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...
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...
Trump bumbles another geographical name: 'Thigh-land'
Maybe he needs to take a few days off and unwind in Frorida.For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump is being ribbed for reading a geographic term phonetically from a prepared statement during a live speech. Although the president caught his mistake quickly, ridicule over his slip-up moved just as fast.Thursday’s faux pas occurred at a Whirlpool plant in Ohio, where the 74-year-old president was hyping the American manufacturing industry.He faulted businesses for “Shifting production to Thigh-land, and to Vietnam ,” before repeating himself, this time correctly pronouncing Tha...
New York Daily News
Common cold viruses can spark response against coronavirus, scientists report
SAN DIEGO — Your chances of getting COVID-19 could depend in part on how your body reacted the last time you caught a cold, according to a study published this week by researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology.SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may be the latest coronavirus, but it’s not the first. There are four other coronaviruses, which can cause the common cold. The new study shows that some people who have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2 have immune responses to it because they have been exposed to what are essentially older cousins of the novel coronavirus.Scienti...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Legendary journalist and writer Pete Hamill dead at 85
NEW YORK — Pete Hamill, the Brooklyn-born bard of the five boroughs and eloquent voice of his beloved hometown as both newspaper columnist and best-selling author, died Wednesday morning.He was 85.Hamill fell on Saturday, fracturing his right hip, according to his brother, famed journalist Denis Hamill.Hamill had emergency surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist Hospital but his kidneys and heart failed while in the intensive care unit, his brother said.Hamill’s past health woes included a March 2014 stint at the NYU Medical Center, where the writer cheated death before emerging in...
New York Daily News
The next coronavirus may already be circulating in bats, study suggests
While the exact origin of the coronavirus remains murky, scientists have been racing to determine how it jumped from animals to humans so they can prevent another pandemic.The next one could just be a matter of time, a study published recently suggests.The authors said a virus with similar ability to infect humans may already be out there, carried by a type of bats known for having horseshoe-shaped “leafs” on their noses.Scientists made that prediction after constructing a family tree of the coronavirus — tracing its ancestry by comparing its genetic code with that of other coronaviruses found...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
List of DVD release dates for Aug. 4 and beyond
Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:AUGUST4: Dead Ringer4: Dispatches From Elsewhere, Season 14: His Dark Materials: First Season4: Last Man Standing: The Complete Eighth Season4: NCIS: Los Angeles: The Eleventh Season4: Swallow4: The Good Doctor4: The Neighborhood: Season One4: The Resident: The Complete Season 34: The Resistance Fighter4: The Soul Collector4: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Season Two11: Archive11: Are You Afraid of the Dark?11: G-LOC11: Gold Digger, Season 111: How to Build a Girl11: I am Vengeance: Retaliation11: Max Reload...
Tribune News Service
FAA finalizes and opens for comment its plan for the return of Boeing's 737 Max
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday published its final list of required design changes to the Boeing 737 Max, as well as changes to operation and maintenance procedures and to proposed pilot training, that must be completed for the jet to return to passenger service.The design changes include new software to limit the flight-control system that caused two Max crashes that killed 346 people, a new cockpit alert to tell pilots if a sensor that initiated those crashes is faulty, as well as the rerouting of some wiring on the planes to forestall a potential similar failure being t...
The Seattle Times
Protest songs capture the times, from Black Lives Matter to civil rights and anti-war movements
Get up, stand up, sing out!A great protest song may not help change the world in the same way the civil rights and anti-war movements did a half century ago, or the way the Black Lives Matters movement has this year. But a great protest song can unify and provide inspiration for people seeking a better world by serving as a vital soundtrack for actions — large and small, personal and universal — designed to promote positive change.Such songs can be rousing or soothing, provocative or contemplative, strident or understated. They can question the status quo or rail against it, offer a moment for...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
COVID-19 infections trouble ships as companies try pandemic cruising in Europe, Tahiti
Cruising during the COVID-19 pandemic is off to a rocky start.Nearly a month after Carnival Corporation began promoting and selling tickets for its first comeback cruises on AIDA brand ships in Germany scheduled to launch this week, the company canceled two cruises because it has not yet received necessary approvals from Italy, the ships’ flag state.“This has typically not been an issue in the past, especially once other necessary regulatory approvals had been secured,” said Carnival Corp. spokesperson Roger Frizzell in an email. “But this is a new day that requires even greater scrutiny with ...