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TREATMENT

DC files antitrust case vs Amazon over treatment of vendors | National News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia has sued Amazon, accusing the online retail giant of anticompetitive practices in its treatment of sellers on its platform. The practices have raised prices for consumers and stifled innovation and choice in the online retail market, the DC attorney general alleges in an antitrust suit.

The suit filed Tuesday in the District of Columbia court maintains that Amazon has fixed online retail prices through contract provisions and policies it applies to third-party sellers. It alleges these provisions and policies prevent sellers that offer products on Amazon.com from offering their products at lower prices or on better terms on any other online platform, including their own websites.

“We filed this antitrust lawsuit to put an end to Amazon’s illegal control of prices across the online retail market,” DC Attorney General Karl Racine said in a conference call with reporters. “We need a fair online

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TREATMENT

COVID treatment has improved, but many wish for an easy pill | National News

If Priscila Medina had gotten COVID-19 a year ago, she would have had no treatments proven safe and effective to try. But when the 30-year-old nurse arrived at a Long Island hospital last month, so short of breath she could barely talk, doctors knew just what to do.

They quickly arranged for her to get a novel drug that supplies virus-blocking antibodies, and “by the next day I was able to get up and move around,” she said. After two days, “I really started turning the corner. I was showering, eating, playing with my son.”

Treatments like these can help newly diagnosed patients avoid hospitalization, but they are grossly underused because they require an IV. Other medicines for sicker patients can speed recovery, but only a few improve survival.

While vaccines are helping to curb the pandemic, easier and better treatments are needed, especially as virus variants spread.

“We’re seeing

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DENTAL

Dental Benefit for National Benefit Fund Members






Your dental benefit provides comprehensive dental coverage, including basic care for cleaning and exams, restorative services (crowns, bridges, dentures, etc.), up to a maximum dollar amount per calendar year.

Your Dental Coverage Is through EmblemHealth

The National Benefit Fund has partnered with EmblemHealth to administer your dental benefit. The plan offers an expanded network, giving you access to more than 9,000 providers, including 1,000 in New Jersey, with no out-of-pocket costs for preventive services.

To find a participating EmblemHealth Dental provider near you, check your EmblemHealth Dental card to see which plan you have.

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TREATMENT

Arkansas governor vetoes transgender youth treatment ban | National News

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday vetoed legislation that would have made his state the first to ban gender confirming treatments or surgery for transgender youth, though lawmakers could enact the restriction over his objections.

The Republican governor rejected legislation that would have prohibited doctors from providing gender confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment.

“If (the bill) becomes law, then we are creating new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people,” Hutchinson said at a news conference.

The Republican Legislature could still enact the measure, since it only takes a simple majority of the House and Senate to override a governor’s veto in Arkansas. Hutchinson said he believed an override was likely.

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SUPPLEMENT

National Comorbidity Survey

Lifetime and 12 Months Prevalence Estimates from the NCS-R and NCS-A:

NCS-R Lifetime prevalence estimates

NCS-R Twelve-month prevalence estimates

NCS-A Lifetime and 12M prevalence estimates



About the National Comorbidity Survey (NCS) Family


The NCS (baseline)

The baseline NCS, fielded from the fall of 1990 to the spring of 1992, was the first nationally representative
mental health survey in the U.S. to use a fully structured research diagnostic interview to assess the
prevalences and correlates of DSM-III-R disorders.


NCS-2

In 2001-02, respondents of the baseline NCS were reinterviewed (NCS-2) to study patterns and predictors of the
course of mental and substance use disorders and to evaluate the effects of primary mental disorders in
predicting the onset and course of secondary substance disorders.


NCS-R

In conjunction with the NCS-2, an NCS Replication survey

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TREATMENT

Treatment for Cancer – National Cancer Institute

There are many types of cancer treatment. The types of treatment that you have will depend on the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is. Some people with cancer will have only one treatment. But most people have a combination of treatments, such as surgery with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. You may also have immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or hormone therapy.

Clinical trials might also be an option for you. Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. Understanding what they are and how they work can help you decide if taking part in a trial is a good option for you.

When you need treatment for cancer, you have a lot to learn and think about. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and confused. But, talking with your doctor and learning all you can about all your treatment options, including clinical trials, can help you make a

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TREATMENT

City probe faults overall police treatment of Elijah McClain | National

DENVER (AP) — The results of an investigation into the fatal arrest of Elijah McClain in suburban Denver released Monday criticizes how police handled the entire incident, faulting officers for their quick, aggressive treatment of the 23-year-old Black man and the department for having a weak accountability system that failed to press for the truth about what happened.

The investigation commissioned by the city of Aurora found “two contrasting stories” of what happened to McClain in August 2019 after someone reported him as suspicious. One, based on officers’ statements to investigators, where police describe a violent, relentless struggle. And another based on body camera footage in which McClain can be heard crying out in pain, apologizing, explaining himself, and pleading with the officers as they restrained him, applied “pain compliance” techniques, and sat or kneeled on him.

“Forgive me … you all are phenomenal, you are beautiful,” McClain said at

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TREATMENT

Rittenhouse, mother fixated on social media treatment | National

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An Illinois teen accused of killing two people during unrest in Wisconsin and the teen’s mom were fixated on social media comments about them in the hours after his August arrest, newly released police video shows.

Police in Antioch, Illinois, on Monday released four hours of video taken after Kyle Rittenhouse turned himself in hours after the Aug. 25 protest in Kenosha, the Chicago Tribune reported. The protest was part of a series of chaotic demonstrations that ensued after a white Kenosha officer shot Jacob Blake, who is Black, in the back seven times during a domestic dispute. Rittenhouse is white.

Prosecutors say Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, opened fire during the protest, killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. Rittenhouse faces multiple charges, including intentional homicide. He has argued he was protecting businesses and fired in self-defense. Conservatives have rallied

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HEALTH

DA, national health department in spat over vaccine comments


DA MP Geordin Hill-Lewis (Photo: Lerato Maduna)

  • The national health department wants the DA to apologise for allegedly misrepresenting comments by one of its senior officials.
  • The department said its DDG did not suggest that National Treasury delayed SA’s Covid-19 vaccine acquisition.
  • The DA says it will not retract, nor apologise, for the statement it issued last week.

The national Department of Health has called on the DA to apologise for misrepresenting comments by one of its senior officials, relating to the National Treasury and the delay of Covid-19 vaccine acquisition.

According to the department, the DA’s Geordin Hill-Lewis “incorrectly and purposefully” misrepresented comments made by the health department’s deputy director-general, Dr Anban Pillay, in a recent interview published in the Financial Mail.

“Dr Pillay did not suggest that the National Treasury delayed South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine acquisition,” health department spokesperson Popo Maja said in a statement.

He said

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