2021-07-28: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-07-28). Tunisian hospitals overwhelmed as COVID-19 surges across Africa. wsws.org The Delta variant is leading to a surge of infections that is overwhelming the inadequate health care infrastructure across the Maghreb and all of Africa.

WSWS (2021-07-28). Lawsuit against Pilgrim's Pride for COVID-19 work-related deaths may be thrown out with new Texas law. wsws.org The Pandemic Liability Protection Act (PLPA), signed into law by right-wing governor Gregg Abbott, provides near-blanket immunity from business liability and lawsuits for exposing workers to COVID-19…

WSWS (2021-07-28). Victorian Labor government ends lockdown as Australia's COVID crisis deepens. wsws.org Governments are refusing to institute the necessary safety measures, even as the country is gripped by a worsening outbreak of the highly-infectious Delta variant.

teleSUR (2021-07-28). The US in Wrong Direction on Anti-Virus Fight, Warns Fauci. telesurenglish.net The United States is heading in the wrong direction as the country scrambles to fight a new surge of COVID-19 cases because of the Delta variant and a large number of unvaccinated people, Anthony Fauci warned. | RELATED: | "We are going in the wrong direction… It is really a pandemic among the unvaccinated, so this is an issue predominantly among the unvaccinated, which is the reason why we are out there, prac…

WSWS (2021-07-28). Tunisian president launches coup amid protests against mass COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org On Sunday, President KaàØs SaàØed sacked the Islamist Ennahda Movement government, suspended parliament and deployed the army amid mounting anger among workers.

WSWS (2021-07-28). La Trobe University in Australia announces hundreds more job cuts. wsws.org On top of hundreds of jobs already lost, this latest attack means the university will have retrenched 15 percent of its staff since the beginning of the pandemic.

Andrew Wright (2021-07-28). House bill targets PFAS 'forever chemicals' in drinking water. peoplesworld.org DETROIT—The U.S. House passed the "Dingell bill" last Wednesday that would regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water—and given Michigan's polluted history, the measure could have a major impact in the state. The chemicals in question are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Also known by the moniker "forever chemicals," PFAS are used in non-stick cookware, stain repellants, …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-07-28). Abortion fight to hit House floor, again. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The House version of the money bill for the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Departments has big spending hikes for labor enforcement programs in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. But while Republicans raised a few squawks over DOL spending, that wasn't the big battle when lawmakers tangled over the measure. The …

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-07-28). Why we need to stop Warehousing the Mentally Ill in Jail: Only Private Prison Corps. Profit. juancole.com Gainesville, Florida (Special to Informed Comment) — By essentially rejecting the provisions of the U.S.Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health, a very well designed 1963 Kennedy era program entitled, "Action for Mental Health" and other attempts to trim mental health budgets and services, many states and localities have opted to spend the same dollars …

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-07-28). SF March to Pass Medicare For All Now. indybay.org Protesters vow to take issue to UN as human rights complaint if M4A is not passed…

Monica Moorehead (2021-07-28). Life expectancy drop exposes racism, class bias. workers.org The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released "provisional life expectancy estimates" for the U.S. based on provisional mortality data for January through December 2020. The statistics show that overall U.S. life expectancy was reduced by a year and six months during this time period. Health care worker links racism . . . |

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Telemedicine before and after orthopedic surgery. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org In health care, one of the biggest changes during the COVID-19 pandemic was the expansion of telemedicine. Virtual visits have been used in many specialties, including orthopedics and orthopedic surgery. While the use telemedicine escalated out of necessity during the pandemic, Dr. Shawn O'Driscoll, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon, believes its use will continue to be used going forward. "I think that the advantages to patients are really going to be the driving forces behind…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Mayo Clinic Minute: ACL tears — when surgery is the answer. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ACL tears can sideline an athlete or crush an Olympic dream. It's a common knee injury affecting nearly twice as many women than men. Dr. Cedric Ortiguera, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, says 150,000‚Äí200,000 ACL injuries occur each year in the U.S., and that number is growing as more children become involved in competitive sports year-round. The good news is that surgery can help get some athletes get back in the game. Watch: The Mayo…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Beyond stem cells, regenerative medicine finds exosomes. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Exosomes, a new tool in regenerative research, have implications for cardiac and tendon regeneration, wound healing, and incontinence, as well as many other applications. _______________________________ In the 60 or so years since stem cells were first defined, they've become heralds of a new type of medicine, one that promises to harness the body's healing properties. Stem cells are a sort of cellular blank slate and can be engineered to form any cell in the body….

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Mayo Clinic Minute: The right way to get your body flexible. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Muscle flexibility is important for your body. But according to sports medicine experts at Mayo Clinic, the old way of stretching before you exercise isn't the right approach. Reporter Jason Howland explains in this Mayo Clinic Minute. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/ZiuoldvSc2U Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (0: 58) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News Network." Read the script. "Having flexible muscles and mobile joints can help reduce…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Hesitant about COVID-19 vaccine development? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Some people may be hesitant to be vaccinated for COVID-19 because they think COVID-19 vaccines were developed too quickly. But today's successes are the result of many years of coronavirus research. "To say that these messenger RNA vaccines were only developed in the past year would be erroneous," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "I know some people are hesitant and they might be fearful over some of the headlines they…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Unvaccinated people at highest risk of being infected by delta variant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A highly transmittable form of COVID-19 known as the delta variant is spreading globally. Now a subvariant known as delta-plus has been identified. "Delta-plus just means that there's been an additional mutation in the delta variant," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at Mayo Clinic. "We have not really seen that take off yet. And that's probably because it's being outcompeted by the delta variant. If you look at the original virus and…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). COVID-19 vaccine urgency as delta variant continues to spread. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of viruses are expected to occur. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented, including a highly transmittable form of COVID-19 known as the delta variant. The delta variant, which was first seen in December 2020 in India, is spreading globally. It's more contagious than the previous strains that have been detected in the U.S. It's also causing more severe illness.Dr. Melanie Swift, co-chair of Mayo Clinic's…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Strong immune response underlies acute kidney injury related to COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers have found that acute kidney injury associated with COVID-19 resembles sepsis-caused kidney injury, and the immune response triggered by the infection plays a pivotal role. The findings, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, also suggest that mitochondrial dysfunction — a loss of function in cellular energy production — is commonly found in kidney injury related to COVID-19. More than one-third of hospitalized COVID-19 patients report acute kidney injury, and sudden…

Strike Debt Bay Area (2021-07-28). Saturday 8/21: Strike Debt Bay Area Book Group: Degrowth. indybay.org Depending on the Covid situation, we may meet online or at the OMNI Commons (4799 Shattuck, Oakland, CA). Please email strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com a few days before the event so we can let you know what's what.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Emergency department visits related to opioid overdoses up significantly during COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Emergency department visit rates because of an opioid overdose increased by 28.5% across the U.S. in 2020, compared to 2018 and 2019, recent Mayo Clinic research finds. Emergency visits overall decreased by 14% last year, while visits because of an opioid overdose increased by 10.5%. The result: Opioid overdoses were responsible for 0.32 out of 100 visits, or 1 in every 313 visits, which is up from 0.25, or 1 in every…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). 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 (2021-07-28). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Tips to stay healthy while working from home. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to readjust in many ways, including some companies shifting to remote work. Working from a home office has its benefits, but it also comes with quite a few challenges. Virtual offices mean added screen time which can lead to eye strain, ear problems and too much time sitting in one place. Living and working in the same space also can lead to challenges with setting boundaries and having an…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-07-28). The Little Talked About Covid-19 'Variants'. zcomm.org Vaccine Mismanagement Will Have Dire Repercussions…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Mayo Clinic announces next phase of vaccination requirements for COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Guided by its values and deep commitment to patients, Mayo Clinic is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or complete a declination process by Sept. 17. "We are proud of our staff's high vaccination rates and are grateful that the vast majority have embraced the opportunity to get vaccinated," says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO. "Our patients expect to be safe when they come to Mayo Clinic, and we…

Adult School Teachers Union (2021-07-28). Tuesday 7/27: Teachers to Protest Forced Return to In-Person Learning as Covid Cases Spike. indybay.org West Contra Costa School District, 1108 Bissell Ave., Richmond…

Olivia Engling (2021-07-28). WTO Reviews Vaccine Patents and Pandemic Response Options. indybay.org A proposal in front of the World Trade Organization could make it easier for countries to access COVID vaccines.

Freedom Socialist Psrty (2021-07-28). Sunday 8/8: Make Rebellion the New Normal! Fighting for Working People's Needs Post Pandemic. indybay.org New Valencia Hall 747 Polk Street SanFrancisco | at Ellis, near Civic Center.Bart/Muni and on #19,31,47,& 49 Muni bus lines.Wheelchair accessible…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Consumer Health: Are you ready to add something new to your fitness routine? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org If you know exercise is important and you're making time for a well-rounded fitness routine, good for you! But you may become bored with the same routine day after day. And if you're bored, you may be more apt to lose interest after a while. If it's time to add a new spark to your fitness routine, here are three ideas to consider: Aquatic exerciseSwimming pools are not just for swimming laps. Aquatic fitness options also include aerobics…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Consumer Health: Understanding glioblastoma. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Glioblastoma Awareness Day will be observed on Wednesday, July 21, which makes this a good time to learn more about one of the most complex, deadly and treatment-resistant cancers. Glioblastoma, a type of glioma, is an aggressive cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord. It can occur at any age, but it tends to occur more often in older adults. Approximately 13,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with glioblastoma in…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Mayo Clinic Minute: Drink to thirst when exercising. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org If the Summer Olympics inspires you to start working out, Mayo Clinic health experts say it's important to stay hydrated when you exercise. And a valuable term to remember is "drink to thirst." Reporter Jason Howland explains in this Mayo Clinic Minute. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/uEMhUqleuj8 Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0: 57) is in the downloads at the end of…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Consumer Health: 10 ways aerobic exercise can help you live longer and healthier. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A well-rounded fitness routine contains several elements, including strength training, core exercises, balance training, and flexibility and stretching. The fifth element is aerobic fitness. Aerobic activity causes you to breathe faster and more deeply, which maximizes the amount of oxygen in your blood. Your heart will beat faster, which increases blood flow to your muscles and back to your lungs. The better your aerobic fitness, the more efficiently your heart, lungs and blood vessels transport oxygen throughout…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Mayo Clinic research suggests women over 65 be offered hereditary cancer genetic testing. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — A new study by Fergus Couch, Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, along with collaborators from the CARRIERS consortium, suggests that most women with breast cancer diagnosed over 65 should be offered hereditary cancer genetic testing. The study was published Thursday, July 22, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Couch says that women over 65 rarely qualify for hereditary cancer genetic testing based on current testing guidelines because they are thought…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Science Saturday: How geologic rock formations inform novel treatments for kidney stones. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Human kidney stones are at least as old as the Giza pyramids. The oldest known kidney stone was found in Egyptian burial satin from 4400 B.C. In 2020, Mayo Clinic processed and analyzed some 90,000 kidney stones from all over the world. That number increases each year, reflecting a global uptick in kidney stone disease. But new research has unlocked how kidney stones actually form, which could be the key to treating or even eliminating…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-28). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Scarlett is running and smiling after surgery to correct pectus excavatum. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When Sara Hutchins noticed an indent in her daughter Scarlett's chest, she immediately recognized the cause: pectus excavatum, a condition that causes the breast bone to sink into the chest. "My father had the same condition," Sara says. "He'd had surgery to correct it but was never satisfied with his results." Sara wanted to ensure that if Scarlett had surgery, she'd like what she saw in the mirror afterward. "I did a lot of research," Sara…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-07-28). Malarial mosquitoes suppressed in experiments that mimic natural environments. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have shown 'gene drive' technology, which spreads a genetic modification blocking female reproduction, works in natural-like settings.

John Wojcik, Mark Gruenberg (2021-07-27). With union support, Chicago civilian board to exercise increased control over police. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO —With support from nine unions, including the politically powerful Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Service Employees Local 73, and SEIU Healthcare, Chicago's civilians will, starting next year, have an independent police board that exercises increased control—for them—over Chicago's police. That control, capping a long campaign by civil rights and community groups, is the result of …

Rubin R. (2021-07-27). Internet Access as a Social Determinant of Health. jamanetwork.com Using data from its social determinants of health database, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently created an online visualization tool providing county-level information about people's internet access.

The Socialist Program (2021-07-27). The People of the U.S. Oppose the Blockade of Cuba. liberationnews.org Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss how people in Cuba and their supporters around the world are stepping up mobilizations in defense of the country's independence as the U.S. government announces more sanctions. They also discuss the legacy of civil rights legend Bob Moses, the politics of the Tokyo Olympics, the renewed spread of COVID across the country, and more.

teleSUR (2021-07-27). Mexico Sends the Second Ship With Humanitarian Aid for Cuba. telesurenglish.net The second shipment of humanitarian aid for Cuba departed from Mexico on Tuesday, as part of an initiative promoted by president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to help the Caribbean island tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The multipurpose ship Arm Libertador Bal-02 set sail towards Cuba, the second of three ships that Mexico has sent since July 26. The first one carried 100 million barrels of diesel that w…

Rubin R. (2021-07-27). Higher Medicare Payments for In-home COVID-19 Vaccinations. jamanetwork.com The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently increased payments for at-home COVID-19 vaccinations for Medicare beneficiaries.

Staff (2021-07-27). UNVACCINATED diners only: California restaurant says it's having fun watching 'heads explode' over mandatory no-vax policy. rt.com A California restaurant has refused to back down after being bombarded with negative press and customer reviews for posting a sign demanding that all diners provide proof that they have not been vaccinated against Covid-19. | With vaccination status increasingly becoming a prerequisite to participate in many ordinary activities, one Huntington Beach eatery has decided to take a slightly different approach to granting privileges based on personal medical decisions. | On its storefront window, Basilico's Pasta e Vino taped a sign reading: "PROOF OF BEING UNVACCINATED REQUIRED. We have zero tolerance for treasono…

Rubin R. (2021-07-27). Ending Structural Racism in Federally Funded Research. jamanetwork.com National Institutes of Health (NIH) leaders, scientists, administrators, and staff, including Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, recently published a framework to end structural racism in biomedical research.

Bhatt AS, Solomon SD, Vaduganathan M. (2021-07-27). Prioritizing Dissemination and Implementation Science in Cardiometabolic Medicine. jamanetwork.com Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction serves as a prototypical example in which advances in scientific discovery have not been fully realized in clinical practice. In recent years, stepwise progress in discovery science has afforded the availability of several disease-modifying therapies. Complete uptake of contemporary multidrug regimens is estimated to provide significant improvements in longevity and event-free survival. However, deep, pervasive gaps have remained in the optimal adoption of these therapies. Similar implementation gaps exist across other prevalent cardiometabolic conditions, including di…

Slomski A. (2021-07-27). MDMA-assisted Therapy Highly Effective for PTSD. jamanetwork.com Supportive therapy together with 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)—also known as the recreational drug ecstasy—significantly reduced severe posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in a phase 3 multisite clinical trial. MDMA-assisted therapy has the "potential to dramatically transform treatment for PTSD," the researchers wrote in Nature Medicine.

Slomski A. (2021-07-27). Tai Chi Reduces Waist Size Among Older Adults. jamanetwork.com Tai chi was as effective as conventional exercise for reducing central obesity in middle-aged and older adults, according to a trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors recommended incorporating the gentle mind-body exercise into physical activity guidelines for older people.

_____ (2021-07-27). Biden Upholds Trump Memo That Would Send 4,000 People Back To Prison. popularresistance.org For her 65th birthday, Diana Marquez was grateful to be out of prison and celebrating with her daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren. They feasted on a smorgasbord of brisket, sushi and Mexican food. She was not allowed to leave the house, but she still felt blessed to celebrate the day surrounded by family rather than confined in a prison cell. | Marquez is one of over 4,000 people who were released from federal prison to home confinement under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to stem the spread of COVID-19 behind bars. The CARES Act prioritizes the release of people whose ag…

teleSUR (2021-07-27). Unesco Designates New World Heritage Sites in 5 Latam Countries. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) approved Tuesday the five World Heritage nominations submitted by Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, and Mexico. | The first three were pending since last year when Unesco had to cancel its annual meeting due to conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, while those of Chile and Mexico were submitted in 2021. | RELATED: | The tropical ga…

Gilbert Mercier (2021-07-27). France Neoliberal Macron: Vanguard of a Covid Global Corporate Dictatorship? dissidentvoice.org Citoyen Chouette Archive Liberte-Egalite-Fraternite: under Macron's pass sanitaire guillotine? For the few of us who are students of history, and its aficionado travelers, meaning those who muse and wonder at times about how significant figures of the past would view our often dire predicament, it is rather obvious that, for example, the founding fathers of …

teleSUR (2021-07-27). Delta Variant and Misinformation Fuel COVID-19 Surge in the US. telesurenglish.net The United States is facing a resurgence of COVID-19 infections due to the rising cases of the more contagious Delta variant fueled by misinformation about the virus and politicization of the nation's response to the pandemic. | RELATED: | COVID-19 cases are on the rise in nearly 90 percent of U.S. jurisdictions, with outbreaks in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage, said the Centers for Disease Control and…

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