Travel Ban Is Based on Executive Whim, Not Objective Criteria

ConclusionFor countries on the list, and for any country wishing to remain off the list, it is vitally important that they understand which factors led to their inclusion or exclusion. If the United States is acting in good faith —seeking to change behavior as opposed to looking for an excuse to ban people—its criteria should be clearly explained and understood. The Iran nuclear deal, for example, hasvery precise requirements for Iran to avoid sanctions, down to the exact percentage of purity for its enriched uranium. This is very far from the case here.No consistent combination of factors or mitigating factors triggers the ban. Not every country needs to meet the baseline requirements, and while certain mitigating factors can protect a country from the ban, meeting some or all of them doesn ’t always result in exclusion. The travel ban simply lacks an objective standard of application. APPENDIX: TRAVEL BAN CRITERIANine Primary Baseline RequirementsCategory 1: “Identity management information”/“Integrity of documents”1) “Use of electronic passports embedded with data”: The International Civil Aviation Organization is a United Nations agency responsible for tracking travel documents. According to the ICAO, 86 countries fail to issue an electronic passport embedded with data. Of the travel ban countries, Venezuela, Iran, Libya, and Somalia do issue electronic passports. This criterion lacks even a vague quantification a...
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Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
OBJECTIVE The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) developed an anatomic grading system to assess disease severity through increasing grades of inflammation. Severity grading can then be utilized in risk-adjustment and stratification of patient outcomes for clinical benchmarking. We sought to validate the AAST appendicitis grading system by examining the ability of AAST grade to predict clinical outcomes used for clinical benchmarking. METHODS Surgical quality program data were prospectively collected on all adult patients undergoing appendectomy for acute appendicitis at our institution between Decem...
Source: The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLES Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 27 May 2020Source: Surgery (Oxford)Author(s): Frances Dixon, Anjana Singh
Source: Surgery (Oxford) - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Authors: Madl P, De Filippis A, Tedeschi A Abstract Skin aging is primarily associated with the alterations in dermal extracellular matrix, in particular a decrease in collagen type-1 content. Recent studies have shown that collagen-degrading matrix metalloproteinase (MMP-1) is produced by fibroblasts in response to chronoaging, which in human dermal fibroblasts leads to the release of proinflammatory cytokines. Past studies showed that anti-inflammatory capabilities could be induced via non-chemical means. One of these methods makes use of ultra-weak fractal electromagnetic (uwf-EM) signals. Such ultra-/very-low f...
Source: Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine - Category: Physics Tags: Electromagn Biol Med Source Type: research
Owing to substantial costs and increasing interest in the nonoperative management of appendicitis, the necessity of routine histopathologic examination of appendectomy specimens is being questioned. The aim of this study was to determine whether routine histopathologic examination after appendectomy for suspected appendicitis should still be performed.
Source: Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
is inflammation of the vermiform appendix. It is the most common general surgical emergency in children and young adults, yet its diagnosis can still confound the most skilled surgeon. This difficulty arises because the presentation of appendicitis is highly variable, with less than 50% of patients exhibiting classical features. Taking a detailed history and performing a careful examination remains the cornerstone of diagnosis. Urinalysis and blood test, particularly CRP are useful adjuncts and are performed routinely.
Source: Surgery (Medicine Publishing) - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Intestinal surgery – II Source Type: research
Eur J Pediatr Surg DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1710534 Introduction The rate of misdiagnosis of appendicitis in children is a challenge and clinical prediction scores could be part of the solution. However, the pediatric appendicitis score (PAS) and the Alvarado score have shown disappointing diagnostic accuracy in pediatric validation studies, while the appendicitis inflammatory response (AIR) score and the novel pediatric appendicitis risk calculator (pARC) have not yet been validated thoroughly. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to evaluate these four prediction scores prospectively in children with suspected ...
Source: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
This article describes the recommendations for drug conservation strategies and therapeutic alternatives for drugs at risk of shortage that are commonly used in the care of critically ill patients. Recommendations are identified as preferred and secondary ones that might be less desirable. Although the impetus for generating this document was the COVID-19 pandemic, recommendations should also be applicable for mitigating drug shortages outside of a pandemic. Proposed provincial strategies for drug conservation and therapeutic alternatives may not all be appropriate for every institution. Local implementation will require c...
Source: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Can J Anaesth Source Type: research
This study represents one of the largest cohorts and with a long follow-up. For tumors smaller than 10 mm appendicectomy was sufficient as a curative procedure, as revealed by the good outcome. This series presented a 100% disease-free survival. The indolent phenotype of appendix NENs is supported by the expression of markers that point towards a strong inhibition of cell replication and growth inhibition.
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Conclusion: We conclude that acute, short-term SHS exposure had a statistically significant effect on spirometry in female asthma patients but did not significantly modify spirometric indices 24 h later in COPD patients. PMID: 32441557 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Asthma - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research
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