An Ad’s Charge That Price Haggling Would ‘Swipe $500 Billion From Medicare’ Is Incorrect

“These guys [insurance companies and Washington bureaucrats] are working together to swipe $500 billion from Medicare to pay for Pelosi and Schumer’s out-of-control spending spree.” Video advertisement from the 60 Plus American Association of Senior Citizens The advertisement opens with a doctor sitting across from his patient and holding a prescription drug pill bottle. “You want to continue with this […]

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Building trust with migrant and refugee communities is crucial for public health measures to work

During COVID-19 we’ve seen racism and discrimination against migrant and refugee communities erode trust between them and authorities. So as the Delta variant spreads, we must find ways to build that trust. With greater trust, we can improve contact tracing and the chance of people following public health advice. This is essential if we are to help prevent more infection, […]

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Obtained SARS-CoV-2 immunity, naturally or via vaccination persists 12 months

The existence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants of concern that may better evade immunity established by vaccination or past infection by the wild-type form of the virus has been noted since early in the pandemic, with mutations to the receptor-binding domain and spike protein already having been seen to increase transmissibility in some lineages. The duration […]

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COVID vaccines an opportunity for Big Pharma to reset its reputation after decades of big profits and scandals

Just weeks before the first COVID-19 cases emerged, Gallup published its latest poll on America’s views about business. At the bottom of the list of 25 sectors was the pharmaceutical industry. Below advertising. Below oil and gas. Below the banks. The pandemic and the new vaccines have of course turned that reputation around, but let’s not forget why the pharmaceutical […]

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Here’s What The Inside Of An Architect’s Home Is Really Like

It’s impossible not to be amazed when taking in incredible architectural masterpieces — just think of the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, or the Sydney Opera House. But what happens when renowned architects scale down and take on a more personal challenge — designing their own homes? When we think of elaborate personal spaces, we may think of homes belonging […]

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New vaccine blocks COVID-19 and variants, plus other coronaviruses

A potential new vaccine developed by members of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute has proven effective in protecting monkeys and mice from a variety of coronavirus infections—including SARS-CoV-2 as well as the original SARS-CoV-1 and related bat coronaviruses that could potentially cause the next pandemic. The new vaccine, called a pan-coronavirus vaccine, triggers neutralizing antibodies via a nanoparticle. The nanoparticle […]

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Restrictions easing in U.S. and Europe amid COVID-19 disaster in India – The Denver Post

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Air travel in the U.S. hit its highest mark since COVID-19 took hold more than 13 months ago, while European Union officials are proposing to ease restrictions on visitors to the continent as the vaccine rollout sends new cases and deaths tumbling in more affluent countries. The improving picture in many places contrasts with the worsening disaster […]

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