What We’re Reading: 04/02/21


A few highlights from around the web that made it into our feeds this week.

In light of anti-Asian attacks, medicine needs to listen to Asian American trainees

It is not simply hatred we must end. It’s up to us to ensure our calls for awareness and change do not ring hollow. Harassment, discrimination, and abuse of our AAPI siblings have a long history in America and still anchor American imperialism across the world. Listen to the words of our medical students, and follow their lead.

“The carnage of the recent attacks made something break inside of us and many of our AAPI colleagues. We could no longer hold back our feelings back about the racism we experience both inside and outside of the clinic, and our desire to see that stop.” (From statnews.com)

The City Losing Its Children to H.I.V.

Frankly, this is a crisis that should not be happening. In a remote part of Pakistan, a pediatric outbreak of HIV is devastating families. Moreover, the most recent data from Pakistan indicate that only 21 percent of those with HIV are aware of their status. With devastating detail, this article follows parents in search of treatment during the Covid-19 pandemic and illustrates what happens when health agencies, public health systems, and governments fail the people they are meant to serve. A must-read. (From nytimes.com)

Mysterious Ailment, Mysterious Relief: Vaccines Help Some COVID Long-Haulers

Long Covid is a term we’re all discussing more and more. It’s both nebulous and rather widespread, creating pressure on researchers to find answers to long-term symptoms of Covid-19. According to the latest research, an estimated 10 to 30 percent of people infected with the coronavirus go on to have lingering symptoms. For some, the symptoms can be pretty debilitating—extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, frequent headaches, brain fog.

While it’s too early to pull meaningful data, some with long Covid are starting to feel better after vaccination. Scientists are working through theories but at the time when no meaningful treatment for long Covid exists, the vaccine has provided big hope. (From npr.org)

Why Animals Don’t Get Lost

Let’s end with something both scientific and wonderful. Much more than a deep dive into animal navigation, this is a plea to pay more attention. Researching the travels and migration behavior of animals will not only teach us how to better conserve resources and land but provide critical insight into our own behavior, too. Don’t skip this one. (From newyorker.com)

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