Daily Archives: July 8, 2021

2021-07-08: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-07-08). Australian state government blames workers and the poor for Sydney's escalating COVID crisis. wsws.org The New South Wales government is seeking to absolve itself of responsibility for the rapidly growing outbreak in Sydney, while preparing to lift even the inadequate restrictions currently in place.

WSWS (2021-07-08). Pandemic surges in South Korea as government pushes to end social distancing. wsws.org Seoul's entirely inadequate preventative measures have contributed to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-07-08). La inviabilidad del neoliberalismo en América Latina. globalizacion.ca La enorme y hasta ahora incontrolable pandemia de Covid-19 ha puesto de manifiesto la inviabilidad del sistema neoliberal implantado en varios países de América Latina a principios de la década de 1980. | Con servicios de salud públicos precarios muchas naciones…

William rivers Pitt (2021-07-08). Boris Johnson Says UK Must "Learn to Live With" Rising COVID. zcomm.org "Learn to live with it" is the new catchphrase coming out of 10 Downing Street — which is, you may recall, exactly the tack Trump wanted to take from the beginning no matter the loss in lives.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). New vaccine platform invented by Mayo enters COVID-19 clinical trial. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A Mayo Clinic lab member is purifying an adenovirus vector for preclinical testing. A novel single-cycle adenovirus vaccine platform developed by Mayo Clinic will be used to target multiple infectious diseases and cancer indications, beginning with a phase 1 clinical study using the platform as a vaccine for COVID-19. Developed to enhance the expression of target antigens, the single-cycle adenovirus platform is under investigation for its ability to amplify immune responses. In contrast to replication-defective…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Receiving care for COVID-19 while pregnant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Last September, Kim and Lloyd Harter of Fairchild, Wisconsin, along with their daughter Eleanor Jacobo, tested positive for COVID-19. While they recovered, they also waited for a special new addition to their family: Kim was eight months pregnant. With pregnancy being a risk factor for complications due to COVID-19, a member of the COVID-19 Front-Line Care Team at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, called Kim to discuss her risks, as well as provide information about…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). 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 (2021-07-08). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). 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 …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). Guide to safe grilling practices. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The July Fourth holiday weekend often means gatherings. Keep your gathering safe by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 guidance for activities. If you are looking forward to a weekend cookout, make sure to keep foodborne bacteria and germs off your guest list. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases physician, says warmer temperatures are when foodborne germs thrive and illnesses peak. Watch: Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse talks about safe grilling practices. www.youtube.com/watch?v=19v4oRLW-hw&t=3s Journalists: Broadcast-quality sound bites are…

Staff (2021-07-08). Headlines for July 8, 2021. democracynow.org Haiti Declares "State of Siege" After Assassination of President Jovenel MoàØse, Japan Declares Virus Emergency Through Tokyo Olympics as Global COVID-19 Deaths Pass 4 Million, North America Recorded Hottest June on Record Amid Worsening Climate Crisis, Line 3 Pipeline Foes Say Enbridge Spilled Drilling Chemicals in Minnesota River, U.S. Soldiers and Diplomats Come Under Fire in Iraq and Syria, Human Rights Commission Calls for Demilitarization of Colombia's Police, Unhoused Atlanta Residents Form Union, Occupy City Hall Pressing Demands , Dozens of States Sue Google for Creating App Store Monopoly , Trump…

Workers World Party (2021-07-08). PDF of July 8 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Student-athletes win historic ruling Release Alex Saab! Labor strikes back HIV/AIDS: Legacy of resistance Say her name: Sandra Bland COVID devastation Buffalo: Historic mayoral primary vote Editorial: Class war over voting rights Global: N. Korea defiant; China—Africa cooperation; China defeats malaria; Afghanistan. Tear down the walls: Free . . . |

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). 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 (2021-07-08). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). 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 (2021-07-08). Science Saturday: Melanoma test to help some patients avoid surgical biopsy. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org More than 100,00 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year — double the number of cases compared to 30 years ago, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. "Melanoma accounts for only about 2% of skin cancers, but it causes a majority of skin cancer deaths," says Alexander Meves, M.D., a Mayo Clinic dermatologist whose laboratory in Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine works on cutting-edge methods to diagnose and treat melanoma….

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Taking the fear out of cardiac testing. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When it comes to the heart, it can be scary to seek care when you think you might be having a problem. Tests may be necessary to evaluate your heart, and the unfamiliar terminology associated with these tests can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding terms like electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, coronary angiogram or stress test may help alleviate the fear. "Whenever we order these tests, we don't want you to have anxiety," says Dr. Christopher DeSimone, a Mayo…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Officials Confirm Tokyo Olympics To Be Held Without Spectators. telesurenglish.net Representatives of the organizing committee, chaired by Seiko Hashimoto, the International Olympic Committee, headed by Thomas Bach, and the Paralympic Committee, headed by Andrew Parsons, and Tokyo authorities (governor Yuriko Koike) as well as the Japanese central government agreed at a meeting to hold the Games without spectators in the stadiums. | "It is extremely sad that the Games will be held in a very limited way in the face of the spread of coronavirus infections. I am very sorry for the ticket holders and local residents who were looking forward to the Games," Hashimoto told reporters. | RELATED:…

Andrew Freeman (2021-07-08). Washington 'housing stability bridge' a reform driven by fear of social explosion. liberationnews.org This crisis brought about by the economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need to take the profit motive out of housing.

WSWS (2021-07-08). All Covid safety measures being lifted in UK schools as Delta variant explodes. wsws.org UK Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed Tuesday that all remaining safety restrictions in schools will be lifted in England in September, even as the new deadly, more transmissible Delta variant spreads exponentially.

Andy Kroll (2021-07-08). America's Accountability Problem. tomdispatch.com America has an accountability problem. In fact, if the Covid-19 disaster, the January 6th Capitol attack, and the Trump years are any indication, the American lexicon has essentially dispensed with the term "accountability." This should come as no surprise. After all, there's nothing particularly new about this. In the Bush years, those who created a system of indefinite offshore detention at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, those who implemented a CIA global torture program and the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance policy, not to mention those who purposely took us to war based on lies about nonexistent I…

WSWS (2021-07-08). Protests grow against the Tokyo Summer Olympics as COVID-19 cases surge. wsws.org Workers and youth raise the alarm as 15,000 Olympians, trainers and staff are to arrive in Tokyo amid an already strained hospital system.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). 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…

No Nukes Actiion (2021-07-08). Sunday 7/11: Protest Tokyo Olympic Madness Threatening To Expand The Global Covid Pandemic. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…

Animal Liberation Press Office (2021-07-08). Bipartisan Proposal Would Ban Mink Fur Farms Over COVID, Cruelty Concerns. indybay.org Twin concerns of cruelty and protection from COVID-19 are behind a new bipartisan proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ban the sale, purchase, import and export of mink.

Anonymous103 (2021-07-08). Secrecy and Calamity in Australia's Vaccine Rollout. southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark. | With a lamentable, even disgraceful vaccination rate, confusion over how best to deal with the AstraZeneca supply, vague promises about the arrival of other COVID-19 vaccines, and a degree of complacency, half of Australia found itself in lockdown conditions earlier this month. | A good deal of this was occasioned by an outbreak in Australia's largest city in June, which saw the state of New South Wale…

_____ (2021-07-08). 'It Didn't Have to Be This Way': WHO Chief Laments 4 Million Covid-19 Deaths. commondreams.org Is anyone responsible anymore?

_____ (2021-07-08). Confronting America's Obscene Military Budget. commondreams.org "Everyone deserves protection from Covid-19," said the People's Vaccine Alliance, "not just the richest."

_____ (2021-07-08). Baltimore To Stop Prosecuting "Nonviolent" Crimes. Activists Say More Is Needed. popularresistance.org Most of these prosecutors have strictly tied their commitments to the duration of the pandemic. However, in March 2021, the Baltimore City State Attorney's Office (SAO) announced that it will permanently instate its COVID-19 policy. Moving forward, the office said it will decline to prosecute crimes categorized as nonviolent, including Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS, or drug) possession, attempted distribution of CDS, paraphernalia possession, sex work, trespassing, minor traffic offenses, open container, rogue and vagabond, and urinating/defecating in public.

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Mexico Confirms Its Interests in Acquiring Cuban Vaccines. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel thanked Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) for his interest in acquiring Abdala and Sovereign COVID-19 vaccines, which are developed and produced in the Island. | RELATED: | The AMLO administration gives preference to COVID-19 vaccines that have proven to be highly effective in Phase 2 and 3 of clinical trials. This is the case of the Abdala vaccine, which showed…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). WHO Says COVID-19 Vaccine Supplies to Africa Picking Momentum. telesurenglish.net The delivery of COVID-19 vaccine to Africa through COVAX facility, donations and direct purchases from manufacturers has accelerated, hence injecting vitality in the continent's fight against the pandemic, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said Thursday. | RELATED: | Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said that significant progress in vaccine deliveries after a prolonged crunch will boost efforts to suppress a third wave sweepi…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-07-08). Secrecy and Calamity in Australia's Vaccine Rollout. counterpunch.org With a lamentable, even disgraceful vaccination rate, confusion over how best to deal with the AstraZeneca supply, vague promises about the arrival of other COVID-19 vaccines, and a degree of complacency, half of Australia found itself in lockdown conditions earlier this month. A good deal of this was occasioned by an outbreak in Australia's largest

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Cuban Soberana 02 Vaccines Achieves 91,2% Efficacy. telesurenglish.net Cuban Finally Institute for Vaccines announced on Thursday that the three doses scheme of Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus reached a 91,2 percent efficacy and a 100 percent efficacy against COVID-19 death. | RELATED: | The groundbreaking news places two out of the five Cuban vaccines candidates among the top 5 vaccines worldwide. Both Abdala and Soberana 02 surpassed the World Health Organization requirement of 50 percent effic…

news.un (2021-07-08). Child mental health crisis 'magnified' by COVID, warns UN chief. news.un.org Half of the world's children experience violence on and offline in some form every year, with "devastating and life-long consequences" for their mental health, the UN chief warned a symposium on the issue on Thursday.

news.un (2021-07-08). Amid COVID job losses, 'high food prices are hunger's new best friend', WFP warns. news.un.org Job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic combined with high food prices are making it hard for millions of families to get enough to eat, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Thursday.

Joris Leverink (2021-07-08). From the depths of the pandemic towards an ecosocialist utopia. roarmag.org Protester pulls a wheelie behind a burning barricade in Santiago de Chile — November 6, 2019. abriendomundo / Shutterstock.comHistorically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging our carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it. | — Arundhati Roy…

Dante Strobino (2021-07-08). As part of Southern trend, Elizabeth City workers strike for better pay. workers.org Elizabeth City, N.C., strike, June 30 Durham, N.C. After three years of receiving zero pay raises and working 16 months through a global pandemic with no recognition or hazard pay, city workers in Elizabeth City, N.C., staged a two-day work stoppage June 29-30. The Black-majority workers in the city's Public . . . |

WSWS (2021-07-08). With unions' consent, Indian automakers ramp up production amid raging pandemic. wsws.org Despite Renault-Nissan openly admitting that "it was impossible to increase the distance between workers beyond 2 or 3 feet at some work stations," the RNITS union is supporting the continuation of auto production.

No Nukes Action (2021-07-08). Friday 7/23: Fukushima, The Pandemic & Olympics On The Opening Of the Olympics. indybay.org LaborFest…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-07-08). Universities, business and government must collaborate to scale up innovation. imperial.ac.uk Collaboration is key to creating a thriving start-up ecosystem and building back after the pandemic, said Imperial's President in a panel debate.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). 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 …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). Tumor cell PD-L1 may mediate sensitivity to chemotherapy in colorectal cancer treatment. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Data in a study by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center researchers indicates that the level of tumor cell PD-L1, a protein that acts as a brake to keep the body's immune responses under control, may be an important factor for sensitivity to chemotherapy in colorectal cancer treatment. The study was published Friday, July 2, in Oncogene. "We have identified a mechanism by which absent or low levels of tumor cell PD-L1, which is commonly found…

Henry Giroux (2021-07-08). Resistance is Not Futile: Fighting Back in an Age of Manufactured Ignorance. counterpunch.org The genocide inflicted on Native Americans, slavery, the horrors of Jim Crow, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, the rise of the carceral state, the My Lai massacre and George W. Bush's torture chambers and black sites, among other historical events, now disappear into a disavowal of past events made even more unethical with the emergence of a right-wing political and pedagogical language of erasure. For example, the Republican Party's attack on the teaching of "critical race theory" — labeled as "ideological or faddish" — denies both the history of racism as well as the ways in which it is enfo…

Henry Giroux (2021-07-08). Resistance is Not Futile: Fighting Back in an Age of Manufactured Ignorance. counterpunch.org The genocide inflicted on Native Americans, slavery, the horrors of Jim Crow, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, the rise of the carceral state, the My Lai massacre and George W. Bush's torture chambers and black sites, among other historical events, now disappear into a disavowal of past events made even more unethical with the emergence of

Ramzy Baroud (2021-07-08). The People vs. Mahmoud Abbas: Are the Palestinian Authority's Days Numbered? dissidentvoice.org "The Palestinian Authority's days are numbered". This assertion has been oft repeated recently, especially after the torture to death on June 24 of a popular Palestinian activist, Nizar Banat, 42, at the hands of PA security goons in Hebron (Al-Khalil). The killing — or 'assassination' as some Palestinian rights groups describe it — of Banat, however, …

Arthur Tarley (2021-07-08). How The Phrase "Universal Healthcare" Became Meaningless. zcomm.org By talking about universal healthcare without supporting an actual universal healthcare system, centrist Democrats turn an important demand into an empty marketing slogan…

SEIU Local 521 (2021-07-08). Friday 7/9: Protect Monterey County Worker Healthcare Rally. indybay.org 1441 Schilling Place, Salinas, CA 93901…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-08). Israel detains Dr. Shatha Odeh of the Palestinian Health Work Committees. peoplesdispatch.org The detention of Dr. Shatha Odeh comes a month after Israel ordered her organization, the Health Work Committees, to cease functioning. Dr. Odeh is also the regional coordinator of the People's Health Movement…

Marco Montalti, Giorgia Soldà , Zeno Di Valerio, Aurelia Salussolia, Jacopo Lenzi, Marcello Forcellini, Edoardo Barvas, Susanna Guttmann, Rossella Messina, Elisabetta Poluzzi, Emanuel Raschi, Rossano Riccardi, Maria Pia Fantini, Giusy La Fauci, Davide Gori, for the San Marino Republic COVID ROCCA Group (2021-07-08). [Research Paper] ROCCA observational study: Early results on safety of Sputnik V vaccine (Gam-COVID-Vac) in the Republic of San Marino using active surveillance. thelancet.com Our results, albeit preliminary, suggest that Sputnik V has a high tolerability profile in the population aged ‚â•60 years in terms of short-term AEFIs.

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