Daily Archives: July 23, 2021

2021-07-23: News Headlines

Staff (2021-07-23). Lockdown imposed on millions of children as Philippines battles soaring Covid cases. rt.com The Philippines government has issued a stay-at-home order for millions of children aged five to 17, just weeks after Manila lifted a ban on minors at public gatherings, as the country battles soaring Covid cases. | The measure was announced on Friday by presidential spokesperson Harry Roque as the "more infectious and deadly" Delta variant spreads throughout the country, sending case numbers soaring and putting hospitals under severe strain. | The stricter Covid regulations have been imposed on four provinces, as well as on the region surrounding the national capital, in an attempt to limit the further spread…

Kenya Elliott (2021-07-23). COVID + Capitalism = Death. liberationnews.org In a shocking new report, the Centers for Disease Control just announced the largest single-year drop in life expectancy in the United States since World War Two. Life expectancy for people in the United States dropped by an astonishing one-and-a-half years from 2019 to 2020. Life expectancy for Black and Latino people dropped by a …

Vijay Prashad (2021-07-23). Washington beats the drum of regime change, but Cuba responds to its own revolutionary rhythm: The Twenty-Ninth Newsletter (2021). mronline.org Four days after MoàØse's assassination, Cuba experienced a set of protests from people expressing their frustration with shortages of goods and a recent spike of COVID-19 infections.

WSWS (2021-07-23). Rise in COVID-19 cases among children surge in major US hotspots. wsws.org As the majority of US K-12 districts push forward with a full reopening of schools, cases among children ages 0-17 have nearly doubled in recent weeks, and multiple states have reported a rise in hospitalizations and deaths among children.

WSWS (2021-07-23). COVID-19 cases rise by 165 percent in California since lifting of restrictions in June. wsws.org Governor Gavin Newsom dissolved the color-coded tier system when all restrictions were relaxed June 15, but a number of the largest and most populous counties, including Los Angeles, would currently be in the most restrictive Purple tier were the system still in place.

ecns.cn (2021-07-23). Black, Hispanic populations among hardest hit by COVID-19: UM study. ecns.cn Deaths from all causes combined increased dramatically early in the COVID-19 pandemic for certain demographic groups in the United States, particularly for Black and Hispanic people, even when accounting for socioeconomic factors, according to a study posted on the website of University of Michigan (UM) on Wednesday.

Daniel Warner (2021-07-23). Would Jean-Jacques Rousseau Get Vaccinated? counterpunch.org In the name of liberty and inherent individual rights, many people are refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Demonstrators demonize political leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron who have the audacity to impose obligatory vaccinations. Government interference in citizens' health choices is equated with fascism; anti-vax websites flourish, all prioritizing the right of the individual

Mark Fiore (2021-07-23). Screen Shot 2021-07-22 at 8.57.22 AM.png. progressive.org Nearly all of the recent deaths from coronavirus were preventable.

WSWS (2021-07-23). Global school reopenings pose massive threat to children. wsws.org Well aware of the dangers posed to unvaccinated children by the global surge of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, governments worldwide are nevertheless deepening their drive to fully open schools for the fall semester.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-07-23). Tokyo's Pandemic Games Open. globalresearch.ca The auguries …

ecns.cn (2021-07-23). U.S. hurts world politicizing pandemic. ecns.cn The U.S. administration under Joe Biden has been proclaiming "America is back". But judging by what it is saying and doing, it is simply back to doing what has now become its new normal.

Jean Wyllys — Julie Wark (2021-07-23). Brazil, Amazon, World: Part Two. counterpunch.org A pandemic that won't go away, floods in Western Europe, permafrost thawing with deadly methane burps, wildfires in Canada, starving manatees in Florida, murderous heatwaves, water and food shortages, 90% of primates severely endangered, and the latest report that the Amazon rain forest is now emitting more carbon dioxide than it absorbs (so that rather

_____ (2021-07-23). Housing Should Not Be A Luxury. popularresistance.org Unfortunately, access to private space has become increasingly unequal in Europe. This discrepancy has been exacerbated by the pandemic. A lockdown spent on a terrace or in the garden is not the same as one confined in an apartment block. Ever since the end of World War II, sufficient housing supply has been a high priority in the modern market economies of Europe. But after several decades of neoliberalism and a decade of strict austerity, Europe now faces the challenge of how to tackle today's housing inequality.

Dean Baker (2021-07-23). Patent Monopolies, Corruption, and the New Alzheimer's Drug. counterpunch.org 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 Adehelm, a drug for treating Alzheimer's disease. The piece details how the clinical trials designed to

Dr. Meryl Nass (2021-07-23). The Big Lie and the Fear Campaign: The Delta Variant is "1,000 Times more Transmissible than the Original Virus" globalresearch.ca

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). Study may improve understanding of how disability develops in MS patients versus those with related diseases. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Did you know multiple sclerosis (MS) means multiple scars? New research shows that the brain and spinal cord scars in people with MS may offer clues to why they developprogressive disability but those with related diseases where the immune system attacks the central nervous system do not. In a study published in Neurology, Mayo Clinic researchers and colleagues assessed if inflammation leads to permanent scarring in these three diseases: MS.Aquaporin-4 antibody positive…

Staff (2021-07-23). Many Elder Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine. truthout.org They are two sisters in two states. Both are dedicated health care professionals who watched in horror as COVID-19 swept through the nation's nursing homes, killing a staggering number of residents and staff alike. | One sister is now vaccinated. The other is not. | "Dude. Get vaccinated!" Heidi Lucas texted her sister Ashley in May from her home in Jefferson City, Missouri. | "Don't you work with old people?" | "Yeah" | "What if you killed one of them? Get vaccinated," Heidi wrote. | Neither sister is budgi…

Staff (2021-07-23). "COVID Games" Begin in a Fearful Japan as Olympic Committee Prioritizes "Profits Over All Else" democracynow.org As the Summer Olympics begin in Tokyo after the International Olympic Committee pushed forward during a pandemic despite widespread opposition in Japan, we speak with a protester outside the Olympic stadium and former Olympic athlete Jules Boykoff. "The people have been frustrated actually ever since the awarding of the Olympics in 2013," says Satoko Itani, associate professor of sports, gender and sexuality at Kansai University. "The vast majority of Japanese people don't want these games." Boykoff argues the "saga in Tokyo has exposed an International Olympic Committee that openly disrespects the will of locals…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: On the verge of predicted surge with COVID-19 delta variant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The delta variant is being blamed for hot spots in the U.S. where cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. These hot spots account for most cases in the U.S. They are also the geographical areas that tend to have the lowest vaccination rates. "It's no surprise that the two go together," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "This (delta variant) is the bad actor that…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). Monoclonal antibodies help COVID-19 patients avoid hospitalization. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ‚Äï In a large observational study, Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that two monoclonal antibodies administered separately helped prevent hospitalization in high-risk patients who became infected with COVID-19. The study also showed more hospitalizations were observed among patients with more comorbidities. The findings appear in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. "The real-world data reported in this study confirm what has been seen in clinical trials involving a placebo," says Raymund Razonable, M.D., a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). Respiratory illnesses on the rise with symptoms similar to COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A respiratory infection prevalent mostly in the winter has been increasing in parts of the U.S."Particularly in the South part of the U.S., we have seen an increase in what's called RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus. It's a virus that causes a cold much like influenza causes a cold, though it can be severe in very young children and elderly adults," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at Mayo Clinic. Watch: …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). Mayo research provides insights into high-risk younger demographics for severe COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ‚Äï Using data from 9,859 COVID-19 infections, Mayo Clinic researchers have new insights into risk factors for younger populations, some of which differ significantly from their older counterparts. People younger than 45 had a greater than threefold increased risk of severe infection if they had cancer or heart disease, or blood, neurologic or endocrine disorders, the research found. These associations were weaker in older age groups. The study was published in Mayo Clinic…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). Keeping translational science on the fast track to curb COVID-19 pneumonia. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org At the beginning of the pandemic, experimental therapies were the only options available to help patients. Turning them into standard care required clinical and translational research. Experts in the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science helped make that happen. ____________________________________ "I think we've accomplished in this year what normally would take seven years," says Saad Kenderian, M.B., Ch.B., a Mayo Clinic cancer researcher. Claudia Lucchinetti, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic's Center for Clinical and Translational Science,…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Exercise after COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am in my early 40s. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I didn't get as much exercise and I gained some weight. I now feel like I have less energy. I was previously infected with COVID-19. Is it safe to start exercising again in a crowded gym so that I can work out, lose some weight and gain some energy? Should I wear a mask? ANSWER: Regular physical activity and structured exercise can benefit people…

CA PPC, National PPC,, partners (2021-07-23). Monday 7/26: San Francisco: Protest for Voting Rights & Economic Justice at Sen. Feinstein Office. indybay.org Outside Senator Feinstein's Office, 1 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104; or join online actions & livestream w/ ASL & closed captions | Masks required. Follow all current COVID safety guidelines: www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/coronavirus.asp

_____ (2021-07-23). Sanders, Lee, and Murphy Slam Biden Administration's First Drone Strike in Somalia. commondreams.org "Not so incidentally, the $25 billion spending increase approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee exactly matches the cost to scale up Covid-19 vaccine production to meet global demand."

Amir Mohsenpour, Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Sven Rohleder, Jan Stratil, Diogo Costa (2021-07-23). SARS-Cov-2 prevalence, transmission, health-related outcomes and control strategies in homeless shelters: Systematic review and meta-analysis. thelancet.com 32% of PEH and 15% staff are infected during outbreaks of SARS-Cov-2 in homeless shelters. Most studies were conducted in the USA. No studies were found quantifying health-related outcomes of NPI. Overview and evaluation of IPC strategies for PEH, a better understanding of disease transmission, and reliable data on PEH within Covid-19 notification systems are needed. Qualitative studies may serve to voice PEH and shelter staff experiences, and guide future evaluations and IPC strategies.

Thomas Klikauer (2021-07-23). Covid-19 Propaganda in Australia. zcomm.org Australia's very conservative Liberal Party supports the elite and fails the rest…

_____ (2021-07-23). Economists Worry Covid-19 May End Standardized Testing Altogether. commondreams.org

Bill Sardi (2021-07-23). Vaccinated Against COVID-19. The Micro-Blood Clots. globalresearch.ca Depending …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2021-07-23). How Long Can the Official Covid Narrative Last? globalresearch.ca . In …

Adam Hampshire, William Trender, Samuel R Chamberlain, Amy E. Jolly, Jon E. Grant, Fiona Patrick, Ndaba Mazibuko, Steve CR Williams, Joseph M Barnby, Peter Hellyer, Mitul A Mehta (2021-07-23). [Research Paper] Cognitive deficits in people who have recovered from COVID-19. thelancet.com Interpretation. These results accord with reports of 'Long Covid' cognitive symptoms that persist into the early-chronic phase. They should act as a clarion call for further research with longitudinal and neuroimaging cohorts to plot recovery trajectories and identify the biological basis of cognitive deficits in SARS-COV-2 survivors.

Colin Todhunter (2021-07-23). Urgent Plea by Doctors to India's PM: Halt Roll-Out of COVID-19 Vaccines Now. dissidentvoice.org Indian Doctors for Truth (IDT) have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressing the importance of an urgent need to stop the overzealous universal vaccination drive against COVID-19. Twenty doctors have signed the letter and highlight numerous scientific data about immunity achieved by the Indian population among both adults and children in light of the …

Megan Redshaw (2021-07-23). CDC 'Corrects' Number Of Reported Deaths After COVID Vaccines By Dumping Foreign Reports. globalresearch.ca A sudden …

Staff (2021-07-23). Headlines for July 23, 2021. democracynow.org Tokyo Olympics Kick Off Amid COVID Surge, Protests; Italy Unveils New Pass for Vaccinated People, Missouri Hospital Worker Warns COVID Surge Will Get Worse; 20% of L.A.'s Cases Are Vaccinated People | , U.S. Imposes New Cuba Sanctions as 400+ Noted Activists, Political Figures Call for End to Embargo, Rep. Hank Johnson, Prominent Black Voting Rights Advocates Arrested at Pro-Democracy Demonstration, Indian Farmworkers Renew Protests Against Neoliberal Agricultural Reforms, South Africa Updates Death Toll from Unrest to at Least 337 People, 20 Refugees Likely Dead After Mediterranean Shipwreck, U.S. Launches Airst…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). 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…

Editor2 (2021-07-23). Colombia: Selective Murders, Sexual Torture and Disappearances—the Horrors under the Duque Government. orinocotribune.com By Danilo Albín — Jul 20, 2021 | A report prepared by representatives of social organizations and human rights activists from 13 countries warns about the serious repression unleashed in Colombia, while calling for an urgent halt to the sale of European weapons to the government of right-wing President Iván Duque. | The savage repression against demonstrators on Colombian soil already has international witnesses. After carrying out an on-site verification, 41 representatives of social and human rights organizations from 13 countries have just launched a report in which they warn about the serious violations…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). 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…

Titlecongress Should Ensure a Better Medicare (2021-07-23). Congress Should Ensure a Better Medicare. commondreams.org "Every American deserves and should be able to rely on a baseline level of voting access… Only passage of both the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act can make this aspiration a reality."

Staff (2021-07-23). Medicare for All Rallies in 50 Cities Show Big Support for Universal Health Care. truthout.org The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, yet its poverty rates are higher and its safety nets are far weaker than those of other industrialized nations. It is also the only large rich country without universal health care. In fact, as Noam Chomsky argued in Truthout, the U.S. health system is an " Why…

_____ (2021-07-23). 'A Day of Shame': Australia Lobbying Thwarts Push to List Great Barrier Reef as Endangered. commondreams.org A low out-of-pocket cap in Medicare would save lives and help millions of lower and middle-income people with Medicare who are skipping needed care.

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-23). Afghanistan: Turkey's springboard for penetrating Central, South Asia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com [An Afghan report from yesterday stated Abdul Rashid Dostum left Turkey, where he allegedly went for medical attention, and has returned to northern Afghanistan, which he's referred to as South Turkestan. He boasted of having obtained new Turkish arms.] Mustafa ≈ûentop [Turkish parliament speaker] and Mir Rahman Rahmani, the speaker of Afghanistan's House of the …

Upinder Kaur, Bisweswar Ojha, Bhairav Kumar Pathak, Anup Singh, Kiran R Giri, Amit Singh, Agniva Das, Anamika Misra, Ashish Kumar Yadav, Sangeeta Kansal, Sankha Shubhra Chakrabarti (2021-07-23). [Research Paper] A prospective observational safety study on ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 corona virus vaccine (recombinant) use in healthcare workers- first results from India. thelancet.com COVISHIELD carries an overall favourable safety profile with AEFI rates much less than reported for other adenoviral vaccines. Females, those with hypertension, individuals with history of allergy and hypothyroidism may need watchful vaccine administration. This being an interim analysis and based on healthcare workers who may not reflect the general population demographics, larger inclusive studies are warranted for confirming the findings.

Dean Baker (2021-07-23). The Drug Companies Are Killing People. zcomm.org It is essential to do everything possible to accelerate the distribution of vaccines. It is long past time that we started taking the pandemic seriously…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). Tracking brain function during surgery using a new tool. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic uses innovative technology to map patients' cognitive functions during awake brain surgeries. When surgery is performed to remove a tumor, different techniques are used to help surgeons map out the brain so they can avoid the locations of important functions, such as movement, language and speech. The latest tool is NeuroMapper, a tablet-based testing platform developed by David Sabsevitz, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic neuropsychologist. Watch: Tracking brain function during surgery using a new…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Be aware of the rare cancer called sarcoma. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A sarcoma is a rare form of cancer that begins in the bones and in the softer connective tissues in the body. Sarcomas that begin in the bones are called "bone cancer," and sarcomas that form in the tissues, including muscle, fat, blood vessels, nerves, tendons, and the lining of joints, are called "soft tissue sarcoma." "These are rare cancers, and in adults, sarcomas comprise less than 1% of new cancers diagnosed every year," says…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Sun protection for children — and adults. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What are the best kinds of sunscreen to use on my kids? Do spray sunscreens work as well as lotions? Also, does UPF clothing offer more sun protection than a standard long-sleeved shirt? ANSWER: Sunscreen can and should be safely used for children 6 months and older. You may see that some sunscreens are specifically labeled for babies or kids. However, children can use the same sunscreen as adults. The most important factor about…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-23). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Vaping and teens. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a former smoker who began smoking in high school. I quit a few years ago after a lung cancer scare. As a father, I have often shared with my children about the dangers of smoking. Recently, I overheard my daughter talking to her friends about vaping. Should I be as concerned about vaping as I am about smoking cigarettes? ANSWER: Vaping is the term often used to describe the act of using…

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