The anti-parasitic drug ivermectin, which has surged in popularity as an alternative treatment for Covid-19 despite a lack of strong research to back it up, showed no sign of alleviating the disease, according to results of a large clinical trial published on Wednesday. The study, which compared more than 1,300 people infected with the coronavirus in Brazil who received either ivermectin or a placebo, effectively ruled out the drug as a treatment for Covid, the study’s authors said. “There’s really no sign of any benefit,” said Dr. David Boulware, an infectious-disease expert at the University of Minnesota. The researchers shared a summary of these results in August during an online presentation hosted by the National Institutes of Health, but the full data set had not been published until now in The New England Journal of Medicine. “Now that people can dive into the details and the data, hopefully that will steer the majority of doctors away from ivermectin towards … [Read more...] about Ivermectin Does Not Reduce Risk of Covid Hospitalization, Large Study Finds
As China grapples with a surge in COVID cases, President Xi Jinping met with another world leader in Beijing—without wearing a mask. Xi's government has adopted a strict zero-COVID policy despite mounting resistance from a restriction-weary Chinese public . Bloomberg reported Friday that the leader greeted Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who was also not wearing a mask, in person and revealed a hope to "deepen trust" between their respective countries. The meeting comes as Beijing undergoes lockdowns due to a surge in COVID cases. Certain schools have been forced to close at the same time that citizens have been instructed not to leave the city. Thursday, China faced a record spike in daily infections, with the country's tally shooting to nearly 32,000 new cases. Beijing, meanwhile, had counted more than 1,800 cases alone. The two communist state leaders agreed to uphold their nations' "core interests" during the meeting, the Associated Press reported. … [Read more...] about Maskless Xi Jinping meets Cuban president amid China COVID surge
China's Zero-COVID policy has been typified by lengthy lockdowns and stringent public health efforts , including the commitment to face masks, even as much of the rest of the world has softened such restrictions. The approach, known as "dynamic zero COVID," has kept deaths low but at the cost of its economy, with recently reported discontent spreading across the country Since the start of the soccer World Cup, rumors have began circulating that non mask-wearing spectators and unrestrained fan celebrations have been "blurred" out of Chinese state TV broadcasts of the competition, in an attempt to quell domestic frustrations. The Claim A tweet , posted on November 23, 2022 by the @WallStreetSIlver account, claimed that "Chinese media" has blurred spectators at the FIFA World Cup because "They don't want Chinese people to know that people in other countries don't wear masks anymore ..." The claim, and the accompanying video, have been shared by other users, … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Did China Blur Out World Cup Crowds to Hide Maskless Fans?
You remember Nina O’Brien. The American Alpine skier tore down the giant slalom course at the Beijing Olympics and crashed in a violent tumble two gates from the finish, leaving her lower left leg and foot twisted in the wrong direction, bone protruding from her skin. Just nine months after the crash and two months after easing down the gentlest of hills for the first time, O’Brien somehow pushed out of the starting gates in Finland last weekend at the first World Cup races of the season, completing one of two slalom runs. She will do it again and try to improve this weekend at Killington, in Vermont, where most eyes will be on Mikaela Shiffrin, who collected her 75th and 76th World Cup victories on Saturday and Sunday. For O’Brien, Killington is the next step in a comeback that has stunned even the most optimistic of her coaches and doctors and shown once more that Alpine skiers are different from the rest of us. “They do say broken bones heal back stronger,” O’Brien said … [Read more...] about A Horrific Crash. A Mangled Leg. A Crazy Fast Comeback.
ATLANTA — Stacey Abrams has conceded to Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia, Mr. Kemp’s campaign said late Tuesday, ending a bitter, high-profile rematch of their 2018 contest. Early on Wednesday morning, The Associated Press called the race. Mr. Kemp, who led the state while his party controlled both chambers of Georgia’s General Assembly, campaigned on the conservative policy wins of his last four years, including forgoing public health guidance to keep Georgia businesses open during the Covid-19 pandemic and passing legislation that would allow state residents to purchase a firearm without a permit. He also highlighted his suspension of the state’s gas tax and proposed using a budget surplus of more than $6 billion to fund further tax breaks for residents. Residual effects of the 2020 presidential election loomed over the race from the start. Former President Donald J. Trump recruited David Perdue, the former Republican senator, to challenge Mr. Kemp in the … [Read more...] about Gov. Brian Kemp Wins Re-election in Georgia, Topping Stacey Abrams
Nurses have just announced they are to strike for the first time, over two days in December, in a row over pay. Back in the days before tractor porn, pre-Covid, back when the idea of Boris Johnson being Prime Minister was a punchline, junior doctors went on strike. That was the first time ever, as well, and in a row about contracts which boiled down to less pay for more hours. And if you cast your mind even further back, to the bromance in the Downing Street rose garden, to agreeing with Nick Clegg, and when the worst thing we had ever heard was when a Prime Minister called a bigot a bigot, there was a vital restructuring of the NHS to fix waiting lists that were half what they are now. Nurses are leaving the NHS in droves after Covid, exhausted and burned out. If you want to replace them, you'll need to pay for it ( Image: The Royal College of Nursing) The Tories wasted £4billion on those reforms, which at the time GPs, nurses and doctors said would be disastrous, … [Read more...] about ‘No, the nurses aren’t being greedy – these strikes are 100% Tory’