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Australia plans staggered reopening of international borders in second half of year

Scott Morrison flags changes to international travel and hotel quarantine but says he is in ‘no hurry’ to reopen borders Scott Morrison says Australia is in “no hurry” to reopen international borders, but vaccinated Australians may be able to travel for “essential” purposes in the second half of the year, with the possibility of quarantining at home on return.Just days after saying Australia would “have to get used to dealing with 1,000 cases a week or more” if the international border restricti...
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Coronavirus: LA County’s daily test positivity rate of 0.9% is lowest since pandemic’s start

Los Angeles County reported 527 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 additional deaths on Saturday, April 17, while the county’s daily test positivity rate of 0.9% is the lowest it’s been since the beginning of the pandemic. According to state figures — which are typically one day ahead of county figures — the number of COVID patients hospitalized in Los Angeles County dropped from 498 Friday to 486. That’s down from 512 on Thursday and 518 on Wednesday. There were 112 people in intensive care, down fro...
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Coronavirus live news: France to impose 10-day quarantine on Brazil arrivals; Oscars reinvented for pandemic

Global death toll tops 3m; pandemic made 2020 ‘the year of the quiet ocean’, say scientistsPeak District welcomes visitors as Mansfield cases riseWhat are the new Covid variants?For all our coronavirus coverage 11.29pm BST South Africa’s health regulator on Saturday recommended that the government lift the pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, as long as certain conditions are met. Reuters reports:“These conditions include, but are not limited to, strengthened screen...
Tags: Health, France, Society, World news, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Alberta, Mansfield, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, Public Health Agency of Canada, Coronavirus


My first end-of-life conversation [PODCAST]

“Looking back on these words at the end of my rotation, I understand what I had felt, and I feel confident naming it: the futility of medicine. We can comfort and treat patients, but there’s nothing more we can do after a certain point. As a bright-eyed medical student who wrote on all her medical […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Consumer agency warns against Peloton Tread+ use, as company pushes back

Almost exactly a month ago, Peloton CEO John Foley wrote an open letter about the the company’s treadmill. “I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death,” it begins. “While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved.” Today, the U.S. Consum...
Tags: Health, Hardware, Tech, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Foley, John Foley, CPSC, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peloton, The Commission, Peloton Tread, CPSC CPSC


South El Monte’s Progress on Main strides toward postpandemic drinking/dining world

El Monte residents Alejandro Sanchez, left, and Laura Nava, right, speak during the reopening week of Progress on Main in El Monte, Calif., Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer) Patrons enjoy beverages during the reopening week of Progress on Main in El Monte, Calif., Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds A sign and hand sanitizer at the entrance for patro...
Tags: Health, Business, California, Government, Restaurants, Uncategorized, Sport, Beer, Things To Do, Soccer, Community, Brian, Lausd, Dining, Ucla, Benitez


Coronavirus live news: UK put 600,000 vaccine doses into arms on Friday; Brazil crisis likened to ‘raging inferno’ by WHO

Global death toll tops 3m; pandemic made 2020 ‘the year of the quiet ocean’, say scientistsPeak District welcomes visitors as Mansfield cases riseWhat are the new Covid variants?For all our coronavirus coverage 7.31pm BST Music lovers in Liverpool will get the chance to enjoy the uninhibited intimacy of a gig once again, after the government announced a pilot event without social distancing. PA reports:The live concert at Sefton Park on May 2 will not require the audience to be socially dist...
Tags: Health, Japan, UK, Washington, US, Society, World news, Liverpool, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Mansfield, Pfizer Inc, Yoshihide Suga, Suga, Sefton Park


Are letters of recommendation effective or burdensome?

A letter of recommendation is a document written about the applicant by a previous employer, professor, or anyone working in close contact with the applicant. This one document is supposed to describe you, your qualities, and your abilities — all in less than a few paragraphs. It can be an enormous determining factor in getting […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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It’s time to reframe second victim syndrome

The term “second victim syndrome” was first coined by Dr. Albert Wu in 2000.  The definition is “the effect of an unanticipated adverse medical event on a clinician.”  Certainly, the concept is pertinent to what health care professionals experience in their careers, but it comes with a very negative connotation.  There has been discussion in […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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FDA revokes EUA for monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab to treat patients with COVID-19

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) that allowed for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab, when administered alone, to be used for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and certain pediatric patients.
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The shock and reality of catching Covid after being vaccinated

Robin Hauser, a pediatrician in Tampa, Fla., got covid in February. What separates her from the vast majority of the tens of millions of other Americans who have come down with the virus is this: She got sick seven weeks after her second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Pause and effect on Covid vaccines

The effort to vaccinate Americans against covid-19 took a hit this week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration jointly called for a pause in use of the vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson while experts try to figure out whether it is responsible for a small number of serious blood clots, mostly in women of childbearing age.
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Higher handgrip cutoff values found to be more accurate markers of mobility limitation in older adults

Aging entails a loss of muscle mass and strength, which in some cases impairs mobility, hinders walking or performance of day-to-day tasks, and exposes the elderly to the risk of falls and hospitalizations.
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Supercomputer simulations illuminate the behavior of dominant G form of SARS-CoV-2

Large-scale supercomputer simulations at the atomic level show that the dominant G form variant of the COVID-19-causing virus is more infectious partly because of its greater ability to readily bind to its target host receptor in the body, compared to other variants.
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Study provides new insights into how signal molecules are transported in the axons

In a new study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have gained new insights into how signal molecules are transported in some of the longest cells in the nervous system.
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Coronavirus live news: Tunisia announces school closures to slow spread; Brazil crisis likened to ‘raging inferno’ by WHO

Global death toll tops 3m; pandemic made 2020 ‘the year of the quiet ocean’, say scientistsPeak District welcomes visitors as Mansfield cases riseWhat are the new Covid variants?For all our coronavirus coverage 5.46pm BST Police in cities across Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, on Saturday refused to make random stops greenlighted by the provincial government seeking to impose a stay-at-home order amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.Reuters reports:Toronto, the country’s largest city, Ot...
Tags: Health, UK, Toronto, Society, World news, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Tunisia, Mansfield, Reuters, Ontario Canada, Coronavirus, The Toronto Police Service, Ottawa Hamilton Windsor


Studies suggest mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may have reduced efficacy in patients with blood cancer

Two new studies published in Blood suggest that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may have reduced efficacy in individuals with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and multiple myeloma, two types of blood cancer.
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Novel CRISPR-based technology may lead to powerful epigenetic therapies

Scientists have figured out how to modify CRISPR's basic architecture to extend its reach beyond the genome and into what's known as the epigenome -- proteins and small molecules that latch onto DNA and control when and where genes are switched on or off.
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Past COVID-19 infection does not completely protect against reinfection in young people

Although antibodies induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection are largely protective, they do not completely protect against reinfection in young people, as evidenced through a longitudinal, prospective study of more than 3,000 young, healthy members of the US Marines Corps conducted by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Naval Medical Research Center, published April 15 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
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Study sheds light on how tau aggregates promote Alzheimer’s disease

Look deep inside the brain of someone with Alzheimer's disease, most forms of dementia or the concussion-related syndrome known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and you'll find a common suspected culprit: stringy, hairball-like tangles of a protein called tau.
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Three teams selected to receive the first awards from Dartmouth Innovations Accelerator for Cancer

Three teams of Dartmouth researchers have been selected to receive the first awards from the Dartmouth Innovations Accelerator for Cancer.
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Candidate coronavirus vaccines show promising results in early animal testing

A candidate vaccine that could provide protection against the COVID-19 virus and other coronaviruses has shown promising results in early animal testing.
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Racial and ethnic minorities living in rural areas have greater risk for COVID-19 deaths

While Black, Hispanic, Latino, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander people are more likely to die of COVID-19 than white people nationwide, a recent study from Oregon State University found the risk was even greater for racial and ethnic minority groups living in rural areas compared with urban areas.
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Study highlights the importance of mask fit when double masking to protect against COVID-19

A study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that wearing two face coverings can nearly double the effectiveness of filtering out SARS-CoV-2-sized particles, preventing them from reaching the wearer's nose and mouth and causing COVID-19.
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Experimental antiviral drug for COVID-19 shows effectiveness in hamster models

The experimental antiviral drug MK-4482 significantly decreased levels of virus and disease damage in the lungs of hamsters treated for SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health scientists.
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SARS-CoV-2 does not directly infect the brain but can inflict neurological damage

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, likely does not directly infect the brain but can still inflict significant neurological damage, according to a new study from neuropathologists, neurologists, and neuroradiologists at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
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Exposure to silica dust at work may increase risk of autoimmune rheumatic diseases

If you are exposed to silica (quartz) dust at work - e.g. from working with concrete and granite - you have a greater risk of certain types of rheumatic disease.
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WHO calls for equitable treatment access and health services to everyone affected by Chagas disease

Today on World Chagas Disease Day, the World Health Organization has called for comprehensive and equitable access to health care and services to everyone affected by Chagas disease.
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Novel PET tracer is safe and can clearly identify early stages of rheumatoid arthritis

New research shows that a novel positron emission tomography (PET) tracer that targets inflammation is safe and can clearly identify early stages of rheumatoid arthritis.
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AI ethicist Kate Darling: ‘Robots can be our partners’

The MIT researcher says that for humans to flourish we must move beyond thinking of robots as potential future competitorsDr Kate Darling is a research specialist in human-robot interaction, robot ethics and intellectual property theory and policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. In her new book, The New Breed, she argues that we would be better prepared for the future if we started thinking about robots and artificial intelligence (AI) like animals.What is wrong wit...
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