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Longer Looks: Some Interesting Reads You May Have Missed

Each week, KHN finds longer stories for you to enjoy. This week’s picks include stories on covid, breast cancer, schizophrenia, Tourette’s syndrome, tornado safety and more.

USA Today: COVID deaths obscured by inaccurate death certificates

At the end of January, the official death toll from COVID-19 in the parish of Lafayette, Louisiana stood at 210. At a makeshift memorial at a local episcopal church, friends and relatives planted small flags blanks representing the number of people who died. Some have inscribed flags with the names of those they had lost. But a few hundred flags were missing. These people are almost certainly deceased from COVID-19, according to a review of data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but their death certificates do not mention it. Instead, they list conditions with symptoms that closely resemble COVID-19, such as Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, and diabetes. (12/22)

The Wall Street Journal: Behind a New Pill to Treat Covid: A Husband-Wife Team and a Intuition

The bright orange capsule that could transform Covid-19 treatment was not on the radar in January 2020 when the pandemic was unfolding. The drug had never been tested in humans. Laboratory experiments suggested that people would need a huge dose. And some scientists feared it was toxic. Wayne Holman had a hunch. The antiviral, discovered by a scientist at Emory University, had fought two coronaviruses in laboratory experiments. It might work against the new coronavirus, too, he thought. Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, a company founded by Dr. Holman and his wife, Wendy Holman, has licensed the rights to the drug. (McKay and Hopkins, 12/20)

The Wall Street Journal: The pandemic did not turn out the way Dr Christine Hancock predicted

On February 26, Christine Hancock believed Jaime Milton was about to die. His 48-year-old patient had skipped the dialysis that was keeping him alive. The day before, she called him six times before he picked up. He was out of breath and unable to finish a full sentence. Dr Hancock told him he might not live until the next day. He promised to go to the hospital. Since he did not show up to the emergency room, she called the police. He would not go with the paramedics who came to his house. (Matthew, 12/16 /)

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The Washington Post: MIT professor’s AI predicts breast cancer risk from mammograms

When Regina Barzilay returned to work from her breast cancer leave seven years ago, she was struck by an unexpected thought. The MIT artificial intelligence expert had just undergone chemotherapy, two lumpectomies and radiation therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital, and all the brutal side effects that come with those treatments. “I walked through my office door and thought, ‘We at MIT are doing all this sophisticated algorithmic work that could have so many applications,’” ​​Barzilay said. “And one metro station further on, the people who could benefit from it are dying. “(Zeitchik, 12/21/21)

The New York Times: “Schizophrenia” always carries a stigma. Will changing the name help you?

For decades, Linda Larson has tried to distance herself from the diagnosis she was given as a teenager: schizophrenia. She accepts that she suffers from a mental disorder but deeply feels the stigma of the term. People hear it and think “violent, amoral, unsanitary,” she said. Ms Larson, 74, is part of a group trying to suppress this association – by changing the name of the disease. The idea is that replacing the term “schizophrenia” with something less frightening and more descriptive will not only change the way the public perceives those diagnosed, but also the way these people see themselves. (Brown, 12/20)

The Boston Globe: “The Emergency Is Greater Than It’s Ever Been”: Four suicides rock WPI campus as colleges grapple with student mental health issues

The first student loved Legos, the quiet camaraderie of hours spent alongside his classmates, piecing together the tiny bricks into intricate designs of his own invention. The second played bass guitar and enjoyed venturing with his friends into the virtual worlds of Pokémon Go. The third was a heavy metal fan who shared his time at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a circle of friends from their fraternity. The fourth, an Eagle Scout, led a Boy Scout trip into the vast wilderness of northern Minnesota; he spent the pandemic learning cooking and beekeeping. All four were students of WPI, a rigorous school filled with students who excel in science and technology, and who have an eclectic array of other interests. And all four have died in the past five months – three from suicide and one from apparent suicide, according to death records, school and family members. (Krantz, 12/20 /)

AP: Another danger for illicit drug users: the animal tranquilizer

Brooke Goodwin came home one evening last March after going out with friends. She had just turned 23 the day before, had a good job and was planning to leave with friends the following weekend. Her mother, whose bedroom is next to the kitchen, overheard her daughter getting food and going to bed. But Brooke never came down the next day. Her older sister found her in her room. She had overdosed on a poisonous mixture of the potent opioid fentanyl cut with xylazine, an animal sedative that is making its way into the illicit drug supply, particularly in the Northeast. (Rathke, 12/23/3)

The New York Times: How the construction industry blocked better tornado protection measures

After a tornado killed 162 people in Joplin, Missouri, safety experts and cement manufacturers came up with a way to save lives: to require that most new apartments, commercial structures, and other tall buildings in them Tornado-prone areas have safe rooms – concrete boxes where people can shelter, even if the building around them is torn to shreds. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, secure rooms offer “almost absolute protection” during a tornado. They can cost as little as $ 15,000 for a small shelter in a commercial building and may have been able to save the six workers who died when a tornado destroyed Amazon’s warehouse in Edwardsville, Ill., There. at two weeks. But the 2012 proposal was blocked by a little-known organization that defines building codes widely used by states and cities across the country.

Statistics: How Medicine Wiped Black Women From “White Man’s Disease”

What Christi Taylor-Gentry remembers most in Grade 3 are the times when teaching stopped and she and her twin sister were kicked out of the classroom. They were new to Lanier Elementary School. Their parents had recently divorced, with their mother living in a housing estate on the northwestern outskirts of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with man-made ponds and winding streets with no sidewalks. It was in the 1970s – two decades after Brown v. Board of Education, but the schools in Tulsa had only just been drawn into desegregation. Taylor-Gentry’s parents chose Lanier on the south side: a school in the white part of town, they thought, would have more to spend on educating their children. Every morning, before the 20-minute drive, she and her sister would wake up at 5 a.m., undergo their mother’s loud combing, or receive a slight noise of a comb on their heads. (Boodman, 12/21/21)

Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Officer with Tourette, fired for uttering racial insults, quits legal battle

A former Rogers police officer with Tourette syndrome recently dropped out of his legal battle to get his job back after being fired for uttering a racial slur during a training exercise. Byron Flickinger sued the city on October 8 in response to the Civil Service Commission upholding his dismissal in a September 3 hearing. The lawsuit was dismissed on November 29 at Flickinger’s request. George Rozzell, one of Flickinger’s attorneys, said Thursday his client had resolved the case with the city. Flickinger’s appeal was in Benton County Circuit Court. “Mr. Flickinger is a dedicated police officer and will continue in this role,” he said. Flickinger, 31, is now an officer in the Decatur Police Department. (Neal, 12/20 /)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: In Depth: Atlanta Children’s Health Care Amounts Immense Wealth as a Nonprofit Hospital System

Andy and Mandy Johnson were devastated when doctors told them their baby had an inoperable brain tumor. Determined to give their daughter a chance in a fight, the Ben Hill County couple have pledged to have the 7-month-old baby examined by clinicians at Children’s Scottish Rite Hospital. So, for most of her young life, Ashlynn, now 4, made weekly trips under blankets in the backseat of her parents’ car to get to Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta. For his parents, it meant hours on the road from dawn to dusk, caring for a sick toddler, while leaving behind their two other young children at home in Fitzgerald, nearly 200 years old. miles away. (Bérard, 12/19 /)

In obituaries –

The New York Times: Darby Penney, who was on a crusade for better mental health care, dies at 68

In 1995, the former Willard Psychiatric Center in the Finger Lakes area of ​​upstate New York was closed and hundreds of dusty trunks and suitcases belonging to deceased patients were found in a attic. Many of these patients had never left Willard, which opened in 1869, their lives ending in unmarked graves in his cemetery. Like these tombs, this treasure trove of objects was destined to be forgotten. But that changed when a crusader worker from the New York State Bureau of Mental Health named Darby Penney learned of its existence. (Vadukul, 12/21/21)

The New York Times: Disability rights advocate Anne Emerman dies at 84

Anne Emerman, New York City’s longtime disability civil rights activist, spoke specifically on voting rights. When asked in 1991 why, if she couldn’t get to her polling station, she couldn’t just vote by post, she replied: “I’m not absent, I’m not on vacation, I am part of my community. His response reflected his belief that if people with disabilities could not go to the polls and be considered voters, they would be ignored by politicians. (Seelye, 12/22/2)