Live Stream: The Science of Happiness during COVID-19
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-03-30
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The Virus is Our Teacher
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-30
Last Sunday at 11 a.m. I went for a walk. Even if it's nothing special, a walk isn't a normal thing to do these days. But this brief walk
City at centre of China's virus outbreak gradually revives
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-30
Shopkeepers in the city at the centre of the virus outbreak in China were reopening on Monday but customers were scarce after authorities lifted more of the anti-virus controls that kept tens of millions of people at home for two months."I'm so excited, I want to cry," said a woman in the Chuhe Hanjie pedestrian shopping area.She said she was a teacher in the eastern city of Nanjing visiting her family in Wuhan when the government locked down the city in late January to stem the spread of the coronavirus.Some 70% to 80% of shops on the retail street were open but many imposed limits on how many people could enter…
International students choose to stay in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-30
The vast majority of international students have chosen to stay in Turkey continuing their education online, while only a fraction of them left for their home countries in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Mehmet Ali Bolat, president of Istanbul-based Federation of International Students Association (UDEF), said students were forbidden from leaving their dormitories to stem the spread of the virus.They were given food at the premises, along with toiletries such as soap and hand sanitizers.There are nearly 148,000 international students in Turkey, according to the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Commun…
N.Korea claims 'successful' rocket launchers test
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-30
North Korea on Monday claimed to have test-fired what it called "super-large multiple rocket launchers," state media reported. | The state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said the tests were carried out "successfully" by the Academy of Defense Science of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Sunday. | However, the state media acknowledged that there were "problems arising in delivering the weapon system to the units of the People's Army". | Meanwhile, South Korea's military said the rocket launchers tested by Pyongyang were "similar to its large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system unveiled la…
New figure for projected coronavirus deaths exposes a government in total confusion
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2020-03-29
On 28 March, at a daily coronavirus (Covid-19) press briefing, an NHS chief, speaking alongside a government minister, announced that deaths resulting from the outbreak would be "aimed" at 20,000. But over the last two weeks, government policy has been determined by a very different set of figures. | This latest development illustrates how the government appears to be lurching from one strategy to another. It does not inspire confidence in either the methodologies presented to date or the government's understanding of the science. | Revised figures | : | At a press briefing on 28 March, NHS England medica…
Coronavirus brings out the worst in criminals as they target families on free school meals
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
Not to let a global pandemic go to waste, criminals have been targeting families on free school meals. They're doing it amid the chaos caused by coronavirus (Covid-19). And they're trying to get people's bank details. | Coronavirus: criminals making the most of it: | In an email seen by The Canary, one south London school sent this message to families on free school meals: The DfE [Department for Education] have warned that fraudsters are targeting parents of children eligible for f…
Education Cannot Solve Poverty and Inequality
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-28
One of the long-standing stubborn myths about education in American culture is that education is "the great equalizer" and that education is the way to overcome poverty and inequality at the individual and societal levels. The facts show, however, that poverty and inequality are generally increasing every year despite the fact that there are more …
Thanks to the coronavirus, the poorest people in the UK are sitting on a financial time bomb
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic could potentially unleash financial chaos for some of the poorest people in the UK. A new study has found that many of us have no financial safety net in the event of a crisis. But what the research doesn't say is that it's some of those at the bottom of society who'll be hit hardest. And thanks to Universal Credit, that group is about to get a whole lot larger. | Coronavirus: people are not prepared: | The financial advice company OpenMoney surveyed 2,000 people with YouGo…
Coronavirus testing to begin for some NHS staff
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for NHS frontline staff are to be trialled this weekend. These are part of a wider roll-out to help those given the all-clear from the disease to return to work. The move comes after prime minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus and has gone into self-isolation.Cabinet minister Michael Gove said the government was working in a "new alliance" with universities, businesses and researchers to boost testing capacity. A total of 759 people have already died in UK hospitals after being diagnosed with coronavirus. Meanwhile, 113,777 have tested positive and hundreds of thousan…
[Comment] Offline: COVID-19 and the NHS–"a national scandal"
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
"When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety." So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. The UK Government's Contain–Delay–Mitigate–Research strategy failed. It failed, in part, because ministers didn't follow WHO's advice to "test, test, test" every suspected case. They didn't isolate and quarantine. They didn't contact trace. These basic principles of public health and infectious disease control were ignored, for reasons that r…
Gilead Sciences asks FDA to rescind 'orphan' status for possible coronavirus treatment drug in rare move
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2020-03-28
"We are committed to making the medicine both accessible and affordable to governments and patients around the world."
COVID-19 Crisis Reveals Broadband Inequity
Sue Sturgis | commondreams.org | 2020-03-28
Eight-year-old Indi Pineau, a 3rd grader in Jeffco Public Schools, works on doing her first day of online learning in her room at her family's home on March 17, 2020 in Lakewood, Colorado. Jeffco Public Schools implemented a remote learning and work plan where teachers, students, and staff will educate and learn from home with online programs for an unknown period due to COVID-19. (Photo: RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files… …
From layoffs to COVID DANCE-OFFs, richest US universities drag their heels on virus response
rt.com | 2020-03-28
When art school students at one of America's top universities asked their dean for tuition refunds, she turned them down in a most peculiar way: through interpretive dance. The elite, it seems, are different from you and me. | With their school closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, students at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts got in touch with college officials to ask for their tuition back. Given that a year's tuition at the art school costs upwards of $60,000, they were anxious to get the money returned. | Dean Allyson Green emailed the students back last week, denying their request. Att…
800,000 Doctors to Trump: Heed Expert Warnings and End Dangerous Campaign Against Social Distancing
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-28
"We need your leadership in supporting science-based recommendations on social distancing that can slow the virus." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files… …
The Italian war-like measures to fight coronavirus spreading: Re-open closed hospitals now
Alessandro Miani, Ernesto Burgio, Prisco Piscitelli, Renato Lauro, Annamaria Colao | thelancet.com | 2020-03-27
As recently highlighted by The Lancet, the Covid-19 outbreak started in Northern Italy has shocked Europe, while it has been questioned if China benefits from an authoritarian advantage in disease response [1,2]. In Italy, after the shutdown of the educational system (schools and Universities will remain closed at least for one month) and the collapse of the touristic sector (90% of travels and reservations cancelled), the Government officially locked down residents of all the region of Milan (Lombardia) and other 11 provinces.
"Total System Failure": Congress Pushes $2 Trillion Pandemic Bill. Will Dems Allow "Corporate Coup"?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-27
We continue our look at the massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief package
COVID-19: We must break the power of big pharma
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-25
Healthcare Mike DavisIssue 1258 United States COVID-19March 25, 2020COVID-19 is finally the monster at the door. Researchers are working night and day to characterise the outbreak, but they are faced with three huge challenges. | First, the continuing shortage or unavailabil…
King David's Ancient Road: How Israeli Archaeologists Are Aiding the Theft of Silwan
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-24
Claiming "science" as their reason and in total disregard for the wellbeing of the population, tunnels are dug under Palestinian homes in Silwan, destroying foundations and forcing residents to flee.
Presenting Trump and Science as Equals Isn't Balanced, It's Dangerous
Neil deMause | fair.org | 2020-03-23
With more than 32,000 COVID-19 infections and 400 deaths in the US to date, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams predicting that "this week, it's going to get bad," as hospitals prepare for the eventuality of rationing treatment for patients least likely…
Coronavirus hits US prisons: "thousands face death sentence"
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-22
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Dr. Amanda Klonsky, the chief program officer at a prison education organization, about…
[Correspondence] Future of Chernobyl research: the urgency for consolidated action
Evgenia Ostroumova, Joachim Schàºz, Ausrele Kesminiene | thelancet.com | 2020-03-18
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster on April 26, 1986, continues to create fears and myths about its health consequences, as shown by the large response to a top-rated HBO miniseries devoted to the tragic event. Risk assessments range from recognising an increase in thyroid cancer incidence in exposed children and adolescents (becoming one of the single most established long-term health effects of the Chernobyl disaster on the general population), to claims of hundreds of thousands of deaths due to the accident.
[Research Paper] A phase 1b randomized study of the safety and immunological responses to vaccination with H4:IC31, H56:IC31, and BCG revaccination in Mycobacterium tuberculosis-uninfected adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa
Linda-Gail Bekker, One Dintwe, Andrew Fiore-Gartland, Keren Middelkoop, Julia Hutter, Anthony Williams, April K. Randhawa, Morten Ruhwald, Ingrid Kromann, Peter L. Andersen, Carlos A. DiazGranados, Kathryn T. Rutkowski, Dereck Tait, Maurine D. Miner, Erica Andersen-Nissen, Stephen C. De Rosa, Kelly E. Seaton, Georgia D. Tomaras, M. Juliana McElrath, Ann Ginsberg, James G. Kublin, HVTN 602 | thelancet.com | 2020-03-18
BCG revaccination administered as a single dose ID and both H4: IC31 and H56: IC31 administered as 2 doses IM had acceptable safety profiles in healthy, QFT-negative, previously BCG-vaccinated adolescents. Characterization of the assays and the immunogenicity of these vaccines may help to identify valuable markers of protection for upcoming immune correlates analyses of C-040-404 and future TB vaccine efficacy trials.
[Research Paper] Results from the first English stool bank using faecal microbiota transplant as a medicinal product for the treatment of Clostridioides difficile infection
V.L. McCune, M.N. Quraishi, S. Manzoor, C.E. Moran, K. Banavathi, H. Steed, D.C.O Massey, G.R Trafford, T.H. Iqbal, P.M. Hawkey | thelancet.com | 2020-03-16
The methodology developed here enabled successful licencing of FMT by The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency as a medicinal product. This has widened the availability of FMT in the National Health Service via a stool bank and can be applied in other centres across the world to improve access to safe and quality assured treatments.
[Research Paper] Association of characteristics of tampon use with menstrual toxic shock syndrome in France
Amaury Billon, Marie-Paule Gustin, Anne Tristan, Thomas Bénet, Julien Berthiller, Claude Alexandre Gustave, Philippe Vanhems, Gerard Lina | thelancet.com | 2020-03-10
Our study suggests that the risk of MTSS was associated with using tampons for more than 6 h, overnight tampon use during sleep, and neither read nor followed tampon insertion instructions in case of reading.
[Comment] Patchy progress on the ICPD: are we asking the right questions?
Dorothy Shaw | thelancet.com | 2020-03-09
The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) agenda, set in 1994 in Cairo and revisited 25 years later in Nairobi in 2019, included goals for equitable education of women, reduction of infant and child mortality, reduction of maternal mortality, and access to reproductive and sexual health services, including family planning, through its well known Programme of Action.1 The ICPD was ground-breaking in recognising the benefits that empowerment of women and girls would have for themselves, their families, and, ultimately, their countries.
TEXAS 2020 DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY
Theodore de Macedo Soares | tdmsresearch.com | 2020-03-07
Exit Poll Versus Reported Vote Count By Theodore de Macedo Soares The 2020 Texas Democratic Party presidential primary was held on March 3, 2020. Election results from the computerized vote counts differed significantly from the results projected by the exit poll conducted by Edison Research and published by CNN at poll's closing. According to the exit poll Sanders was tied with Biden but lost in the unobservable computer counts by 4.5%. In this election candidate Sanders saw the largest Continue Reading ‚Üí…
[Research Paper] Gender parity at scale: Examining correlations of country-level female participation in education and work with measures of men's and women's survival
Adva Gadoth, Jody Heymann | thelancet.com | 2020-03-05
This study extends past research by examining actionable areas of gender equality and their impact on both male and female survival. While longitudinal research is needed to examine both causality and mechanisms, our findings suggest longevity gains for both women and men, and for all children through reduced maternal mortality, where greater parity in school and work is exhibited.
[Research Paper] Access to women physicians and uptake of reproductive, maternal and child health services in India
Nandita Bhan, Lotus McDougal, Abhishek Singh, Yamini Atmavilas, Anita Raj | thelancet.com | 2020-03-05
Higher district availability of women physicians is associated with higher maternal health care utilization but not child health care utilization. Improving gender parity in the physician workforce and rural women physician access may improve maternal health care use in India.
[Research Paper] Gender discrimination and depressive symptoms among child-bearing women: ELSPAC-CZ cohort study
Irena Stepanikova, Sanjeev Acharya, Safa Abdalla, Elizabeth Baker, Jana Klanova, Gary L. Darmstadt | thelancet.com | 2020-03-04
The findings provide the first evidence that perceived gender discrimination is associated with depressive symptoms among child-bearing women. Social intervention programs aimed at reducing gender discrimination can potentially contribute to better mental health of women.
[Research Paper] Effects of sexual harassment on advancement of women in academic medicine: A multi-institutional longitudinal study
Anita Raj, Karen M. Freund, Jennifer M. McDonald, Phyllis L. Carr | thelancet.com | 2020-03-04
Contrary to our hypothesis, women reporting severe workplace harassment in 1995 were more rather than less likely to advance to full professor. Women seeking advancement may be more vulnerable to sexual harassment in academic medicine vis a vis greater exposure to those who abuse their position of authority.
[Research Paper] Sport as a vehicle of change for livelihoods, social participation and marital health for the youth: Findings from a prospective cohort in Bihar, India
Nandita Bhan, Kaushik Bhadra, Namratha Rao, Jennifer Yore, Anita Raj | thelancet.com | 2020-03-04
Evidence from India shows that sport can be an instrument supporting pro-social engagement for boys and girls. Further understanding of the gendered nature of sport and the mechanisms linking sport to agency among youth is needed.
[Commentary] Gender equality: Framing a special collection of evidence for all
Gary L. Darmstadt | thelancet.com | 2020-03-04
In this issue of EClinicalMedicine, the editors have assembled a special collection of papers which reinforce and extend concepts advanced recently in other Lancet family journals on Gender Equality, Norms and Health  and Advancing Gender Equity in Science, Medicine and Global Health . These works in turn, build on decades of scholarship in the study of gender inequalities which to this day have disproportionately impacted women and girls, and even more so women who are poor or from racial or religious minorities or other intersecting aspects of identify which impart social disadvantage.
[Research Paper] Violence-related knife injuries in a UK city; epidemiology and impact on secondary care resources
Nabeela S. Malik, Beau Munoz, Cynthia de Courcey, Rizwana Imran, Kwang C. Lee, Saisakul Chernbumroong, Jonathan Bishop, Janet M. Lord, George Gkoutos, Douglas M. Bowley, Mark A. Foster | thelancet.com | 2020-03-03
Knife injuries constitute 12 ∑9% of trauma team workload. Violence recidivism and intoxication are common, and females are predominantly injured in a domestic setting, presenting opportunities for targeted violence reduction interventions. 13 ∑9% of injuries involved machetes, with implications for law enforcement strategies.