2021-09-09: News Headlines

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 modeling shows 100,000 people in the U.S. could die over the next 3 months. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org U.S. hospitalizations for patients with COVID-19 have risen almost 500% over the past two months, according to news reports. Also, the number of ICU beds in the South is dwindling. "We have over 101,000 Americans in the hospital with COVID-19," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "Many of them fighting for their lives in ICUs and on ventilators. We are having over 160,000 new cases and just below 1,000…

Staff (2021-09-09). WHO chief calls for worldwide pause on vaccine boosters until 2022, to allow 'every country' to inoculate 40% of population. rt.com World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has pushed for a global halt on Covid vaccine booster shots until next year, arguing the extra doses should go to low-income nations and not to "healthy" vaccinated people. | "I'm calling for an extension of the [booster] moratorium until at least the end of the year, to enable every country to vaccinate at least 40% of its population," Tedros said at a Wednesday briefing. He added that while nearly all wealthier countries had reached the 10% vaccination threshold, and some two-thirds hit the 40% mark, "Not a single low-income country has reached either…

WSWS (2021-09-09). Disease and death from COVID-19 accelerate throughout US as schools continue to reopen. wsws.org The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that, as of the week ending September 2, an estimated one-quarter of new cases, a record of nearly 36,000 a day, are among those aged 0-17.

_____ (2021-09-09). Labor Shortage Leaves Union Workers Feeling More Emboldened. popularresistance.org When negotiations failed to produce a new contract at a Volvo plant in Virginia this spring, its 2,900 workers went on strike. | The company soon dangled what looked like a tempting offer — at least to the United Auto Workers local leaders who recommended it to their members: Pay raises. Signing bonuses. Lower-priced health care. | Yet the workers overwhelmingly rejected the proposal. And then a second one, too. Finally, they approved a third offer that provided even higher raises, plus lump-sum bonuses. | For the union, it was a breakthrough that wouldn't likely have happened as recently as last year. That…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-09-09). Imperial's Provost urges global collaboration in quantum research in Brussels. imperial.ac.uk Professor Ian Walmsley spoke about quantum technologies and collaboration at the Brussels-based Science Business conference yesterday.

WSWS (2021-09-09). SEP (Canada) to hold online meeting on Canada's pandemic election and the fight for socialism. wsws.org The meeting, which will be held in English and French, will advance a fighting program for the working class to eradicate the COVID-19 pandemic, and oppose the intensified assault on workers' social and democratic rights that Canada's next government will mount whichever party or combination of parties leads it.

Jim McMahan (2021-09-09). WW Commentary: Will reopening schools help students? workers.org In 2020, Tampa teachers protest over lack of COVID protection. Schools are reopening in September for tens of millions of students; more had already opened in August. Many students are entering the building for the first time in a year and more, after having little or no provisions for distance . . . |

Seiji Yamada (2021-09-09). Twenty Years After 9/11: a Health Worker's Perspective. counterpunch.org I attended the American Public Health Association in Atlanta in late October 2001. Against the backdrop of daily bombing runs projected on the megascreen of the CNN Center, I thought that I might find fellow health workers opposed to the war. After all, UN agencies such as the World Food Program and UNICEF had been drawing attention to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan that pre-dated 9/11. Severe drought and twenty years of war in Afghanistan had led to conditions bordering on widespread famine. Shouldn't public health workers, who are concerned about the health and well-being of people, oppose the U.S. war…

WSWS repost (2021-09-09). Concessions workers deserve safety from COVID-19 infection, not inadequate hazard pay! indybay.org The struggle of workers for safety from the raging pandemic is bound up with the fight against the policy of the entire ruling class and both of its parties.

Isaac Nellist (2021-09-09). Life with COVID-19: Essential worker speaks out. greenleft.org.au Despite the NSW government's admission that essential workplaces are key sites of COVID-19 transmission, it has done little to address workers' concerns. Isaac Nellist spoke to a packer at Woolworths.

Peoples Health Dispatch (2021-09-09). Healthcare in Haiti suffers in the midst of a political and economic crisis. peoplesdispatch.org The healthcare system in Haiti has been underfunded and understaffed for years, and it is now facing a new set of challenges after the 14 August earthquake in the southwest of the country.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-09-09). Lebanon's crisis hits healthcare. peoplesdispatch.org As Lebanon's social and political crisis persists, health care is becoming increasingly inaccessible for most people. Many medicines remain unavailable and public health facilities face a surge of patients while trying to cope with power reductions…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-09-09). Family members of Palestinians who escaped Israeli prison arrested. peoplesdispatch.org On Wednesday, September 8, in a move defying all established human rights norms, Israeli security forces arrested five relatives of the six Palestinians who escaped from the Gilboa prison in the occupied West Bank on Monday. | According to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society, Israel launched a large scale inspection and detention campaign in villages and towns in the occupied West Bank. The occupation forces barged into several Palestinian villages and raided the houses of family members and relatives of the escapees late in the night on Wednesday. | Palestinian health minister Mai al-Kaila issued a statement cond…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-09-09). The cost of being a Palestinian: Shatha Odeh's ordeal in prison. peoplesdispatch.org Israeli security forces detained prominent Palestinian healthcare expert, Dr. Shatha Odeh, during a series of violent raids conducted across the occupied West Bank on July 7. Shirin Abu Fannouneh, Ms. Shatha's daughter, recounts her mother's ordeal to Dr. Delen De la Paz from the People's Health Movement.

Editor2 (2021-09-09). Cuba: One of the Few Countries Worldwide That Manufactures Its Own Medical Oxygen. orinocotribune.com By Alejandra Garcia — Sept 7, 2021 | In mid-August, a piece of news shook Cuba: medical oxygen coverage began to be limited in health centers due to a breakdown in the country's main production plant. | It was the first time during the pandemic that the island was going through such a situation. Cuba has been producing its own oxygen for decades. In fact, it is one of the few countries in the world that has its own plant to supply hospitals, health centers, industries, and other institutions. | Fidel Castro had foresight. The OxiCuba S.A. plant was created on the island on October 3, 1965, just a few years a…

teleSUR, SH (2021-09-09). Cuba lidera lista de países con más vacunados de Covid-19. telesurtv.net La funcionaria del Minsap comentó que para noviembre esperan alcanzar el 90 o 92 por ciento de la población vacunada contra el Covid-19.

Staff (2021-09-09). Headlines for September 9, 2021. democracynow.org WHO Calls for Halt to COVID Booster Shots in 2021, Says Vaccines Should Go to Poorer Countries, COVAX Cuts 2021 Vaccine Forecast; Australia Joins Call for Waiver on Vaccine Patents, Los Angeles Schools Poised to Require Vaccinations for Students 12 and Older , Afghanistan Evacuations Continue as Taliban Reestablishes Ministry of "Virtue and Vice", Main Suspect in 2015 Paris Attacks Tells Court He Was a Soldier for the Islamic State, Human Rights Campaign President Fired in Latest Fallout from Cuomo Sexual Harassment Probe, Virginia Removes Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, 17 Patients Die as Floods Hit…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). 9-2-2021 COVID-19 Media Only News Briefing: Ask the Mayo expert. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On Thursday, Sept. 2, Dr. Abinash Virk, a Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases expert, fielded questions about COVID-19 from news reporters and producers. Journalists who have already registered on the News Network can log into their accounts to download a recording of the Zoom briefing found at the end of this post. Journalists who would like to access the media briefing video can register with the News Network here. Please super: Abinash Virk, M.D. / Infectious Diseases / Mayo…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Pancreas transplant can be a cure for diabetes. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Many advances have been made in diabetes treatments over the past decade. Diabetes is a lifelong chronic disease with the potential for significant complications. Despite the advances, many people with diabetes struggle with the disease. "Diabetes is an abnormality in consuming or metabolizing blood glucose," says Dr. Tambi Jarmi, a Mayo Clinic nephrologist. "So diabetic patients have a hard time adjusting their blood sugar to the level that their cells needed. It could be a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Medical inspiration from an old book. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A Mayo Clinic doctor has pioneered a new procedure to treat a medical problem that causes positional headaches, among other symptoms. And he took a "novel" approach to find the solution. Reporter Jason Howland has the story. Watch: Medical inspiration from an old book youtu.be/PQ-fc-IPbjE Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (2: 15) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News Network." Read the script. Sometimes, extraordinary ideas are inspired by the…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Science Saturday: Opioids provide low evidence of pain relief for migraine. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Evidence that opioids provide pain relief for migraine headaches is low or insufficient, a large Mayo Clinic meta-analysis published recently in JAMA has found. However, some newer therapies, along with established migraine treatments, were associated with moderate to high evidence of pain relief. The meta-analysis — which combined results from multiple scientific studies — included 15 systematic reviews and 115 randomized clinical trials of 28,803 patients. While the researchers note that this study provides a good starting point for treatment conversations…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Consumer Health: What do you know about leukemia and lymphoma? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about some of the most common types of these two diseases. Leukemia is cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues, including bone marrow and the lymphatic system. Leukemia usually involves the white blood cells, which are potent infection fighters. They normally grow and divide in an orderly way as your body needs them. But in people with leukemia, the bone marrow…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Virtual Public Forum: (Mis)trust in the COVID-19 vaccine in the African American Community. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org UPDATE 8/28/21: People of color are at greater risk of becoming infected with, and dying from, COVID-19. To reduce this community's risk, an upcoming virtual town hall will be held to discuss mistrust of COVID-19 vaccines, details about the delta variant, and myths and facts about COVID-19. Participants will hear from health experts who have been on the frontlines, working to share health information and save lives. Watch: Recording of Virtual Public Forum: (Mis)trust in the…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). 3 things you can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 regardless of whether you're vaccinated. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org To maximize protection from the COVID-19 delta variant and limit the spread of COVID-19 to others, health experts continue to urge that people get vaccinated for COVID-19 and wear a mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission. Watch: Dr. Andrew Badley discusses how to stop the spread of COVID-19 youtu.be/KaqgA0Mg9-0 Journalists: Broadcast-quality sound bites with Dr. Badley are in the downloads at the end of…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Getting to the heart of the matter. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Ten years ago, Elizabeth Scovil, a 46-year-old wife and mother of four from Forest City, Florida, collapsed at the gym. Luckily some local paramedics were there and came to her rescue. But then it happened again. "I am an athlete. I was always working out," says Elizabeth. She began experiencing episodes of dizziness, and her heart would beat rapidly. "It would go up to 150, 170 beats per minute all of a sudden. It can…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Safety in the hurricane aftermath. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org As Hurricane Ida moves inland through the southern portion of the U.S., experts are warning people to be cautious after the storm. One of the most common consequences after a storm is the loss of electricity, which increases the possibility of safety concerns and health issues. For instance, Dr. Michael Boniface, a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician, says that precautions need to be taken when operating a portable generator to eliminate the risk of carbon…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Mayo Clinic urges cancer patients to seek third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ‚Äï Mayo Clinic Cancer Center announced on Tuesday, Aug. 31, that it is following recommendations from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network that encourage cancer patients to receive a third dose of a messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are messenger RNA vaccines. If patients were vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, no third dose is recommended at this time. The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is an…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Mayo Clinic Minute: Patch testing for allergic contact dermatitis. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org If you've ever experienced a red, itchy rash appear on your skin after using a certain lotion or even from wearing jewelry, you may be experiencing contact dermatitis. It's caused by a substance you're exposed to that irritates your skin. However, it also can be triggered by an allergic reaction.In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Matthew Hall, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, explains how patch testing is crucial to assess for allergic contact dermatitis. Watch: The…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Mayo Clinic Minute: Don't skip your kid's HPV vaccine. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Kids are heading back into the classroom after a year like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the last year, childhood immunization declined, putting kids at risk for diseases that can be prevented by vaccinations. The hope is that as children return to the classroom, children will return to their health care provider, too. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases physician, says if you have a preteen, make sure he…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Consumer Health: Treating ovarian cancer. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about treating ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. More than 21,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, and nearly 14,000 women will die of the disease. Early stage ovarian cancer rarely causes any symptoms. Advanced-stage ovarian cancer may cause few and nonspecific symptoms…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Breathing easier with COPD. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is the third leading cause of death worldwide according to the World Health Organization. COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. The main cause of COPD in developed countries is tobacco smoking. In the developing world, COPD often occurs in people exposed to fumes from burning fuel for cooking or heating in poorly ventilated homes. People with COPD are at increased risk…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Monoclonal antibody treatment combo reduces hospitalization among high-risk patients with COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ‚Äï In an observational study, Mayo Clinic researchers report that the combination of casirivimab and imdevimab ‚Äï two monoclonal antibody treatments under Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization ‚Äï keep high-risk patients out of the hospital when infected with mild to moderate COVID-19. The findings appear in The Lancet's EClinicalMedicine. Nearly 1,400 Mayo Clinic patients were enrolled in the study ‚Äï 696 who received the drug combo between December 2020 and early…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Mayo Clinic to offer COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinics in Rochester through Sept. 17. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic in Rochester has added more COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics for patients, visitors and staff in response to the Food and Drug Administration's full approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and older, the recommendation of a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine immunocompromised people, and the potential for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots when they're approved.Anyone 12 and older can attend these walk-in clinics. A parent or guardian needs to accompany children under…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-09-09). Mayo Clinic study highlights development of remote patient monitoring program during COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ‚Äï A study by Mayo Clinic investigators highlights the development and implementation of Mayo Clinic's large-scale COVID-19 Remote Patient Monitoring Program, which has served more than 7,000 patients across 41 states. The study evaluated the impact of the program, including: Feasibility.Safety.Patient engagement with the technology.Rate of alerts and escalations managed by virtual care teams.Use of acute care resources.Patient clinical outcomes. Results of the study are published in NPJ Digital Medicine. "Our study investigated how our…

_____ (2021-09-09). The Unlearnt Lessons Of 9/11, Twenty Years Out. popularresistance.org Twenty years after 9/11, America is less safe, a deeply troubled country, ravaged by COVID, racism, inequality, extreme weather from global warming and political strife. Its political leaders have embraced an Orwellian approach to the truth in which war is peace and large segments of our society are polarized by widely divergent concepts of reality. | On the afternoon of 9/11, with the American media joining with the leaders of the two major parties in banging the drum for war, I wrote one of the first statements calling for America to seek peace instead, to not turn our cries of grief into a call for war. Eventu…

WSWS (2021-09-09). New Zealand: COVID-19 lockdown lifted outside Auckland. wsws.org While daily cases have fallen in New Zealand's outbreak, significant risks remain due to the low level of vaccination, the rundown health system and the reopening of schools outside Auckland.

WSWS (2021-09-09). University of California, Berkeley reopens with hundreds of new cases, ending quarantine measures. wsws.org The Berkeley administration is using high vaccination rates to justify the complete abandonment of basic mitigation measures, forcibly exposing tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff to COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-09-09). Australian governments planning to end lockdowns amid the country's worst COVID outbreak. wsws.org The NSW government today unveiled a "roadmap to freedom" that will end the state's lockdown mid-next month, the same time it predicts that hospitals will be "overwhelmed" by COVID patients.

Global Research News (2021-09-09). Selected Articles: Agenda ID2020 of the "One World Order": The 101 to Understanding Its Implications. globalresearch.ca By Agenda ID2020 — is hardly mentioned by any media, let alone the mainstr…

sputniknews (2021-09-09). COVID-19 Here to Stay, Vaccine-Driven Herd Immunity Unlikely, Say Swedish Professors. sputniknews.com Virology professors from Sweden's leading universities have concluded that SARS-CoV-2 cannot be eradicated and will remain as a recurring seasonal virus, urging people to "learn to live with it". On the bright side, despite immunity being short-lived, the virus is likely to lose some of its potency over time.

Colin Todhunter (2021-09-09). Address the Global Public Health Crisis: Ban Glyphosate Now! counterpunch.org Environmentalist and campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason recently wrote an open letter to the head of the Pesticides Unit at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Jose Tarazona. (Since this article was written, Jose Tarazona has stepped down from his position and the letter has been forwarded to his successors, Manuela Tiramani and Benedicte Vagenede.) Mason

Julián Inzaugarat (2021-09-09). What united us was empathy: Community organizations help tackle hunger in Argentina. peoplesdispatch.org What will the world be like when we emerge from the pandemic? Will we have a fairer and more caring world? Will there be a decline in individualism and a debunking of the myth of meritocracy? These were some of the questions that analysts, politicians, journalists and society as a whole asked themselves at the beginning of this global pandemic. | The hope that this health crisis would become the engine for a more just world and the teachings of collective care faded as the pandemic advanced with increasing force. As the pandemic intensified, the philosophy of 'every man for himself' was embraced by most governmen…

Matt Sedlar (2021-09-09). Who Pays for Eldercare in the US? Women and the Economy. cepr.net Biden's plan for eldercare investment is an important and critical step in the right direction. However, improving the eldercare infrastructure cannot end with the American Jobs Plan, because prioritizing increasing Medicaid funding for home and community-based care does not reduce the cost of eldercare for the majority of older adults who do not qualify for Medicaid…

Ian Angus (2021-09-09). 200+ medical journals demand emergency climate action. mronline.org Editors urge 'fundamental changes to how our societies and economies are organized'.

Howard Lisnoff (2021-09-09). So Long to a Sense of Community. counterpunch.org When reading about anti-maskers in Los Angeles attacking a breast cancer patient seeking care in a medical facility, and then reading about Boston College's policy of not requiring masks in classrooms this fall with expected faculty pushback, I wondered where the hell all of this led? As the echoes of 1960s' solidarity lose even their place in the rearview

WSWS (2021-09-09). SEP electoral members denounce Australia's anti-democratic electoral laws and urge people to join the campaign. wsws.org "Every measure being enacted now, whether it's so-called controlling of the pandemic or unemployment or housing, is bound up with increasing forms of authoritarianism."

WSWS (2021-09-09). Pandemic and disrupted supply chains bring major problems for Australian economy. wsws.org The Commonwealth Bank has forecast that the Australian economy will contract by 4.5 percent in the September quarter and this "massive loss of production will be accompanied by a huge fall in jobs."

Dean Baker (2021-09-09). Cheap Fun: Job Growth Under Trump and Biden. counterpunch.org The August jobs report was somewhat disappointing. The economy added only 235,000 jobs for the month, just 48,000 more than the 187,000 pre-pandemic monthly average under Trump. Seriously, most of us did expect more jobs (my number had been 500,000), but after two months where job growth averaged more than 1 million, some falloff should

Jake Johnson (2021-09-09). Anger Mounts Over Democrats' Refusal to Address Jobless Aid Crisis. zcomm.org Progressive critics warn failure to bolster the unemployment system during the pandemic "is a shocking dereliction of responsibility."

Staff (2021-09-09). "Humane": Yale Historian Samuel Moyn on "How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War" democracynow.org In his new book, Yale historian Samuel Moyn explores whether the push to make U.S. wars more "humane" by banning torture and limiting civilian casualties has helped fuel more military interventions around the world. He looks in detail at the role of President Obama in expanding the use of drones even as he received the Nobel Peace Prize. "What happened after 2001 is that, in the midst of an extremely brutal war on terror, a new kind of war emerged. … It was important to Americans to see their wars fought more humanely," says Moyn. "Even though this represents a kind of progress, it also helped Americans sustain…

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