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Jan 25 2021 - 10:52 AM
Daily News from Around the World: 1/25/21

Today's news is curated to start your week feeling good, and features articles regarding breakthroughs in medicine, touching examples of community support, butterfly rest-stops and more. Our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on FreedomForum.org.


YIP Day 7 - Pharmacy by Auntie P, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.


Manila Bulletin, Published in Manila, Philippines

Oral drug found effective in treating COVID-19


Colchicine, an oral medication used to treat gout, could stand to become the first effective oral drug used to treat Covid-19 in non-hospitalized patients. The largest clinical trial to test an orally administered medication for Covid-19 use was performed in Canada, the US, Europe and South America, and included nearly 4,500 patients with at least one risk factor for complications from the virus. The results showed that use of colchicine in patients diagnosed with Covid-19 through a nasal PCR test reduced hospitalizations by 25%, reduced the need for ventilation by 50% and reduced the overall mortality rate by 44%. Colchicine is able to prevent cytokine storms, which are dangerous inflammatory syndromes that can cause organ damage triggered by an overactive immune response to the virus.


The News-Times, Published in Danbury, Connecticut, USA

New Milford residents band together to pay for park passes for seniors


Residents of New Milford have banded together to create a program that funds park passes for local seniors. The initiative, called "Operation Park Pass", will allow residents to donate money to sponsor a senior's pass through Helping Hands for Heroes, and all the funds collected will be donated to the New Milford Parks and Recreation Committee. Donors are able to donate one park pass or as many as they would like, and so far the initiative has raised enough money to cover about 50 passes. Helping Hands for Heroes began this program after the New Milford town council rejected the idea to waive park fees for seniors during the pandemic, which was proposed because many seniors who are struggling to afford medication and basic necessities are unable to pay the $20 fee for an annual park pass.


3d printed thimbles by Creative Tools, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.


Missoulian, Published in Missoula, Montana, USA

Artists experiment with tech at new Missoula Library


Open AIR is an artist residency program taking place at the Makerspace within the new Missoula Public Library. The Makerspace is equipped with lots of tech and tools for creation, including 3D printers, a laser etcher and microcomputers for physical computing. Although the new building hasn't yet opened to the public, it's currently hosting two artists that are exploring the space in vastly different ways. One is using microcomputers to create an interactive sound installation, while another is using the laser etcher and a CNC router to create sculptures out of recycled materials. Next summer, the senior associate of the Makerspace hopes to invite artists interested in community-oriented projects.


The Santa Fe New Mexican, Published in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

New Santa Fe autism center seen as 'landmark' addition to region with sparse resources


Earlier this month, Prism Autism Services opened in Santa Fe, providing a much needed service in an area with very few facilities. Prism, a large and colorful facility that is run a married couple of by board-certified behavior analysts, offers behavior analysis therapy, which is the most widely accepted treatment for children on the autism spectrum. They aim to provide integral resources to the area that without access to, families of children with autism might feel unable to get by in the Santa Fe area. There is also hope to expand beyond Santa Fe to provide resources to other areas in need, such as EspaƱola and the Native American pueblos in Northern New Mexico.


Monarch Butterflies, Bear Point, Big Sandy Bay, Wolfe Island, Ontario, 051010 065 by Hilbert 1958, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.


The Bakersfield Californian, Published in Bakersfield, California, USA

Bakersfield habitat chosen as site to help rescue plummeting monarch butterfly population


The population of monarch butterflies along the California coast has massively declined in recent decades, with a recent annual count recording less than 2,000 butterflies in areas that used to be home to millions. In an effort to boost the monarch population, 8 locations across California have been chosen as "butterfly rest stops", and The Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Rescue Program will begin planting milkweed and nectar-rich plants on the chosen preserves to invite monarchs back to the area. The hope is that these preserves will provide an oasis for weary traveling butterflies, where they can find food, safely rest and reproduce. While the project was created with the intention of helping to increase the monarch populations, it will also benefit native bees and other local pollinators. Anyone can join this project by planting milkweed or nectar-rich flora on their own property as well.


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