Daily Archives: October 9, 2021

2021-10-09: News Headlines

Tania Glyde (2021-10-09). [Perspectives] Rebuilding happiness. thelancet.com It may seem courageous, even foolhardy, for a scientific and cultural institution to put on exhibitions dedicated to joy and tranquillity. Foolhardy because a joyful experience in western culture might well have been underpinned by someone else's labour in the Global South. And in the COVID-19 pandemic, joy and tranquillity, for many, have been hard to come by. The Joy and Tranquillity exhibitions at the Wellcome Collection, London, UK, are part of the On Happiness season, which aims to "celebrate the complexity of positive emotions".

David Penner (2021-10-09). The Branch Covidians are Waging War on Humanity. dissidentvoice.org All embarked, the party launched out on the sea's foaming lanes while the son of Atreus told his troops to wash, to purify themselves from the filth of the plague. They scoured it off, threw scourings in the surf and sacrificed to Apollo full-grown bulls and goats along the beaten shore of the fallow barren …

WSWS (2021-10-09). Biden downplays disastrous September jobs report, touts pandemic "success" wsws.org In the face of a report showing a gain of just 194,000 jobs in September, the president sought to change the subject, playing up the modest drop in new COVID-19 cases and "progress" on his spending bills.

WSWS (2021-10-09). 375 Michigan children infected with COVID-19 every day. wsws.org Data shows that the increase in both child infections and community spread are being driven by the forced reopening of schools.

WSWS (2021-10-09). Philippines overwhelmed by COVID-19 onslaught. wsws.org Amid a devastating COVID surge, and with fewer than 22 million people fully vaccinated in a population of 110 million, the Duterte government is overseeing a social disaster.

Andrew Green (2021-10-09). [Obituary] Abebech Gobena. thelancet.com Humanitarian and founder of an organisation to support orphaned and vulnerable children and their communities. She was born on Oct 20, 1935, in Shebel Abo, Ethiopia, and died of COVID-19 on July 4, 2021, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, aged 85 years.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Breaking down COVID-19 vaccine booster approvals. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The path to approvals for a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has seemed complicated. "This is a confusing set of recommendations," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "So let's look at the four groups approved for only the Pfizer booster, thus far. If you got a primary series of the Pfizer vaccine, you're 65 and older, and it's been six months or more, you…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Mayo Clinic Minute: The importance of stretching during your workday. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more challenging for some people to get in their daily workout. Sedentary behavior, including sitting for long periods of time, can contribute to adverse health effects, including something referred to as "sitting disease." In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dani P. Johnson, a wellness physical therapist with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, demonstrates how to integrate more movement into your daily life. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/XOIqLNElikI Journalists: …

Richard Horton (2021-10-09). [Comment] Offline: How others see us. thelancet.com "A victory for science!" Who could possibly disagree with Christel van Geet, Vice-Rector of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Leuven? She was opening a symposium about the defence of rationality during the COVID-19 pandemic, held at the University of Sorbonne, Paris, last week. Jean-Franàßois Delfraissy, President of France's COVID-19 Scientific Council, called COVID-19 vaccines a "miracle". The Rector of the University of Geneva, Yves Flàºckiger, described the contribution of science to the pandemic as "spectacular".

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Day of thanks for Mayo Clinic staff Nov. 26. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic will close most of its U.S. outpatient practices and suspend scheduled surgeries for the day, in gratitude for staff. ___________________________ Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic has remained strong and resilient, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff. They come to work each day to provide compassionate care to our patients. We recognize that the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken an emotional and physical toll on staff. In gratitude…

Marco Zuin, Gianluca Rigatelli, Giovanni Zuliani, Loris Roncon (2021-10-09). [Correspondence] Age-adjusted D-dimer cutoffs to guide anticoagulation in COVID-19. thelancet.com We read with great interest the Article by Renato D Lopes and colleagues1 showing that, among patients hospitalised with COVID-19 and elevated D-dimer concentration, in-hospital therapeutic anticoagulation with rivaroxaban or enoxaparin followed by rivaroxaban to day 30 did not improve clinical outcomes but increased bleeding compared with prophylactic anticoagulation. However, in their analysis, the authors do not appear to have adequately considered the potential influence of the D-dimer concentration calculated with an age-adjusted cutoff.

Staff (2021-10-09). President Maduro: 50% of Population is now Vaccinated & 2.6 Million COVAX Vaccines Arrive on Saturday. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reported this Friday, October 8, that in Venezuela 50% of the population has already received at least one dose of immunization against COVID-19. | During a televised address broadcast by state-owned TV station VTV, the president stressed that the goal, which he announced last Sunday, was reached "by overcoming barriers, obstacles, and financial persecution"—a reference to the criminal hardship imposed on millions of Venezuelans by US and European illegal sanctions. | "Today in Venezuela we reached 50% of the population vaccinated," said the head of state. "We have a goal…

Renato D Lopes, Pedro Gabriel Melo de Barros e Silva, Remo H M Furtado, John H Alexander, Otavio Berwanger (2021-10-09). [Correspondence] Age-adjusted D-dimer cutoffs to guide anticoagulation in COVID-19 — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We appreciate the issues related to normal age-related D-dimer concentrations raised by Marco Zuin and colleagues. The ACTION study1 is a randomised trial designed pragmatically to answer the question of whether patients hospitalised with COVID-19 and elevated D-dimer concentration, without another indication for anticoagulation, should routinely receive therapeutic anticoagulation with the factor Xa inhibitor, rivaroxaban. We found that rivaroxaban 20 mg once daily for 30 days had no benefit and significantly increased bleeding compared with in-hospital prophylactic heparin.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Vaccines and kids — what you need to know about COVID-19, flu. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org With flu season approaching, Mayo Clinic experts remind parents of the importance of vaccinating children for influenza and COVID-19 when possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for flu each year. The CDC also says people who are eligible can be vaccinated for flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Currently, children ages 12 and older are permitted to get vaccinated for COVID-19 using the…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: The case for continuing COVID-19 precautions. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. are reportedly dropping. While the news headlines are encouraging, the country is in its fourth surge heading into flu season and winter holidays. That is why medical experts are keeping their predictions and recommendations fluid. How the virus spreads depends on human behavior. "What happens is that people read the news and say: 'We're done. We're free. It's over,'" says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Sharing Mayo Clinic: COVID-19 setback right before brain surgery. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Julie Berg's life revolves around three things: family, friends and faith. The 79-year-old has a large extended family that enjoys celebrating large and small milestones together, and she has a wide network of close-knit friends across two states. Through it all, her strong Catholic faith has been the foundation of her life. When Julie's health was tested, she leaned on her family, friends and faith for support. For 10 years, Julie and her husband, Jim…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). COVID Queries: The speed of vaccine development. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Q: How can I be expected to trust the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine when it was developed so rapidly? A: We hear this question frequently, and we can understand how it may seem like the development of the vaccine was quick. The speed was a result of many pharmaceutical companies simultaneously investing significant resources into quickly developing a vaccine because of the world-wide impact of the pandemic. The emergency situation warranted an emergency response,…

Stephanie Tromblay (2021-10-09). Indigenous Peoples Day in the time of COVID-19. workers.org This article was first published in the Oct. 14, 2020, issue of Workers World. On Oct. 7, 2021, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that nearly one in 500 children in the U.S. have experienced the loss of a parent or caregiver since the . . . |

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). The best medicine for COVID-19 is prevention. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care professionals have worked hard to develop treatments for patients, and they have learned to manage the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.From protective measures to monoclonal antibody therapy and other treatments, Dr. Raymund Razonable, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, discusses the current treatments for COVID-19 and explains why prevention is the best medicine. Watch: Dr. Razonable discusses current COVID-19 therapies and treatments. youtu.be/TE0nH1u9kXo Journalists: Broadcast-quality soundbites are available in…

teleSUR, lvm, JL (2021-10-09). Protestan en Brasil en honor a los 600.000 fallecidos por Covid. telesurtv.net Según el epidemiólogo Pedro Curi Hallal, de las 600.000 fallecimientos, 400.000 podían haberse evitado.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Mayo Clinic to offer walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Rochester. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Learn where you can get initial and booster vaccinations, and third doses, Oct. 4-22 Mayo Clinic in Rochester will offer COVID-19 walk-in vaccine clinics for patients, visitors and community members the week of Monday, Oct. 4. Pfizer booster vaccinations Pfizer booster vaccinations will be offered to people who received the Pfizer COVID-19 initial vaccination series, as directed by the Food and Drug Administration. A booster vaccination is recommended six months after the initial vaccination series…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). COVID-19 vaccine for younger kids a step closer. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org COVID-19 vaccination for children under 12 is one step closer to reality. Pfizer announced that it submitted data of their phase 2 and phase 3 trial of their COVID-19 in children ages 5—11 to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A formal submission to request emergency use authorization (EUA) of the company's COVID-19 vaccine in children in this age group is expected in the coming weeks. The FDA will need to analyze data before a decision…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Medications in use and being tested for treatment of COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've heard several drugs mentioned as possible treatments for COVID-19. What are they, and how do they work? ANSWER: Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, finding an effective drug to combat COVID-19 has been on the minds of many. While many medications are being tested to treat COVID-19, only one has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has approved remdesivir (Veklury) to treat COVID-19 in adults and children who are age…

news.un (2021-10-09). Make mental healthcare for all a reality, urges Guterres. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on mental health worldwide, and action must be taken to "redress the glaring inequalities exposed by the pandemic", including over access to vital services, declared UN Secretary-General António Guterres, ahead of World Mental Health Day, marked on Sunday.

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2021-10-09). Awakening: Martin Luther King and the Poor People's Campaign. dissidentvoice.org In the days ahead we must not consider it unpatriotic to raise certain basic questions about our national character. We must begin to ask: Why are there forty million poor people in a nation overflowing with such unbelievable affluence? — Martin Luther King, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? [p. 141] The …

WSWS (2021-10-09). Jacobin boosts Teamsters bureaucracy's campaign to "organize" Amazon workers. wsws.org Jacobin and the Democratic Socialists of America speak for a privileged upper middle-class layer that wants to block a rank-and-file movement of workers and prevent it from coming under the influence and leadership of genuine socialists.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Mayo Clinic Minute: What to do if your child has a bellyache. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Kids are back in the classroom, and a common back-to-school sickness is viral gastroenteritis, or stomach flu. It's an intestinal infection marked by watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/jwxQ2L4ZVXE 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. If your child is showing symptoms of a stomach bug, such as vomiting…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Treating and preventing liver cancer. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While still relatively rare, the rate of primary liver cancer has been increasing in recent decades, disproportionately affecting minority populations. "Research has shown that Blacks and Hispanics are less likely to be diagnosed with liver cancer at an earlier stage, compared to whites," says Dr. Sumera Ilyas, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist. "And that, in turn, means the odds of being eligible for potentially curative treatments are lower for these patients." These disparities are due to…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Science Saturday: A robotic GPS for targeting, delivering regenerative biotherapies. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A remote-controlled bronchoscope that acts like a GPS system hunts down hard-to-find lung masses and accurately biopsies them, according to a Mayo Clinic collaborative study. This multisite research, which is published in Annals of Thoracic Surgery, lays the foundation for precisely finding early-stage cancer and targeting it with regenerative biotherapeutics needed to stimulate healing. Artificial intelligence gleaned from CT scans directs the robotic fiber optic cable, providing a GPS-like pathway to tiny nodules, or masses, that manual bronchoscopes…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Expert Alert: Advancing individualized medicine through genomics. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — The virtual 10th Annual Individualizing Medicine Conference on Oct. 8—9 will highlight the latest discoveries, diagnostics, therapeutics and emerging approaches in the field of genomics. Attendees will hear from renowned experts and learn first-hand how individualized medicine is transforming clinical practice, research and education. Highlighted topics will include artificial intelligence, health disparities, precision oncology, microbiome, genomic clinical applications and challenges, and many others. Taking the virtual center stage will be keynote speakers Gianrico…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Sleep disorder linked to neurodegeneration aim of NIH-funded grant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org International team seeks hidden signs of brain damage in REM behavior disorder ROCHESTER, Minn. — People with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder act out their dreams. While sleeping safely in bed, for example, they might throw up their arms to catch an imaginary ball or try to run from an illusory assailant. Such actions are more than just a nuisance. People with the disorder have a 50% to 80% chance of developing a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Treating a rare skin disorder known as morphea. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: About six months ago, a large, white dent appeared on my left buttock. I went to a dermatologist who performed a biopsy. I was diagnosed with morphea and prescribed methotrexate. The doctor said the condition is not systemic, but that the drug could prevent future skin lesions and possibly cure the morphea. Can you share more about the condition, and the risks and benefits of the treatment? ANSWER: Morphea, which is a rare skin…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Elbow replacement. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have bad arthritis in my elbow. After several failed surgeries, I have been told that my only option is elbow replacement. I've heard others say that elbow replacements do not work. Does Mayo Clinic have experience with elbow replacements? ANSWER: The surgeons at Mayo Clinic are considered world experts in elbow replacement. Traditionally, elbow replacement has been reported to lead to complications more often than replacements of other joints, like the hip or…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Expert Alert: Back and neck pain treatments cover self-care to surgery; prevention is key. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org World Spine Day is Oct. 16 ROCHESTER, Minn. — When back or neck pain strikes, normal activity is disrupted. Seeking relief for back or neck pain is one of the most common reasons people go to their health care provider or miss work. "The spinal column of the back and neck is made up of many joints, and each of those joints can degenerate and cause pain," says Mohamad Bydon, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-09). Mayo Clinic Minute: Long-term survival improving for kidney transplant patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org If you're a kidney transplant patient, your chances of living a longer life are improving. That's according to a recent review published in The New England Journal of Medicine. It showed that the five-year survival rate of transplant recipients who received a deceased donor kidney increased from 66% in 1996—1999 to 78% in 2012—2015. And for patients who received a kidney from a living donor, that number improved from 79.5% to 88%. What's behind the…

Chan Joon Kim, Mahn-Won Park, Min Chul Kim, Eun-Ho Choo, Byung-Hee Hwang, Kwan Yong Lee, Yun Seok Choi, Hee-Yeol Kim, Ki-Dong Yoo, Doo-Soo Jeon, Eun-Seok Shin, Young-Hoon Jeong, Ki-Bae Seung, Myung Ho Jeong, Hyeon Woo Yim, Youngkeun Ahn, Kiyuk Chang, TALOS-AMI investigators (2021-10-09). [Articles] Unguided de-escalation from ticagrelor to clopidogrel in stabilised patients with acute myocardial infarction undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (TALOS-AMI): an investigator-initiated, open-label, multicentre, non-inferiority, randomised trial. thelancet.com In stabilised patients with acute myocardial infarction after index PCI, a uniform unguided de-escalation strategy significantly reduced the risk of net clinical events up to 12 months, mainly by reducing the bleeding events.

Fight Back (2021-10-09). Transit workers demonstrate against CTA's attempt to fire bus driver. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – After several takeback contracts in a row, the imposition of part-time status on new hires, sub-par health insurance with an ever growing price tag that eats up wage increases, and being left to fend for themselves during the pandemic with no PPE or hazard pay, CTA workers in Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241/308 are fighting back. They've organized themselves into a caucus called the Justice Coalition. This rank-and-file caucus publishes a newsletter called Finally Got the News, which was inspired by the documentary of the same name, about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit…

WSWS (2021-10-09). Striking Buffalo Mercy Hospital workers speak out. wsws.org The strike by 2,200 nurses and other health care workers against South Buffalo's Mercy Hospital is entering its second week.

Richard Lane (2021-10-09). [Perspectives] Dévora Kestel: global leader in mental health policy. thelancet.com "I never had any ambitions to become director within a large international agency", says Dévora Kestel, Director of Mental Health and Substance Use at WHO. Yet her formative experiences as a mental health adviser at country level and her commitment to advancing the rights of people with mental illness have equipped her well for this global leadership position. At WHO's Geneva headquarters, Kestel directs teams of technical and policy experts across a range of mental health and related specialties, including child and adolescent mental health, suicide prevention, mental health policy relating to humanitarian crise…

Cynthia Papermaster (2021-10-09). Friday 10/15: Spooky Business: Trick or treating at Pelosi's for Peace/Clean Energy/Healthcare/Housing. indybay.org Nancy Pelosi's Pacific Heights home, Broadway near Divisadero, San Francisco.

NARAL Pro-Choice America (2021-10-09). Wednesday 10/20: Doubling Down for Passing the Women's Health Protection Act w/ NARAL. indybay.org Online teach-in and call to action…

Udani Samarasekera (2021-10-09). [World Report] Experts criticise WHO response to sex abuse allegations. thelancet.com An independent report has documented allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, but commentators have called for stronger outcomes. Udani Samarasekera reports.

Chris Piech, Ali Malik, Eric J Topol (2021-10-09). [Perspectives] Digitising the vision test. thelancet.com The Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen invented his visual chart in 1862 and it has remained the basis for assessing visual acuity since then. The Snellen chart relies on assessing the ability to discriminate high contrast symbols (optotypes) by asking a person to identify rows of letters at a fixed distance, showing them increasingly smaller sizes. Yet quantifying how well an individual can distinguish visual information in a fast and reliable way is a surprisingly difficult task. Despite the ubiquity of chart-based visual acuity assessments, these tests suffer from some shortcomings.

The Lancet Editors (2021-10-09). [Comment] Retraction—Hidden harm. thelancet.com On March 5, 2011, The Lancet published a Case Report by Masahiro Suzuki, Chisato Konno, Sakae Takahashi, and Makoto Uchiyama on pheochromocytoma.1 The Case Report was accepted after we had been informed in writing by the authors that it had not been submitted for publication elsewhere. However, the same case had already been reported by the same authors and published in Seishinka, a Japanese journal of psychiatry.2 The Lancet was alerted to this fact on Aug 2, 2021. Since the Case Report in The Lancet is a duplicate publication, we retract this Case Report.

Jake Johnson (2021-10-09). 'A Huge Win': DC Council Passes Medicare for All Resolution. zcomm.org "We need Medicare for All now, and this resolution sends a strong message that the leadership of our nation's capital puts patients first—and we demand Congress do the same by backing Medicare for All."

Zero Hedge (2021-10-09). University of California, Irvine Director of Medical Ethics Placed on 'Investigatory Leave' over Challenge to Vaccine Mandate. globalresearch.ca

Fight Back (2021-10-09). Memphis Kellogg's workers on the picket line. fightbacknews.org Memphis, TN – At midnight on Tuesday, October 5, workers at Kellogg's factories across the United States went on strike. Union workers in Memphis say the company made an unacceptable offer at contract time. | Rob Eafan, a member of the local union's leadership, said of the contract, "The company wants to have a permanent two-tier wage system, with reduced wages and benefits for our new employees. The bottom line: it's all about corporate greed. The company made record profits throughout this pandemic while working us record hours," he said. "And they had record bonuses of 158%." | The Bakery, Confectionery, Toba…

WSWS (2021-10-09). Ticket-sellers' dispute with concert venue forces Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to relocate performances. wsws.org The dispute between the IATSE ticket-sellers union and the Music Center at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C. is part of a rising wave of working class struggle which has been building against the corporate efforts to force workers to bear the burden of the pandemic.

Divya Karthikeyan (2021-10-09). What If Pandemic Aid Went to Tenants, Not Landlords? zcomm.org As landlords refuse federal pandemic rental assistance, some places are simply cutting them out of the process.

World Socialist Web Site, IWA-RFC (2021-10-09). Sunday 10/24: How to end the pandemic: The case for eradication. indybay.org International online webinar.

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