Coronavirus
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Steroid may help sickest COVID-19 patients

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/16/20, 11:16 am

The same large study that found hydroxychloroquine offered no benefit against the coronavirus may have turned up a more promising candidate. Researchers in England said on Tuesday that the steroid dexamethasone reduced death by up to one-third among severely ill, hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

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When “sex” means more than sex

Religious Liberty | Supreme Court expands the definition of the word found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
by Steve West
Posted 6/15/20, 08:14 pm

Christian bosses hoping for guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court in dealing with LGBT workers will have to wait. In a 6-3 ruling on Monday, the high court ruled that an employer who fires a worker for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination “on the basis of sex.” But the justices did not address what happens if an employer wants an exception to the rule because of his or her religious beliefs about marriage, sexuality, and gender.

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FDA changes hydroxychloroquine status

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/15/20, 05:46 pm

The unproven benefits of two malaria drugs in treating or preventing COVID-19 “do not outweigh the known and potential risks,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday. The agency pulled its emergency use authorization for dispensing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to coronavirus patients, citing reports of heart problems and other complications.

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