Daily Archives: July 3, 2021

2021-07-03: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-07-03). UK government intervenes against DVLA strike over COVID-19 safety as union isolates dispute. wsws.org The strike at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is the only industrial action over COVID-19 called by any trade union in the UK during the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-07-03). Indonesian government allows COVID cases to skyrocket. wsws.org The Delta variant has triggered a catastrophic failure of health services, mirroring the experiences of India this year.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Summer travel and people not in your bubble during COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org "The reason we have the COVID-19 delta variant, the reason we have the delta plus variant is because of unimmunized people who get infected," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. He adds that 99.2% of the recorded COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are in people not vaccinated against the virus. This is why he cautions folks who may be traveling this Fourth of July holiday and…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Reported cases of myocarditis in younger men following COVID-19 vaccination are rare; vaccination remains important. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers are taking a close look at rare cases of inflammation of the heart muscle, or myocarditis, in young men who developed symptoms shortly after receiving the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccines. Several recent studies suggest that health care professionals should watch for hypersensitivity myocarditis as a rare adverse reaction to being vaccinated for COVID-19. However, researchers stress that this awareness should not…

teleSUR (2021-07-03). Brazilians Want Bolsonaro Out After a New Corruption Scandal. telesurenglish.net In Brazil, social movements, trade unions, and human rights activists on Saturday demonstrated in at least 350 cities to condemn the recent corruption scandal linking President Jair Bolsonaro with the purchase at inflated prices of Indian-produced Covaxin COVID-19 vaccines. | RELATED: |

Jake Johnson (2021-07-03). Ultra-Contagious Covid Delta Variant 'Wreaking Havoc' Worldwide. zcomm.org "This is devastating. And it didn't have to happen. The world urgently needs a People's Vaccine."

CA Poor People's Campaign & Partners (2021-07-03). Thursday 7/8: #ChildTaxCredit: Keep Families Afloat Rally & Ice Cream Social in Sacramento. indybay.org Jack Davis Park in South Oak Park neighborhood, 16th Street & 44th Street, Sacramento 95820 | Masks required. Follow current COVID safety guidelines: covid19.ca.gov/safely-reopening/#continuing-safety-measures

Staff (2021-07-03). China's foreign minister calls for international 'Great Wall of Immunity' to stop Covid-19. rt.com Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the international community to work together to build a "Great Wall of Immunity" against Covid-19 on Saturday. | During a speech to the 9th World Peace Forum in Beijing, Wang The most urgent priority is to expedite the construction of the 'Great Wall of Immunity' to fend off the virus, surpass political discrimination and carry ou…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). What holiday travelers need to know about COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The July Fourth holiday is a time when many people travel or host summer parties. While the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is on the decline, health experts say with stagnating vaccination rates and the circulation of the more contagious Delta variant, the nation is not out of the woods yet, and everyone should still be cautious if they're planning a trip or getting together in large groups. "Anyone planning to have a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Using AI to screen 30 million drug candidates against SARS-CoV-2. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators used computer simulation and artificial intelligence to virtually screen 30 million drug candidates that may block SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In a paper published in Biomolecules, researchers accelerated drug discovery to identify the most promising targets for additional study. They are interested in finding new treatments for COVID-19. "We used a multidrug platform to screen the drug candidates," says Thomas Caulfield, Ph.D., a molecular neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic and senior author…

_____ (2021-07-03). How Donald Rumsfeld Micromanaged Torture. strategic-culture.org What Rumsfeld did not mention in all his public protestations of regret over Abu Ghraib was that in the same month of May 2004 he had on his desk a report prepared by the Navy inspector general's office detailing the interrogation methods, refined in their cruelty, being practiced on Jose Padilla and other inmates in the South Carolina naval brig.

_____ (2021-07-03). Rumsfeld's Legacy of torture in U.S. imperialist history. strategic-culture.org Accolades may continue to pour in for Rumsfeld, but history will continue to judge the ravages of U.S. imperialist violence. | Fellow U.S. war criminals have eulogized the former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld upon news of his death. "A faithful steward of our armed forces," former U.S. President George W Bush

WSWS (2021-07-03). Moscow out of beds to treat COVID-19 patients as cases spike across the country. wsws.org In the grip of a third wave of infections, Russia's medical facilities are once again on the verge of being overwhelmed by the coronavirus.

_____ (2021-07-03). Liberals And Congress Retreat Rather Than Fight For National Single Payer Medicare For All. popularresistance.org At a Bernie Sanders healthcare town hall last year, Rep. Pramila Jayapal glibly stated that the problem to enacting Medicare for All was not more education of the public, but a question of "political will" necessary to actually push it forward. Yet, despite a pandemic, which has laid bare the inequalities and deficiencies of our healthcare system coupled with Democrat majorities in three branches of government, Medicare for All seems off the table. Where is the political will?

Staff (2021-07-03). Vatican hails vaccinations as 'one of the greatest achievements' of modern science in push against vaccine skepticism. rt.com The official bioethics academy of the Catholic Church has come forward alongside a host of global medical associations to demand an end to the "myths and disinformation" interfering with the fight against Covid-19. | The Pontifical Council of Life (VPCL) and several international physicians' groups spoke with reporters on Friday in what was

ecns.cn (2021-07-03). Effective vaccine response among young. ecns.cn The domestic COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech is safe and can elicit a strong antibody response in people aged 3 to 17 in early and mid-stage clinical trials, according to a study published recently in a medical journal.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). With photon-counting-detector CT, Mayo Clinic at forefront of CT imaging technology. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Performing the first cardiac scan on their new photon-counting-detector CT scanner was a once-in-a-career moment for Joel (J.G.) Fletcher, M.D., and Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D. The medical and scientific directors, respectively, of the CT Clinical Innovation Center describe the arrival of this latest research CT system as a major milestone in CT imaging, one where Mayo Clinic is again at the forefront. The inherent spectral capabilities of the research scanner allow clear visualization…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Overuse of levothyroxine in the United States. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org One of the most common prescription drugs in America — levothyroxine — is used by people with underactive thyroid glands, also known as hypothyroidism. However, a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers says the majority of people were initiated on levothyroxine for mild subclinical hypothyroidism or for no apparent thyroid dysfunction. These results, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest significant overuse of levothyroxine. Mayo researchers and colleagues examined retrospective, deidentified case data using the OptumLabs Data…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Mayo Clinic Minute: Fireworks and grilling safety reminders. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Fireworks, grilling and campfires are part of the summer experience. This holiday weekend, make sure you keep safety top of mind. Dr. Michael Boniface, a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician, explains that burn injuries from these activities go up in the summer, and these injuries often can be prevented. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/iv3wlwXYAyw Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (1: 00) is in the downloads at the end of…

ecns.cn (2021-07-03). Africa sounds alarm over Delta variant. ecns.cn The Delta variant has attributed to surging numbers of COVID-19 infection cases in some African countries, with experts fearing it may bring disastrous consequences to the continent.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 vaccination and heart issues. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have been hearing about an increase in the number of young people who are developing heart issues, including myocarditis, after being vaccinated for COVID-19. Can you explain this condition? I have a 15-year-old son, and I am wondering if it is safe for him to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or if he …

WSWS (2021-07-03). Global automakers report huge sales increases in spite of pandemic and chip shortage, due to ramped-up exploitation of workforce. wsws.org Forced overtime has become routine as auto companies, with the full collaboration of the unions, scramble to make up for profits lost in the early stages of the pandemic.

Alexandra Bradbury (2021-07-03). Employers Are Using the Crisis to Push Concessions They Don't Need. zcomm.org The pandemic and the economic crunch have provided new leverage, and new excuses, for employers to push their pre-existing agendas…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Mayo Clinic researchers study potential new CAR-T cell therapy for multiple myeloma. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Researchers at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center are studying a potential new chimeric antigen receptor-T cell therapy (CAR-T cell therapy) treatment for multiple myeloma. Their findings were published on Friday, June 24, in The Lancet."CAR-T cell therapy is a type of immunotherapy that involves harnessing the power of a person's own immune system by …

WSWS (2021-07-03). Latest UAW-Volvo agreement contains attacks on pay, healthcare. wsws.org The UAW's latest bid to shut down the strike comes as working class support for the New River Volvo workers' struggle is growing.

Staff (2021-07-03). Seasonal Allergies Are Getting Worse Due to the Climate Crisis. truthout.org If you've felt like your seasonal allergies are worse this year, you're not alone. Higher temperatures are linked with longer tree and grass pollen seasons. | According to a recent study published in the "Climate change is really a problem for health, an…

WSWS (2021-07-03). Latest UAW-Volvo agreement contains attacks on pay, health care. wsws.org The UAW's latest bid to shut down the strike comes as working class support for the New River Volvo workers' struggle is growing.

ecns.cn (2021-07-03). China-Africa cooperation has revitalized war against malaria: WHO official. ecns.cn The realization of zero malaria status by African countries by 2030 could be within reach thanks to technical support provided by China to help combat the tropical disease, a World Health Organization (WHO) official has said.

_____ (2021-07-03). Exxon Lobbyists Caught Saying Quiet Part Out Loud On Climate Obstruction. commondreams.org Fixing America's broken political system and building a healthier democracy can contribute to a more just and sustainable world.

Amitabh C Pandey, Jessica R Golbus, Eric J Topol (2021-07-03). [Perspectives] Cardiac rehabilitation in the digital era. thelancet.com Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) after a heart attack or open-heart surgery acclimatises patients to increased physical activity. CR is not universally available and where it is available the requirement for multiple visits to a clinic can limit participation. Only about 20—30% of people who meet the criteria take part in CR for structured physical activity, education, and behavioural counselling on modifiable risk factors. There is a potential path to mobilise mobile technology to make CR more widely accessible and tailored to individual needs.

The Lancet (2021-07-03). [Editorial] Germany's election: transformation versus more of the same. thelancet.com Angela Merkel's 16-year reign as German chancellor will come to an end this year. This fact is the only certain outcome, among various possible party coalition options, when Germans vote in federal elections on Sept 26. 2021 is a particularly poignant and important year for an election in Germany, with a mixed picture of success in the COVID-19 pandemic, an unfinished history of migration, strong population feelings on climate change and sustainability, and continuing discussion on the role of the EU.

Andrew Green (2021-07-03). [Obituary] Dinesh Mohan. thelancet.com Bioengineer who specialised in road safety and injury prevention and human rights activist. Born on April 4, 1945, in what is now Lahore, Pakistan, he died of COVID-19 in Delhi, India, on May 21, 2021, aged 76 years.

Gregor Kiesewetter, Markus Amann, James Milner, Zhao Liu, Marina Romanello (2021-07-03). [Correspondence] Countdown on health and climate change: too important for methodological errors — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Peter Morfeld and Thomas Erren for their interest in the 2020 report of the Lancet Countdown.1 They argue that the use of attributable fractions is inadequate to estimate premature mortality from ambient air pollution or exposure to heat, and base their argument on the work by Hammitt and colleagues,2 which states that mortality does not allow one to "distinguish between situations in which a few people die much earlier than they would have if unexposed and situations in which many people die a little earlier than they would have if unexposed".

Sharmila Devi (2021-07-03). [World Report] North Korean health at risk due to border closures. thelancet.com Most links to North Korea have been cut for 18 months, severely limiting imports of food and vital medicines. Sharmila Devi reports.

Peter Morfeld, Thomas C Erren (2021-07-03). [Correspondence] Countdown on health and climate change: too important for methodological errors. thelancet.com Nick Watts and colleagues1 did wide-reaching analyses to track the emerging health effect of climate change. Among other indicators they estimated "Indicator 1.1.3: heat-related mortality" and "Indicator 3.3: premature mortality from ambient air pollution" and concluded: "average heat-related mortality per year…a total of 296‚Äà000 deaths in 2018" and "premature deaths…from ambient PM2 ∑5 have increased…from 2 ∑95 million deaths in 2015 to 3 ∑01 million deaths in 2018". The Article1 estimated numbers of deaths by attributable fractions, which disallows identification of the num…

Susan Jaffe (2021-07-03). [World Report] US FDA defends approval of Alzheimer's disease drug. thelancet.com Accelerated approval for aducanumab has prompted resignations and condemnation of the agency's decision. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

Hana A Mansour, Eugenie Bitar, Youssef Fares, Assad A Makdessi, Antoine Maalouf, Mahmoud El Ghoul, Mohamad A Mansour, Antoine Chami, Michel Khalil, Alex Jalkh, Daniel Cherfan, Jawad Fares, Fadlo R Khuri, Ahmad M Mansour, Beirut Port Ammonium Nitrate Explosion Consortium (2021-07-03). [Correspondence] The Beirut Port explosion: injury trends from a mass survey of emergency admissions. thelancet.com On Aug 4, 2020, 1807 h, one of the most powerful non-nuclear explosions in history rocked Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, with a population of 2 million. The Beirut Port ammonium nitrate explosion (BPANE) happened when a fire set off 2700 tons of ammonium nitrate, which had been stored inside the port for 6 years. Soon after the explosion, we surveyed all patient admissions to emergency departments to analyse the pattern of injuries caused by the explosion.

Geoff Watts (2021-07-03). [Perspectives] Janet Treasure: advancing a broad perspective on eating disorders. thelancet.com In her role as Professor of Adult Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, UK, Janet Treasure has been able to achieve a remarkable integration of biological, social, and psychosocial factors in her work for its Eating Disorders Research Group. "What's impressive about Janet is that she's done genetic studies, brain imaging studies, and work on the theory of therapeutic models", says Kate Tchanturia, Professor of Psychology in Eating Disorders at IoPPN and a member of the Eating Disorders Research Group.

Rachel Clarke (2021-07-03). [Perspectives] Sparks through the stubble: dying in a pandemic. thelancet.com In December, 1993, 4 months before his death from AIDS-related complications, the author and director Derek Jarman released his final feature film, Blue. At the time, Jarman had been rendered partially blind by cytomegalovirus retinitis and was able to see only in shades of blue. For the film's entire 79 min, he projects nothing but the colour itself upon the screen. Against an uninterrupted wash of blue—the shade so evocative of sea, sky, melancholy, and loss—a soundtrack of music, poetry, and prose unfolds, exploring life and death in a time of AIDS.

Karolina Linden (2021-07-03). [Comment] Expanding the concept of safety in antenatal care provision. thelancet.com Antenatal care is one of the most commonly accessed routine medical services in the world. Although considerable progress has been made to improve outcomes for pregnant women (eg, according to UNICEF the global maternal mortality rate declined by 38% between 2000 and 2017), complications of pregnancy and childbirth remain the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in women of reproductive age globally.1 In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, provision of high quality antenatal care is therefore essential for ensuring the safety of pregnant women and their offspring.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Consumer Health: The importance of sunscreen, sunglasses and protective clothing for adults and children. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org July is UV Safety Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about protecting yourself and your family from the harmful effects of ultraviolet, or UV, radiation from sunlight. Exposure to UV radiation from the sun damages your skin, and increases your risk of developing skin cancer, wrinkles and age spots. Children are especially vulnerable because they tend to spend more time outdoors and can burn easily. Here are four ways you can…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Mayo Clinic lighting buildings to recognize Pride Month. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Facilities in Rochester, Arizona and Florida will be lighted in rainbow hues June 28 in recognition of Pride Month, which is celebrated each June. _________________________________ Mayo Clinic will light the Plummer Building in Rochester, Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona, and the sign at the main entrance to Mayo Clinic in Florida in rainbow hues on June 28. The display is in recognition of Pride Month celebrated around the U.S. in June to support and raise…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Mayo Clinic Minute: Should you open your eyes underwater? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For many people, the hot summer days are often spent swimming at the pool. But even though the water is usually clear with chlorine, it doesn't mean you should be looking underwater. As reporter Jason Howland explains in this Mayo Clinic Minute, it could cause temporary damage to your eyes. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/JDEtRmoq3dg Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (0: 59) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Know your HIV status: Get tested. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, a reminder to get tested and know your HIV status. Many people who have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, aren't aware they have it. Early diagnosis allows for early treatment options that may delay the progression to AIDS. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Male menopause — myth or reality? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My wife is 52 and just beginning menopause. We were talking about the changes she's been experiencing, and I was wondering if there is such a thing as male menopause. I am 58. ANSWER: Hormone changes are a natural part of aging. Unlike the more dramatic reproductive hormone plunge that occurs in women during menopause, however, sex hormone changes in men occur gradually. The term "male menopause" has been used to describe decreasing testosterone…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Mayo Clinic first to use next generation 4D ICE imaging to help patients with structural heart disease. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic recently became the first to use a next-generation 4D intracardiac echo (ICE) device in patients to guide heart procedures such as left atrial appendage closure, mitral valve repair and treatment of tricuspid valve regurgitation. The technology can also help physicians perform procedures without putting patients under general anesthesia. An echocardiogram is a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to produce detailed images of the heart's size, structure and function, as well as detailed images of…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Newly discovered genetic variants in a single gene cause neurodevelopmental disorder. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered that genetic variants in a neuro-associated gene called SPTBN1 are responsible for causing a neurodevelopmental disorder. The study, published in Nature Genetics, is a first step in finding a potential therapeutic strategy for this disorder, and it increases the number of genes known to be associated with conditions that affect how the brain functions. "The gene can now be included in genetic testing for people suspected of…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Science Saturday: New technique to study 'microcancers' and screen cancer-fighting drugs. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A team from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Grainger College of Engineering and Mayo Clinic have developed a new technique for creating "microcancer" cell cultures. It allows researchers to form hundreds of microcancers in a high-throughput format using a small, microfabricated chip, enabling direct measurement of cell health or response to drugs. It also allows …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-03). Are sunglasses necessary? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Children spend a lot of time outside enjoying going to the pool, taking part in sports or just outdoor playtime. Likely, they are outside with sunscreen to protect their skin. But a question that sparks a lot of interest from parent centers around eye protection and sunglasses. Mayo Clinic Health System providers say children receive …

WSWS (2021-07-03). Defend lives and protect the National Health Service: Build rank-and-file committees of health workers! wsws.org Health workers are led by trade unions that will do nothing to defend them from the Tory assault and are told to rely on a Labour Party that works in a de-facto government of national unity with Boris Johnson.

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