2021-04-06: News Headlines

orinocotribune (2021-04-06). Elections in Peru: Strength of the Left Not Reflected by Polls. orinocotribune.com The progressive parties stressed the need to hold a Constituent Assembly that includes all social sectors of the country. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed shortcomings that need to be addressed in the healthcare and education systems. | Six days before the presidential elections in Peru, the picture is not clear. Out of 20 candidates to occupy the House of Pizarro, half have a chance to go to the second round. According to polls, no one exceeds 15% of the intention to vote. | But when walking the streets of Lima, the Peruvian capital, it is perceived that the left-wing parties, represented by Verónika Mendoza, from…

Michael J. Talmo (2021-04-06). COVID-19: Pandemic? Or Cult? globalresearch.ca For the overwhelming majority of people, COVID-19 is a religion. On …

Voelker R. (2021-04-06). Thermal Imaging Systems May Pose Public Health Risks. jamanetwork.com Thermal imaging systems used to measure human body temperature in airports, workplaces, and other venues where COVID-19 may spread aren't accurate if used improperly and shouldn't be considered a tool to diagnose the disease, according to an FDA safety communication.

Zoe PC (2021-04-06). Rising tensions ahead of second round elections in Ecuador. mronline.org The lead up to the second round elections in Ecuador have been marked by misinformation campaigns, a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and fears of manipulation and fraud. | April 6, 2021 | Newswire…

Fontanarosa PB, Bauchner H, Golub R. (2021-04-06). To JAMA Authors, Reviewers, and Especially Physician Readers—A Profound Thank You. jamanetwork.com The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to permeate virtually every aspect of society and daily life, including government, business, travel, education, and especially the health care system. With more than 120 million cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection worldwide, including nearly 30 million cases in the US, and with more than 2.5 million deaths worldwide, including more than 500‚ÄØ000 deaths in the US, health care systems, hospitals, physicians, other health care professionals, and researchers worldwide have been challenged like never before, not only to care for overwhelming numbers of severely ill…

WSWS (2021-04-06). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Private sector doctors protest in Mexico City to demand COVID vaccinations while 200 Marathon oil refinery workers in St. Paul Park, Minnesota continue a two-and-a-half-month strike.

K. Lloyd Billingsley (2021-04-06). The Art Of The New Racism — OpEd. eurasiareview.com "Certain San Francisco artists may receive $1,000 a month under a new city program, the latest in a series of universal basic income initiatives cropping up in cities across California," writes They must be "San Francisco residents under certain income thresholds who faced economic loss during the pandemic." The recipients can be from "every artistic tradition," b…

Dr Martin Kulldorff (2021-04-06). We Cannot Afford to Censor Dissenting Voices During a Pandemic — Prof Martin Kulldorff. globalresearch.ca Now that we are allowed to meet up in groups of …

Appiah D, Nwabuo CC, Ebong IA, et al. (2021-04-06). Trends in Age at Natural Menopause and Reproductive Life Span Among US Women, 1959-2018. jamanetwork.com This national survey study uses the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to describe trends in age at natural menopause, age at menarche, and reproductive life span, and variables associated with shorter and longer spans, among US women between 1959-1962 and 2015-2018.

jamanetwork (2021-04-06). Drugs for Atopic Dermatitis. jamanetwork.com This Medical Letter provides a Table summarizing key information about topical corticosteroids available for atopic dermatitis published as part of a comprehensive review on the topic.

jamanetwork (2021-04-06). The Medical Profession and the Public. jamanetwork.com William J. Mayo, M.D., Rochester, Minn.

Crnich CJ, Malani P. (2021-04-06). Opportunities to Improve Antimicrobial Use in US Nursing Homes. jamanetwork.com Inappropriate use of antibiotic therapy is a major driver of adverse effects related to medications and antibiotic resistance in nursing homes. Despite formal calls for the enhancement of prescribing practices, along with improvements in structure and process, antibiotic stewardship in nursing homes remains suboptimal. Measuring antibiotic use in nursing homes and comparing observed patterns with relevant benchmarks is a core component of antibiotic stewardship. However, to date, nationally representative data to which nursing homes can benchmark have been lacking.

jamanetwork (2021-04-06). Update of Image Credit and Word Choice. jamanetwork.com In the A Piece of My Mind article titled "The Cost of Technology," published in the May 5, 2020, issue of JAMA, the credit line for the image was inadvertently omitted and the word "pre-eclampsia" in the second paragraph should have been "sclerosing cholangitis." This article was corrected online.

Arnold DG, Beck T, Stewart O. (2021-04-06). Whistleblowing and Misconduct at Large Pharmaceutical Firms—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Data indicate that whistleblower incentives are an important way to reduce the incidence of illegal activities by large pharmaceutical firms. Incentivized whistleblowing in the US includes the False Claims Act's qui tam provision as well as a variety of other forms of whistleblowing. In response to our recent article, Dr Hashimoto and colleagues asked about the extent of whistleblowing activity in relation to financial penalties against large pharmaceutical firms in the US. We have now conducted dual-rater content analysis of all press releases for state and federal settlements between January 2003 and D…

Hashimoto T, Ozaki A, Tanimoto T. (2021-04-06). Whistleblowing and Misconduct at Large Pharmaceutical Firms. jamanetwork.com To the Editor In their recent Research Letter, Dr Arnold and colleagues presented profiles of illegal activities and penalties paid by pharmaceutical firms in the US from 2003 to 2016.

Desai AN. (2021-04-06). Patient Information: Giardiasis. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page summarizes risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of giardiasis, an intestinal parasite infection that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, stomach cramps, and prolonged diarrhea.

McDermott MM, Spring B, Tian L, et al. (2021-04-06). Low- vs High-Intensity Walking Exercise and Walk Distance in Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease. jamanetwork.com This randomized trial compares the effects of comfortable low-intensity home-based walking exercise vs high-intensity exercise sufficient to elicit ischemic symptoms vs nonexercise control on 6-minute walk distance among patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

jamanetwork (2021-04-06). Two Incomplete Author Names. jamanetwork.com In the Original Investigation entitled "Association of Rare CYP39A1 Variants With Exfoliation Syndrome Involving the Anterior Chamber of the Eye," published in the February 23, 2021, issue of JAMA, there were 2 incomplete author names listed for the Genetics of Exfoliation Syndrome Partnership. At the end of the article, under "Authors for the Genetics of Exfoliation Syndrome Partnership," the name "Andrés F. V. Cueto, MD, PhD" should have been "Andrés Fernández-Vega Cueto, MD, PhD" and "Luis F. V. Cueto, MD, PhD" should have been "Luis Fernández-Vega Cueto, MD, PhD." The 2 names also should be revised under "Aff…

Thompson ND, Stone ND, Brown CJ, et al. (2021-04-06). Antimicrobial Use in a Cohort of US Nursing Homes, 2017. jamanetwork.com This cross-sectional survey assessed the risks of antimicrobial use among 15‚ÄØ276 nursing home residents across 161 facilities.

Voelker R. (2021-04-06). 3D-Printed Implant Is Approved to Replace Ankle Joint Bone. jamanetwork.com The FDA has approved a 3-dimensional (3D)—printed implant designed to treat people with avascular necrosis (AVN) of the ankle joint.

Peter Koenig (2021-04-06). Human Rights for Children: Saving Children from COVID Measures Abuses. globalresearch.ca Background | The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights …

RT (2021-04-06). UK pauses AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine study on children as drug regulator investigates blood clot risk among adults. rt.com A trial of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on children has been suspended while the UK's drug regulator investigates a potential link to rare blood clots in the brain reported among some adults who have received the jab. | The vaccine, which was developed in partnership with Oxford University, is awaiting approval from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use among children. It was greenlit by British regulators for use in adults at the end of 2020. | "Whilst there are no safety concerns in the paediatric clinical trial, we await additional information from the MHRA on its…

P. K. Balachandran (2021-04-06). Sri Lankan Regime Comes Under Multiple Pressures — Analysis. eurasiareview.com A variety of issues, domestic and external, economic and political, are crying for attention : | The regime of the Rajapaksa brothers, comprising President Gotabaya, Prime Minister Mahinda and ruling party organizer Basil, is facing multiple problems, domestic and external, economic and political. | Divisions have arisen in the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and also with alliance partners. There is difficulty in kick-starting the economy derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly due to flaws in the decision making and implementing apparatuses. The external debt repayment issue is looming in…

Achal Prabhala (2021-04-06). World's Poorest Nations Face Setback over Patent Rights. zcomm.org We look at the urgent push to ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines for all nations, rich and poor, and growing calls for Big Pharma to waive their patent rights, as COVID-19 cases soar…

Umar A Farooq (2021-04-06). Biden administration asks US court to throw out case against ex-Egyptian PM. middleeasteye.net Biden administration asks US court to throw out case against ex-Egyptian PM | Justice Department says lawsuit against Hazem el-Beblawi, over his alleged involvement in torture, should be dismissed due to his diplomatic status | Tue, 04/06/2021 – 15: 48 | Mohamed Soltan filed a lawsuit against Hazem el-Beblawi (pictured) last June, accusing him of direct responsibility for his treatment, which inclu…

Leonardo Flores (2021-04-06). The Capitol Raid and Pandemic Can Help US Empathize With Venezuelans. commondreams.org For Venezuelans, there is no one "January 6." There are at least half a dozen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/vene_2.jpeg

Laura Packard (2021-04-06). It's Time to Junk "Junk Insurance" commondreams.org We should be working to strengthen the protections of the Affordable Care Act and expand health care to all, not punch holes in the foundation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/healthcare_5.jpg

Editor2 (2021-04-06). Some Standard Cynical CIA-Style Cuba COVID Reporting at The Washington Post. orinocotribune.com By Paul Street — Apr 2, 2021 | Never underestimate the cynicism of American corporate media. As the Scotland-based historian Helen Yaffe recently observed on Counterpunch, the socialist state of Cuba currently has five COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials "and is set to be among the first nations to vaccinate its entire population." Further: "Cuba has gone on the offensive against COVID-19, mobilizing the prevention-focused, community based public healthcare system to carry out daily house visits to actively detect and treat cases and channeling the medical science sector to adapt and produce new treatments…

teleSUR (2021-04-06). AstraZeneca Vaccine and Blood Clots Link Is 'Clear', EMA Says. telesurenglish.net Marco Cavaleri, the head of the Office Biological Health Threats and Vaccine Strategy at the European Medicines Agency (EMA), confirmed that there is a "clear" link between vaccination with AstraZeneca and cases of thrombosis. The cause of this reaction, however, remains unknown. | RELATED: | "We can now say that it is clear that there is a connection with the vaccine… We are trying to get an accurate picture of…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-06). Priti Patel and the Death of Asylum in the UK. counterpunch.org Nothing makes better sense to the political classes than small time demagoguery when matters turn sour. True, the United Kingdom might well be speeding ahead with vaccination numbers, and getting ever big-headed about it, but there is still good reason to distract the voters. Coronavirus continues to vex; the economy continues to suffer. In February,

RT (2021-04-06). UK govt loses bid to delay court case brought by hospitality sector over prolonged Covid closure of pubs & restaurants. rt.com A judge has sided with Britain's hospitality sector as the government failed in its effort to delay a High Court challenge to its Covid-19 restrictions, which forbid pubs and restaurants from fully reopening for another 6 weeks. | Mrs Justice Eady ruled on Tuesday that the case needed to be "expedited" in order for the challenge to the government's lockdown exit plan to be heard in time. In February, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out the government's four-step "roadmap" to ease health restrictions, which allows non-essential retailers to reopen on April 12, but obliges indoor hospitality to wait until at…

Pip Hinman (2021-04-06). Tent city highlights homelessness as 'new pandemic'. greenleft.org.au Homelessness is an emerging humanitarian crisis those who work in the sector told Steve O'Brien.

Staff (2021-04-06). Pandemic Profiteers: Hospitals Sued Patients over Medical Debt While Getting Billions in Relief Aid. democracynow.org We look at pandemic profiteering in the medical system as a new report by Kaiser Health News reveals some of the nation's richest hospitals recorded hundreds of millions of dollars in surplus over the past year after accepting federal healthcare bailout grants. This comes as hospitals in New York have sued thousands of patients during the pandemic, and Northwell — which is run by a close ally of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo — has faced intense criticism for practices like billing patients at its Lenox Hill Hospital over $3,000 for COVID tests — more than 30 times the typical cost. "There's a l…

Staff (2021-04-06). New York's "Excluded Workers" Demand First U.S. Fund to Secure Pandemic Aid for Undocumented People. democracynow.org More than a year into the pandemic and the economic crisis it generated, many workers continue to be excluded from receiving any government relief. These excluded workers include undocumented people — many of them in essential services — and people recently released from prison. Hundreds of essential workers across New York are leading marches and hunger strikes to demand lawmakers support a $3.5 billion fund that would be the first of its kind in the United States to provide pandemic relief funding to those excluded from the current system. Governor Andrew Cuomo is now in final negotiations with legi…

Zachary Conti (2021-04-06). IMF Reports Pandemic Economic Outlook Uncertain. indybay.org Amidst Rising Inequality, Ninety Million Could Fall into Extreme Poverty…

Michael Richardson, reposted by Jamal Journal (2021-04-06). 50 yrs ago: Confessed bomber names Raleigh House as provocateur at Ed Poindexter's trial. indybay.org Reprinted below with permission from the author is the second in a series of articles marking the 50th anniversary of Black Panther political prisoner Ed Poindexter's trial. Ed is currently in very poor health. We will continue to feature Michael Richardson's important series of articles this month. The Jamal Journal's April 1 interview with author Michael Richardson marked the first article in Richardson's critical series. The second article in the series is reprinted here in full.

Martha Pskowski (2021-04-06). Saving Lives and Going Hungry: NYC Ambulance Workers Demand Higher Pay. thenation.com Saving Lives and Going Hungry: NYC Ambulance Workers Demand Higher Pay…

_____ (2021-04-05). Thousands Take To The Streets Saying 'Kill The Bill'. popularresistance.org Thousands took part in a weekend of action against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The size and passion of the demos shows that people are willing to fight to stop this bill, which the Conservative government tried to sneak through under the cover of the coronavirus (Covid-19) health crisis. | 50 demonstrations were called across the UK. | The proposed Police Bill is arguably the biggest attack on our freedoms since the Public Order Acts of the '80s and '90s. The controversial bill passed its second reading in parliament during March. The bill will give the police unprecedented draconian powers to…

Zoe PC (2021-04-05). Rising tensions ahead of second round elections in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org The lead up to the second round elections in Ecuador have been marked by misinformation campaigns, a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and fears of manipulation and fraud…

Staff (2021-04-05). After COVID-19, does higher education have a future? therealnews.com Higher education was already suffering from decades of corporatization and public disinvestment, then COVID-19 hit. We talk to professor and local union president Aaron Major about what the pandemic will mean for the future of higher ed and its workers.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-05). Bahrainis continue protests demanding release of prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Protests took place for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday demanding the release of prisoners from overcrowded jails. Protesters also condemned the blackout of news regarding the number of COVID-19 cases in the facilities…

WSWS (2021-04-05). Australian richest billionaires double their wealth during COVID-19 crisis. wsws.org The Australian's rich list boasts: "The biggest names in Australian business thrived during the pandemic."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-05). Duterte's lockdowns falters even as Philippines add over 100,000 new COVID cases in 10 days. peoplesdispatch.org The series of heavily policed and extended lockdowns in place since March 2020, has failed to contain the spread of COVID-19 and given way to more human rights violations…

WSWS (2021-04-05). COVID-19 cases surge in the Philippines. wsws.org So far, Metro Manila, the national capital region (NCR) and four surrounding provinces have borne the brunt of the surge with 70 percent of active cases or 109,496.

Christopher Blackwell (2021-04-05). In Prison, COVID-19 Precautions are a Form of Punishment. progressive.org I'm incarcerated at a prison in Washington State, and the guards here use safety protocols as an excuse to crack down on us.

Dan Steinbock (2021-04-05). COVID-19 Origins, Science And Media, Facts And Fantasies — OpEd. .com Recently, the joint WHO-China team released its report. Despite a year of politicized infodemic, much of the international media coverage shunned the scientific conclusions. | After months of work, the joint WHO-China team assessed the likelihood of four different possible pathways for the introduction of the virus (underlines added). Here are their conclusions: | An intermediate host is the likely to very likely pathway; Direct zoonotic spillover (from animal to human) is a possible-to-likely pathway; Introduction through cold/ food chain products is a possible pathway; Introduction through a laboratory incid…

Ben Chacko (2021-04-05). Venezuela calls for debt restructuring in response to Covid pandemic. peoplesworld.org Venezuela is calling for a comprehensive restructuring of international debt in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Addressing the UN heads of state meeting on international debt, President Nicolas Maduro said that more than 130 million people had been plunged into poverty during the pandemic. A "profound revision of debt conditions" was needed to prevent …

WSWS (2021-04-05). Epidemiologist warns that the fourth COVID-19 surge is under way in United States. wsws.org Dr. Michael Osterholm provided sobering remarks regarding the state of the pandemic and the present surge of more dangerous variants.

WSWS (2021-04-05). COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania rise as schools and businesses reopen. wsws.org COVID-19 infections in Pennsylvania are rising again as studies estimate that one-third of infections are now more contagious variants of the virus. Despite these warning signs, the state government has moved to reopen schools and ease restrictions on businesses.

Lindsay Stark, Luissa Vahedi (2021-04-05). Lessons from the past: Protecting women and girls from violence during COVID-19. nationofchange.org Little attention has been paid to women and girls in humanitarian settings, those whose safety has already been reduced due to conflict, natural disaster or displacement.

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