2021-07-24: News Headlines

scorinoco (2021-07-24). Successful US Campaign to Send 6 Million Vaccination Syringes to Cuba. orinocotribune.com On Tuesday, July 20, representatives of Global Health Partners held a press conference and presented a certificate to the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC symbolizing a donation of six million syringes to Cuba for their COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Thousands of Americans have shown their concern for the wellbeing of the Cuban people by donating over $500,000 to send those six million syringes to the island. The first shipment of two million syringes left the United States and arrived at the Cuban port of Mariel on Saturday, July 17. | The purchase and shipment was organized by Global Health Partners, a humanitari…

Joris Leverink (2021-07-24). Can East African workers overcome cooptation and suppression? roarmag.org Young man selling padlocks in the streets of Kisumu, Kenya. Photo : Marcel Crozet / ILO / | In early November 2020, four Kenyan doctors died within a span of 24 hours. Up to that point, East Africa had remained comparatively under-harmed by COVID-19, but this was a wake-up call to the nearly 8,000 members of the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU…

WSWS (2021-07-24). Scientists uncover ancient coronavirus epidemic in East Asia. wsws.org The new finding adds to the mountain of evidence suggesting a natural rather than laboratory origin for the virus that causes COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-07-24). Australian state government declares "national emergency" in Sydney but rejects calls for sharp lockdown. wsws.org The New South Wales government coupled its designation of an emergency with assertions that no harder lockdown could stem the Sydney COVID-19 outbreak, in line with its defence of corporate profit interests.

WSWS (2021-07-24). The Olympics open in the shadow of mass death. wsws.org The ongoing spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant threatens to transform this year's summer Olympics, which opened July 23, from an international sporting event into a global superspreader event.

_____ (2021-07-24). China has every right to reject WHO's embrace of lab leak theory. popularresistance.org Deputy of the National Health Commission Zeng Yixin asserted that China will not follow the World Health Organization's (WHO) suggested plan to focus second phase research into the origins of COVID-19 on the lab leak theory. The remarks came at a press briefing held on July 22. Outlets such as CNN and Reuters reported on the development with a strong negative bias. Each report appeared to conclude that China was shirking its commitments to the international effort to uncover COVID-19's origins.

WSWS (2021-07-24). Protests against the Tokyo Olympics erupt across Japan as COVID-19 cases continue to surge. wsws.org The outrage against the Games and its $15 billion dollar price tag has become the central focus of public anger against social inequality and nationalism in Japan.

WSWS (2021-07-24). Modi government angrily dismisses study showing COVID-19 has killed millions in India. wsws.org COVID-19 is a natural pathogen, but the catastrophic loss of life in India is the product of state policy and constitutes a veritable crime against humanity.

WSWS (2021-07-24). UK media declares contact-tracing "pingdemic" to distract from raging pandemic. wsws.org The substitution of a supposed "pingdemic" for a very real and escalating pandemic is a calculated ploy, designed to create the impression that the biggest danger to the UK population is not COVID-19 but the measures used to contain it. Its purpose is to reinforce the message that we must all "learn to live with the virus."

_____ (2021-07-24). Medicare for All Rallies in 50 Cities. popularresistance.org Why is the U.S. an outlier with regard to health care? What keeps the country from adopting a universal health care system, which most Americans have supported for many years now? And what exactly is Medicare for All? On the eve of scheduled marches and rallies in support of Medicare for All, led by various organizations such as the Sunrise Movement, Physicians for a National Health Program, the Democratic Socialists of America and concerned citizens throughout the country, the interview below with Peter S. Arno, a leading health expert, sheds light on some key questions about the state of health care in the Unit…

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-07-24). Happy Birthday, Medicare: You showed that public, universal health insurance is superior to private insurance in every way. juancole.com Gainesville, Florida (Special to Informed Comment) — 56 years ago Congress enacted Medicare to provide health insurance for people ages 65 and older and the disabled regardless of income or medical history. Since 1965, Medicare has become living proof that public, universal health insurance is superior to private insurance in every way. Medicare is more …

WSWS (2021-07-24). Exponential rise in Germany of new coronavirus infections. wsws.org On Thursday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported almost 2,000 new cases and the nationwide seven-day incidence rate rose to over 12 per 100,000. The reproductive number (R) is 1.19, which means a strong exponential increase.

ecns.cn (2021-07-24). Origin tracing must be done in U.S.: China Daily editorial. ecns.cn It would be inaccurate to interpret a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman's remarks on Monday regarding the proposed second-phase novel coronavirus origin tracing by the World Health Organization in China as outright refusal, because in his words, "relevant experts on the Chinese side are studying it carefully".

WSWS (2021-07-24). Hunger strike of hundreds of undocumented migrants in Belgium. wsws.org Over 430 undocumented migrants have staged a hunger strike for more than two months against their brutal treatment by Belgian authorities throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Juan Cole (2021-07-24). How food prices are affected by oil, trade agreements and climate change. juancole.com By Wyn Morgan | — ( The Conversation) — Concerns about inflation rates have risen as the UK economy begins its much-needed recovery from the effects of the pandemic. The Consumer Prices Index, the measure most commonly used to measure inflation, rose by 2.5% in June 2021, the highest level for three years. That headline …

WSWS (2021-07-24). David Moore to run as the Socialist Equality Party candidate in the California gubernatorial recall election. wsws.org The SEP is running in the California elections to provide an independent working-class voice demanding the eradication of the pandemic by placing lives over private profit.

_____ (2021-07-24). Misinformation's Deadly Profit Motive. popularresistance.org "When it comes to misinformation, not sharing is caring," Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said during a White House press briefing last week. His advisory offers a detailed account of the ways that the spread of health mis- and disinformation has flooded communities with lies. | Health misinformation was deadly prior to the rise of internet platforms, but the problem is proliferating in new ways because of the technology these companies use to extract and exploit our demographic and behavioral data.

_____ (2021-07-24). Non-Police Mental Health Program Reduces Unnecessary Hospitalizations. popularresistance.org The Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division, or "B-HEARD" program, which started in a portion of Harlem a month ago, has already responded to about 110 calls where there was no weapon or imminent risk of violence, according to summary data provided by the city on Thursday. Instead of cops and paramedics responding to 911 mental health calls, three-person teams of social workers and paramedics respond instead. In 95 percent of those cases, the city said, the subject of the call accepted the team's offer of assistance.

Newsclick (2021-07-24). Perplexing 'Borg DNA': Can they assimilate genes from other organisms? peoplesdispatch.org A geo-microbiologist in the US has found DNA strands in her backyard that were too long to be of a virus and that had indications of containing DNA from other organisms…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-24). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-24). 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 (2021-07-24). 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 (2021-07-24). 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 (2021-07-24). 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 (2021-07-24). 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 (2021-07-24). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-24). 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…

CA PPC, National PPC,, partners (2021-07-24). 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

Chengliang Yang, Hedi Zhao (2021-07-24). [Correspondence] Tocilizumab in COVID-19 therapy: who benefits, and how? thelancet.com The randomised controlled RECOVERY trial1 has met its primary endpoint of reduced 28-day mortality. We congratulate the RECOVERY Collaborative Group for this excellent study. However, the mortality at day 28 was up to 31% in the tocilizumab group and was higher than the results of other published randomised controlled trials.2 The pathophysiology underlying COVID-19 is characterised by SARS-CoV-2 viral infection-induced inflammatory response, cell death, and microvascular thrombosis. Thrombosis appears to be common in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia and could also be responsible for multiorgan failure in patient…

Peter Horby, Natalie Staplin, Richard Haynes, Martin Landray (2021-07-24). [Correspondence] Tocilizumab in COVID-19 therapy: who benefits, and how? — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Chengliang Yang and Hedi Zhao for their interest in the thrombotic event rate in the RECOVERY trial of tocilizumab in patients hospitalised with COVID-19.1 Data on thrombotic events were only collected on follow-up forms from Nov 1, 2020, so these data are only available for about 60% of participants. Nevertheless, we observed no difference in the thrombotic event rate between patients allocated to tocilizumab or usual care alone (appendix).

Munyaradzi Makoni (2021-07-24). [World Report] Social unrest disrupts South African health care. thelancet.com Riots and looting have prevented medical care and cut supply chains of food, medicines, and COVID-19 vaccines. Munyaradzi Makoni reports from Cape Town.

The Lancet (2021-07-24). [Editorial] A time of crisis for the opioid epidemic in the USA. thelancet.com As the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA has eased, the extent of devastation caused during this period by the opioid epidemic is no longer obscured. Data released by the National Center for Health Statistics on July 14 show a steep rise in overdose deaths. Between December, 2019, and December, 2020—the peak of the pandemic in the USA—more than 93‚Äà000 Americans died from drug overdoses, up 29 ∑4% over the previous 12 months. This figure equates to roughly 255 overdose deaths per day; national daily COVID-19 deaths currently hover at around the same number.

Lara Marks (2021-07-24). [Perspectives] Past and present women pioneers in biomedical science. thelancet.com COVID-19 has propelled a number of scientific breakthroughs that have only been possible because of unprecedented global research collaborations. These remarkable achievements will have profound implications for the future. Women have been front and centre in many of these developments, notably in the area of COVID-19 vaccines and sequencing of SARS-CoV-2. Yet in this pandemic women's position in biomedicine has not been helped by the fact that many women have been disproportionately affected by increased caring responsibilities during lockdowns, reducing the amount of time they have been able to devote to resear…

John Scales Avery (2021-07-24). Climate: We Are Not Doing Enough. zcomm.org Despite the reduced emissions resulting from the COVID-19 lockdown, the Keeling Curve continues to rise steadily, and the carbon dioxide content of the earth's atmosphere continues to rise steadily…

Jocalyn Clark (2021-07-24). [Perspectives] Cheryl Moyer: egalitarian in global health research. thelancet.com When we meet on Zoom, Cheryl Moyer joins from her new office—the home gym above her garage in Ann Arbor, MI, USA. She is used to being on the road for much of the year for global health research, and she misses her African friends and colleagues. But she says that while the COVID-19 pandemic stopped her regular field trips to Ghana, it has empowered her local partners to "grab the ball and run with it. They may not need us high-income country partners after all", she laughs. "That's how it should be and I feel good about that."

_____ (2021-07-24). How Face Recognition Fuels Racist Systems of Policing and Immigration—And Why Congress Must Act Now. commondreams.org "No investment in the fight against Covid-19 is more urgent and cost-effective now than an investment in getting the world vaccinated as quickly as possible."

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-24). 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…

David Agren (2021-07-24). [World Report] Lack of medicines in Mexico. thelancet.com Many prescriptions are unfilled, driven by shortages of drugs in Mexico. President López Obrador has blamed corruption, but analysts say otherwise. David Agren reports.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-24). 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…

F. William Engdahl (2021-07-24). Coronavirus, Vaccines and the Gates Foundation. globalresearch.ca Important article first published by Global Research on March 20, 2020 | Arguably, no one has been more active in promoting and funding research on vaccines aimed at dealing with coronavirus than Bill Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. …

repost (2021-07-24). David Moore to run as the SEP candidate in the California gubernatorial recall election. indybay.org The SEP is running in the California elections to provide an independent working-class voice demanding the eradication of the pandemic by placing lives over private profit.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-24). Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your mind and body. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Your body is hard-wired to react to stress in ways meant to protect you against threats from predators and other aggressors. Such threats are rare today, but that doesn't mean that life is free of stress. This article is written by Mayo Clinic Staff. ___________________________________________________________ On the contrary, you likely face many demands each day, such as taking on a huge workload, paying the bills and taking care of your family. Your body treats these…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-24). Mayo Clinic Minute: Skin cancer concerns for people with darker skin. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. About 1 in 5 people in the U.S. will have skin cancer during their lives. And it affects all skin colors. Reporter Jason Howland explains in today's Mayo Clinic Minute. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/umD3Cqs91cY Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1: 18) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News Network." Read the script. Forty percent of all cancers in Caucasians…

Massimo Di Maio, Marco Tagliamento (2021-07-24). [Correspondence] Heterogeneity of treatment effects in malignant pleural mesothelioma. thelancet.com The results from CheckMate 7431 are a relevant advance for the systemic treatment of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. However, we have concerns about the presentation and interpretation of subgroup analyses. Some further clarity would be helpful for the applicability of the study results in clinical practice, beyond the unequivocal clinically relevant effect observed in the whole population.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-24). 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 (2021-07-24). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Ventricular assist devices aid heart failure patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A ventricular assist device, also known as a VAD, is an implantable mechanical pump that helps pump blood from the lower chambers of your heart, or ventricles, to the rest of your body. Although this device can be placed in the left, right or both ventricles of your heart, it is most frequently used in the left ventricle. When placed in the left ventricle it is called a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD. A ventricular…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-24). 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 (2021-07-24). 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 (2021-07-24). 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 (2021-07-24). 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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