Daily Archives: July 16, 2021

2021-07-16: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-16). Ecuadorian teachers on hunger strike to demand implementation of Intercultural Education law. peoplesdispatch.org The law seeks to increase the budget for the education sector, guarantee inclusive and quality public education, increase the basic salary of teachers, re-employ teachers fired or dismissed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, among other measures…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-16). Across the globe, health workers push back against informalization, austerity and poor conditions. peoplesdispatch.org Doctors have been applauded as heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the working conditions of many physicians, especially junior doctors in the Global South, have been on the decline for years, leading to an increase in discontent and protests…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-07-16). Cash or Card — Will COVID-19 Kill Cash? globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2021-07-16). One pandemic fuels another: US overdose deaths hit all time high in 2020 with 93,000 dead. wsws.org The new figures have shocked public health experts, including professionals who have been tracking drug overdose trends for decades.

ecns.cn (2021-07-16). China to strengthen cooperation with Bangladesh in beating pandemic, alleviating poverty: FM. ecns.cn

WSWS (2021-07-16). Sydney's working-class suburbs hardest hit as pandemic spreads across Australia. wsws.org In the Sydney suburb of Fairfield, the risk of infection is almost ten times higher than the rest of the city.

Dr. Michael Palmer (2021-07-16). Expert Evidence Regarding Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine for Children. globalresearch.ca

Children's Health Defense (2021-07-16). Doctors for COVID Ethics: Halt Use of Pfizer COVID Vaccines in Adolescents 'Immediately'. globalresearch.ca

Staff (2021-07-16). Headlines for July 16, 2021. democracynow.org COVID-19 Cases Rise in Nearly Every U.S. State as Delta Variant Becomes Dominant, Surgeon General Calls on Social Media Giants to Stop Spread of Anti-Vaccine Misinformation, Coronavirus Infections Continue Exponential Rise in Southeast Asia and Africa, German Chancellor Confronted over Blocking Patent Waiver for COVID-19 Vaccines, WHO Warns 23 Million Children Missed Vaccinations in 2020 Due to Pandemic, 110 Dead, 1,300 Missing as Once-in-a-Century Flooding Hits Germany and Belgium, Smoke Blankets Much of North America as Western Wildfires Grow in Size, Research Shows Parts of Amazon Rainforest Now Emit More Gree…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Working toward more diversity in orthopedic surgery. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Of all the medical and surgical subspecialties, orthopedic surgery historically has had the lowest percentage of women and minorities. Mayo Clinic's orthopedic surgery department is working to change that. This summer, two female medical students are participating in an eight-week clinical and research internship in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The program was developed by Nth Dimensions, an organization that seeks to bring more women and minorities into the profession. "I think it's important…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). 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 (2021-07-16). 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….

WSWS (2021-07-16). SEP (US) demands the release of Frank García Hernández from house arrest by the Cuban government. wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party (US) demands the immediate release of Frank García Hernández from house arrest. García Hernández was arrested Sunday during historic protests against the economic crisis and the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic.

_____ (2021-07-16). Evo Morales Denounces A New US-led Plan Condor. popularresistance.org On June 23 of this year, 184 countries of the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of an end to the US embargo on Cuba. It was the 29th consecutive year where virtually all countries, except the US and Israel made this demand. In recent years the Cuban media has denounced millions of dollars of US funding, through organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to create and fund opposition media and the organization of youth. Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez on July 11 rejected the smear campaigns of the US media hegemony in the midst of the Covid pandemic with the intensificati…

Thomas Knapp (2021-07-16). Note to Joe: Try These Two Easy Tricks to Promote Freedom in Cuba. counterpunch.org "We stand with the Cuban people," US President Joe Biden says in an official White House statement, responding to protests across the Caribbean island country, "and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected

WSWS (2021-07-16). Sydney tops 1,000 COVID cases in 30 days as Australian outbreak forces "snap" lockdown in Victoria. wsws.org Construction sites, medical facilities and major sporting events are all among the new exposure venues.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-07-16). Communications Workers launch big 'Build Broadband Better' drive. peoplesworld.org www.buildbroadbandbetter.org. | Congress and the Democratic Biden administration are paying attention to the issue. The initial coronavirus rescue law included several billion dollars to expa…

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-07-16). Doctors for COVID Ethics Signatories. globalresearch.ca

Matheus Z Falcao (2021-07-16). COVID-19 in Brazil: Over half a million deaths and a tale of political incompetence. peoplesdispatch.org The inadequate approach of Jair Bolsonaro's administration has strongly contributed to the horrific death toll in Brazil due to COVID-19. Support for his policies has hit a record low, as he faces an inquiry for deliberately spreading the virus…

WSWS (2021-07-16). Pension at 68: Workers in Germany to pay for the pandemic with poverty in old-age. wsws.org To recoup the cost of massive government aid for corporations and banks provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, the next German government pushes through drastic cuts in pensions and social spending.

Clarissa A. Leon — Mike Elk (2021-07-16). The Bureau of Labor Statistics Counted Only Eight Strikes in 2020, Payday Report Counted 1,200. counterpunch.org Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed that 2020 was the third lowest year for strikes in the United States since they started collecting data on strikes in 1947. The Bureau of Labor Statistics claimed that there were just eight "major work stoppages" in the US in 2020. Payday Report's COVID-19 Strike

Eva Bartlett (2021-07-16). What the Science Says about COVID-19. dissidentvoice.org Very insightful words from Ottawa-based physicist and interdisciplinary scientist, Denis Rancourt, a former tenured professor of physics at U of Ottawa (20+ years) and currently a researcher with the Ontario Civil Liberties Association. He has written over 100 papers in leading scientific journals. Denis speaks about a variety of issues pertaining to COVID-19, the faulty …

Kathleen Wallace (2021-07-16). From Covid Relief to Spooky Action Under Your Nose. counterpunch.org The 2+ trillion dollar covid relief bill from last year had many unusual and seemingly unrelated add-ons in its 5600 or so pages. This, of course, is really not that unusual. Congress loves to add on subsidies for districts in dire need of funds to enable continued construction of obsolete jets, buggy wheel axles, and

WSWS (2021-07-16). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Strike by Iranian contract oil workers spreads amid rising wave of protests and stoppages by sugar and transport workers; 4,750 nurses on pay strike in Denmark since June 19; Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency workers in Wales continue stoppages over COVID safety, ongoing since April; UK telecoms workers' union signs up to job-cutting despite workers' consultative ballot to strike…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). 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 (2021-07-16). 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 (2021-07-16). Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 vaccination and precautions. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am due to get my second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in a few weeks. I understand this is an important step for me and my community, but I'm unsure what guidelines I should follow. Some of my friends are traveling, and they seem to have thrown all caution to the wind. What can I expect after being vaccinated for COVID-19, both physically and when in public? ANSWER: It is completely normal to have…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: The new work-life balancing act. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way people work. As vaccination rates increase, some people are returning to the office. But many companies have opted to keep their employees working from home permanently. This change has positive and negative side effects, including the mental health aspects of working from home. "Any time there are changes, it can be challenging for people, particularly when you're not used to working from home," says Dr. Greg Couser, a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips to pick healthier oils. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Your body needs some fat to function normally. However, not all fats are created equal, and it's wise to choose healthier options whenever possible. Angie Murad, a licensed dietitian and patient educator with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, offers these tips for selecting cooking oils. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/LXCJR38di5E Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0: 59) is in the downloads at the end of…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). Mayo Clinic Minute: Why bone marrow donor diversity is needed. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Bone marrow transplants are procedures that infuse healthy blood stem cells into your body to replace damaged or diseased bone marrow. Just like people in need of solid organ transplants, such as hearts or kidneys, people in need of a bone marrow transplant have to find a matching donor. Dr. Ernesto Ayala, a Mayo Clinic hematologist and oncologist, says bone marrow donations from people of all races and ethnicities are essential in order to help…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). 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 (2021-07-16). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Keeping your fingernails in tip-top shape. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have noticed recently that my nails have an unusual color and shape, and I don't understand why. Although I do enjoy gardening, I don't have a job where I use my hands more than normal. I want my nails to be sturdy and healthy-looking. Can you provide some insight on how to achieve this and tips for properly taking care of my nails? ANSWER: For anyone concerned with nail health, the first step…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). How can I prevent runner's diarrhea? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Runner's diarrhea is characterized by frequent, loose bowel movements during or immediately after a run. Runner's diarrhea is most common in long-distance runners. This article is written by Mayo Clinic Staff. ___________________________________________ The cause of runner's diarrhea isn't clear. Contributing factors likely include the physical jostling of the organs, decreased blood flow to the intestines, changes in intestinal hormone secretion, increased amount or introduction of new food, and pre-race anxiety and stress. What is clear…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Kidney stones and calcium. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have trouble with kidney stones and recently found out they are calcium oxalate stones. While I have stopped consuming all dairy products, I know that I need calcium as I age for bone health. Would adding in almond milk or another type of plant milk help? How do I take care of both my kidneys and bones? ANSWER: It sounds like your concern about milk and other dairy products is that their calcium may spur…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-16). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Every day you don't lose, you are winning. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Jennifer Summers, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, says that with her disease, she counts every day there isn't a loss as a good day. She credits her faith and her care team at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse with keeping her moving forward with a positive outlook. This article is written by Mayo Clinic Staff. Jennifer Summers, is an optimistic, articulate woman. The 35-year-old enjoys crafting, spending time with her close-knit…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-07-16). Interdisciplinarity will help 'prepare for future pandemics'. imperial.ac.uk Governments, scientists and universities need to prepare now for unknown infectious disease threats, argue Professors Jake Baum and Charles Bangham.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-07-16). Antimicrobial resistance and emerging talent: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

_____ (2021-07-16). 'This Is Sickening': Forest Defender Joanna Stuchburry Shot to Death in Kenya. commondreams.org "As Africa is now facing its third and biggest Covid wave so far, it is getting left behind in the race for vaccine doses," said the head of UNAIDS. "This vaccine apartheid is unacceptable."

_____ (2021-07-16). RIght-Wing Media and GOP Have Blood on Their Hands for Covid-19 Misinformation. commondreams.org "The Justice Department hasn't had a full-time top tax prosecutor for over seven years, helping let millionaire tax cheats run wild."

_____ (2021-07-16). 'Danger to the World': 1,200+ Scientists Denounce Boris Johnson's Plan to End UK Covid Restrictions. commondreams.org As recent disasters have shown, the world's small island developing states are acutely vulnerable to the ravages of climate change, a problem created almost entirely by rich countries.

Bryce Covert (2021-07-16). Imagining a Better Way to Grow Old in America. thenation.com Imagining a Better Way to Grow Old in America…

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-16). Saturday 7/17: Oakland: Good Trouble Vigil for Democracy & Voting Rights. indybay.org Preservation Park at pavilion and fountain site, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland 94612 | Peaceful event. Follow all current COVID guidelines.

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-16). Saturday 7/17: Sacramento: Good Trouble Vigil for Democracy and Voting Rights. indybay.org California State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814 | Peaceful event. Follow all current COVID guidelines.

SCC Single Payer Coalition & others (2021-07-16). Saturday 7/24: Pass M4A Now! San Francisco March & Rally for Medicare for All. indybay.org San Francisco: 1 Ferry Building at the Embarcadero Plaza…

Citizens Trade Campaign (2021-07-16). Thursday 7/15: Rally: Tell Germany to Stop Blocking Global COVID-19 Vaccines at the WTO! indybay.org San Francisco German Consulate ‚Ä¢ 1960 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94109…

Oakland Privacy (2021-07-16). Wednesday 8/18: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org We intend to meet in-person at the OMNI Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA as we have in the past before the pandemic, assuming it is open and available. Email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to get up-to-date location information or obtain Zoom meeting access info.

Staff (2021-07-16). Postal Worker Hospitalized for Six Weeks After Pleading for COVID Protections. truthout.org Last November, just as Minnesota was suffering through a punishing wave of COVID-19, managers at a St. Paul U.S. Postal Service distribution center allowed employees to hold a going-away party in the building. | Alejandra Hernandez, a mail handler at that center, was shocked when she saw the gathering: Almost everything about it seemed to violate pandemic safety policies. More than 15 of her colleagues were together in a break room meant for six, chatting, eating and not wearing masks. | She…

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