Day: June 13, 2020

Rubber Bullets and Beanbag Rounds Can Cause Devastating Injuries

As protesters filled the streets of downtown San Jose, Calif., recently, the police fired munitions known as rubber bullets into the crowd — a common technique to disperse throngs.

Breanna Contreras’s head jerked back from the impact as a black projectile “roughly the size of an extra-jumbo marshmallow” struck her temple, near her eye. “I instantly felt my head just starting to throb, blood poured down my face,” Ms. Contreras, a 21-year-old student, said.

A bystander who used her face mask to help stop the bleeding was also struck. “There were so many rubber bullets being fired, I wanted to think how to protect my eyes,” said Peter di Donato, 75, a veteran of anti-Vietnam War protests, who was hit in the leg. Derrick Sanderlin, 29, a community organizer, approached a line of police officers to ask them to stop. But he got hit too — in the groin —

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Coronavirus Can Set Off a ‘Cytokine Storm.’ These Drugs May Calm It.

The device, called CytoSorb, is about the size of a drinking glass and is filled with coarse polymers, each roughly the size of a grain of salt. Every grain, or bead, has millions of pores and channels that add up to a surface area of roughly seven football fields and filter out molecules roughly the size of cytokines. One cartridge can purify an entire body’s blood volume roughly 70 times in a 24-hour period.

Bigger objects like cells go around the beads and are unaffected, and smaller things like electrolytes go straight through, said Dr. Phillip Chan, the chief executive of CytoSorbents Corporation, which makes the device. CytoSorb may also remove some proteins that the body needs.

But “in a life-threatening illness when you have a cytokine storm,” Dr. Chan said, “it’s more or less a race to remove what will kill you versus the temporary inconvenience of removing things

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C.D.C. Calls for Face Masks at Large Gatherings, Warning of Crowd Risks

Three months after the country’s top public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, abruptly stopped holding regular briefings on the coronavirus pandemic, its director, Dr. Robert Redfield, restarted them on Friday amid growing calls for the agency to claim a more prominent role in the virus response.

The C.D.C. also released a new guidance document, “Considerations for Events and Gatherings,” that defines as “highest risk” large gatherings where it is difficult for people to stay at least six feet apart, and where attendees travel from outside the local area.

The guidance was issued as people around the country are participating in large outdoor protests of racial injustice and police brutality, and as President Trump prepares to resume large political rallies. It advises that staff members at large events be required to wear face coverings, and that attendees be encouraged to do so — in keeping with

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Whitening Your Teeth Can Be Done In One Visit

Do your bad teeth prevent you from doing things in life you want to? Are you not confident with your smile? Do you avoid social events because you are ashamed of your teeth? You can relax because you are not alone. Only a few people are born with a perfect set of teeth. Consuming caffeine every day, like coffee or soft drinks, can stain teeth. Sometimes brushing alone is not enough to keep your teeth clean.

By visiting a general dentist that can practice family dentistry in Baton Rouge, you can take the first step in having the life you want. These dentists offer a range of services that most other dentists do not. Family dentistry focuses entirely on the health of your teeth and gums.

Whitening Or Bleaching

Tooth whitening, also called ‘tooth bleaching,’ is the service most frequently sought from dentists practicing in cosmetic treatments. It is … Read More