Daily Archives: July 20, 2021

2021-07-20: News Headlines

Al Neal (2021-07-20). COVID-19 throws Tokyo and Olympics into a panic. peoplesworld.org The fevered pandemic welcome wagon ahead of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo is kicking into overdrive. As of Tuesday morning, there have been 71 confirmed cases of Covid-19 according to Tokyo Olympics organizers, including 31 individuals among the tens of thousands of international attendees still expected in Japan to compete, train, or work at …

WSWS (2021-07-20). Spiralling COVID infections in UK schools: A warning to the world. wsws.org The pattern set in the UK is repeated in one country after another. Educators, pupils and their parents are forced into unsafe school environments by governments hellbent on reopening the economy whatever the cost.

WSWS (2021-07-20). Five-year-old dies of COVID-19 in Georgia as Biden administration pushes to fully open schools. wsws.org Wyatt Gary Gibson is the fourth child under age 10 who has died of COVID-19 in Georgia alone.

Kuehn BM. (2021-07-20). Antibiotic Use in UK's COVID-19 Patients Often Unnecessary. jamanetwork.com Although few patients hospitalized with COVID-19 have a co-occurring bacterial infection, a recent study showed that a large proportion treated in UK hospitals receive antibiotics that often aren't necessary.

WSWS (2021-07-20). Spiralling COVID infections in UK schools a warning to the world. wsws.org The pattern set in the UK is repeated in one country after another. Educators, pupils and their parents are forced into unsafe school environments by governments hellbent on reopening the economy whatever the cost.

ecns.cn (2021-07-20). China hopes WHO can maintain scientific, serious nature of COVID-19 origin tracing: FM. ecns.cn China hopes that the World Health Organization (WHO) will adhere to the spirit of science, professionalism and objectivity, and work with the international community to maintain the scientific and serious nature of COVID-19 origin tracing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Monday.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-07-20). Infectious Follies: Britain's Freedom Day. Exit From Covid Restrictions? globalresearch.ca

teleSUR (2021-07-20). Colombians to Resume Protests Against President Duque. telesurenglish.net Colombia's National Strike Committee (NSC) called on citizens to take to the streets on Tuesday to protest against President Ivan Duque and support ten bills aimed at fighting the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. | The July 20 protest, which coincides with the celebrations of the Independence Day, will encompass 35 peaceful sit-ins, marches, and cultural activities. | NSC called on Colombians to demonstrat…

Dr. Jane Ruby (2021-07-20). Video: Breaking Discovery! What COVID Injections Do to Your Blood! Doctor Releases Horrific Findings! globalresearch.ca The …

Brian Shilhavy (2021-07-20). Attorney Files Lawsuit Against CDC Based on "Sworn Declaration" from Whistleblower Claiming 45,000 Deaths Are Reported to VAERS — All Within 3 Days of COVID-19 Shots. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-07-20). Why We All Need To Fight To End The US' War On Cuba. popularresistance.org The United States has waged war on Cuba since it dared to revolt and chart its own path more than 60 years ago. The US' illegal economic blockade is devastating Cuba's ability to meet the basic needs of its people right now, which is even more deadly during the pandemic. On top of that, the US is funding a small opposition within Cuba and is using the crisis it created to foment unrest. The corporate media is playing right along. Clearing the FOG speaks with Bill Hackwell of Resumen-English and the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity to set the record straight about the history of US interventi…

WSWS (2021-07-20). Kroger closes stores, while United Food and Commercial Workers kept workers on the job during pandemic. wsws.org As Kroger's CEO Rodney McMullen's received a $6.4 million raise, average pay for Kroger workers dropped by 8.1 percent in 2020.

WSWS (2021-07-20). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org The government of Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei declared a state of emergency in the face of protests over the mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic while nurses at Chicago's Community First Medical Center have authorized a strike for July 26 over issues such as safety.

Mendes de Leon CF, Griggs JJ. (2021-07-20). Medical Debt as a Social Determinant of Health. jamanetwork.com The profound influence of social determinants of health (the conditions in which people are born, learn, play, work, and age) has become widely recognized and accepted. Recent work on health-related social determinants and risk factors has focused mostly on factors such as poverty and income insecurity, housing and employment instability, and structural racism and other forms of discrimination. For example, important studies in this area have convincingly demonstrated enormous health and health care inequities for people in the lowest income brackets, for people experiencing homelessness and housing instability,…

Moderator (2021-07-20). Ralph Nader: The Power Structure for Deadly Lag. scheerpost.com Flickr] By Ralph Nader Kicking life-saving solutions endlessly down the road is the mark of the brutish power of the corporations over the innocents. Fifty years ago, medical research warned about the overuse of antibiotics creating mutations of resistant bacterium, making these drugs less effective. Dr. Sidney Wolfe warned about this criminal negligence again and again… |

Kluender R, Mahoney N, Wong F, et al. (2021-07-20). Medical Debt in the US, 2009-2020. jamanetwork.com This retrospective cohort analysis of credit reports for a nationally representative 10% panel of individuals estimates the amount of medical debt nationally and by geographic region and income group and its association with Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

jamanetwork (2021-07-20). Metoclopramide Nasal Spray (Gimoti) for Diabetic Gastroparesis. jamanetwork.com This Medical Letter review summarizes the use of Gimoti, a nasal spray formulation of the dopamine-2 receptor antagonist metoclopramide, for relief of symptoms in adults with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis.

Ralph Nader (2021-07-20). The Power Structure for Deadly Lag and the Prophetic Work of Unsung Heroes. counterpunch.org Kicking life-saving solutions endlessly down the road is the mark of the brutish power of the corporations over the innocents. Fifty years ago, medical research warned about the overuse of antibiotics creating mutations of resistant bacterium, making these drugs less effective. Dr. Sidney Wolfe warned about this criminal negligence again and again, along with other colleagues. But the

Krakower T. (2021-07-20). To Err Is Human, to Apologize Is Hard. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay, a family physician asks the doctors who for 5 months could not pinpoint the cause of her son's agonizing headaches to apologize and, when most could not, asks that the medical community shift focus from promoting a false sense of perfection to one that embraces humility enough to apologize as essential to the healing process.

Shah S, Navathe AS, Kocher RP. (2021-07-20). Strategies to Overcome the Market Dominance of Hospitals—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We agree that differences in fee-for-service reimbursements have incentivized hospitals to grow lucrative service lines that cross-subsidize less lucrative services, such as general medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, and behavioral health. This trend has become especially apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, as we have previously discussed. We also agree with Dr Kornitzer's suggestion that value-based reimbursement models, if appropriately risk adjusted, may help encourage hospitals to compete on the basis of cost-effectiveness and quality of care rather than on the volume or relative value units of ser…

Staff (2021-07-20). 'Catastrophically worse': Scale of India's Covid-19 deaths 10 times higher than officially reported — study. rt.com The number of Covid-19 deaths in India could be 10 times higher than the government's official count, according to a study, as a US-based think tank warns the situation is "catastrophically worse" than currently reported. | While India's official coronavirus death toll at the end of June 2021 was 400,000, examining the scale of the situation within India,

WSWS (2021-07-20). Spain's Morenoite Izquierda Diario calls for "safe nightlife" as COVID-19 surges. wsws.org Despite the resurgence of coronavirus in Spain, the Workers' Revolutionary Current is urging young people to throw caution to wind and pour back into nightclubs and bars.

_____ (2021-07-20). Six Months Of The Biden Administration. popularresistance.org The policies of the Biden administration have been driven by the interests of Wall Street and the super-rich. This is why, despite occasional criticisms of Trump's callous and anti-scientific response to the coronavirus pandemic, Biden has pursued the same policy of restoring corporate profit-making by forcing workers back to work and children back to school as quickly as possible, regardless of the dangers to their lives and health.

WSWS (2021-07-20). Judge temporarily blocks New York City's transfer of homeless people from hotels to group shelters. wsws.org The ruling requires the city to allow people with disabilities to request reasonable accommodations, but it will not stop the city from moving the homeless into shelters where the coronavirus can spread rapidly.

WSWS (2021-07-20). Zuma's trial sparks fears of renewed violence in South Africa. wsws.org Millions are angered over the ANC's mismanagement of the pandemic and an escalating economic crisis that has left many without jobs, income or financial support and nearly 20 percent experiencing weekly hunger.

Joris Leverink (2021-07-20). The Laura Flanders Show: Gender Justice Requires More Than Money. roarmag.org Gender Justice Requires More Than Money | MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, recently made a splash by donating nearly $3 billion to more than 280 nonprofits working in historically underfunded sectors — her third such drop in a year. But while Scott has repeatedly made headlines, the media has largely overlooked the impact that women and feminists are making on philanthropy during a pandemic that has created a global crisis for women and girls. | How does feminism change the field of philanthropy in general, and how does it change the landscape for social justice movements specifical…

Poplin R, Zook JM, DePristo M. (2021-07-20). Challenges of Accuracy in Germline Clinical Sequencing Data. jamanetwork.com This Genomics and Precision Health article explains how genetic testing has evolved from detection of prespecified and unknown variants to assessing entire genomes to establish diagnoses using high-throughput sequencing.

Dean Baker (2021-07-20). Patent Monopolies, Corruption, and the New Alzheimer's Drug. cepr.net It seems that no one in policy circles believes that people respond to incentives. How else can we explain this lengthy piece in the New York Times on the process by which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Aduhelm, a drug for treating Alzheimer's disease. The piece details how the clinical trials designed to …

jamanetwork (2021-07-20). Addition of Nonauthor Collaborator Names of the WHIST Trial. jamanetwork.com The Original Investigation titled "Effect of Incisional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy vs Standard Wound Dressing on Deep Surgical Site Infection After Surgery for Lower Limb Fractures Associated With Major Trauma: The WHIST Randomized Clinical Trial," published February 11, 2020, has been corrected to include the nonauthor collaborator (group) names in a supplement.

jamanetwork (2021-07-20). Incorrect Labels in Figure. jamanetwork.com In the JAMA Clinical Challenge titled "Decreased Exercise Tolerance in a Young Woman," published in the September 8, 2020, issue of JAMA, a figure and figure legend were incorrect. In Figure 2, anatomical structures were incorrectly labeled and the accompanying legend should have read "Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in the axial plane demonstrating the sinus venosus defect in relation to the left atrium and right atrium." This article was corrected online.

WSWS (2021-07-20). New Zealand nurses' union cancels strike after pay offer. wsws.org Nurses and health sector workers are confronted with trade unions which have worked to limit and isolate strikes in order to reach sell-out deals with the Ardern government.

Lusk JB, McDevitt RC. (2021-07-20). Backstop Price Caps in Commercial Health Care Markets. jamanetwork.com To the Editor In their recent Viewpoint about regulation of health care prices, the authors claimed that instituting a price backstop for commercial insurance markets would limit the ability of consolidated health systems to exploit their growing market power. Although this approach has many virtues, as described, a flat backstop would serve as a blunt instrument for restraining prices.

Kuehn BM. (2021-07-20). Patients in Afghanistan Face Growing Obstacles to Care. jamanetwork.com Ongoing violence and instability coupled with worsening economic conditions exacerbated by COVD-19 are jeopardizing access to health care in Afghanistan, according to a survey conducted in February by Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Chernew ME, Pany MJ. (2021-07-20). Backstop Price Caps in Commercial Health Care Markets—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Mr Lusk and Dr McDevitt argue that backstop price caps on the highest of health care prices would be "a blunt instrument for restraining prices." Their assessment is based on 2 misperceptions of the caps we discussed in our recent Viewpoint. First, the approach we outlined would not cut prices equally across the board for all services. On the contrary, backstop price caps are intended to be service specific, so that the amount trimmed depends on the amount by which the price for a specific service exceeds the cap. By design, backstop price caps would apply only to the highest prices within each service.

Kornitzer BS. (2021-07-20). Strategies to Overcome the Market Dominance of Hospitals. jamanetwork.com To the Editor In their recent Viewpoint, Dr Kocher and colleagues illuminated the concerning trend of hospital-dominated markets that has contributed to unsustainable growth in US health care costs. However, by focusing on managing vertical and horizontal consolidation, they addressed the symptom rather than the underlying disease. Through acquisition and organic growth, hospitals now employ more than one-third of physicians, driven largely by an economic model whereby the razor-thin profit margins of hospitals depend on highly reimbursed elective procedures to cross-subsidize essential but poorly reimbursed serv…

Joris Leverink (2021-07-20). Economic Update: The Challenge of Progressive Unionism. roarmag.org On this week's show, Prof. Wolff discusses Wall Street money corrupting US elections and the facts of a declining US capitalism (wage stagnation driving inequality, rising health and education costs, falling real social security benefits, unequal wealth of people of color vs whites, gross worsening of US income and wealth inequalities). | On the second half of the show, Prof. Wolff is joined by David Van Deusen, President of Vermont state AFL-CIO, to talk about the victories of progressive unionism. | You can support this show on

teleSUR (2021-07-20). Haiti's New Prime Minister Henry Appoints His Cabinet. telesurenglish.net On Monday, Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry appointed members of his cabinet and retained Claude Joseph as Foreign Affairs Minister. | RELATED: | The cabinet has 18 ministries and retains important figures from the last government, including Justice Minister Rockefeller Vincent, Economy Minister Patrick Boisvert, and Health Minister Marie Roy. | The new Interior Minister will be Lizst Quitel, who was a member of the c…

Traeger AC, Qaseem A, McAuley JH. (2021-07-20). Patient Information: Low Back Pain. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page describes low back pain and its diagnosis and treatment options.

Kuehn BM. (2021-07-20). Treatment Approved for "Undruggable" Lung Cancer. jamanetwork.com The FDA has approved sotorasib for the 13% of patients whose non—small cell lung cancer has the KRAS G12C variant that confers resistance to systemic therapy. Sotorasib is a small molecule that specifically inhibits the KRAS G12C protein, which leads to uncontrolled cell growth. It is indicated for adults whose cancer hasn't responded to at least 1 type of systemic therapy.

Kuehn BM. (2021-07-20). FDA: Stop Using Medtronic's Heartware Ventricular Assist Device. jamanetwork.com After more than 100 complaints of malfunctions involving Medtronic's Heartware Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) that resulted in 14 deaths and 13 device removals, the FDA has urged physicians not to use the device. The company simultaneously announced that it had ceased sales and distribution.

Kuehn BM. (2021-07-20). New Software Can Aid in Early Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis. jamanetwork.com New software that uses a machine learning algorithm to help physicians diagnose young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has received FDA authorization.

Staff (2021-07-20). Headlines for July 20, 2021. democracynow.org Report: COVID Death Toll in India May Be Over 4 Million, As COVID Cases Rise in All 50 States, Biden Urges Unvaccinated to Get the Shot, Pediatricians Recommend Universal Masking in Schools, Ariel Henry to Become Haitian PM After Getting Support from U.S. & Core Group, Socialist Teacher & Union Leader Pedro Castillo Wins Peruvian Presidential Election, 35 Killed in Market Blast in Baghdad on Eve of Eid al-Adha, Rockets Land Near Afghan Presidential Palace During Outdoor Eid Prayers, In Victory for BDS Movement, Ben & Jerry's to Stop Selling Ice Cream in Israeli Settlements, Morocco Sentences Journalist Omar Radi…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-20). Mayo Clinic named a 'Best Place To Work For Disability Inclusion'. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic scored 100% on the Disability Equality Index and was named one of the "Best Place To Work For Disability Inclusion" by the American Association of People with Disabilities, the nation's largest disability rights organization, and Disability: IN, the global business disability inclusion network. "The 100% score on the Disability Equality Index shows Mayo Clinic's determination and continuous efforts to create a more equitable society for people with disabilities," says Anjali Bhagra, M.D., medical director for…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-20). Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London adds cardiology, gastroenterology, lung care. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org LONDON — Mayo Clinic Healthcare, an outpatient clinic that provides personalized health care ranging from preventive screenings and tailored wellness plans to second opinions for complex diagnoses, is adding several medical specialties including cardiology, gastroenterology and pulmonary medicine. Dr. G. Anton Decker, president of Mayo Clinic International The clinic, located at 15 Portland Place in the Harley Street Medical Area in London, also serves as a gateway to Mayo Clinic's roughly 4,000 physicians in the…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-20). 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 (2021-07-20). Expert Alert: Mayo Clinic experts available to comment on Olympics. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic experts are available to offer comments throughout the Olympics on everything from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on training and competition to injuries that athletes may be dealing with. Here is a sampling: Chad Asplund, M.D.Dr. Asplund is a primary care sports medicine physician. He can discuss endurance sports, rhabdomyolysis, heat injury, sleep and athletic performance. Elijah Behr, M.D.Dr. Behr is a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-07-20). VIDEO — àìxido de grafeno: Sustancia tóxica en vacuna ARNm contra COVID-19. globalizacion.ca Llamamos la atención de los lectores del Centro de Investigación Sobre Globalización (Global Research) esta importante entrevista con Ricardo Delgado Martín, Fundador y Director de Quinta Columna . Ricardo es el responsable de coordinar el análisis del equipo de investigación…

Staff (2021-07-20). FL Newspaper Tells DeSantis to Stop "Auditioning" for Fox News as COVID Spikes. truthout.org Hospitals throughout the state of Florida are seeing increases in COVID-19 numbers, so much so that some have reverted to implementing policies that limit visitors in order to curtail the possibility of spreading the virus. | Jackson Health System, a public hospital system in Miami-Dade County, which includes three separat…

Staff (2021-07-20). Boris Johnson didn't want 2nd lockdown last year because it would 'kill the economy' to save the elderly, former top aide says. rt.com Dominic Cummings has claimed that the British PM denied the NHS would be overwhelmed by rising Covid-19 cases last year and was reluctant to impose a second lockdown, as he did not want to "kill the economy" to save the elderly.

Caricchio R, Abbate A, Gordeev I, et al. (2021-07-20). Effect of Canakinumab vs Placebo on Survival Without IMV in Patients Hospitalized With Severe COVID-19. jamanetwork.com This clinical trial compares the efficacy of canakinumab vs placebo on survival without invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV) in patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19.

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