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Brain surgeon: 'If you're Black and a woman, nothing else is visible'

Dr. Odette Harris is director of brain injury care at Stanford Medicine in California.Another time, I was the keynote speaker and I was outside waiting for my car at valet and a person came up gave me their keys to valet park their car.And I just said, I will when Im done with this case.In my experience, if youre Black and a woman, nothing else is visible.They saved his life, but I can tell you that race 100% factored into his care.Its 100% detrimental to his care, 100% detrimental to the care of individuals. read more...

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BioNTech CEO predicts a return to normalcy in 2021

German company BioNTech and its partner, drug giant Pfizer, will ask the US to allow emergency use of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate, CEO Ugur Sahin tells CNN's Fred Pleitgen in an exclusive interview. read more...

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Big Brother stars Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas announce the birth of their 'healthy' baby boy

And Big Brother stars Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas added another member to their growing family with the addition of a new baby boy.Family: Big Brother stars Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas added another member to their growing family with the addition of a new baby boy; seen on Instagram'Thank you for all the well wishes for Rachel and the baby.Rachel and our baby boy are both healthy and doing well,' he tweeted on Wednesday night.The Amazing Race alumni admitted she was 'so excited' to soon have a son and 'totally wanted a baby boy.'Brendon and Rachel first met while starring on season 12 of the popular CBS reality show Big Brother in 2010. read more...

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As the Pandemic Surges, C.D.C. Issues Increasingly Assertive Advice

The new administration will rebuild public health and data infrastructure, restore C.D.C.We werent going to spend time licking wounds and worrying about what had gone wrong in the past.Another senior C.D.C.scientist said, Sometimes you just feel compelled to say, I dont care what happens, Ive got to do this.Until the pandemic, the C.D.C.Political appointees tried to revise, delay or even halt publication of the reports, sparking public outcry and condemnation at a congressional hearing.The dust-up precipitated the swift exit of Michael Caputo, a political appointee who had accused C.D.C. read more...

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Artist makes masks for people who miss showing their face

A Brazilian artist named Jorge Roriz is painting masks that allow his customers to show their real face to the world during the coronavirus pandemic. read more...

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Arthritis drug and remdesivir combo get emergency FDA approval

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators issued emergency use authorization for a new COVID-19 treatment using an arthritis drug in combination with the antiviral remdesivir on Thursday.Baricitinib is a rheumatoid arthritis drug that was tested with remdesivir in the hopes it could add anti-inflammatory effects to the antiviral's benefits.Those who got the drug combination also recovered from coronavirus about a day faster than did those who got only remdesivir.Eli Lilly's arthritis drug baricitinib, combined with the antiviral remdesivir, was given emergency approval for treating hospitalized coronavirus patients on ThursdayA National Institutes of Health (NIH) study found that remdesivir reduced the risk of death for hospitalized coronavirus patients by as much as 30 percent and sped up recovery times.Regardless of whether the NIH or WHO trial is correct, the drug was never designed to directly impact inflammation levels in COVID-19 patients. read more...

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Are you tempted to sign up for 'Trumpcare' during open enrollment? Be careful, experts warn

Aimee PicchiSpecial to USA TODAYOpen enrollment, a window when people can pick new health care plans through the Affordable Care Acts online marketplaces, is happening through Dec. 15.But theres a problem: There is no such thing as Trumpcare, says Sabrina Corlette, co-director of Georgetown Universitys Center on Health Insurance Reforms.Short-term plans, long-term danger?Often, the sales pitches for Trumpcare refer to short-term insurance plans, which offer limited benefits and often cost less than ACA plans, which by law must provide comprehensive insurance coverage.Short-term insurance plans have been growing in popularity. read more...

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Anxious about society re-opening? Follow these 5 rules

We can also control the things we can do in our immediate environment, and we can follow CDC guidelines as it relates to social distancing.An important skill is to identify those negative thoughts and recognize that they contribute to maintaining strong emotions.G: Generate alternative thoughtsThis isnt about positive thoughts, necessarily, Chapman explained, but coming up with more flexible thoughts.Say youre in a crowded subway car and feel anxiety rising, a technique to use in the moment is breathing in through the nose for four seconds and out through the mouth for six.What am I doing, or feel like doing right now and it might be I feel like peacing out and escaping immediately. read more...

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Americans are unhappier than ever here's how to find joy in troubled times

Americans are the unhappiest they've been in 50 years, according to the COVID Response Tracking Study, conducted in late-May by NORC at the University of Chicago.Only 14% of respondents said they were very happy, down 31% from the same period in 2018.During such painful times, the idea of cultivating personal happiness might seem trivial selfish, even but it might just be more important now than ever before.Its certainly not as simple or tactile as washing ones hands but there are actions we can take to manifest joy.Heres what experts recommend: read more...

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Americans Are More Willing to Take a Coronavirus Vaccine, Poll Suggests

The increased willingness to take a coronavirus vaccine was more pronounced in certain groups, particularly Democrats and Americans between the ages of 45 and 64.Among Democrats, willingness to take a vaccine rose to 69 percent last month from 53 percent in September.Nearly half of Americans between the ages of 45 and 64 49 percent said they were willing to take a vaccine, up from 36 percent in September.In September, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. said he did not trust President Trump to determine when a vaccine was ready.Let me be clear: I trust vaccines. read more...

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