2021-05-01: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-05-01). More reports surface of child deaths from COVID-19 in the US as students remain in classrooms. wsws.org Deaths among children are rising against the backdrop of the deadly reopening of public schools and the spread of new contagious variances of the virus.

Staff (2021-05-01). Colombia on Strike Against Far-Right, Neoliberalism & Police Repression. orinocotribune.com April 28: First day of the strike | Organizations reject Duque's neoliberal tax reform which seeks to make Colombia's working class pay for the fiscal deficit incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic | Colombian citizens, members of trade unions, social movements and opposition political parties are participating in a national strike in cities and towns across the country today, on April 28. The protest actions have been called in rejection of the Sustainable Solidarity bill, a new tax reform bill presented to the Congress by the far-right government of president Iván Duque to finance the economic crisis or compensa…

WSWS (2021-05-01). Workers Party pursues herd immunity policy as Brazil tops 400,000 COVID deaths. wsws.org The impact of the Workers Party's herd immunity policy was starkly exposed by an explosion at an oxygen cylinder fulfillment plant in Ceará last Saturday.

Ralph Nader (2021-05-01). Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed. dissidentvoice.org David Gelles, the New York Times reporter, likes to report about corporate plutocrats raking it in while stifling or endangering their workers. We've all seen those large advertisements by big companies praising the sacrifices of their brave workers during this Covid-19 pandemic. When workers ask for living wages, most of these bosses say "No" but take plenty …

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

Jayati Ghosh (2021-05-01). COVID-19 in India—profits before people. mronline.org Jayati Ghosh explains why more than a third of a million COVID-19 cases are being reported in India daily—and what that says about our world. | May 1, 2021 | Newswire…

Abaki Beck (2021-05-01). The Yurok Tribe is using California's carbon offset program to buy back its land. nationofchange.org n January, the Yurok Tribe in California bought a 40-acre farm. Located next to an elementary school and the tribe's Head Start program, the farm will serve as an outdoor classroom for children as well as a source of organic produce for the tribe. This will not only help address the food insecurity exacerbated by the COVID-19 …

sputniknews (2021-05-01). India Fails to Rollout PM Modi-Backed COVID Vaccine Drive For 18-45 Year-Olds Amid Widespread Crunch. sputniknews.com India announced on 19 April that it would inoculate people aged 18-45 starting 1 May under its 'Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy'. The two vaccine manufacturers have been asked to supply 50 percent of their production to the federal government, with the remaining 50 percent to be handed over to the state authorities.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-01). 3rd clinical trial phase of jointly-produced Cov-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com HAMEDAN, May 01 (MNA) — The 3rd clinical trial phase of joint anti-Covid-19 vaccine made by the Iranian Pasteur Institute and Cuban Finlay Institute began on Saturday morning in Hamedan Medical Sciences University in western Iran.

Brian Shilhavy (2021-05-01). Medical Doctor and Director of Diagnostics Laboratory Presents Cures for COVID and Exposes Dangers of COVID "Vaccines" globalresearch.ca First published on April 5, 2021 Dr. Ryan Cole is the …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). What to know about youth summer camps during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at youth summer camp. But what do those guidelines mean for families and children who look forward to the ritual of attending overnight or day summer camp?"There not one strategy that's going to completely eliminate risk. But using multiple …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). New CDC guidance for vaccinated adults. What does it mean? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking outdoors and for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. "I completely agree with the updated CDC recommendations," says Dr. Abinash Virk, a …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 vaccine confidence and the importance of that second dose. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While the number of people being vaccinated for COVID-19 is dropping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts continue to strongly encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. And that means that those who are being vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should get their first and second doses …

Victor Grossman (2021-05-01). Greens, Vaccines, Maneuvers. zcomm.org In recent months the air in Germany has been overfull. But the fog, thick as in old London, was not humid but political — and medical-political. The thickest was Covid fog…

Kenneth Surin (2021-05-01). COVID in India. zcomm.org The Covid situation in India, and Delhi in particular, is absolutely dire…

Badri Raina (2021-05-01). The Show Must Go On: IPL and the Crematorium Next Door. zcomm.org What news may be more uplifting to a gasping COVID-19 patient than that our own Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma have just blasted sixes that carry the red cherry all the way to the crematorium, asks Badri Raina in this satirical piece…

Rob Hyde (2021-05-01). [World Report] Controversy surrounds Merkel's new lockdown powers. thelancet.com Following a parliamentary victory, the German chancellor can force municipalities into lockdowns to curb COVID-19. Rob Hyde reports.

Anoo Bhuyan (2021-05-01). [World Report] Experts criticise India's complacency over COVID-19. thelancet.com Mass gatherings have been permitted as cases soar and patients die, while experts criticise a lack of planning and flexibility in the COVID-19 response. Anoo Bhuyan reports from New Delhi.

Shruti Gupta, David E Leaf (2021-05-01). [Comment] Tocilizumab in COVID-19: some clarity amid controversy. thelancet.com Hyperactivation of the immune response, including release of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), might play a key role in the pathophysiology of severe illness from COVID-19.1 Consistent with this notion, one of the few therapies that reduces mortality in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 is the corticosteroid, dexamethasone.2 Accordingly, there has been great interest in examining whether treatment with additional, more targeted anti-inflammatory agents beyond steroids could provide further benefit.

RECOVERY Collaborative Group (2021-05-01). [Articles] Tocilizumab in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 (RECOVERY): a randomised, controlled, open-label, platform trial. thelancet.com In hospitalised COVID-19 patients with hypoxia and systemic inflammation, tocilizumab improved survival and other clinical outcomes. These benefits were seen regardless of the amount of respiratory support and were additional to the benefits of systemic corticosteroids.

news.un (2021-05-01). COVID-19 'vaccine equity in action' in the Maldives: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org The roll-out of vaccinations to prevent COVID-19 infections rising in the Maldives is a good example of "vaccine equity in action" according to Catherine Haswell, the UN Resident Coordinator for the Indian Ocean island nation.

Grant Miner (2021-05-01). Home care workers say: Pay back stolen wages, end 24-hour workday! liberationnews.org On April 28, over 50 home healthcare workers and their supporters gathered outside of the Lower Manhattan offices of the Chinese-American Planning Committee in New York City to protest a long history of wage theft and poor working conditions, including a 24-hour workday with little rest.

The Conversation (2021-05-01). Delivery Trucks are beginning to go electric: And swappable Batteries Help. juancole.com By Gail Broadbent and Graciela Metternicht | — Australia's trucking industry is making moves to go electric. The latest development — a system for using swappable batteries instead of time-consuming recharge stations for long-haul trucks between Sydney and Brisbane — shows how this transition is gathering momentum. There will be clear socio-economic, environmental and health-related …

Eds. (2021-05-01). Amidst pandemic and economic sufferings, 2020's global military spending reached highest level in decades. mronline.org In 2020, nations were struggling to support their economies through the times of hardships and lockdowns caused by the pandemic. Those efforts apparently did not prevent governments from spending more money on their militaries than ever before in more than three decades, the report said. | May 1, 2021 | News…

Jamie Weed (2021-05-01). Draconian Texas bill attacks healthcare rights of transgender youth. liberationnews.org Senate Bill 1646 seeks to amend the definition of abuse under the Texas Family Code to include administering or consenting to a child's use of puberty suppression treatment, hormones, or surgery for gender-affirming care/transition.

Anonymous007 (2021-05-01). Massive Car Bomb Blast Leaves At Least 27 Dead In Afghanistan's Logar Province. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 30th, At least 27 people were killed and dozens more were injured. | Initially, Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said 21 people had been killed and 91 wounded and that a rescue and recovery operation was continuing. | A provincial health official said just over 60 injured peop…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). Minnesota: Over 4000 union healthcare workers at Allina hospitals file 10-day notice to strike. fightbacknews.org Coon Rapids, MN – As SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members picketed on Wednesday, April 28 in front of Allina's Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids Minnesota, they gathered up the crowd that included supporters from other unions and the community for a rally. At the rally, SEIU announced they were filing a 10-day strike notice, for a strike to begin on May 10, at all eight Allina hospitals, where SEIU represents over 4000 members. | SEIU members have held informational pickets each Wednesday in recent weeks at Allina Hospitals around the Twin Cities metro area. So far, pickets have been held at Abbot Northwestern Hospital,…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). Minnesota: Over 4000 union healthcare workers at Allina hospitals file 10-day notice to strike. fightbacknews.org Coon Rapids, MN – As SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members picketed on Wednesday, April 28 in front of Allina's Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids Minnesota, they gathered up the crowd that included supporters from other unions and the community for a rally. At the rally, SEIU announced they were filing a 10-day strike notice, for a strike to begin on May 10, at all eight Allina hospitals, where SEIU represents over 4000 members. | SEIU members have held informational pickets each Wednesday in recent weeks at Allina Hospitals around the Twin Cities metro area. So far, pickets have been held at Abbot Northwestern Hospital,…

William Hogan (2021-05-01). The Ongoing Torture and Medical Neglect of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Doctors for Assange was led by Dr. Stephen Frost and his colleagues. | The report below was initially published in The Lancet on June 25, 2020 | Dr. Frost is currently leading a new initiative entitled

WSWS (2021-05-01). Dozens killed in crush at Israeli religious festival. wsws.org Despite warnings from Israeli health officials that the mass celebrations could become a super spreader event, the authorities allowed the event to go ahead. It was the largest gathering since the start of the pandemic.

John Clarke (2021-05-01). The class struggle and geopolitics. zcomm.org The pandemic-triggered crisis and its aftermath will unleash huge and explosive struggles on a truly international scale…

Stefan Hockertz, Marco Schott & Susan Bonath (2021-05-01). Stolen childhood and The Language of Violence. indybay.org To make the hospitals fit for the "pandemic of the century", the government did nothing… the population that will suffer in every respect – with one lockdown after another, inadequate health care, increasing impoverishment and lack of prospects, and presumably with endless depression.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Reducing rejection by reversing order of heart-liver transplant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For heart-liver transplants, the liver and heart must come from the same donor, and some patients wait years to receive both organs. Also, antibodies from the donor can increase chances of the receiving patient rejecting the heart. But Dr. Sudhir Kushwaha, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular transplant surgeon, says when a liver transplant is also involved, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). Mayo Clinic preclinical discovery triggers wound healing, skin regeneration. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Difficult-to-treat, chronic wounds in preclinical models healed with normal scar-free skin after treatment with an acellular product discovered at Mayo Clinic. Derived from platelets, the purified exosomal product, known as PEP, was used to deliver healing messages into cells of preclinical animal models of ischemic wounds. The Mayo Clinic research team documented …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). 6 Mayo Clinic hospitals receive 'A' grades for patient safety. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Six Mayo Clinic hospitals scored high marks for safety, earning an "A" grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. "This recognition is a strong nod to our staff and multidisciplinary teams, who work tirelessly to ensure …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). The beat goes on, thanks to deep brain stimulation. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When drummer Patrick Bautz is performing, he's in the zone. He says he doesn't even think about what he's doing, it's just natural. It's what he calls "the nothingness of drumming." But not that long-ago, Pat started getting distracted. Physical symptoms were turning that nothingness into something. And it was something that worried him enough …

Ghulam Rehman Mohyuddin, Al-Ola Abdallah, Brian McClune, Aaron Goodman, Vinay Prasad (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Multiple myeloma triplet therapies: baseline characteristics and control groups. thelancet.com Given that the bortezomib and dexamethasone combination treatment has been shown to be inferior to contemporary treatments in clinical trials well before the BOSTON trial began enrolling,1 why did Sebastian Grosicki and colleagues2 consider bortezomib and dexamethasone for the control group for patients in the USA? How many patients from the USA were enrolled?

Colin Todhunter (2021-05-01). Mette Frederiksen, Boris Johnson: Reject Industry PR, Ban Glyphosate, Protect Public Health! dissidentvoice.org On 9 April 2021, retired physician and health and environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason wrote to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA). She wanted to draw the agency's attention to the findings that indicate the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup causes high levels of mortality following contact exposure in bumble bees (glyphosate-formulated herbicides are the most widely …

Sharon Kelly (2021-05-01). Over a half-million Americans live near oil refineries with high levels of a cancer-causing air pollutant, report finds. nationofchange.org More than a dozen U.S. oil refineries released the potent carcinogen benzene in 2020 at levels high enough to require action under federal law, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) reported this week. The report, which draws from government data, raises concerns about the potential health effects on those living near the refineries and the federal enforcement …

Save California Salmon (2021-05-01). California Tribal Members and Fishermen Call on Newsom to Provide Water for Salmon. indybay.org State of the Salmon address planned for April 28th, Day of Action May 4th | Sacramento, California – California Tribes, fishermen, and environmental groups are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to direct state agencies to take action to stop fish kills of California salmon runs that are nearing extinction and to protect water quality. Salmon and good water quality are key to the health of California's Native people, economy and drinking water supplies. Without immediate action to scale down agricultural water deliveries and protect rivers and reservoir's water supplies the State will be complicit in causing fish k…

Shirlene Obuobi, Monica B Vela, Brian Callender (2021-05-01). [Perspectives] Comics as anti-racist education and advocacy. thelancet.com Academic medicine is increasingly recognising the importance of teaching about structural racism in medicine to help ameliorate racial health-care disparities. Yet such teaching can be challenging and, in some settings, considered controversial. Leveraging the power of narrative, comics can contribute to education about structural racism.

Megan Tatum (2021-05-01). [World Report] Outcry over persecution of health workers in Myanmar. thelancet.com Doctors in Myanmar report "terrifying" arrests and abductions, prompting calls for stronger international condemnation. Megan Tatum reports.

Thomas Kahan (2021-05-01). [Comment] Decisions about antihypertensive treatment should focus on reducing cardiovascular risk. thelancet.com Epidemiological studies1,2 provide strong evidence for an association between high blood pressure and fatal cardiovascular complications, and interventional studies have shown that antihypertensive treatments reduce cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality.3,4 Although the target blood pressure for patients with hypertension receiving treatment in the current US guidelines5 is less than 130/80 mm Hg and European recommendations indicate achieving 120—129/70—79 mm Hg for people younger than 65 years (and 130—139/70—79 mm Hg for those ‚â•65 years),6 other guidelines suc…

Motoharu Shibusawa, Tetsuya Tanimoto (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Multiple myeloma triplet therapies: baseline characteristics and control groups. thelancet.com Sebastian Grosicki and colleagues1 reported the results of a randomised study among patients with previously treated multiple myeloma comparing selinexor, bortezomib, and dexamethasone versus standard bortezomib and dexamethasone. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival, and the investigators observed improved progression-free survival in the selinexor, bortezomib, and dexamethasone group. However, we are concerned about whether the presence of extramedullary plasmacytomas was well balanced between the two groups.

Sebastian Grosicki, Philippe Moreau, Michael G Kauffman, Meletios A Dimopoulos, Paul G Richardson, Sosana Delimpasi (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Multiple myeloma triplet therapies: baseline characteristics and control groups — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Ghulam Mohyuddin and colleagues for their interest in our Article1 but respectfully disagree with their labelling of the bortezomib and dexamethasone group in our study as an inferior control group. First, according to their own definition, an inferior or suboptimal control group uses a treatment that is not standard of care, with standard of care being a treatment recommended by current guidelines and review papers.2 The bortezomib and dexamethasone doublet drug regimen is a standard-of-care treatment for patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, because it is recommended by the 2021 editio…

Pirus Ghadjar, Stefan Hà∂cht, Thomas Wiegel (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Postoperative radiotherapy in prostate cancer. thelancet.com The initial results of the RADICALS-RT trial by Christopher Parker and colleagues1 and the GETUG-AFU 17 trial by Paul Sargos and colleagues2 suggest equal biochemical progression-free survival of adjuvant or salvage radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy, with an increased risk of urinary morbidity after adjuvant radiotherapy, leading the investigators to conclude that an observation policy with salvage radiotherapy in case of biochemical recurrence should be regarded as standard of care. We believe that the presented data should be interpreted with caution.

Christopher C Parker, Paul Sargos, Matthew R Sydes, Andrew Kneebone, Claire Vale (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Postoperative radiotherapy in prostate cancer — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Advances in radiotherapy techniques have reduced treatment-related morbidity. Patients having salvage radiotherapy in our RADICALS-RT trial1 might have been more likely to receive intensity-modulated radiation therapy than those having adjuvant treatment. However, this does not alter our conclusion that salvage radiotherapy should be the current standard of care. Indeed, one advantage of a salvage radiotherapy policy is that delaying treatment means that patients can benefit from any further developments in radiotherapy techniques.

Andrew Green (2021-05-01). [Obituary] Nawal El Saadawi. thelancet.com Writer, activist, and physician. She was born on Oct 27, 1931, in Kafr Tahla, Egypt, and died on March 21, 2021, in Cairo, Egypt, aged 89 years.

The Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Trialists' Collaboration (2021-05-01). [Articles] Pharmacological blood pressure lowering for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease across different levels of blood pressure: an individual participant-level data meta-analysis. thelancet.com In this large-scale analysis of randomised trials, a 5 mm Hg reduction of systolic blood pressure reduced the risk of major cardiovascular events by about 10%, irrespective of previous diagnoses of cardiovascular disease, and even at normal or high—normal blood pressure values. These findings suggest that a fixed degree of pharmacological blood pressure lowering is similarly effective for primary and secondary prevention of major cardiovascular disease, even at blood pressure levels currently not considered for treatment.

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