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Image of article 'Southwest will resume filling middle seats on flights. Is this a good idea?    |    COMMENTARY'

Southwest will resume filling middle seats on flights. Is this a good idea? | COMMENTARY

On her Spirit flights, as you can imagine, she felt far more vulnerable to the disease.Maybe Beall should have known more about flight conditions before booking with Spirit; it is one of the airlines that have decided not to block the middle seats for social distancing.

Image of article 'Alight and THINKMD Rapidly Adapt Established Medical Infrastructure in Fight Against COVID-19'

Alight and THINKMD Rapidly Adapt Established Medical Infrastructure in Fight Against COVID-19

"THINKMD's technology allows the limited amount of specialized health care workers to focus on more urgent situations by putting diagnosis and treatment of non-life-threatening illnesses in the hands of community health workers."

"Utilizing THINKMD's diagnostic technology has greatly improved access to quality healthcare services, as well as our ability to provide a higher level of care across the board," adds Wardere Abdikarim, Alight's Health and Nutrition Coordinator.

"Their staff's dedication and passion for saving lives in one of the most vulnerable areas of the world, combined with our digital health technology has resulted in an improvement in adherence to WHO protocols and a resulting increase in the quality and capacity of care delivered."

THINKMD's mission is to eliminate preventable deaths by combining digital clinical intelligence with mobile technology to improve and increase access to global healthcare and healthcare capacity.

By combining next-generation clinical intelligence logic with mobile technology, THINKMD empowers users, healthcare delivery organizations and governments with acquired data that informs accurate clinical and public health decision-making.

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Image of article 'Lockdowns a crude tool for nations to fight Covid-19 but they are justified'

Lockdowns a crude tool for nations to fight Covid-19 but they are justified

As many people have pointed out, lockdown is just one crude tool for fighting Covid-19 (along with mask wearing, hand washing, social distancing and working from home), and it wouldn’t be necessary at all with tracking and tracing capable of keeping the virus from finding new victims.

None of these scientists suggest long lockdowns, but they emphasize that short ones can reduce viral numbers temporarily — effectively resetting the clock — while minimizing economic and social costs.

Some skeptics make it seem as if proponents favor permanent until a vaccine comes along, whereas most see lockdowns as a drastic tool to be used over short periods of time — an emergency step, like dropping the control rods into a nuclear reactor about to melt down.

The skeptics — which include some scientists — argue that lockdowns entail massive economic damage as well as disruption to social communities and an increase in inequality.

Attempting to tamp things down, and to avoid overwhelming their health services, authorities in France, Germany and the U.K. are now considering stronger social distancing measures, with — including in Ireland and Israel — ordering short, strict “circuit breaker” lockdowns.

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Image of article '42 new cases of COVID-19 involving First Nations people in Manitoba'

42 new cases of COVID-19 involving First Nations people in Manitoba

The rate of close contact infection for First Nations people is 72 per cent, compared with 67 per cent for non-First Nations people, the pandemic response team said in its bulletin.

The team, organized by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and other Indigenous leadership in the province, said First Nations people in Manitoba are most likely to be infected through close contact with a positive case.

Story continues below of Monday, 24,555 First Nations people in Manitoba have been tested for COVID-19, according to the pandemic response team — the current test positivity rate is 3.05 per cent.

The number spiked by 42 cases Monday, rising to 339 people infected since the novel coronavirus pandemic began, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Coordination Team.

The number of First Nations people in Manitoba infected with COVID-19 is the highest its ever been — which the team tasked with responding to cases in Indigenous communities calls a concerning, ongoing trend.

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Cidara Therapeutics' drug candidates show encouraging action against fungal and viral infections (NASDAQ:CDTX

Cidara Therapeutics (CDTX ) announces new data from the Phase 2 STRIVE trial of rezafungin, once-weekly echinocandin for treatment and prevention of fungal infections, and CD377 preclinical data for influenza protection.

New analyses from the completed mid-stage study support the efficacy and pharmacokinetics of rezafungin across a wide array of patient populations.

The trial demonstrated efficacy across multiple Candida species, with similar or better outcomes observed with rezafungin compared to standard of care, caspofungin.

In preclinical studies, a single dose of CD377 was protective against seasonal and pandemic influenza subtypes, demonstrating its potent broad-spectrum activity.

Cidara is currently conducting two Phase 3 trial with rezafungin - one for the treatment of candidemia and/or invasive candidiasis and another for the prevention of invasive fungal disease in patients undergoing allogeneic blood and marrow transplantation.

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Image of article 'Polluted air killing half a million babies a year across globe'

Polluted air killing half a million babies a year across globe

At least 6.7 million deaths globally in 2019 were from long-term exposure to air pollution, a factor raising the risk of stroke, heart attack, diabetes, lung cancer and other chronic lung diseases.

Some studies have suggested that people exposed to air pollution could have a higher risk of death from Covid-19, but these are early findings.

Greenbaum said the likelihood of any long-term beneficial impact to health from the temporary reductions in air pollution because of lockdowns was small, but that the sudden clearing of pollution from traffic and industry had changed many people’s perception of air quality.

The discovery is reported in the State of Global Air 2020 report, which examined data on deaths around the world alongside a growing body of research that links air pollution with health problems.

Air pollution last year caused the premature death of nearly half a million babies in their first month of life, with most of the infants being in the developing world, data shows.

Family of nine dies from eating noodles

Bongkrek acid has been implicated in outbreaks of foodborne illness involving coconut and corn-based products in Indonesia and China.

After spending 12 months in the freezer, a high concentration of bongkrek acid, a respiratory toxin produced by the bacterium pseudomonas cocovenenans, was detected in the dish.

The family, from the city of Jixi in China’s northeastern province of Heilongjiang, ate the deadly dish for breakfast on October 5 and began feeling ill not long after.

In this case, it had spoiled from being frozen, poisoning the family with bongkrek acid – a toxin that formed on in the meal, according to local authorities.

The acid cannot be removed even if thoroughly cooked and there is no medicine available to treat such cases of poisoning, Global Times reported, adding to avoid poisoning, people should not use soaked or mouldy corn to make food, and to not make or eat any food made from fermented grains.

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Image of article 'Linthicum woman’s mother died after they got into a fight. Five months later, Anne Arundel police charge her with murder.'

Linthicum woman’s mother died after they got into a fight. Five months later, Anne Arundel police charge her with murder.

Marc Limansky, Anne Arundel police spokesman, said the medical examiner made its ruling in September.This is the 14th homicide in Anne Arundel County this year.

After the medical examiner’s determination, police added additional charges Tuesday of second-degree murder, manslaughter and upgraded the assault charges to the first degree.

She is currently incarcerated at an out of county facility and will be extradited back to Anne Arundel County to be arraigned, police said Tuesday.Police were called to the Winterson Road home after someone speaking to Carol Windsor on the phone heard a struggle.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide and cause as cardiovascular disease complicated by the assault.Kimberly Lynn Windsor has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and first-degree assault.

Five months after a fight that led to her 74-year-old mother’s death, a Linthicum woman is facing charges of murder.Anne Arundel police said Tuesday they are seeking the extradition of Kimberly Lynn Windsor, 46, in the death of her mother, Carol Windsor.

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Image of article 'PIP descriptors: What are the PIP descriptors'

PIP descriptors: What are the PIP descriptors

Mental Health and Money Advice has defined the words used in the descriptors to help you understand the criteria.

For example, Aided means you need an aid or appliance, or could mean you need supervision, prompting or assistance.

However aids and appliances refers to any device which improves, provides or replaces your impaired physical or mental function.

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Image of article 'Everything awful about Tiffany Trump's awkward and very bad Pride speech'

Everything awful about Tiffany Trump's awkward and very bad Pride speech

Scott A. Schoettes, one of six experts to resign from the president's HIV/AIDS advisory council shortly after Trump took office, told Infectious Disease News last year that this plan contradicts many of the Trump administration's current policies.

"What I think is so powerful," an emotional Tiffany Trump said after mentioning this dead friend of her mother's, "[is] when my father says there will be a cure for AIDS within the next 10 years, there will be."

In addition to the National Center for Transgender Equality's list, you can dive into at ProPublica's exhaustive reporting on how President Trump is reversing the progress of LGBTQ rights in real time.

Trump then launches into the same cries of fake news that the president does daily.

Tiffany Trump's father is literally the president, which is about as much of a politician as you can possibly be.

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Image of article 'Dr. Scott Gottlieb: U.S. about 'a week away from a rapid acceleration' of coronavirus cases'

Dr. Scott Gottlieb: U.S. about 'a week away from a rapid acceleration' of coronavirus cases

On "Squawk Box" on Monday morning, Gottlieb said, "We're going to have to get through this next wave without the benefit of protective immunity from a vaccine."

While noting he’s optimistic about vaccine trials, Gottlieb said the first patients given inoculations under emergency use, if it's granted, won't have protective immunity until early 2021.

Echoing similar comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, Gottlieb said the holiday season and family gatherings are especially precarious for the spread of coronavirus because that’s when people let their guard down.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb is warning that the United States is about "a week away from seeing a rapid acceleration in cases” of Covid-19 as the number of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations surge.

Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor and is a member of the boards of Pfizer, genetic testing start-up Tempus and biotech company Illumina.

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Arkansas virus hospitalizations hit new high, 10 new deaths

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas on Monday hit a new record for number of people hospitalized because of the illness caused by the coronavirus.

The state’s new cases, however, dropped from the previous day.

A day earlier, the state reported 644 new total cases.

The actual number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

Arkansas ranks 13th in the country for new cases per capita, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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Image of article 'Gossamer Bio Inc Forecasted to Post FY2021 Earnings of ($1.99) Per Share (NASDAQ:GOSS'

Gossamer Bio Inc Forecasted to Post FY2021 Earnings of ($1.99) Per Share (NASDAQ:GOSS

Gossamer Bio Inc (NASDAQ:GOSS) – Stock analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald increased their FY2021 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Gossamer Bio in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, October 14th.

HC Wainwright lowered their price target on shares of Gossamer Bio from $31.00 to $15.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Monday.

SVB Leerink decreased their price objective on shares of Gossamer Bio from $36.00 to $29.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, October 13th.

Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Gossamer Bio from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, August 12th.

It is developing GB001, an oral antagonist of prostaglandin D2 receptor 2 that is in Phase IIb clinical trial for the treatment of moderate-to-severe eosinophilic asthma, as well as that has completed Phase I clinical trial for chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps, without nasal polyps, and chronic spontaneous urticarial; GB002, a platelet-derived growth factor, receptor kinase inhibitor that is in Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension; GB004, an oral small molecule that has completed Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases; and GB1275, an oral small molecule for the treatment of oncology indications.

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Image of article 'Top military leaders cleared to return to work at Pentagon'

Top military leaders cleared to return to work at Pentagon

General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, walks to pay his respects to the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

| Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images By ASSOCIATED PRESS 10/19/2020 03:22 PM EDT The nation's top military leaders have been cleared to return to work at the Pentagon after having self-quarantined as a precaution following the positive Covid-19 test of a senior Coast Guard official in early October.

The go-ahead to resume work from the Pentagon was given last week, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and after members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had multiple negative tests for the virus, officials said Monday.

Some members of the Joint Chiefs happen to be away this week on personal business unrelated to the virus.

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Image of article 'Oppenheimer Boosts UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) Price Target to $375.00'

Oppenheimer Boosts UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) Price Target to $375.00

Citigroup raised their target price on UnitedHealth Group from $339.00 to $357.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Thursday, July 16th.

SVB Leerink raised their target price on UnitedHealth Group from $370.00 to $373.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a report on Thursday.

Morgan Stanley restated a buy rating and issued a $371.00 target price on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Thursday, July 16th.

Finally, Bank of America increased their price target on UnitedHealth Group from $351.00 to $365.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Friday, August 28th.

The UnitedHealthcare segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services for national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, and individuals; health and well-being services to individuals age 50 and older, addressing their needs for preventive and acute health care services, as well as services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals; and Medicaid plans, Children's Health Insurance Program, and health care programs; and health and dental benefits.

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US Surpasses 8 Million Coronavirus Cases

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: America surpassed 8 million cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The grim milestone that puts the U.S. ahead of every other country in terms of total cases.

Over 218,000 coronavirus deaths have been reported in the U.S. as well, again setting a record that represents about 20% of total deaths worldwide.

COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, has rapidly spread across the globe, infecting nearly 40 million and killing over 1.1 million.

Beside the U.S., India has the highest number of cases, at almost 7.4 million, while some countries like New Zealand have all but eliminated COVID-19 with the number of active infections now at zero.

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Image of article 'Aslan Pharma to develop ASLAN003 for autoimmune diseases (NASDAQ:ASLN'

Aslan Pharma to develop ASLAN003 for autoimmune diseases (NASDAQ:ASLN

ASLAN Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ASLN) plans to develop ASLAN003, its next-generation inhibitor of dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH), in autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS).

Based on the specificity, potency and favourable safety profile identified in earlier clinical studies, the company believes ASLAN003 is a promising candidate for development in MS and other autoimmune diseases.

The company expects to share further details in early 2021.

ASLAN003 has been shown to be more than 30 times more potent at inhibiting the DHODH enzyme than teriflunomide.

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Profound Medical to Release Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results on November 5 – Conference Call to Follow

The Company is in the early stages of exploring additional potential treatment markets for Sonalleve® where the technology has been shown to have clinical application, such as non-invasive ablation of abdominal cancers and hyperthermia for cancer therapy.

Profound is a commercial-stage medical device company that develops and markets customizable, incision-free therapies for the ablation of diseased tissue.

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Image of article 'Cuomo asks Trump for guidance on vaccine distribution'

Cuomo asks Trump for guidance on vaccine distribution

But when it comes to the states, the playbook mostly sets out that the federal government is responsible for staying in touch with states, tribes and territories, and those smaller jurisdictions are responsible for coming up with their own plans for rolling out vaccines.

Both Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told states to prepare for vaccines to arrive by the end of October.

'However, additional guidance and clarification is needed on the roles and expectations of states in a successful COVID-19 vaccine distribution and implementation plan.'

States are due to submit their plans for distributing coronavirus vaccines tomorrow, Friday October 16, according to the deadline set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) vaccine 'playbook.'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking President Trump to meet with US governors and provide guidance on how coronavirus vaccines should be distributed once they are approved.

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China Had COVID-Like Patients Months Before Official Timeline

(Provided to The Epoch Times) Wuhan has 205 health facilities at the community and township level and 66 designated hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients, city officials said in March.

A screenshot of a leaked document showing details about patients who died of COVID-like symptoms at Wuhan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, on Feb. 21, 2020.

Wuhan hospitals also reported several deaths in October 2019 due to severe pneumonia, lung infections, and other symptoms similar to COVID-19 patients.

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Image of article 'US regulators approve 1st treatment for Ebola virus'

US regulators approve 1st treatment for Ebola virus

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has approved the drug for treating Ebola in both adults and children.

Survival was significantly better in study participants given Regeneron's Inmazeb or a second experimental drug.

The Food and Drug Administration OK'd the drug developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for treating adults and children with the Zaire Ebola virus strain, the most deadly of six known types.

(Regeneron via AP) U.S. regulators Wednesday approved the first drug for the treatment of Ebola.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has approved the drug for treating Ebola in both adults and children.

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Image of article 'Obesity implies risk of COVID-19 regardless of age, sex, ethnicity and health condition'

Obesity implies risk of COVID-19 regardless of age, sex, ethnicity and health condition

Conclusion presented by Brazilian researchers in Obesity Research Clinical Practice is based on analysis of nine clinical studies involving 6,577 patients infected by SARS-CoV-2 in five countries .

Helena de Carvalho Sales-Peres et al, Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the risk of obesity for critically illness and ICU admitted: Meta-analysis of the epidemiological evidence, Obesity Research Clinical Practice (2020).

"We embarked on the study in April when it wasn't so clear that obesity would be considered a major risk factor for COVID-19," she said.

The authors conclude that obesity is itself a factor that favors rapid progression to critical illness requiring intensive care and significantly increases the risk of death.

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and It Was Worse the Second Time

MIT Technology Review reports: The 25-year-old man tested positive for the first time on April 18, after experiencing several weeks of symptoms including sore throat, cough, headache, nausea, and diarrhea.

According to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a man in the U.S. caught COVID-19 for a second time and had a worse bout of illness.

But just two days later, on May 28, he developed symptoms again, this time with fever and dizziness too.

Being infected once does not mean you're protected from being infected again, even if such cases are still vanishingly rare, with just five identified out of nearly 40 million confirmed cases worldwide.

How much protection does having covid-19 confer?

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Vaccinex Inc (NASDAQ:VCNX) Short Interest Update

Vaccinex, Inc, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, discovers and develops bio therapeutics to treat serious diseases and conditions with unmet medical needs, including cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and autoimmune disorders.

Oppenheimer dropped their price objective on Vaccinex from $22.00 to $7.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, September 25th.

Equities research analysts anticipate that Vaccinex will post -1.75 earnings per share for the current year.

Vaccinex Inc (NASDAQ:VCNX) was the target of a large increase in short interest in September.

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