Doctors See the Expected, Revisited

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Diagnostic issues are the leading cause of medical errors. That’s well known. For example, when doctors see a patient who is having trouble breathing, the first thought is probably pneumonia. The second thought might be COVID-19. What they probably don’t consider is tuberculosis.

And that’s a problem. Tuberculosis exists in the US although doctors only see it on rare occasions. Globally, TB is a leading cause of death.

The World Health Organization standard is that a person with an active case of TB, meaning they have symptoms and are contagious, needs to be diagnosed and treated within two to three weeks of their initial visit to a doctor.

According to researchers at Harvard Medical School, the US isn’t meeting the WHO standard. Delays in diagnosis typically run from 10 to 45 days, although in extreme cases, have been as long as 250 days, based on a study of insurance records…

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US, UK Hit Two Big Myanmar Military Conglomerates With Sanctions — Radio Free Asia

The army “controls significant segments of the country’s economy” through MEHL and MEC, the U.S. says.

The United States and Britain on Thursday leveled economic sanctions on two Myanmar military holding companies that serve as a critical economic lifeline for the junta that seized power last month, in what the top U.S. diplomat called “most significant action to date to impose costs on the military regime.”

The sanctions, which block assets owned or partially owned by the two military entities in the United States and the United Kingdom, aims to squeeze the junta that deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her elected government on Feb. 1 and has since killed at least 270 people in fierce attacks on daily protests.

The two firms designated for sanctions are Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Limited (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation Limited (MEC), the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said.

 

Source: US, UK Hit Two Big Myanmar Military Conglomerates With Sanctions — Radio Free Asia

The secret network helping Myanmar police defectors flee – The Globe and Mail

A secret network of activists and volunteers is helping spirit hundreds of defecting Myanmar policemen away from the military’s brutal crackdown on dissent and into relative safety in a small northeastern Indian state.

Source: The secret network helping Myanmar police defectors flee – The Globe and Mail

Mexicans, largest group crossing into U.S. illegally

While the recent surge of unaccompanied minors and migrant families from Central America has dominated the headlines, the fact is that Mexicans continue to account for the largest number of unauthorized crossings.

According to a March 15 Pew Research Center study, 42% of those apprehended at the southern border in February, were people of Mexican origin. That’s 13% more Mexicans than those who were coming over in May 2019, at the height of the previous surge. The combined number of migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras accounted for 46% of apprehensions in February, down from 78% in May 2019.

While the number of monthly apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border is approaching the levels of two years ago, the profile of those being apprehended is very different,” said the Pew study titled “Migrant apprehensions at U.S.-Mexico border are surging again.”

Source: Mexicans, largest group crossing into U.S. illegally

India locks down some towns as coronavirus cases hit five-month high | Reuters (Indian people and governments not immune from bad decisions regarding Covid)

Cases have surged across several states in since late February, following a near-full reopening of the economy and flouting of safety measures such as the wearing of face masks and social distancing, health officials say. More than half the new infections were reported from western Maharashtra state, home to financial capital Mumbai, where millions have returned to work in offices and factories.

Source: India locks down some towns as coronavirus cases hit five-month high | Reuters

Texas health centers, including 3 in El Paso, to soon receive $400 million+ in American Rescue Plan funding for COVID-19 response | KTSM 9 News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — More than 70 community health centers across Texas — including three in El Paso — will soon receive funds as part of the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Thursday. HRSA-funded clinics in El Paso include Project Vida Health Center, Daughters of […]

Source: Texas health centers, including 3 in El Paso, to soon receive $400 million+ in American Rescue Plan funding for COVID-19 response | KTSM 9 News