2021-03-23: News Headlines

Slomski A. (2021-03-23). Virtual Postoperative Visits Noninferior to In-Person Visits. jamanetwork.com As postdischarge video—based virtual visits have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, a trial in JAMA Surgery found that these visits are noninferior to in-person follow-ups after low-risk surgeries.

Staff (2021-03-23). The unending COVID-19 disaster in Maryland prisons. therealnews.com As COVID-19 variants reach the state's prisons and jails, where testing of guards and inmates is woefully inadequate, the situation in Maryland is only getting worse.

Kuehn BM. (2021-03-23). Sexual Minorities Have Greater COVID-19 Risk Factors. jamanetwork.com Gay, lesbian, or bisexual adults have higher rates than heterosexual people of health conditions that increase the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to national survey data.

RobertAlvarez (2021-03-23). A Year of Billionaire Pandemic Gains. ips-dc.org A year ago, the Institute for Policy Studies published Here are highlights from the last 12 months of billionaire wealth growth: | The co…

Johnston KJ, Meyers DJ, Hammond G, et al. (2021-03-23). Association of Clinician Minority Patient Caseload With Performance in the 2019 Medicare MIPS. jamanetwork.com This study assesses the association between US clinicians' caseload of minority patients and their 2019 Medicare Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance score.

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-03-23). Why we Must pass The Medicare for All Act. juancole.com Gainesville, Florida (Special to Informed Comment) — March 17, 2021, was a very bright day in the history of single-payer health insurance and public health in the USA. Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA) and Debbie Dingell, (D., MI) introduced the modern MEDICARE FOR ALL ACT of 2021 (H.R. 1976) in Congress. M4A 2021 is new …

Aggarwal R, Hammond J, Joynt Maddox KE, et al. (2021-03-23). Association Between Proportion of Black Patients Cared for at Hospitals and Penalties in CMS Value-Based Payment Programs. jamanetwork.com This study evaluates whether US hospitals with mostly Black patients are more likely than other hospitals to have penalties associated with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) value-based payment programs.

Yehia BR, Fihn SD. (2021-03-23). Envisioning the Veterans Affairs Health Care System of the Future. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint proposes strategies the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system can pursue to shore up its mission in response to declining numbers of veterans and impending budget constraints, including accelerating a transition to value-based care, optimization of infrastructure, and strengthening engagement with employees and the public.

Len Faul (2021-03-23). Video: "Police On Guard for Thee": Toronto Police Officers Challenge "Unconstitutional Public Health Measures" globalresearch.ca For those officers who are silent while we are ordered to …

Wakefield M. (2021-03-23). Federally Qualified Health Centers and Related Primary Care Workforce Issues. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint proposes education, training, and funding reforms to expand the primary care workforce to supply federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), government-funded community-based health care sites that by providing safety-net primary care in underserved areas will be vital to addressing health inequities in the US.

Len Faul (2021-03-23). Video: "Police On Guard for Thee": Toronto Police Officers Challenge "Unconstitutional Public Health Measures" globalresearch.ca Len Faul is a retired former Inspector with the Toronto Police. …

RobertAlvarez (2021-03-23). BOOK: The Water Defenders. ips-dc.org THE WATER DEFENDERS: | HOW ORDINARY PEOPLE SAVED A COUNTRY FROM CORPORATE GREED: | Robin Broad | John Cavanagh: | Introduction: | Water is life. Countless communities across the world, from Flint, Michigan to the Standing Rock Reservation to the Gualcarque River in Honduras, have used this phrase as a rallying cry against powerful corporations that value profits over the environment and the health of local communities. | The movements waging these struggles can take some inspiration from El Salvador. | In 2002, a small group of citizens in El Salvador joined the global community of…

WSWS (2021-03-23). An Open Letter to Columbia Graduate Students from the IYSSE at University of Michigan. wsws.org The issues being fought for by graduate students—a living wage, job security, better health care coverage and improved working conditions—are the same issues that confront students, young people and workers across the country and around the world.

Ramaekers JG, Arkell TR, McGregor IS. (2021-03-23). Driving Impairment Following Vaporization of Cannabis—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Our recent investigation about the effects of CBD and THC on driving offers relevant insights for research and policy. This study confirmed previous findings from on-road and driving simulator studies showing that THC produces modest but clinically relevant driving impairment similar to that seen in drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05%. It also showed that THC-induced impairment was transient and no longer present between 240 minutes and 300 minutes after vaporization, even though most drivers still tested positive for THC in blood. The presence of THC in the blood of a driver is therefore…

Bagley SM. (2021-03-23). I Am Not Burned Out—I Have Postpartum Depression. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay, a pediatrician describes her struggle to recognize postpartum depression with the birth of her third child and how she found her way out.

Kuehn BM. (2021-03-23). Survey—Many High School Students Have Experienced Violence. jamanetwork.com About half of high school students experienced at least 1 type of violence during the previous year, according to data from 9080 US students who participated in the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Fink D. (2021-03-23). Review of Hearing Loss in Children. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The article by Dr Lieu and colleagues about hearing loss in children notably omitted the important topic of noise-induced hearing loss. Prevention of disease is almost always better and less expensive than treatment. The only treatment currently available for hearing loss is amplification, via hearing aids, personal sound amplification products, or cochlear implants. Hearing loss with age, which is predominantly due to noise-induced hearing loss, begins at an early age and is theoretically preventable with avoidance of loud noise. The only evidence-based noise exposure level to prevent noise-induced…

Feltner C, Wallace IF, Kistler CE, et al. (2021-03-23). USPSTF Review: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults. jamanetwork.com This systematic review to support the 2021 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement on screening for hearing loss in older adults summarizes published evidence on the benefits and harms of screening and interventions for hearing loss in adults aged 50 years or older.

Lieu JC, Kenna M, Anne S. (2021-03-23). Review of Hearing Loss in Children—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We appreciate the attention that Dr Fink brings to the issue of noise-induced hearing loss. In our Review of pediatric hearing loss, we chose to focus on the developments germane to children specifically and did not delve into noise-induced hearing loss, which has a growing body of literature that is not yet specific to children.

Slomski A. (2021-03-23). Better Hypertension Control With Digital Self-monitoring. jamanetwork.com A digital intervention for hypertension management in primary care lowered patients' systolic blood pressure, a trial in The BMJ reported.

Jin J. (2021-03-23). Patient Information: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page summarizes the US Preventive Services Task Force's 2021 recommendation that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for hearing loss in older adults (I statement).

Downey LA, Hayley AC. (2021-03-23). Driving Impairment Following Vaporization of Cannabis. jamanetwork.com To the Editor We read with interest the recent findings reported by Dr Arkell and colleagues concerning the effect of vaporized Œî9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—dominant and THC/cannabidiol (CBD)—equivalent cannabis on on-road driving performance.

Slomski A. (2021-03-23). With Good Adherence, Daily Aspirin May Prevent Pregnancy Loss. jamanetwork.com For women with a history of pregnancy loss, taking low-dose aspirin before conception may improve birth outcomes, according to a post hoc analysis of a multicenter US trial. The trial's original analysis, published in 2014, found no positive effects of aspirin on miscarriages or live births, but only about half of the participants adhered to the protocol.

, Krist AH, Davidson KW, et al. (2021-03-23). USPSTF Report: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults. jamanetwork.com This 2021 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 hearing loss in older adults (I statement).

Nina Turner (2021-03-23). "Good Ideas Are Not Enough, We Need to Marry Our Ideas to Power" zcomm.org Interview on the heartbreaks and new opportunities of both Bernie campaigns, the left agenda she will bring to Capitol Hill, and why policies like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal are racial justice issues…

Pacifica TF (2021-03-23). Pacifica CRD 3/22/21 Covid, Amazon Billions and Workers' Rights. indybay.org Pacifica's Covid, Race & Democracy focuses on the medical conditions of Mumia Abu-Jamal and also the struggle of the Bessemer Alabama Amazon warehouse workers who are voting this month for a union.

Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded by Prison Radio (2021-03-23). Mumia Abu-Jamal's Thank You Message to Supporters. indybay.org Mumia Abu-Jamal's COVID symptoms have improved but the severe debilitating skin condition persists. Mumia is now back in general population and he does not currently require hospitalization. However, Mumia needs continued monitoring, and he must not be shackled during future hospitalization.

Colin Pawlowski, AJ Venkatakrishnan, Eshwan Ramudu, Christian Kirkup, Arjun Puranik, Nikhil Kayal, Gabriela Berner, Akash Anand, Rakesh Barve, John C. O'Horo, Andrew D. Badley, Venky Soundararajan (2021-03-23). [Research Paper] Pre-existing conditions are associated with COVID-19 patients' hospitalization, despite confirmed clearance of SARS-CoV-2 virus. thelancet.com Overall, this retrospective study highlights specific pre-existing conditions that are associated with higher hospitalization rates in COVID-19 patients despite viral clearance and motivates follow-up prospective research into the associated risk factors.

Global Research News (2021-03-23). Selected Articles: Toronto Police Officers Challenge "Unconstitutional Public Health Measures" globalresearch.ca By For those officers who are silent while we are ordered to enact questionable polic…

TheCOVIDBlog (2021-03-23). Germany: Whistleblower Says Seven of 31 Nursing Home Residents Died Immediately after Forced Pfizer mRNA Shots. globalresearch.ca A frightening video of a lawyer interviewing an anonymous whistleblower tells …

Burns KA, Rizvi L, Cook DJ, et al. (2021-03-23). Ventilator Weaning and Discontinuation Practices in Critically Ill Patients. jamanetwork.com This critical care epidemiology study describes practice variation in invasive mechanical ventilation weaning and discontinuation practices, associations between initial discontinuation events and outcomes, and factors associated with use of select discontinuation strategies and failed initial spontaneous breathing trials among critically ill patients in ICUs in 19 countries.

Alvaro Huerta (2021-03-23). Four Ways to Support Latinas/os during the Pandemic and Beyond. counterpunch.org The COVID-19 pandemic has not only devastated the U.S. economy, healthcare system and educational way of learning, it has also exposed or exasperated the racial and class inequalities in the formal economy (and informal economy). (The informal economy is also known as the unregulated economy, among other terms.) While it's true that pandemic has impacted

teleSUR (2021-03-23). Mexico Dispatches Its First Batch of CanSino COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard Monday informed that 940,022 CanSino vaccines were packaged in his country and began to be distributed. | RELATED: | These doses were packaged at the Drugmex plant in Queretaro where Birmex laboratories are in charge of the distribution. Previously, Mexico purchased 35 million doses from China. | Ebrard noted that this vaccine is highly effective and it avoids hos…

Staff (2021-03-23). Headlines for March 23, 2021. democracynow.org Man with AR-15 Assault Rifle Kills 10 in Boulder, CO, Supermarket, Colorado Judge Overturned Boulder's Ban on Assault Weapons One Week Ahead of Massacre, CDC Warns Against Relaxing Public Health Measures at "Critical Point in the Pandemic", AstraZeneca Submitted "Outdated Information" in COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Application, WHO Decries "Grotesque" Vaccination Gap Between Rich and Poor Nations, Saudi Arabia Proposes Yemen Ceasefire; Houthis Demand End to Devastating Blockade First, Hundreds Missing, Tens of Thousands Displaced by Fire in Rohingya Refugee Camp, 137 Killed in Niger Attacks After Constitutiona…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-03-23). COVID-19 Vaccine Tested on Babies Even as Death Toll Mounts. Greatest Public Health Calamity in Modern History. globalresearch.ca If early statistics are any indication, we are facing the greatest …

Tom Engelhardt (2021-03-23). There Is No Vaccine for Global Warming. thenation.com There Is No Vaccine for Global Warming…

teleSUR (2021-03-23). Europe Do Not Rule Out Link Between AstraZeneca and Coagulation. telesurenglish.net European Medicines Agency (EMA) Director Emer Cooke on Tuesday announced clinical and laboratory reports do not yet allow a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and the blood clotting cases to be definitively ruled out. | RELATED: | She recalled that the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) recommended raising awareness of potential risks to help healthcare professionals follow up on symptoms that may occur after vac…

Elie Mystal (2021-03-23). I Am Not Ready to Reenter White Society. thenation.com I Am Not Ready to Reenter White Society…

Slomski A. (2021-03-23). Molecular Point-of-Care Test Improved Influenza Care. jamanetwork.com A point-of-care (POC) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test quickly detected influenza and improved care among patients hospitalized at 2 UK centers between December 2017 and May 2019, a trial in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine found.

Betsey Piette (2021-03-23). New court filings for Abu-Jamal's appeal. workers.org As his 67th birthday nears, and Pennsylvania political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal faces challenging and potentially fatal health crises, his legal case is still slowly winding its way through the arduous appellate court system. "Free Mumia" signs at the March 20 Harlem rally in solidarity with Amazon workers in Bessemer, Ala., . . . |

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-23). Diversity in College art to grow. imperial.ac.uk Imperial is to roll out new projects aimed at addressing a lack of diversity in the art displayed on College campuses.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-23). New result from the LHCb experiment challenges leading theory in physics. imperial.ac.uk Imperial physicists are part of a team that has announced 'intriguing' results that potentially cannot be explained by our current laws of nature.