2021-08-03: News Headlines

Ann Brown (2021-08-03). Democrats Stop Talk Of Structural Racism After Election, Let Covid Eviction Moratorium Expire. moguldom.com Hot topics during the 2020 presidential election campaign included reparations, structural racism and covid relief programs such as the eviction moratorium. Post-election, these topics have seemingly gone away. The covid eviction moratorium expired July 31 and liberal Democrats are blasting the White House for not extending it. Several progressive Dems have protested. "The White House …

Cronkite News Arizona PBS (2021-08-03). Only $3 Bn. of Federal $46 Bn rental assistance dollars reach renters, as eviction moratorium ends. juancole.com By Brooke Newman | — ( Cronkite News) — WASHINGTON — The federal government's COVID-19 moratorium on renter evictions ended Saturday, leaving thousands of Arizona renters vulnerable while state and local officials have distributed just a fraction of the funding aimed at keeping people in their homes. Government agencies in Arizona received almost $495 million …

Staff (2021-08-03). Headlines for August 3, 2021. democracynow.org Louisiana Orders Mask Mandate as U.S. Logs Highest Coronavirus Toll Since February, Federal Employees Must Show Proof of Vaccination or Face Regular Tests, U.S., U.K. Say Afghan Taliban Massacred Civilians in Spin Boldak, State Department Offers to Resettle Thousands of Afghans Who Worked with U.S. , Refugee Advocates Sue as Biden Admin Continues Trump-Era Border Policy, HHS Watchdog to Probe Reports of Dire Conditions at Migrant Youth Detention Camp , Progressives Blast White House for Allowing Eviction Moratorium to Expire, 200+ Arrested at D.C. Protest Demanding End to Filibuster, Voting Rights, Study: Gerryma…

The Socialist Program (2021-08-03). Fightback! 8 Million families facing eviction and foreclosures. liberationnews.org Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss how the Democratic Party leadership in Congress and the Biden administration are failing to act in the face of impending mass evictions. They also discuss the grassroots movement against evictions — including the sit-in outside Congress by Rep. Cori Bush, the latest from the Olympics, the surge in Covid infections, Peru's new left wing government, and more.

WSWS (2021-08-03). Biden washes his hands of responsibility for mass evictions. wsws.org A statement issued by the White House Monday, after the expiration of the nearly year-long ban on evictions due to the pandemic crisis, promised no action at all.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-08-03). Fed Up With Democrats, Thousands March to Demand Medicare for All. zcomm.org Neither the ACA nor the American Rescue Plan's health care provisions ensure that all Americans have good-quality free health care…

news.un (2021-08-03). 700-plus healthcare workers and patients killed in attacks on facilities: WHO. news.un.org More than 700 healthcare workers and patients have died, and more than 2,000 have been injured in attacks on health facilities since December 2017, according to a three year analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) released on Tuesday.

_____ (2021-08-03). Seniors Would Cross Party Lines to Back Candidates Who Support Medicare Negotiating Drug Prices: Poll. commondreams.org New Yorkers will need to show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms, and theaters starting next month.

Darrow JJ, Avorn J, Kesselheim AS. (2021-08-03). FDA Regulation and Approval of Medical Devices: 1976-2020. jamanetwork.com This Special Communication reviews the development of laws and standards affecting the evaluation and oversight of medical devices by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the outcomes of this regulatory system from 1976 to 2020.

Slomski A. (2021-08-03). Simple Intervention Motivates Expectant Fathers to Quit Smoking. jamanetwork.com Fathers-to-be who used cigarettes were nearly twice as likely to quit after receiving brief advice on the dangers of secondhand smoking along with a sample of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and a referral to cessation services, according to trial results in JAMA Internal Medicine. The multisite study took place in Hong Kong, where nearly 30% of men with newborns smoke.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-03). 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 (2021-08-03). 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…

WSWS (2021-08-03). Dr. Deepti Gurdasani speaks on the Delta variant and against the policy of "living with the virus" wsws.org In an interview with the WSWS, this leading epidemiologist deals with "breakthrough" infections and the dangers to children from reopening the schools without systematic efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

Guest Contributor (2021-08-03). Compulsory Vaccination for Care Home Workers — legislation coming into force in November. ukhumanrightsblog.com The government has passed legislation compelling care homes to ensure almost all workers are vaccinated against Covid-19. It comes into force on 11 November 2021, and applies to England only. The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 state that a care home provider must ensure that nobody enters care homes …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-03). Study shows masks offer protection as COVID-19 infections tick up. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended this week that people vaccinated against COVID-19 resume wearing masks in public indoor spaces in areas of the United States where the virus is spreading. "Appropriate masking in addition to vaccination remain the best methods to help protect individuals from the Coronavirus," says Gregory Poland, M.D., an infectious disease expert at Mayo Clinic. In fact, published data from Mayo Clinic researchers have found that…

WSWS (2021-08-03). Alberta government declares COVID-19 pandemic over. wsws.org As of August 16, people who contract COVID-19 will not be required to self-isolate, meaning they will be "free" to transmit the virus.

Finian Cunningham (2021-08-03). U.S. Politicizing Covid Pandemic to Incriminate China Is Self-Defeating. dissidentvoice.org The United States is losing the ability for rational political debate and respect for science. Politicians, media and public discourse have been infected by lies, conspiracies, racial stereotyping of nations like China, and rampant hostility. The World Health Organization seems to have succumbed to U.S. pressure to falsely incriminate China over the Covid-19 global pandemic. …

Sameena Rahman (2021-08-03). People held in ICE detention 50 times more likely to test positive for COVID. liberationnews.org COVID-19 infections among people held in U.S. immigrant detention facilities are skyrocketing. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported higher-than-ever rates of COVID-19 infections among those held in their custody, reaching more than 50 times the positivity rate of the general U.S. population. Even during the pandemic, ICE has continued to detain people with no regard …

Kadakia KT, Howell MD, DeSalvo KB. (2021-08-03). Modernizing Public Health Data Systems. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint describes 5 lessons learned from implementation of the HITECH Act that apply to the modernization of public health data for the COVID-19 era and beyond.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-08-03). Thousands protest against Thailand government's mishandling of the pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org The protests against the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic also marked a year of agitations against the government of Prayuth Chan-o-cha and the law against insulting the monarchy…

Brian Shilhavy (2021-08-03). 20,595 Dead 1.9 Million Injured (50% Serious) Reported in European Union's Database of Adverse Drug Reactions for COVID-19 Shots. globalresearch.ca

F. William Engdahl (2021-08-03). Impacts of the Covid-19 Lockdown on World Trade: Global Shipping Crisis Far Worse than Imagined. globalresearch.ca First published on July …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-03). 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 (2021-08-03). 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…

Staff (2021-08-03). Pfizer and Moderna Hike EU Vaccine Prices as Rich Countries Oppose Patent Waiver. truthout.org With some of the world's wealthiest countries continuing to oppose temporary patent waivers for Covid-19 vaccines in order to more rapidly deploy life-saving shots worldwide, pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna have raised the price for European Union orders. | In its new supply contract with the E.U., Pfizer named a price of more than $23 per dose, up nearly 25% from about $18 on earlier purchases. Moderna said in its latest agreement that its mRNA vaccine will cost one-tenth more t…

John Nichols (2021-08-03). "Death by DeSantis" Threatens Florida as Covid Numbers Spike. thenation.com "Death by DeSantis" Threatens Florida as Covid Numbers Spike…

Dave Zirin, Jules Boykoff (2021-08-03). A Covid Surge and Record Heat Have Created a Cursed Olympic Games. thenation.com A Covid Surge and Record Heat Have Created a Cursed Olympic Games…

March On, partners (2021-08-03). Saturday 8/28: Sacramento: March On for Voting Rights. indybay.org California State Capitol, 1315 10th Street Sacramento, Sacramento, CA 95814 | Wear a mask. Please follow all current COVID safety guidelines: covid19.ca.gov/

Hans Baer (2021-08-03). The pandemic, Tokyo Olympics, airplanes and climate change. greenleft.org.au The Tokyo Olympics, which may become another COVID-19 super spreader, reveals the clout that corporate capitalism has over governments and politicians, argues Hans Baer.

_____ (2021-08-03). Biden Has Abandoned His Covid Worker Safety Pledge. popularresistance.org Until she got her first Pfizer shot on July 16, Cindy Cervantes toiled in the Seaboard Foods pork processing plant in Guymon, Oklahoma for most of the pandemic without a vaccine‚Äâ—‚Äâworking unprotected in an industry devastated by Covid-19 illnesses and deaths. | "In one day, at least 300 people were gone" from the plant, sick from Covid, Cervantes says. Still, "Seaboard wanted a certain number of hogs out. They kept pushing people, the chain was going even faster. People were getting injured, and we were losing even more people." Six of her coworkers…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-03). Mayo Clinic Minute: Study shows masks can prevent COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic researchers recently published a study that shows the proper use of masks reduces the spread of respiratory droplets. The findings strongly support the protective value and effectiveness of widespread mask use and maintaining physical distance in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Reporter Jason Howland has more in this Mayo Clinic Minute. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/9fca7M5STEA Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (0: 59) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-03). 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…

Aaron Siri (2021-08-03). The Illegality of Any University Mandating Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine for Students. globalresearch.ca

Global Research News (2021-08-03). Selected Articles: Dr. Robert Malone, Inventor of mRNA Technology, Signals the Worst-Case Scenario About COVID-19 Vaccines. globalresearch.ca By Dr. Malone did not just take Fauci at his words, he did somethin…

Stop the Money Pipeline Coalition (2021-08-03). Friday 8/13: Santa Cruz Rally: Defund Oil Pipeline Line 3 Now! indybay.org Intersection of River Street & Water Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | Wear a mask. Please follow all current COVID safety guidelines: covid19.ca.gov/

Nayvin Gordon (2021-08-03). Fauci's Future Pandemics — Vaccines without public health infrastructure. indybay.org Pandemic, vaccines and failure of Public Health…

Dean Baker (2021-08-03). The Saving Rate is Still High: Evidence on the Post-Pandemic Economy. counterpunch.org An important item in the GDP report released this week, that received little attention, is that the saving rate is still well above the pre-pandemic level. For the second quarter as a whole the saving rate was 10.9 percent. If we just look at the month of June alone, the last month in the quarter,

Olivia Engling (2021-08-03). IMF Approves $650 Billion in Emergency Currency to Combat Pandemic. indybay.org Washington DC — The IMF Board of Governors convened a special virtual session for final approval of $650 billion in emergency reserve currency or Special Drawing Rights.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-08-03). Researchers receive extra support during the pandemic. imperial.ac.uk Imperial has distributed £7.8 million additional funding from UK Research and Innovation to protect College research and talent during the pandemic.

_____ (2021-08-03). 'Stunning': Democrats Considering Major Cuts to Future Pandemic Preparedness. commondreams.org While the scales might be heavily "weighted in favor of disaster," there are reasons for a certain hopefulness.

Staff (2021-08-03). "I Alone Can Fix It": Book Details Trump's Last Year & the Military's Fear He Would Stage a Coup. democracynow.org A new book by two Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters provides fresh details on former President Trump's response to the pandemic, his campaign to overturn the 2020 election results, and the events surrounding the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The book, "I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year," details how the country's top general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, feared Trump would wage a coup after losing the November election, among other revelations. We speak with co-authors Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, who say their reporting unearthed "a lot…

Jim McIlroy (2021-08-03). Federal Court: Qantas wrong to outsource ground staff during pandemic. greenleft.org.au The Federal Court has ruled that Qantas unfairly sacked and outsourced thousands of baggage handlers, ramp workers and cabin cleaners late last year, using the pandemic as the excuse. Jim McIlroy reports.

Jonathan Cook (2021-08-03). The Jailing of Craig Murray: Another Move to Snuff Out Independent Journalism. counterpunch.org Craig Murray, a former ambassador to Uzbekistan, the father of a newborn child, a man in very poor health and one who has no prior convictions, will have to hand himself over to the Scottish police on Sunday morning. He becomes the first person ever to be imprisoned on the obscure and vaguely defined charge of "jigsaw identification".

_____ (2021-08-03). 'Dangerous and Deadly': Biden CDC Under Fire for Preserving Trump-Era Migrant Expulsion Policy. commondreams.org "If there was ever a teachable moment that we need to invest in public health, it is now."

Weimer MB, Wakeman SE, Saitz R. (2021-08-03). X-Waiver Exemption in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply As we pointed out in our Viewpoint, racial disparities in access to MOUD are alarming and place Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, and other racially oppressed and disenfranchised individuals at increased risk of opioid overdose and poor treatment outcomes. We agree with Mr Shearer and colleagues that addressing racism in the field of addiction treatment is critical to ensure equitable access to care. We believe that implementing structural changes such as the ones we proposed, including expanding all treatment options for OUD, acknowledging individuals' social vulnerabilities w…

Moderator (2021-08-03). Ralph Nader: Our Leaders Are Doing Nothing to Quash Corporate Crime. scheerpost.com Russ Allison Loar / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Ralph Nader As the size and severity of the corporate crime wave surges, Congress is asleep at the switch. The mostly captive Capitol Hill Gang has sat on an antiquated federal criminal code, starved the budget of regulatory health, safety, and consumer/labor protection agencies, and let corporate crooks routinely get away with their crimes. |

Slomski A. (2021-08-03). Is Dapagliflozin Cost-effective for Treating Heart Failure? jamanetwork.com Dapagliflozin offers intermediate value for patients who have heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), regardless of diabetes or health-impairment status, according to a recent economic analysis. "[G]iven evidence of clinical benefit and economic value, focus should be on increasing therapy rates among patients who have HFrEF with and without diabetes," the authors wrote in JAMA Cardiology.

Kuehn BM. (2021-08-03). Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes in Cancer Clinical Trials. jamanetwork.com To help patients with cancer learn more about how treatment may affect their quality of life, the FDA has issued draft guidance on collecting information about patient-reported outcomes in cancer clinical trials.

Smith VA, Coffman CJ, Hudgens MG. (2021-08-03). Interpreting the Results of Intention-to-Treat, Per-Protocol, and As-Treated Analysis. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Guide to Statistics and Methods describes how intention-to-treat, per-protocol, and as-treated approaches to analysis differ with regard to the patient population and treatment assignments and their implications for interpretation of treatment effects in clinical trials.

Barnhart KT, Hansen KR, Stephenson MD, et al. (2021-08-03). Effect of an Active vs Expectant Management Strategy for Patients With a Pregnancy of Unknown Location. jamanetwork.com This clinical trial compares the effect of 3 management strategies on successful resolution of pregnancy among patients with a persisting pregnancy of unknown location.

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