A drug that may lessen COVID-related lung damage. Miami will be first in US to test it
MIAMI — A Miami hospital will be the first in the country to test a possible COVID-19 treatment on humans this August.The research center at Westchester General Hospital in Coral Terrace is on its way to enroll patients to test Ifenprodil, a pill developed in the 1970s to treat blood circulation disorders that may alleviate some COVID-19 side-effects in the lungs.The drug, which was tested on a coronavirus patient overseas for the first time Wednesday, may reduce the severity and duration of COVID-19 infections, according to Algernon Pharmaceuticals, a Canadian drug repurposing company that in...
Mick Jagger art-world thriller asks if moviegoers are ready to return to theaters
As you decide whether you’re ready to return to the multiplex, “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” perhaps the first new movie in theaters in months, offers a few things to get excited about.The sleekly perverted art-world thriller was crafted by Scott B. Smith, for starters. He wrote two dandy novels (“A Simple Plan,” which became a made-in-Minnesota classic film, and “The Ruins”) and then disappeared for a decade. Actor Claes Bang (“The Square”) could be the new Pierce Brosnan, if we need another one. Elizabeth Debicki (the upcoming “Tenet”) seems poised for big things, assuming big things ever happe...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Americans are more likely to report mental health concerns related to the pandemic than other developed countries, survey finds
As the United States works to stop rising coronavirus case numbers, behavioral health professionals warn that mental health will continue to deteriorate as a result of the pandemic.Between March and May, one-third of Americans reported experiencing stress, anxiety and sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, according to a survey published this week by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation focused on promoting a high performing health care system, and Social Science Research Solutions, a market and survey research firm. The survey, which interviewed 8,259 adults in the U.S. and abr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
NBA players hated food in the bubble, so they called in help
DETROIT — All heck was breaking loose.Several NBA players were complaining on social media about the quality of food after entering the NBA “bubble” in Orlando, Florida.So the NBA turned to someone who could fix it — chef Shawn Loving, the department chair of Schoolcraft College’s Culinary Arts program.“I got a call from Sean Ford, who operates USA Basketball and he told me the NBA folks were interested in connecting with me to see if I could support the food efforts down in Orlando,” Loving said.The answer came quickly.“Absolutely,” Loving replied. “I’d love to help. I’m not sure how I can, b...
Detroit Free Press
Martin Schram: To save our threatened democracy, governors must exert presidential leadership
Warning lights are flashing red. Warning sirens are blaring.Yet history may look back at this summer of 2020 and wonder why Americans and the famous names we trusted to save us — the leading voices of our government, politics and yes, the news media — just didn’t seem concerned enough to heed and lead. Even though the warnings were unmistakable and unprecedented in American presidential politics.Our world’s greatest democracy is on the verge of being plunged into its most dire threat ever — plunged there by a president who openly admires dictators who proclaim themselves rulers for life.Presid...
Tribune News Service
The carry-on jungle of Europe's airlines in a pandemic: An overview
Travelling during a pandemic is a challenge for everyone. While passengers already have to wear masks on board and the number of seats is limited, some European airlines are also now only allowing one piece of carry-on per person on board in order to avoid the usual hand-to-hand combat for overhead cabin space.If your booked fare includes more than one bag, you have to check in each additional item free of charge. Some airlines and airports in Europe now even require passengers to check all bags.Tuifly, for example, only allows one piece of hand luggage on board. "Please store your hand luggag...
Jeff Seidel: NBA players hated the food inside the bubble, so they called in some help
DETROIT — All heck was breaking loose.Several NBA players were complaining on social media about the quality of food after entering the NBA “bubble” in Orlando, Fla.So the NBA turned to someone who could fix it — chef Shawn Loving, the department chair of Schoolcraft College’s Culinary Arts program.“I got a call from Sean Ford, who operates USA Basketball and he told me the NBA folks were interested in connecting with me to see if I could support the food efforts down in Orlando,” Loving said.The answer came quickly.“Absolutely,” Loving replied. “I’d love to help. I’m not sure how I can, but I...
Detroit Free Press
Norwegian Cruise Line optimistic about future despite $666 million second quarter loss
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings reported $16.93 million in revenue for the second quarter, mostly from passenger ticket sales. The results marked a sharp fall from the $1.67 billion in revenue reported during the same period last year.In a financial filing Thursday, the Miami-based company reported an adjusted net income loss of $666.4 million, or $2.78 per share, for the second quarter. Cruising was halted in the U.S. in mid-March and will remain so at least through October while COVID-19 cases continue to climb.Though grim, the update was more optimistic than the company’s previous filing. In...
The cure to doomscrolling blues? Chicago professor's #SomethingBeautiful hashtag strikes a COVID-19 chord worldwide.
CHICAGO — The bleakness of the COVID-19 pandemic recalls another time when social media sites like Twitter were overflowing with contention — the 2016 presidential election. Back then, Ada Palmer, a University of Chicago associate professor of history, wanted to do something about it, she said.“I noticed how much Twitter was filling up with pain, hate and blame and criticism,” Palmer said. “I decided when we really do need to be looking at news — because Twitter is some of the fastest and, in a strange way, most reliable crowdsourced news — there needs to be some kind of psychological break fr...
Editorial: The two bombs that ended World War II: A haunting anniversary
Early August 1945 was a confusing time for many Americans, who were experiencing some combination of celebration, sadness and foreboding.The war in Europe was over, bringing home thousands of gleeful troops by ship. Yet newspapers were still catching up on reports of individual soldiers killed during winter and spring, while men continued to die in the Pacific. That meant Americans were learning nearly every day the names of friends and neighbors who did not make it back.What would it take to defeat Japan and finally bring World War II to a close? The conventional wisdom was pessimistic — only...