Responding to Covid-19: How to navigate a public health emergency legally and ethically

Few novel or emerging infectious diseases have posed such vital ethical challenges so quickly and dramatically as the novel coronavirus. An early-view essay in the March-April 2020 Hastings Center Report offers guidance at a time when health care institutions and governments are desperately confronting these challenges. The authors are Prof. Lawrence O. Gostin, director of…

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Chilling concussed cells shows promise for full recovery

MADISON, Wis. — In the future, treating a concussion could be as simple as cooling the brain. That’s according to research conducted by University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers, whose findings support the treatment approach at the cellular level. «There are currently no effective medical treatments for concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries,» says Christian…

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Coalition to accelerate research for COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries

A group of scientists, physicians, funders, and policy makers from over 70 institutions from over 30 countries have launched an international coalition to respond to COVID-19 in resource-poor settings. The COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition aims to accelerate desperately needed COVID-19 research in those areas where the virus could wreak havoc on already-fragile health systems and…

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Breast density, microcalcifications, and masses may be heritable traits

Bottom Line: An analysis of a large Swedish cohort revealed that breast density, microcalcifications, and masses are heritable features, and that breast density and microcalcifications were positively associated with a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. Journal in Which the Study was Published: Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research Author: Natalie…

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12 Fraught Hours With E.M.T.s in a City Under Siege

PATERSON, N.J. — “Back up, sir!” shouted Kenny Kiefer, a Fire Department battalion chief, his N95 mask muffling his words. “What?” replied the frail older man leaning out the doorway of a shelter and addiction treatment center, who had called 911 because he was having trouble breathing. Smiling timidly, he began to venture down the…

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A Ventilator Stockpile, With One Hitch: Thousands Do Not Work

WASHINGTON — President Trump has repeatedly assured Americans that the federal government is holding 10,000 ventilators in reserve to ship to the hardest-hit hospitals around the nation as they struggle to keep the most critically ill patients alive. But what federal officials have neglected to mention is that an additional 2,109 lifesaving devices are unavailable…

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Traders Seek China’s Masks to Help U.S. Hospitals Battle the Coronavirus

SHANGHAI — Million-dollar wire transfers to strangers. Rumors of hidden supplies in forgotten warehouses. Wheeler-dealers trying to talk regulators and customs officials into letting that one precious shipment through. Global desperation to protect front-line medical workers battling the coronavirus epidemic has spurred a mad international scramble for masks and other protective gear. Governments, hospital chains,…

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Lorena Borjas, Transgender Immigrant Activist, Dies at 59

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. When transgender women in Queens needed a safe place to be tested for H.I.V., Lorena Borjas turned her home into a clinic. When others were arrested and charged with prostitution, she bailed them out. When…

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10 Bag Trends To Carry You Through Summer

Since everyone is stuck at home, the idea of carrying a bag that isn’t just a grocery store tote feels like a world away. Don’t fret, because once summer hits there will be a new set of trends to fawn over, plucked straight from the runways. We’re talking about supersized styles from Marni, an ongoing…

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This Puerto Rican Sculptor Meets Disaster With Spirit

For the artist Daniel Lind-Ramos, a local hero in Puerto Rico whose altarlike assemblage sculptures of everyday objects have belatedly found acclaim on the mainland, the past month was to have been a celebration of his new visibility, which began with last year’s Whitney Biennial. In early March, his first New York solo exhibition opened…

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