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More Americans Under 65yrs Died from Alcohol-Related Causes than Those from COVID-19 in 2020

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A new study released findings that more Americans 65-years-old and under died from alcohol-related deaths than COVID-19 in the infamous year of 2020. The study was performed by researchers with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Friday.

The National Institute is a division of the National Institutes of Health, or NIH. “Alcohol-related deaths, including from liver disease and accidents, increased to 99,017 in 2020, up from 78,927 the year prior”

While 74,408 Americans ages 16 to 64 died of alcohol-related causes, 74,075 individuals under 65 died of Covid-19, the study found. The rate of increase for alcohol-related deaths in 2020 (25 percent) was greater than the rate of increase of deaths from all causes (16.6 percent).

Lockdowns provide insight into why the largest increase in alcohol-related deaths in 2020 was among younger adults from ages 25 to 44. That age group recorded a whopping almost 40 percent rise over the previous year.

The increase was well above the average annual increase of 3.6 percent in alcohol-related deaths between 1999 and 2019, reports National Review.

The report’s first author, Aaron White, who is a senior scientific adviser at the alcohol abuse institute, told the New York Times that researchers believe there were “lots of people who were in recovery and had reduced access to support that spring and relapsed.” Much of the information came from death certificates. Researches included deaths in which alcohol was listed as an underlying or contributing cause.

“Stress is the primary factor in relapse, and there is no question there was a big increase in self-reported stress, and big increases in anxiety and depression, and planet-wide uncertainty about what was coming next,” he said. “That’s a lot of pressure on people who are trying to maintain recovery.”

 

John Kelly, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, told the Times that some people were unable or reluctant to seek care during lockdowns and times that hospitals were slammed with Covid-19 cases.

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  1. LongTimeTexan

    March 23, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    More people will eventually die from the covid vaccines than have or will die from covid itself.

  2. Tolerance4

    March 23, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    Wull, that’s just because we were all locked down, due to COVID. There was booze on the shelf. What did you expect?

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New data reveals NIH scientists collected $710 Million in royalties during pandemic

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New data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reveal that the agency and its scientists collected $710 million in royalties from late 2021 through 2023. These payments, made by private companies such as pharmaceutical firms, are for licensing medical innovations developed by government scientists. A significant portion of these funds — $690 million — was directed to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, and its 260 scientists.

An in depth report by the New York Post reveals that the vast majority of the royalties collected during the pandemic era went to NIAID, the subagency under Dr. Fauci. The NIH has been secretive about disclosing details of this private royalty complex. OpenTheBooks.com, an organization advocating for government transparency, had to sue to uncover royalties paid from September 2009 to October 2021, which amounted to $325 million over 56,000 transactions. A second lawsuit, with Judicial Watch as counsel, was necessary to release the latest data.

During the pandemic, royalty payments to the NIH more than doubled compared to the previous twelve years combined, amounting to $1.036 billion. However, it remains unclear if royalties from COVID-19 vaccines, particularly from Pfizer and Moderna (the latter having agreed to pay $400 million to NIH), are included in these figures. The NIH has not provided clarity on this matter.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key figure in the U.S. COVID-19 response, is set to testify before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic to address potential conflicts of interest and transparency issues that have plagued NIH’s handling of royalties and FOIA requests.

Fauci’s deputy, Dr. David Morens, has been implicated in using strategies to circumvent the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), such as misspelling words and using physical couriers for messages. These actions have drawn significant criticism and calls for greater transparency.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has sponsored the Royalty Transparency Act, which has unanimously passed the committee stage and is awaiting a floor vote. This act aims to provide greater transparency regarding royalty payments to government scientists.

 

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