2021-05-20: News Headlines

Staff (2021-05-20). Gideon Levy & Noura Erakat on Israel's Gaza Assault, U.S. Complicity and Ending the Occupation. democracynow.org A Palestinian man in a wheelchair, his pregnant wife and 3-year-old daughter are among the latest victims in Israel's ongoing bombing campaign in Gaza, which is now in its 11th day. Israeli airstrikes and shelling have killed at least 231 Palestinians, including 65 children, and health officials say 1,700 Palestinians have been wounded. Over 1,300 housing units have been completely demolished or severely damaged. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far rejected calls for a ceasefire, but Hamas officials say a truce could be reached within a day. President Joe Biden's defense of Israel's bombing campa…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-20). Military Situation In The West Bank And Gaza Strip On May 20, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | 227 Palestinian including 64 children and 38 women were killed and more than 1630 were injured in the Gaza Strip by the IDF strikes since the start of conflict, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza | Palestinian resistance groups fired more than 4000 rockets into the Israeli territories and controlled areas since May 10 | Israeli warplanes have carried out more than 1800 strikes on the Gaza Strip since May 10 | On May 20, Qassam Brigades targeted a bus carry…

teleSUR (2021-05-20). Israel Obstructs Provision of Humanitarian Assistance in Gaza. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Ahmed Al Mandhari denounced that humanitarian organizations cannot easily access the Palestinian territories to offer aid to the wounded and provide basic supplies. | RELATED: | In the West Bank, there have been reports of obstructions to medical equipment, assaults on health workers, confiscation of ambulances, and military raids on health centers. | Al Ma…

Juan Cole (2021-05-20). With 58K Palestinians Made Homeless in Gaza, AOC and the Squad Resolve to Block Precision Bombs for Israel. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The United Nations says that 58,000 Palestinians in Gaza have been made internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the past week and a half during the intensive Israeli bombardment of Gaza. The Gaza Strip, where 2 million Palestinians live, half of them children, is facing a major health crisis. Potable water …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-05-20). WHO Calls for 'Humanitarian Pause' to Provide Gaza With Much-Needed Assistance. commondreams.org "The health system, which faces shortages even when there's no bombing, is out of key materials to treat the injured such as blood bags." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/wounded-child-gaza-20may21-2600×1361.jpg

Staff (2021-05-20). And Now the Health Reform Bill has been Struck Down in Colombia: 'Mobilization Does Work'! orinocotribune.com On Wednesday, May 19, following 22 days of marches against the government of Iván Duque, the Colombian Congress shelved the recently proposed health reform bill. | With 27 votes in favor and 5 against, the seventh committees of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Congress of Colombia rejected reviewing the health reform bill proposed by the government of the country's president, Iván Duque. | "Attention, with 11 votes in favor and 2 against in the Senate, and with 16 votes in favor and 3 votes against in the House, Congress has just overthrown the health care reform," announced the Central Unitaria de…

Gabriela Lopez et al. (2021-05-20). Institutional Responses to the Black Lives Matter Movement in Sonoma County. indybay.org This research paper investigates the institutional responses to the BLM Movement within Sonoma County. By analyzing newspaper articles and qualitative interviews, we were able to determine what kind of responses were happening within the Healthcare, Education, Business and Political sectors in Sonoma County.

teleSUR (2021-05-20). Cuba Continues to Pursue Goal of 6% Growth in 2021. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Planning (MEP), Alejandro Gil Fernández, ratified today that Cuba will not give up its goal of growing 6% in 2021, despite the tense situation of the country due to the presence of the pandemic and the tightening of the blockade imposed by the United States.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-20). India in the Face of Neoliberalism, Pandemic as Part of the Tragedy. libya360.wordpress.com Misión Verdad India's structural conflict is a product of inequality as a continuation of colonization and a caste system that prevails in its society (Photo: PTI). In times of global pandemic, the neoliberal drift, a continuation of a colonial system, continues to test emerging countries that will have to confront their internal contradictions in order…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-05-20). Why Big Pharma's Arguments Against Patent Waivers Don't Add Up. counterpunch.org Days after he publicly opposed the waiving of patents for lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates had a change of heart. He released a statement saying, "No barriers should stand in the way of equitable access to vaccines, including intellectual property, which is why we are supportive of a narrow waiver during the pandemic."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-05-20). Permanent Program Demanded After Over 1 Million Families Seek Pandemic Broadband Benefit. commondreams.org "We urge Congress to work with the Federal Communications Commission to put a permanent program in place to satisfy the needs of our communities after the EBB program is over." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/child-remote-school-covid-2021-2600×1361.jpg

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Talking to your children about vaccines. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding its emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 12-15 years. So parents and caregivers may be getting even more questions from children about whether vaccines are safe and how vaccines can help end the COVID-19 pandemic. Information in this article was contributed by Jennifer …

Amador Vasquez et al (2021-05-20). How Covid-19 Affected Child Protective Services in Sonoma County. indybay.org This research paper goes into detail about Child Protective Services in Sonoma County and how Covid-19 affected this public service. We found articles along with websites that allowed us to answer the research question we had created. We investigated how CPS was dealing with the pandemic and their struggles. Methodologies used include analysis of academic articles and articles from other authors and qualitative interviews.

Georgia Van Amsterdam (2021-05-20). COVID 19's Toll on Mental Health. indybay.org This is an Op-Ed in response to Stephanie Saul's Article entitled, "For many college students, pandemic life is disappointing. For others, it is a financial crisis", and why more attention needs to be drawn to the mental health crisis.

WSWS (2021-05-20). Global excess deaths during the pandemic range from 7 to 13 million lives lost according to new estimate. wsws.org The Economist has published a devastating report, a first of its kind, revealing the enormous loss of life experienced worldwide during the COVID pandemic, two to four times the official global COVID death figures.

WSWS (2021-05-20). COVID-19 mutations trigger new outbreaks across Southeast Asia. wsws.org The infection surges are another stark warning of how quickly the pandemic, driven by more infectious variants like B.1.617, first identified in India, can get out of control.

Staff (2021-05-20). These co-op restaurants didn't need to open indoor dining to survive the pandemic. therealnews.com At the height of the pandemic, the restaurant industry sued to overturn bans on indoor dining, arguing it was the only way they could survive. But at cooperatively-run restaurants, where worker-owners vote over major decisions, they decided to prioritize their lives over profits and pivoted their business models so they could stay in business.

WSWS (2021-05-20). The struggle against climate change, the pandemic and war requires a revolutionary socialist perspective! wsws.org This statement will be distributed by the IYSSE at protests of high school students across Australia demanding action on climate change.

Jon Rappoport (2021-05-20). The Pandemic Virus that Doesn't Exist. globalresearch.ca For the past …

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-05-20). Newsom proposes record-setting public spending with 'California Comeback Plan'. peoplesworld.org With California's finances buoyed by unanticipated tax revenues and a $27 billion boost from the American Rescue Plan, Gov. Gavin Newsom on May 14 rolled out a proposed $267.8 billion budget he called "historic" and "transformational," with infusions of funding for housing, education, healthcare, infrastructure, environmental justice, and immediate relief for families and small businesses. …

Mike Walter (2021-05-20). The Heat: Africa's challenges. america.cgtn.com Africa. What are its economic and security challenges as it battles COVID-19 and looks ahead?>

WSWS (2021-05-20). Opposition erupts in Japan against the Tokyo Olympics. wsws.org Amid rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitals already stretched, nurses and other medical staff have protested plans to deploy 500 nurses to the Tokyo Olympics.

Editor2 (2021-05-20). Solidarity Saves Lives: The World is Mobilizing to Send Syringes to Cuba. orinocotribune.com By Alejandra García — May 16, 2021 | In March, social organizations, political leaders, and solidarity movements launched a fundraising campaign to send syringes to Cuba. The world wants to support the vaccination process of this small nation, which has done so much to fight COVID-19 even beyond its borders. | The campaign has gained momentum and size as the days have gone by. The initiative began in Europe, thanks to the Cuba Linda and France-Cuba Associations, and today it is spreading throughout the Americas. "Blockade Kills, Solidarity Saves Lives" is the slogan of the cause that is attracting everyone's…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-20). COVID-19 Has Unleashed Death and Dehumanization in India's Capital. libya360.wordpress.com Nitheesh Narayanan Punjabi Bagh Crematorium in New Delhi. Photo: Nitheesh Narayanan Nitheesh Narayanan shares a first-hand account of helping a family through loss and bureacracy amid the COVID-19 crisis raging in India India's second COVID-19 wave has caused large-scale death and devastation leading to bodies piling up in overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums, which have reached…

teleSUR (2021-05-20). India To Defer Vaccination for Recovered COVID-19 Patients. telesurenglish.net India's Health Ministry has announced deferring the COVID-19 vaccination by three months in four specific situations including patients recovering from the COVID-19 infection. | RELATED: | Individuals with lab tests proven they have tested positive for the virus should defer their vaccination by three months after recovery. COVID-19 patients who have been given anti-SARS-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent pla…

WSWS (2021-05-20). As India's daily COVID-19 deaths reach new high, Modi opposes free vaccinations. wsws.org In keeping with its systematic prioritization of profits over lives, the Modi government is refusing to provide free vaccinations to India's impoverished population, although this would cost a mere 0.32 percent of GDP.

splcenter (2021-05-20). COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act: SPLC president attends White House signing of new prevention law. splcenter.org &nbsp…

Ethan Huff (2021-05-20). Researchers Find 1,000 Different Proteins in AstraZeneca's COVID Vaccine Linked to Deadly Blood Clots. globalresearch.ca A German scientist …

teleSUR (2021-05-20). EU Lawmakers Differ on COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver. telesurenglish.net No consensus was reached among the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Wednesday regarding a proposal for a temporary waiver of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines in a bid to speed up the global vaccine rollout. | RELATED: | Several MEPs had asked the European Commission to support a waiver of the intellectual property rights for vaccines as a core element in speeding up the rollout processes in low and m…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). New CDC guidance for fully vaccinated adults. What does it mean? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On Thursday, May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask indoors at a movie theater, shopping center or restaurant. But this new guidance does not apply to health care settings. Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Mayo Clinic Q and A: What is extracorporeal membrane oxygenation? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My uncle was diagnosed with COVID-19, and his doctors mentioned the possibility of putting him on ECMO. What does this mean? ANSWER: A COVID-19 infection can lead to mild symptoms for many people, but for others, it can cause life-threatening lung failure. In cases like your uncle's, traditional life support measures, such as a …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Mayo Clinic offers COVID-19 walk-in vaccine clinics in Minnesota. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic in Rochester and at its Health System sites continue to offer patients, visitors and staff additional convenient opportunities to be vaccinated for COVID-19. All domestic and international patients, visitors and staff who want to be vaccinated for COVID-19 have a couple of opportunities to do so at walk-in clinics this week: Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Fatigue, perceived cognitive impairment and mood disorders associated with post-COVID-19 syndrome. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ?– Patients diagnosed with post-COVID-19 syndrome, also known as "PCS," "COVID-19 long-haul syndrome" and "Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS COV-2," experience symptoms such as mood disorders, fatigue and perceived cognitive impairment that can negatively affect returning to work and resuming normal activities, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The …

Markela Panegyres (2021-05-20). India: Marginalised communities, informal workers and women bear the brunt of COVID-19 second wave. greenleft.org.au India's response to COVID-19's second wave must prioritise the needs of the most marginalised, says Sion Kongari.

commondreams (2021-05-20). COVID Vaccines Create 9 New Billionaires With Combined Wealth Greater Than Cost of Vaccinating World's Poorest Countries. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-05-20). The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act Signals Accountability for Violence Against Asian and Other Communities of Color. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Saket Son (2021-05-20). Immigrants Are Essential: A Manifesto for the Covid-19 and Climate Change Era. commondreams.org "U.S. immigration policy must include a new legal status for climate refugees." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/centralamericans-1.jpg

Don Wiener, Alex Kotch (2021-05-20). Koch's Americans for Prosperity Continues Its Assault on Medicaid During Covid. commondreams.org "In the states that have not expanded Medicaid, residents have to weigh the costs of health insurance and medical care against other essential needs, such as housing, food, and transportation to work." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/koch_brothers.jpg

imperial.ac.uk (2021-05-20). UK COVID-19 transmission shifted towards emerging variants in Spring. imperial.ac.uk New research shows that a shift towards emerging coronavirus variants drove transmission in England during the Spring.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Consumer Health: Smoking and rheumatoid arthritis — what's the connection? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Arthritis Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about the connection between smoking and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Addressing equity in clinical trials. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Like many organizations, Mayo Clinic is working to address disparities and equity in health care. This work is important not only in the clinic setting, but also in addressing equity issues in medical research and clinical trials. Clinical trials are research studies used to determine whether an intervention, such as a drug, device or other …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Consumer Health: Reducing your risk of breast cancer. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Breast cancer will affect 1 in 8 women, according to the American Cancer Society. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S. Researchers have identified hormonal, lifestyle and environmental factors that may increase your risk of breast cancer. And an estimated 5% to 10% of breast cancers are …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Science Saturday: Explaining cholesterol, research and regeneration. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Isobel Scarisbrick, Ph.D., directs the Neural Repair Laboratory within Mayo Clinic's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her lab examines central nervous system repair after injury, such as traumatic spinal cord injury or a disease like multiple sclerosis (MS). A major area of innovation for the lab is improving nerve regeneration by identifying what helps or hinders that process. Cholesterol, the …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente announce strategic investment in Medically Home to expand access to serious or complex care at home. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn., and OAKLAND, Calif. ? Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente are partnering in an unprecedented collaboration to allow more patients to receive acute level of care and recovery services in the comfort, convenience and safety of their homes. Beginning with significant strategic investments in Medically Home Group, a Boston-based, technology-enabled services company, Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Infographic: Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNET). newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Learn more about pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.?More health tip infographics: ?mayohealthhighlights.startribune.com…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Mayo named a 2021 DiversityInc No. 4 on the Top Hospitals and Health Systems for Diversity. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DiversityInc announced its annual Top 50 Companies for Diversity listings. Mayo Clinic was named to two specialty lists this year — No. 4 on the Top Hospitals and Health Systems list, up from No. 7 in 2020, and a new entry onto the Top Companies for People with Disabilities list at No. 19. DiversityInc's listing is …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Top tips for reducing heart attack and stroke risk. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My sister just turned 50. She went in for a standard cardiac checkup and learned she has high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The doctor told her that since our mom also had these issues, she must drastically change her diet, increase her exercise, and take medications to lessen her risk for a …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Consumer Health: Stroke awareness. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is National Stroke Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about stroke. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and a major cause of serious disability for adults. More than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Treatment for patent foramen ovale. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 36 and do not have any significant medical concerns, but due to a family member's heart health issues, it was recommended I have a cardiac evaluation. After undergoing an echocardiogram, I was surprised to be told that I have a patent foramen ovale. The cardiologist said I don't need to be treated …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-20). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Bladder cancer patients require ongoing surveillance. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Bladder cancer is a common type of cancer that begins in the cells of the bladder, a hollow muscular organ in the lower abdomen that stores urine. Bladder cancer signs and symptoms can include blood in the urine, frequent or painful urination, and back pain. "The vast majority of bladder cancer patients are diagnosed with cancer that's not …

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