2021-10-12: News Headlines

Staff (2021-10-12). Sunday Report from Venezuela's Battle Against COVID-19: 1,110 New Cases, 11 Deaths & 95% Recovery Rate. orinocotribune.com A total of 1,110 new COVID-19 cases, all by community transmission, were detected in the last 24 hours by the Venezuelan health authorities, bringing the country's total to 383,376 accumulated cases to date. The rate of recovery stands at 95%, with a total of 363,122 healed patients, thanks to the free treatments guaranteed by the Venezuelan revolutionary government. | This was announced this Sunday, October 10, by Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, during the customary daily balance offered by the Presidential Commission for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19, through her Twitter account, @delcyrodriguezv. | <...

WSWS (2021-10-12). 24,000 Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers in California authorize strike action by 96 percent. wsws.org The vote is a major development in the growing push by US workers for nationwide strike action against unbearable working hours, the erosion of wages and the continued spread of COVID-19 in workplaces.

Staff (2021-10-12). Drug to calm cytokine storm: Life-saving Russian discovery could be key to stopping body's 'suicide attack' in severe Covid cases. rt.com A group of Russian scientists have created a drug that may potentially revolutionize the treatment of Covid-19 by defusing the most catastrophic reaction the disease causes in patients, while not destroying their immune response. | The drug, called Leitragin, was developed by the Biomedical Technology Research Center of the Russian Federal Medical and Biology Agency (FMBA), and is currently undergoing clinical trials in Russia. Although its base substance was previously known and used in ulcer treatment medicine by Soviet and Russian doctors, it was the FMBA team that discovered how to apply it for the treatme…

WSWS (2021-10-12). CPS Sickout leader and mother of three speaks on efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago Public Schools. wsws.org Cortney Ritsema, a mother of three, formed CPS Sickout with other parents to raise awareness about the dangers of COVID-19 and keep kids out of school during the pandemic to protect them from the deadly virus.

WSWS (2021-10-12). Redditor who exposed manipulation of COVID-19 case graph by the University of Texas at Dallas speaks out. wsws.org The University of Texas at Dallas has been caught manipulating the active case graph on its COVID-19 dashboard in an attempt to downplay the number of infections on campus.

WSWS (2021-10-12). UK parent Lisa Diaz speaks about her call for a second school strike. wsws.org "COVID is ripping through the schools, and I think they have a deliberate plan now to get children infected. So that's why I proposed another strike, this coming Friday, October 15."

WSWS (2021-10-12). New Zealand COVID-19 outbreak grows after restrictions eased. wsws.org Infections have more than doubled in the past fortnight, after the government reduced restrictions in Auckland, with experts warning that cases could explode.

WSWS repost (2021-10-12). Philippines overwhelmed by COVID-19 onslaught. indybay.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.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). 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,…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). 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: …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-12). 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…

WSWS (2021-10-12). Canadian parent speaks out against devastating impact of COVID-19 open schools policy. wsws.org Angel, a mother of two children in British Columbia, was especially angered by the provincial New Democratic Party government's efforts to conceal the extent of the virus' spread in schools.

WSWS (2021-10-12). Indian foreign secretary visits Sri Lanka amid rising tensions with China. wsws.org New Delhi, which is uneasy about growing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka, used the visit to remind Colombo about US and Indian geostrategic plans and expectations.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Tips to meet the challenges of breastfeeding. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Breastfeeding has many benefits. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for your baby. Breast milk is easier than commercial formula for babies to digest, and the antibodies in breast milk boost a baby's immune system. Breastfeeding might even help a new mother lose weight after the baby is born. But breastfeeding can be challenging. New parents may worry about whether their child is getting enough milk and wonder how often they should breastfeed….

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-12). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Pregnancy and the heart. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am ready to start a family, but my doctor said that pregnancy may be high-risk for me because I have a heart condition. Can you explain how pregnancy affects the heart and what I can do to lower my risk for complications? ANSWER: Pregnancy results in many changes that can increase the workload of the heart. During pregnancy, your blood volume increases by 30% to 50% to nourish your growing baby, your heart…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). Consumer Health: What is mental health? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org World Mental Health Day will be observed on Sunday, Oct. 10, to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This is a good time to consider the differences between normal mental health and mental health disorders. Mental health is the overall wellness of how you think, regulate your feelings and behave. Sometimes the difference between normal mental health and mental disorders is clear, but often the…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-12). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). 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 (2021-10-12). Christina Zorn, J.D., named Mayo Clinic's chief administrative officer. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees has named Christina Zorn, J.D., chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic. She will succeed Jeff Bolton, who announced in August that he will retire from Mayo Clinic on Nov. 30. "I extend my sincere congratulations to Christina in her new role as Mayo Clinic's chief administrative officer," says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO. "She is a values-driven servant leader with a strong track record of contributions to our organization. She brings unique…

Editor (2021-10-12). A call to look beyond prescription opioid supply-side restrictions and include health equity when predicting opioid policy effectiveness. mronline.org We read with interest the study by Rao and colleagues on opioid policy effectiveness, which extends their previous modeling efforts to predict opioid-related overdose, life-years, and QALYs. This work presents a useful framework from which to investigate policy effectiveness.

NARAL Pro-Choice America (2021-10-12). Wednesday 10/20: Doubling Down for Passing the Women's Health Protection Act w/ NARAL. indybay.org Online teach-in and call to action…

Speak Out Now (2021-10-12). Saturday 11/6: "Hacer Pueblo": a narrative of community health from Mexico. indybay.org online meeting, see website for details…

SCC Single Payer Health Care Coalition (2021-10-12). Wednesday 10/13: CalCare Now! California Health Care for All Virtual Town Hall. indybay.org Online town hall…

Jonah Furman (2021-10-12). 2,000 California CWA Members Strike. zcomm.org Outstanding issues in negotiations include wages, the company's refusal to put a cap on its use of subcontractors, and its attempts to cut retiree health care and eliminate the "no-layoffs" clause…

WSWS (2021-10-12). Anti-democratic election laws in Australia were passed to "make sure that the working class can't voice its opposition" wsws.org One electoral member of the SEP noted that in the pandemic, "The working class is being told that the people around them, family, friends, caregivers, are going to die and to just accept their deaths."

Karen Conner (2021-10-12). PREVIEW: What to Look for in the September Consumer Price Index. cepr.net (The monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) is scheduled for release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday, October 13th at 8: 30 AM Eastern Time.) | The monthly inflation readings had been trending down the last two months, with August showing a 0.3 percent rise in the overall inflation rate and just a 0.1 percent rise in the core index. These numbers were held down in large part by some anomalous price declines at least partly connected to the resurgence of the pandemic. | Airfares dropped 9.1 percent, hotel prices fell 3.3 percent, and the car insurance index declined 2.8 percent. These declines will not b…

Global Research News (2021-10-12). Selected Articles: Will Vaccine-Linked Deaths Rise Sharply this Winter? globalresearch.ca By Naturally, the media is going to blame the surge in illness on the pandemic or "delayed treatments", but people can draw their own conclusions. What the …

WSWS (2021-10-12). Australia's largest state holds "freedom day" amid Delta outbreak. wsws.org The reckless reopening has been hailed by the corporate elite as a major step forward in compelling working people to "live with" the virus.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-10-12). Study assesses risks of good and bad outcomes for university pension scheme. imperial.ac.uk New research estimates the chances that the USS university pension scheme has enough assets to pay pensions that have been promised.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-10-12). 'Great minds' from academia, industry and business join Imperial's Council. imperial.ac.uk Imperial has appointed four new members to its governing Council, and a new Chair of its Finance Committee.

Staff (2021-10-11). Indigenous People With Disabilities Are on the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis. truthout.org The World Health Organization estimates that

John Buell (2021-10-11). Our Health depends on Indigenous Botanical Knowledge and Plants that are rapidly being Destroyed. juancole.com Southwest Harbor, Maine (Special to Informed Comment) — While mainstream media celebrate the remarkable development in record time of vaccines spectacularly effective against the Covid virus, knowledge that might contribute to other medical breakthroughs is being steadily undermined. This decline is not the result of some dramatic lawsuit or corporate takeover. It is one of …

teleSUR (2021-10-11). UN Highlights Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health. telesurenglish.net The Covid-19 pandemic is taking a terrible toll on mental health and without determined action now, this impact may last for a long time, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed today. | RELATED: | On this World Mental Health Day, he urged everyone to commit to working together with urgency and purpose to ensure quality mental health care for all people around the globe. "We are now in the midst of a growing mental health…

teleSUR (2021-10-11). XI: The Chinese Way of Fighting Coronavirus for Safety, Growth. telesurenglish.net Once the worst hit by the coronavirus but now one of the very first to have contained the epidemic and restarted the economy, China has had a clear and proven solution for the dilemma. | Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee with Xi Jinping at its core, the country has walked a fine line between virus control and economic reopening, saved lives at all costs, fostered opportunities from the crisis, opened its door wider despite strict COVID-19 containment, and coordinated near-term tasks and long-term goals. | EFFICIENT CONTROL | It took China only six weeks this summer to…

teleSUR (2021-10-11). Italy To Take Measures Against Anti-Vax, Fascist Demonstrations. telesurenglish.net Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi will take measures to prevent further violent demonstrations led by Anti-Vax movements and neo-fascist groups. | RELATED: | On Saturday, citizens took to the streets to protest against the COVID-19 vaccination certificate, which will be mandatory to work from Oct. 15. In Rome, for example, some 10,000 people were in protests in which far-right and neo -fascist leaders made their pr…

Kevin Mwanza (2021-10-11). Long Covid Formally Defined By World Health Organization: 5 Things To Know. moguldom.com The World Health Organization has for the first time published the definition of "long covid" in an effort to demystify and provide clarity on aspects of the pandemic that persist well beyond the initial treatment period. Janet Diaz, head of WHO clinical management, said during a virtual press briefing that the definition was agreed upon after …

Jeremy Loffredo (2021-10-11). Merck's New COVID Drug Is Making News — How Does It Compare to Ivermectin? globalresearch.ca

Dean Baker (2021-10-11). The Preventable Horrors of the Pandemic and the Short Case for Open Research. cepr.net By Dean Baker and Arjun Jayadev The Covid 19 pandemic is once again at an inflection point— with cases now falling sharply in most of the world. The current pandemic may be coming under control, but after millions of preventable deaths, this is very far from a success story and it is as good …

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