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Experts Confident Biden’s COVID-19 Response Could Speed Recovery

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has outlined a range of proposals for crafting a better national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Medical experts say a lack of testing and supplies early on in the pandemic here in the U.S. hampered our response.However, they are encouraged by Biden’s plan since it calls for listening to experts in the field and relying on a task force to monitor and bring about more serious COVID-19 testing procedures.Nevertheless, they emphasize the need for additional changes to our healthcare system to effectively respond to a crisis like this in the future.

It’s now officially summer and increasingly more states are reopening their economies after a winter and spring where the United States effectively shut down during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the same time that summer temperatures rise and the nation at large grapples with how best to handle the coronavirus outbreak and protect against surges in new cases, a divisive general election season is heating up.

President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic Party nominee former Vice President Joe Biden are running against each other during a time when concerns over people’s individual health, the nation’s healthcare system, and state and federal response to COVID-19 all take center stage in both political and public health debates.

This spring, as criticism continued to build up over the federal government’s response to COVID-19 testing and tracing nationwide, the Biden campaign released its own coronavirus outbreak response plan. In a blog post published on Medium, the campaign’s public health advisory committee laid out an extensive COVID-19 testing plan.

In the post, the campaign asserts that reopening and strengthening the U.S. economy and protecting the public health of its citizens shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. They outline a range of proposals for crafting a better national COVID-19 response, from increased supply and access to personal protective equipment (PPE) to more rigorous testing and tracing for the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Daily Updates

The outbreak, initially identified in China, is continuing to grow.The disease is called COVID-19. It’s caused by an infection with the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which is one of multiple coronaviruses that can be transmitted to humans.Other examples of coronaviruses include SARS, MERS, and even the common cold.
Globally, there have been more than 10.3 million confirmed cases and more than 500,000 associated deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.The United States currently has the highest reported number of confirmed cases with over 2.6 million. However, due to a lack of testing, the number of actual cases may be far higher. More than 126,000 people in the United States have died from the disease and more than 30,000 are currently being hospitalized.

Healthline will update this page every weekday. For more information about the virus, go here.

Leaders of the European Union have announced that most travelers from the United States will be barred from entering when countries reopen their borders on Wednesday.

The European leaders said they’re taking the action because the spread of COVID-19 is still too prevalent in the United States.

They also said the list of countries from which travelers can arrive will be reviewed every 2 weeks and could be revised.

More time spent indoors to escape summer’s heat may increase risk of COVID-19, according to Edward Nardell, a professor of medicine and global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts.

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How Barbers Are Stepping Up for Black Men and Mental Health

Share on PinterestThe Confess Project, a nonprofit organization, is working to change conversations about mental health in communities of color by utilizing barbers to connect with Black men. Image via The Confess Project
The Confess Project is a nonprofit organization that utilizes barbers across the country to connect with men of color and raise awareness about mental health.Through a 12-month curriculum, barbers get trained on active listening, validating clients’ emotions and concerns, and how to use positive language to combat stigma around mental health. They also learn about mental health resources in their area to which they can direct clients.Family support, social support networks, and education are primary reasons people go to and remain in mental health services when they need them.

Lorenzo P. Lewis was born while his parents were incarcerated. At birth, his aunt was declared his legal guardian. When he was 10 years old, his father died from substance use.

“My being born in prison was a symptom of generational trauma. Across both sides of my families, I have several family members who were incarcerated and who had substance abuse. I believe trauma evolves over generations and doesn’t just happen to one person,” Lewis told Healthline.

While his aunt was an involved caregiver and provided the basic needs of food and shelter, he said the emotional distress he experienced from being disconnected from his parents and siblings manifested into trauma.

As a child and teenager, Lewis struggled with educational, behavioral, emotional, and physical distress, including obesity. He also experienced anger, irritability, anxiety, and depression, but wasn’t diagnosed with major depression until his 30s.

“I also experienced racism in schools early on around the time my dad died. [Shortly after], I had to spend 3 months in a behavioral health facility, which was a big shift in how I view the world,” said Lewis.

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Who Is Most At-Risk for Severe COVID-19?

The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up can be a challenge. As an aid for our readers and for a little amusement, here is a 10-question quiz based on the news of the week. Topics include COVID-19 risk factors, future pandemic preparation, and effects on kids from parents' mental illness. After taking the quiz, scroll down in your browser window to find the correct answers and explanations, as well as links to the original articles.

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Arizona Bar Bans Vapor Over Covid-19 Concerns

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A bar in Chandler, Arizona is asking customers to vape outside because they worry vape clouds could spread Covid-19. The bar, Tom Ryan’s, recently took to their social media pages to inform customers that vaping was no longer allowed indoors.

Bar manager Paige Lokkessmoe said that after seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases it wasn’t sitting well with them to allow people to keep vaping inside, according to an article on azfamily.com. Numerous public health experts, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for disease Control and Prevention have said there is no evidence e-cigarette vapor spreads Covid.19

“We decided to stop allowing vaping in the bar because we were, kind of, just looking at the vaping smoke and seeing it settle everywhere around us. And the concern is the ice [and] the bottles that have pour spouts on them,” Lokkessmoe said.

According to Dan Quan, a toxicologist from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, the droplets that people produce when they sneeze or cough are the same as when they exhale, say, a cloud of smoke.

“Let’s say I take a deep breathe in and I exhale forcibly, I mean, there are still some droplets that form– and that’s why we suggest everyone wear masks because it does cut down on the amount of droplets dispersed in the air,” Quan said, adding that if you’re going to vape, take it outside because the fresh air will help dilute the droplets. Vaping and smoking will still be allowed on the patio at Tom Ryan’s.

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L.A. Moving to Make Changes to Its Legal Marijuana Market

Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to make numerous changes to its once-flourishing marijuana market. The legislative body gave its initial approval to expand licensing and get more assistance to operators who endured the consequences of the nation’s war on drugs.

Broad legal sales kicked off in California in 2018, and at that time Los Angeles was expected to quickly establish itself as a world-leading cannabis economy, according to an article from the Associated Press. “But that never happened. Instead, robust illegal sales continue to outpace the up-and-down legal market, while businesses complain that hefty taxes and a cumbersome bureaucracy have slowed, rather than encouraged, growth,” the article states.

The new revisions are designed to provide a jump in licenses for so-called “social-equity” applicants. These include individuals, many of color, who were arrested or convicted of a marijuana-related offense, and lower-income residents who live, or have lived, in neighborhoods marked by high marijuana arrest rates.

Only applicants meeting those criteria would be eligible for new retail and delivery licenses through 2025.

The council also seeks to help businesses wanting licenses to quickly get temporary approval to begin operating once certain benchmarks are met. The rules would permit businesses to relocate while being licensed and streamline the application process, according to the article.

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FDA Will Not Request Extension to Sept. 9 PMTA Deadline

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not intend to delay the current Sept. 9, 2020 deadline for the vapor industry to submit applications for marketing authorization before a hearing is scheduled for the plaintiffs in the case.

In a status report filed Wednesday to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the regulatory agency told the court that it does “not currently plan to seek an extension of the September 9, 2020 premarket application deadline.”

Any extension requested by the plaintiffs could be complicated because the request would have to be approved by the Maryland-based federal court that forced the agency to move the deadline to May 12, 2020 due to a separate lawsuit.

The FDA has already delayed the PMTA deadline due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The deadline was previously scheduled for May 12, 2020 but was moved to Sept. 9. According to the FDA’s status report, the plaintiffs in the case are expected to file a status report requesting their preferred argument date for a further extension.

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Majority of people with MS use complementary and alternative medicine, survey finds

Majority of people with MS use complementary and alternative medicine, survey finds

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jun 25 2020

A new survey of more than 1,000 people with Multiple Sclerosis finds that an overwhelming majority use complementary and alternative medicine, with many using cannabis.

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University conducted the survey of people in Oregon and Southwest Washington in 2018. The results were published recently in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.

The survey found that patients are nine times more likely to talk with their neurologist about the use of alternative therapies than patients in a similar survey conducted in 2001, a sign of broader societal acceptance of treatments beyond conventional medications. In the years since the first survey, several conventional medications have become available to manage MS-related disease activity.

Even so, patients appear to be more inclined to use alternatives such as dietary supplements, despite limited evidence of their effectiveness.

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Thailand Asked to Consider Science in Vapor Regulation

Scenes like this are rare in Thailand. This vaper in Koh Samui, Thailand could face fines or even jail. (Timothy S. Donahue)

A consumer advocacy group wants the government of Thailand to consider science as basis for ending e-cigarette ban. The group cites Hong Kong’s use of scientific studies as the basis for ending the ban on smoke-free nicotine, including vapor, heat-not-burn tobacco products (HnB) and snus.

Asa Ace Saligupta, who runs consumer group ENDS Cigarette Smoke Thailand, said the Hong Kong Legislative Council (Legco) decided to suspend the discussions on the proposed ban on vaping products, after some members of Legco’s Bills Committee on Smoking cited scientific studies showing that e-cigarettes, HnB and the likes have much lower levels of toxicants compared to combustible cigarettes, according to a release on pressat.co.uk.

He noted that after nine meetings, including three public hearings, the committee which was established in March 2019 decided to end the discussions on the vaping ban on June 2, 2020. The members of the committee also expressed concern that an outright ban would create more illegal channels and that the products could end up in the hands of underage users.

“The Hong Kong experience sets forward a good example of listening to opinions and engaging all parties involved, including the public sector—something that the policymakers in Thailand have avoided so far,” Saligupta said.

Saligupta said his group will petition the Thai government to also set up a committee to study e-cigarettes and find suitable control channels that will enable adult Thai cigarette smokers to find safer alternatives.

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RELX Presents Infinity

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RELX Technology has launched two new e-cigarettes: Infinity and Essential.

Using independently developed “super smooth performance” technology, both products offer full flavor and “velvety smooth” puffs, according to RELX.

“The Infinity demonstrates our focus on relentless technological innovation,” said RELX CEO Kate Wang. “I’m proud of the entire RELX global team for creating a beautifully designed device with superior technology, and with a dedication to innovation that RELX is now globally known for.”

To ensure leak resistance and high quality, RELX’s engineers tested more than 12,000 Infinity pods. The company has submitted patent applications for more than 50 innovations used in the device. In March 2020, the Infinity was awarded the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020.

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U.K. to roll out the largest genetic study on chronic fatigue syndrome

U.K. to roll out the largest genetic study on chronic fatigue syndrome

By Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJun 24 2020

Fatigue is the feeling of constant tiredness or weakness, which can affect anyone. In worse cases, people develop a condition called myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). This condition is debilitating and lacks a universally accepted definition, cause, diagnosis, and even treatment.

Now, the United Kingdom is launching the first-ever genetic study on chronic fatigue syndrome, which affects 20 million people worldwide. In the U.K., it is believed that CFS affects about 250,000 people.

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World's first genetic study

The genetic study, called Decode ME, aims to help provide a better understanding of the disease and find effective treatments. The ME/CFS Biomedical Partnership spearheads the study, in collaboration with scientists and patients who have ME/CFS.

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Biogen Stock Falls After Another Bull Moves to the Sidelines on Patent Worries - Barron's

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A potential catalyst for Biogen stock is the company’s Alzheimer’s treatment aducanumab. 

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Biogen stock took a hit last week when courts dealt a blow to the patent on its most valuable drug. On Monday, Barclays downgraded the biotech, arguing that investors are right to be concerned.

Analyst Carter Gould lowered his rating on Biogen (ticker: BIIB) to Equal Weight from Overweight, and shaved $90 off his price target to $280. He cites the court case that invalidated Biogen’s key patent on Tecfidera.

That move raised the prospect that generic competitors to the multiple-sclerosis drug could come to market—Biogen had sued to prevent Mylan (MYL) from doing just that. Such a move could threaten about one-third of Biogen’s free cash flow, while also “notably shifting the valuation discussion” about the stock.

Of course, the ruling could be overturned on appeal. But if not, Mylan and others could be ready to hit the market with alternatives as soon as next year, and analysts see that turning a multibillion-dollar drug into one that sees half a billion dollars in sales in five years or less.

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A Chinese drug maker scores a big clinical trial win with a novel diabetes therapy - STAT

Two years ago, Hua Medicine turned to the public markets to help finance its ambitious diabetes program. “Our future success depends substantially on the success in China of our only clinical drug candidate, dorzagliatin,” the Shanghai-based pharma said in its IPO filing.

The company kept plugging away at the effort quietly until last week, when it announced the completion of its first Phase 3 trial. A positive readout sent the stock soaring 27% — and could make Hua the first company globally to win approval for a novel diabetes therapy known as a glucokinase activator, a class also being developed in the United States, India, and Japan.

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Multiple Sclerosis Market Size, share 2020 Global Industry Trends, Growth Drivers| Pfizer, Sanofi, Novartis AG, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Biogen, Bayer AG, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd - Jewish Life News

Multiple Sclerosis Market Size, share 2020 Global Industry Trends, Growth Drivers| Pfizer, Sanofi, Novartis AG, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Biogen, Bayer AG, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd  Jewish Life News
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NIH To Stop Trial On Controversial Anti-Malarial Drug; Scientists Excited About Osteoperosis Medication - Kaiser Health News

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MS Among African-Americans: Research Challenges Old Beliefs

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By Milly Dawson -                article written in 2017
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Research reveals that MS is much more common among African-Americans than previously thought





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Until recently, the medical community believed that Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was much less common among African-Americans than among Caucasian Americans. This misconception became something of a self-fulfilling prophecy: Believing that MS was uncommon in this group, clinicians would unintentionally misdiagnose African-Americans, which in turn led to inappropriate and ineffective treatment.

It’s not the first or only time that false beliefs about multiple sclerosis have held powerful sway, says Nicholas LaRocca, PhD, associate vice president for healthcare delivery and policy research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).

“In the 1920s, it was thought that MS was a vascular disease or that it was caused by some sort of psychological or emotional weakness,” Dr. LaRocca says.

But just as research has shown those ideas to be incorrect, large, well-run studies have shown that African-Americans definitely do develop MS, perhaps as frequently as or even more frequently than Caucasians.

A study published in May 2013 in the journal Neurology that used patient records from the Kaiser Permanente Southern California health plan, for example, found a higher incidence of MS among black patients than among white, Hispanic, or Asian patients.

Similarly, a study published in June 2012 in the journal Brain that was conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that among U.S. military veterans, blacks had the highest incidence of MS, compared to whites and to people of other races in the study group.

Still, exactly how common MS is among African-Americans remains a matter of debate, in part because researchers have only just begun to investigate this question, and in part because the complex causes of MS mean that the incidence of disease is likely to vary from one study population to another.



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Healthy Eating During COVID-19 Pandemic

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It’s more important than ever right now to make healthy lifestyle choices. The novel Covid-19 health crisis is a situation in which we’ve yet to experience which is why we must be prepared to ensure the safety of ourselves and others around us.
Now, there are many safety precautions we can take which are quite obvious by now (e.g. wearing a mask/gloves, using sanitizer, social distancing). But one in which is easier to neglect is simply eating healthier. It’s tempting to want to eat everything in sight at a time like this but that’s highly advised against.
Eating the right nutrition keeps the immune system functioning optimally. Not to mention, you’ll get much better results from your fitness regime and it’s just a smarter move to make better food choices. 
Below, we’ve provided an infographic about healthy eating during the Covid-19 pandemic which also has more additional, useful information. 
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Multiple Sclerosis Medications: How The Drugs Work, in Under 5 minutes! [2020]

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Parasitic worms could offer new treatment hope for MS patients

Parasitic worms could offer new treatment hope for MS patients

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jun 18 2020

Parasitic worms could offer a new treatment hope for patients suffering from the autoimmune disease Multiple Sclerosis, according to experts from the University of Nottingham.

The findings of the research, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, show that infecting MS patients with a safe dose of the hookworm parasite Necator americanus induces immunoregulatory responses and boosts the number of cells which help keep the immune system under control.

The research was led by Cris Constantinescu, Professor of Neurology in the University's School of Clinical Sciences and a leading MS expert, and David Idris Pritchard, Professor of Parasite Immunology in the University's School of Pharmacy, who has spent decades studying the biology of the hookworm. The study was funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

MS is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance. Whilst treatments are available, there is currently no cure.

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Hookworm trial offers new hope to MS patients

Parasitic worms could offer a new treatment hope for patients suffering from the autoimmune disease Multiple Sclerosis, according to experts from the University of Nottingham.

The findings of the research, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, show that infecting MS patients with a safe dose of the hookworm parasite Necator americanus induces immunoregulatory responses and boosts the number of cells which help keep the immune system under control.

The research was led by Cris Constantinescu, Professor of Neurology in the University's School of Clinical Sciences and a leading MS expert, and David Idris Pritchard, Professor of Parasite Immunology in the University's School of Pharmacy, who has spent decades studying the biology of the hookworm. The study was funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

MS is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance. Whilst treatments are available, there is currently no cure.

The study aimed to show that the presence of hookworms in the body switches off the mechanism by which the body's immune system becomes overactive -- the main cause of MS -- reducing both the severity of symptoms and the number of relapses experienced by the patients.

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