Day: January 24, 2022

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New conservative target: Race as factor in COVID treatment

Some conservatives are taking aim at policies that allow doctors to consider race as a risk factor when allocating scarce COVID-19 treatments, saying the protocols discriminate against white people.

The wave of infections brought on by the omicron variant and a shortage of treatments have focused attention on the policies.

Medical experts say the opposition is misleading. Health officials have long said there is a strong case for considering race as one of many risk factors in treatment decisions. And there is no evidence that race alone is being used to decide who gets medicine.

The issue came to the forefront last week after Fox News host Tucker Carlson, former President Donald Trump and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio jumped on the policies. In recent days, conservative law firms have pressured a Missouri-based health care system, Minnesota and Utah to drop their protocols and sued New York state over allocation guidelines

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Early treatment could tame peanut allergies in small kids

This Feb. 20, 2015 file photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. According to a study published in the journal Lancet on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, young children might be able to overcome their peanut allergies if treated at an early enough age. Credit: AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File

Young children might be able to overcome their peanut allergies if treated at an early enough age, according to a study published Thursday.

The researchers gave increasing amounts of protein powder to a group of toddlers to build up their tolerance for peanuts. After 2 1/2 years, close to three-quarters could tolerate the equivalent of 16 peanuts without an allergic reaction. Six months after stopped, one-fifth still had the same tolerance.

The approach seemed to work best in the and those with milder allergies, the researchers reported Thursday in the journal Lancet.

The findings suggest there’s

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