Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Labor Mining

Coal Industry attempts to cut payments to miners with Black Lung, AZ Rep Grijalva speaks out

“They’re Crooks” Coal companies are “going to try to use this virus thing to stop paying benefits,” warned one retired miner suffering from black lung. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Some of the largest coal companies…

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Posted in Health Health Care National News Pro Publica VA

The Trump Administration is leaving the nation’s emergency backup hospital system on the sidelines

Leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs say they are ready to answer the call to assist HHS or FEMA. But the call has not come. by Isaac Arnsdorf March 27, 3:38 p.m. EDT The Trump…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health National News Pro Publica

Here’s Why Florida Got All the Emergency Medical Supplies It Requested While Other States Did Not

The Department of Health and Human Services has come under fire as several states’ requests for supplies from the emergency medical stockpile go unfulfilled. A chaotic distribution plan is buckling under a big problem: Nobody has…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Town Hall

Putzova campaign to hold Virtual Town Hall Wednesday 6 pm, to focus on COVID-19

Putzova campaign to hold Virtual Town Hall tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6 pm, focused on COVID-19. This online video/phone town hall will be geared toward the medical/epidemiological aspects of the pandemic. The campaign will hold another town…

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Posted in Health Public Health Science The Conversation

On the front lines of developing a test for the coronavirus

By David Pride, University of California San Diego March 16, 2020 “That escalated quickly!” is a common trope used in popular culture to describe when a situation gets out of hand before you’ve even had a…

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Posted in Coronavirus Council meetings Flagstaff Health Health Health Care News Public Health

Precautions coming about in Flagstaff and region, some closings, so far no local infections

Cheng asked students to consider staying in Flagstaff or on campus for spring break NAU, and CCC announces closures and redesigning most classes for online access. Thursday Mayor Coral Evans declared City Council chambers are no…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Health Care National News Off the wire

Surging health care worker quarantines raise concerns as coronavirus spreads

Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News March 9, 2020 As the U.S. battles to limit the spread of the highly contagious new coronavirus, the number of health care workers ordered to self-quarantine because of potential exposure to…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Health National Public Health The Conversation

How big will the coronavirus epidemic be? An epidemiologist updates his concerns

By Maciej F. Boni, Pennsylvania State University Monday, March 9 The Harvard historian Jill Lepore recounted recently in The New Yorker magazine that when democracies sink into crisis, the question “where are we going?” leaps to…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health National News Public Health

On front lines, first responders brace for coronavirus ― and their own protection

Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News March 6, 2020 When first responders answered roughly 10 calls from a long-term care center in Kirkland, Washington, over the course of a week, they did not expect to become…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Journalism National News Public Health Public Policy

Trump White House bars press rom filming or recording coronavirus briefing

“We need transparency. Instead we are getting this.”       by Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams Wednesday, March 04, 2020 The Trump administration on Tuesday barred the media from filming or recording audio of…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health News Public Health

As Trump cries ‘hoax,’ nurses in California warn quarantines of 124 US health workers show US hospitals remain unprepared for coronavirus

Warning from frontline health providers comes as Trump accuses those criticizing his handling of the crisis as perpetrating a “new hoax” against him. by Jon Queally, staff writer Saturday, February 29, 2020 While stipulating that a…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health News Public Health Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Good luck getting a real coronavirus face mask

New Orleans   The headlines are breaking, and the stock market is tanking.  The coronavirus is coming to the United States, and the Center for Disease Control says there’s no way to stop it from spreading through…

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Posted in Analysis Children Environment Food Health Health Labor News Off the wire Science

Why California is banning chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide: 5 questions answered

Gina Solomon, University of California, San Francisco Editor’s note: California, the top U.S. food-producing state, is ending use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children. Gina Solomon, a principal…

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Posted in Common Dreams Health News Off the wire Politics Race for the White House 2020 Senior Citizens Working Class

In Historic Shift, Second Largest physicians group in US has new prescription: It’s Medicare for All

“Major changes are needed,” declares the 159,000-member American College of Physicians, “to a system that costs too much, leaves too many behind, and delivers too little.” by Jon Queally, staff writer, The fight for Medicare for…

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Posted in Child Welfare Common Dreams economic justice Health Health Care News Off the wire Public Policy Senior Citizens

‘He gave away the game’: doctors condemn Trump threat to slash Medicare funding

“We’ve long suspected he would try to gut Medicare in a second term.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer An advocacy group composed of doctors and medical professionals on Wednesday joined the chorus denouncing President Donald Trump…

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Posted in Education Health News Off the wire Science

Screen time: Conclusions about the effects of digital media are often incomplete, irrelevant or wrong

Humans are barraged by digital media 24/7. Is it a problem? Bruce Rolff/Shutterstock.com Byron Reeves, Stanford University; Nilam Ram, Pennsylvania State University, and Thomas N. Robinson, Stanford University There’s a lot of talk about digital media….

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Posted in Child Welfare Environment Health Health Care News Science

EPA’s proposed ‘secret science’ rule directly threatens children’s health

Gabriel Filippelli, IUPUI The Trump administration is working to weaken U.S. environmental regulations in many areas, from water and air pollution to energy development and land conservation. One of its most controversial proposals is known as…

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