Daily Archives: September 4, 2021

2021-09-04: News Headlines

Erik Kàºng, Lisa Habrina, Angelika Berger, Tobias Werther, Lukas Aichhorn (2021-09-04). [Clinical Picture] Diagnosing pneumomediastinum in a neonate using a lung ultrasound. thelancet.com A preterm baby—delivered by caesarean section at 36 weeks and 5 days due to pathological trace on cardiotocography—presented immediately after birth with tachypnoea, and sternal, intercostal, and subcostal recessions.

Sarah Boseley (2021-09-04). [Perspectives] The race to make a COVID-19 vaccine. thelancet.com Sarah Gilbert, Catherine Green, and their scientific colleagues at the University of Oxford who made a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that has brought the world to a standstill, are heroes of our time, already decorated in the UK by the Queen and, in Gilbert's case, lauded by Mattel, which has made a Barbie doll in her image. Fired by a mission to save the world, these researchers are dedicated, altruistic, and determined that their vaccine would not only be safe and effective, but also cheap and easy to use in the poorest corners of the globe.

Jocalyn Clark (2021-09-04). [Perspectives] Alika Lafontaine: Indigenous and Canadian change maker. thelancet.com Alika Lafontaine was running late for our Zoom call because he was seeing patients. An anaesthesiologist at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, he had already intubated two patients with COVID-19 that morning—both were young, unvaccinated adults. In a world of divided opinion about vaccines, health-care reform, and how to achieve equity, diversity, and inclusion in the medical professions, Lafontaine's ability to humanise and challenge health-care narratives and systems is fuelling change in Canada.

Marco De Ambrogi (2021-09-04). [Perspectives] The return. thelancet.com Since its origin, Greek tragedy has offered a space for audiences to reflect on current moral and ethical dilemmas. For example, Sophocles' Antigone puts at its centre the clash between behaving according to one's personal values and complying with unjust societal laws, while Electra focuses on the conflict between filial love and the need for justice. In the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, readings of Greek tragedy were also used to help health-care workers to address moral injury through the programme Theater of War for Frontline Medical Providers, previously described in this journal.

Sara Jerving (2021-09-04). [World Report] The long road ahead for COVID-19 vaccination in Africa. thelancet.com Only 2 ∑5% of Africans are vaccinated against COVID-19. Millions more doses will be needed to meet even modest targets and experts are sceptical of success. Sara Jerving reports.

John Zarocostas (2021-09-04). [World Report] Health under cyberattack. thelancet.com Cyberattacks are becoming a major issue of health security, but are they getting the attention they need? John Zarocostas reports.

Desmond O'Neill, Sean Kennelly (2021-09-04). [Correspondence] Responding to responsive behaviour in Alzheimer's disease. thelancet.com The Seminar on Alzheimer's disease by Philip Scheltens and colleagues1 contains a wealth of valuable information on biological and epidemiological aspects of the condition. However, an area of concern was the relegation of what were termed neuropsychiatric syndromes to drug treatment alone.

Philip Scheltens (2021-09-04). [Correspondence] Responding to responsive behaviour in Alzheimer's disease — Author's reply. thelancet.com I thank Desmond O'Neill and Sean Kennelly for pointing out the import ≠ance of behaviour as being responsive to external factors, rather than being an intrinsic deficit of Alzheimer's disease. We acknowledge the use of non-pharmacological measures here, but did not include it in our Seminar1 because of our focus on the earliest stages of the disease, in which behavioural aspects, such as described by O'Neill and Kennelly, are less obvious and less prevalent than in the later stages.

The Lancet (2021-09-04). [Editorial] Medical professionalism and physician wellbeing. thelancet.com Integrity, compassion, altruism, continuous improvement, excellence, working in partnership—these are the values of medical professionalism, according to a working group formed by the Royal College of Physicians in 2005. More recently, ideas about professionalism have focused on the attributes required for a modern doctor to fulfil their roles as healer, innovator, researcher, and patient partner. But much of the thinking around medical professionalism remains rooted in an idealised, traditional, and paternalistic foundation of self-sacrifice and service to humanity, in which the perceived good doctor prior…

Ayesha Ahmad, Justine Gosling (2021-09-04). [Correspondence] The remoteness of pain in Canada's Indigenous peoples' collective memory. thelancet.com To continue the thread of the Editorial about Canada's indigenous people,1 the pain of Canada's indigenous peoples' collective memory is neither buried nor unearthed from the living stories, silencing truths, understanding, mourning or reconciliation, deepening living pain, and trauma in some of the world's most remote regions.

WSWS (2021-09-03). Pandemic-related unemployment programs expire for over 7.5 million jobless workers in the US. wsws.org The ruthless bipartisan drive to end all pandemic-related programs, such as enhanced unemployment benefits and eviction moratoriums, is a homicidal class policy aimed at depressing workers' wages and forcing the jobless into accepting dangerous low-paying employment as COVID-19 continues to spread.

International Action Center (2021-09-03). Sordid source of 'lab-leak' accusation — against China. workers.org The following lightly edited statement was released Aug. 24 by the International Action Center (iacenter.org). The U.S.-China Solidarity Project has just released an up-to-date, in-depth look at the network of anti-China think tanks responsible for promoting the bogus lab-leak theory that COVID-19 originated in Chinese labs. "Capitalism on a Ventilator" . . . |

Staff (2021-09-03). Headlines for September 3, 2021. democracynow.org Ida's Death Toll Soars After Record Rains Flood Northeastern States, Aerial Photos Show Oil and Chemical Spills Spawned by Hurricane Ida, Humanitarian Flights to Afghanistan Resume as U.N. Warns of Widespread Hunger, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga Resigns After Critics Blast His Response to COVID-19, Over 15 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Have Gone to Waste in the United States, Democrats Ready Reproductive Rights Bill After SCOTUS Refuses to Halt Texas Ban on Most Abortions, 7.5 Million U.S. Residents to Lose Jobless Benefits, with Millions Bracing for Cuts in Aid, Sen. Joe Manchin Demands "Pause" on $3.5 Trillion S…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Mayo Clinic Minute: Back to school and separation anxiety. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Kids have been at home for a long time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some students might not be looking forward to the first day of school this year, in part because of separation anxiety. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/C_wvC0NAgy8 Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1: 07) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News Network." Read the script. By the time the first school bell rings, some kids…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Science Saturday: How disease, diet, and genomics interact with gut virome. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic researchers published a comprehensive analysis of the gut virome in Gastroenterology, showing how disease, diet and genomics interact with the gut virome in irritable bowel syndrome. This common disorder affects the intestine and manifests as abdominal pain associated with constipation, diarrhea or both. The gut virome is one component of the microbiome (bacteria, fungi, viruses). It includes viruses that specifically attack bacteria (bacteriophages/phages) or those affecting humans (eukaryotic viruses. e.g., norovirus). Hence the gut virome…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Expert Alert: 3 reasons why more organ donors from diverse backgrounds are needed. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Of the 106,000 people in the U.S. who are awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant, roughly 60% are minorities. As part of National Minority Donor Awareness Month, Mayo Clinic experts provide three reasons why getting more people from diverse backgrounds to be organ donors is vital to help save lives: 1. Some racial and ethnic populations are more likely to need a transplant. African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans have an…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). What you need to know about COVID-19 booster shots. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Health officials are developing a plan to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to all people in the U.S. as soon as this fall to maximize vaccine protection. But before booster shots can be offered, two things will need to happen: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will need to conduct an independent evaluation to determine the safety and effectiveness of a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer messenger RNA vaccines.The Centers for Disease Control…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Don't get COVID-19 booster vaccine too soon. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Amid reports of waning COVID-19 immunity, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to officially approve a third dose of messengerRNA vaccines for the general public. Moderna and Pfizer are mRNA vaccines. The FDA has already approved a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for those who have compromised immune systems, as part of their primary vaccine series. That third vaccine is not considered a booster. However, Mayo Clinic experts say the pending FDA approval for…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Swimming safety for children. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: A friend and I were talking about the risks of swimming and water safety for young children. I have a toddler and a 4-year-old, and I'm curious about when it's safe to swim, the risk of getting sick, and the need for goggles and earplugs. ANSWER: For many people, the hot summer days are often spent swimming at the pool. But before you help your child suit up, it's important to consider practical tips to…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Mayo Clinic Minute: Catching up on childhood vaccinations. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org As students prepare to return to the classroom, it's important to ensure that they keep up with their immunization schedules. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a dramatic drop in routine childhood vaccinations. August is National Immunization Month. And Mayo Clinic experts are reminding you that a part of the back-to-school routine is making sure your kids are up to date on their shots. Jason Howland has…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Mayo Clinic's chief administrative officer to retire Nov. 30. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jeff Bolton, Mayo Clinic's chief administrative officer, has announced his plans to retire on Nov. 30. He has been Mayo Clinic's chief administrative officer since 2013 and a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees since 2011. He joined Mayo Clinic in 2002 as its chief financial officer."I am truly grateful to Jeff for his dedication and service during his 19 years in leadership roles at Mayo Clinic," says Gianrico Farrugia,…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Collagen and biotin supplements. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've read that collagen and biotin are good for the body. What are these supplements, and are they beneficial? ANSWER: Collagen and biotin supplements appear to be getting attention in the media for promoting healthy aging, along with joint and bone health. However, it is important to understand what collagen and biotin are and what research is available to support these claims. Collagen is concentrated in bones, ligaments, tendons, skin, blood vessels and internal…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Ask the Mayo Mom / Back-to-school. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org COVID-19 and especially the spread of the delta variant have created a whole new set of challenges this year. And now, children across the US are returning to school during this same time, creating many questions for families. In this "Mayo Clinic Q&A" podcast, Dr. Angela Mattke, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician and host of #AskTheMayoMom, is joined by two experts in pediatric infectious disease to discuss the important precautions families can take to keep their…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Consumer Health: Back to school, teens and depression. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org With many teens heading back to school, peer pressure and academic expectations are once again a reality. These added pressures can cause ups and downs during what can be an already tumultuous time of life. For some teens, though, the lows are more than just temporary feelings. They're symptoms of depression. Teen depression is a serious mental health problem. It affects how teenagers think, feel and behave, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Breaking down the booster terminology for COVID-19 vaccines. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org COVID-19 vaccine boosters are being recommended eight months after a person's second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. "A vaccine booster dose is generally an additional dose above and beyond the primary series needed to achieve protective immunity," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "So the dose that was approved this past week would be better classified as an 'additional dose' for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised." Dr….

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Responding to increased demand for COVID-19 testing, vaccines and implementing visitor restrictions. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org RED WING, Minn. — In response to the recent significant increase of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota, Mayo Clinic Health System is implementing new visitor restrictions and enhancing the availability of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. "We're testing hundreds of people each day for COVID-19. In southeast Minnesota counties outside of Rochester, 15 to 20 percent of tests are coming back positive," says Robert Albright, Jr. D.O., regional vice president, Southeast Minnesota Region, Mayo Clinic Health System….

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips for a healthy school year. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org After a year of full or partial distance learning, many students will be headed back into a physical classroom this fall. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Mayo Clinic Children's Center, offers some tips for a healthy school year. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/QeFoQkM-x9U Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1: 05) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News Network." Read the script. "Going…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Congenital heart disease revision surgery. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have a congenital heart defect and my initial surgery at 32 was complicated. I continue to have heart problems. At my last visit, my cardiologist said I would likely need another surgery. I'm afraid to have another procedure. How do I know if I need one, and why would a revision be needed? ANSWER: Patients with moderate to high complexity congenital heart disease often undergo multiple interventions. Not knowing what condition you have,…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). FDA gives full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, Aug. 23, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive such approval. The Pfizer vaccine was previously available under an FDA emergency use authorization. This emergency use authorization followed rigorous testing that included thousands of clinical trial participants. "Based on clinical trial results, Mayo Clinic experts have promoted the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines since the emergency use…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-03). Mayo Clinic physicians recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic physicians Judith Kaur, M.D. and Thomas R. Viggiano M.D., M.Ed. have been recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges with 2021 AAMC awards. The annual awards honor individuals and institutions making significant contributions to medical education, research, clinical care, and community engagement. Judith Kaur, M.D., Professor of Oncology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Dr. Kaur, of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Florida received The Herbert W. Nickens Award for…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-09-03). The 2020-21 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

C.J. Hopkins (2021-09-03). The Covidian Cult (Part III). dissidentvoice.org In The Covidian Cult (Part I) and (Part II), I characterized the so-called "New Normal" as a "global totalitarian ideological movement." Since I published those essays, more and more people have come to see it for what it is, not "insanity" or "an overreaction," but, in fact, a new form of totalitarianism, a globalized, pathologized, …

Lance Johnson (2021-09-03). Israel Now Has More COVID Infections Per Capita Than Any Country in the World, Even as "Booster Shots" Are Being Widely Administered There. globalresearch.ca

Arsenio Toledo (2021-09-03). It's a Subscription: Fauci Says Government on Track to Administer COVID-19 Booster Doses Every Eight Months. globalresearch.ca

Isaac Nellist (2021-09-03). COVID-19: Workers speak out against being put in harm's way. greenleft.org.au Workers are being put in harm's way and the Australian Unemployed Workers' Union and Living Incomes for Everyone want that to change. Isaac Nellist reports.

WSWS (2021-09-03). Australian COVID-19 outbreak in Aboriginal communities exposes severe healthcare crisis. wsws.org In the impoverished rural town of Wilcannia more than 10 percent of the population is now infected.

Shawgi Tell (2021-09-03). Economic Collapse Not Caused By COVID And Won't Improve With Vaccines. dissidentvoice.org For major owners of capital, the "COVID Pandemic" has been a perfect pretext and scapegoat for an obsolete economy failing due to its own intrinsic logic and dynamics. COVID has been a convenient and timely cover for the ongoing global economic decline that started well before the "COVID Pandemic." It is much easier to blame …

Global Research News (2021-09-03). Selected Articles: "Herd Stupidity": The Manufactured COVID Crisis. globalresearch.ca By The pandemic is contrived for sinister motives. Everything connected with Covid is Junk Science foisted …

Brian Shilhavy (2021-09-03). Nurses Speak Out at Minnesota Town Hall Meeting on COVID-19 Vaccine Injuries and Lack of Reporting to VAERS. globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2021-09-03). Australia: New South Wales premier declares the population must accept COVID deaths. wsws.org New guidelines for Sydney hospitals foreshadow the emergence of a "triage" system in intensive care wards, under which some critically-ill patients could be denied treatment.

ecns.cn (2021-09-03). Over 2.08 bln doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in China. ecns.cn More than 2.08 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in China as of Thursday, data from the National Health Commission showed Friday.

WSWS (2021-09-03). Socialist Equality Party gubernatorial candidate David Moore appears on "Bad Faith" podcast. wsws.org In the discussion, Moore spoke about the necessity for workers in California and internationally to fight to eradicate COVID-19 through the methods of class struggle and the fight for socialism.

WSWS (2021-09-03). Dana workers say management sprayed them with toxic chemicals after COVID outbreak. wsws.org Dana Inc. workers at the Ft. Wayne, Indiana plant say they were sprayed with a powerful disinfectant that could cause damage to their noses, throats and lungs.

WSWS (2021-09-03). Australian national accounts data used to push for economic "reopening" wsws.org The political and media establishment seized on economic growth of 0.7 percent to push for the abandonment of any meaningful public health measures to deal with the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Staff (2021-09-03). "On the Kill Floors": Essential Workers in Meatpacking Plants Still Lack Safety & COVID Protections. democracynow.org Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, we look at the experiences of meatpacking workers during the pandemic and beyond. Dulce Castañeda, a founding member of Children of Smithfield, a Nebraska-based grassroots advocacy group led by the children and family members of meatpacking workers, says conditions in the meatpacking plants during the pandemic remained as usual. "It was a situation where they weren't receiving the protections that they needed," she tells Democracy Now!, adding that workers often don't have the time or resources to advocate for themselves. Castañeda and her family are profiled in a new book by journ…

WSWS (2021-09-03). Hundreds of vaccinated students test positive for COVID-19 at Duke University. wsws.org More students are infected now, despite 98 percent vaccination, than were infected a year ago, before vaccines were available…

WSWS (2021-09-03). Louisiana nurses describe the conditions they face in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. wsws.org Already working under the stress of a surge of the Delta variant, health care workers in the hurricane's path are now facing additional horrors.

WSWS (2021-09-03). Worsening US health care crisis during pandemic prompts strikes and protests by nurses over staffing. wsws.org The already appalling state of US health care has worsened over the course of the pandemic, affecting not only patient care and outcomes but the working conditions of nurses and other health care workers. These conditions have prompted an uptick health care worker struggles.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-09-03). Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): FDA Fast-Tracks RSV mRNA 'Vaccine'. "Are We Creating a Public Health Disaster" globalresearch.ca

Joel A. Harrison (2021-09-03). Bureaucracies in the Most Expensive Healthcare System in the World. counterpunch.org As in many other technologically advanced democracies, the U.S. is blessed with highly trained dedicated medical personnel and superb facilities. However, we are also by far the most expensive healthcare system in the world. More than 30 cents on every dollar goes to, among other things, large, to some extent unaccountable, administrative bureaucracies that, on

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