figures o…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-09). Fur Trades and Pandemics: Coronavirus and Denmark's Great Mink Massacre. counterpunch.org "The worst case scenario is a new pandemic, starting all over again out of Denmark," came the words of a grave Kà•re Mà∏lbak, director of the Danish health authorities, the State Serum Institute. According to the Institute, COVID-19 infections were registered on 216 mink farms on November 6. Not only had such infections been registered;

teleSUR (2020-11-09). De Facto Government Leaves Bolivia Deeply in Debt. telesurenglish.net Bolivian President Luis Arce said Sunday in his inauguration speech that the administration of the president of the de facto government of Bolivia, Jeanine àÅñez, plunged the country into an economic crisis that began in November 2019, right after the coup d'état against then-President Evo Morales, but that "deepened" during the pandemic of the new coronavirus, which caused the COVID-19. | RELATED: | According to Arce, bet…

WSWS (2020-11-09). Irish teachers vote to strike as infection rates spiral. wsws.org Schools in the Republic of Ireland reopened last week after a two-week break, despite secondary teachers voting for strike action against dangerous working conditions if COVID-19 related safety measures were not put in place by October 30.

Staff (2020-11-09). Headlines for November 9, 2020. democracynow.org Joe Biden Elected 46th U.S. President as Pennsylvania Count Seals Victory, Kamala Harris Becomes First Woman, African American, Asian American Vice President, Trump Pursues Baseless Lawsuits as GOP Splits on Their Response to Election, Senate Control Hangs on Georgia Runoffs, Most World Leaders Congratulate Biden and Harris; Brazil, Russia, Mexico and China Hold Off, Biden Unveils Coronavirus Task Force as U.S. Cases Hit 10 Million, with Over 237,000 Recorded Deaths, WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and at Least 5 Others Test Positive for COVID-19, ACLU Files Suit over Gov't Handling of Pandemic in Immigrant Jails…