Lots of people have very specific beauty regimens that they stick to for months, years or even decades at a time. You can’t really pass judgment on someone for doing what they think they have to in order to maintain their appearance, but when you throw bootleg products into the mix, the risks of unintended self-harm rise dramatically.
A new report from the CDC is a great example of how an otherwise harmless beauty routine can cause serious problems, up to and including life-threatening complications. In it, the plight of a 47-year-old Sacramento woman is detailed, and her habit of applying skin-lightening cream landed her in the hospital.
As the CDC report explains, the woman visited her doctor this past summer and complained of weakness in her extremities and uncomfortable sensations in her arms and legs. Medical staff treated her on an outpatient basis and monitored her condition, which continued to worsen.
Subsequent blood and urine tests returned mercury readings that were quite literally off the charts. She was admitted to the hospital and health officials began to investigate the source of the mercury poisoning. Eventually, the investigators realized that the skin lightening cream she had been routinely applying was slowly poisoning her with organic mercury.
The fact that it was organic mercury is significant because, unlike some contaminated products that contain sky-high mercury levels, the mercury content of the cream the woman was using was much lower. This might seem like a good thing, but the opposite is actually true. With exposure to lower concentration organic mercury, the woman was able to continue using the product for a long period of time before noticing symptoms, ultimately causing greater damage.
“Despite prolonged chelation therapy, the patient remains unable to verbalize or care for herself, requiring ongoing tube feeding for nutritional support,” the CDC writes.
The CDC notes that an investigation into the source of the mercury in the product itself is still ongoing, but warns against using any kinds of creams or lotions that may have come from illegitimate sources.
30 of 42 new Manitoba COVID-19 cases are in Winnipeg, as more possible exposures announced – CBC.ca
Winnipeg’s growing active COVID-19 caseload jumped again on Wednesday, when 30 of Manitoba’s 42 new cases of the illness were people who live in the capital city.
The update in a provincial news release came with a familiar plea to people living in or visiting Winnipeg: wash your hands, reduce the number of people you see from outside your household and stay home when sick.
There are now 418 active COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, with 335 of those — 80 per cent — in Winnipeg.
Wednesday’s update also came with more warnings about public places in Winnipeg that have had possible COVID-19 exposures. Several more bars and restaurants and a college are now among the places where people may have been exposed to the illness.
The new exposures include Earls restaurant in St. Vital (on Sept. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.), Leopold’s Tavern in River Heights (on Sept. 15 from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.) and a trivia night at Wee Johnny’s Irish Pub in the Exchange District (on Sept. 15 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.).
Possible exposures were also announced at Local Public Eatery downtown (on Sept. 15 and 16, though no times were provided) after exposures were previously announced at the restaurant on Sept. 11 and 12. More information about possible public exposures is posted on the Manitoba government’s website.
Anyone who was at those places on the listed dates and times should watch for symptoms; if any develop, those people should immediately get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate, the release says.
Late Wednesday, the Winnipeg School Division said a cohort of students at Grant Park High School was in self-isolation as someone at the school had tested positive.
Health officials told the school division that the person did not contract the virus in the school and risk to other students is considered low, division spokesperson Radean Carter said in an email.
One cohort at the school will begin self isolation while awaiting further instruction from public health, Carter said.
In a letter posted online, public health officials said the person was at the school on Sept. 15, 16 and 17 and that the affected class has been moved to remote learning.
A case of COVID-19 has also been linked to Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg, the college said in an email to students on Wednesday afternoon.
The school got word from public health officials about the positive test on Wednesday, the message from chief human resource officer Melanie Gudmundson said. The person did not have symptoms while on campus, and the risk of further spread at the school is considered low, the email said.
One classroom has been closed for deep cleaning and disinfection, and everyone who was in that space on the day the sick person was there has been sent home, the email said.
On top of the 30 cases in Winnipeg, an additional six of the new cases announced Wednesday are in the Southern Health region. A further three are in the Prairie Mountain Health region, two are in the Interlake-Eastern health region and the remaining one is in the Northern Health region, the news release says.
Manitoba’s COVID-19 test positivity rate — a five-day rolling average of the number of tests that come back positive — jumped to 2.2 per cent from 1.8 per cent on Tuesday, the release says.
There are 11 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba, including five people in intensive care. That’s up from eight people in hospital and two people in intensive care on Tuesday.
19th death confirmed Tuesday
A resident of Winnipeg’s Parkview Place care home has died of COVID-19, the company that runs the home confirmed on Tuesday. The person’s death, which was not included in the province’s update, was Manitoba’s 19th coronavirus-linked fatality.
A spokesperson for the province said public health doesn’t announce or comment on COVID-19 deaths until investigations are complete.
As of Tuesday, seven residents and one staff member at the Winnipeg care home had tested positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the outbreak at the Rideau Park Personal Care Home in Brandon, Man., is now over, the province’s release on Wednesday says.
The site has been moved down from critical red to caution yellow in the province’s colour-coded pandemic response system.
To date, 1,674 cases of the illness have been identified in the province and 1,238 people have recovered.
Two other deaths linked to COVID-19 were announced in Manitoba on Monday.
One was a woman linked to the outbreak at the Brandon Regional Health Centre’s Assiniboine Centre, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said.
The other was a man connected to a communal living setting in the Southern Health region, Roussin said.
The number of confirmed cases of the illness linked to the outbreak at John Pritchard School in Winnipeg had reached 20 people, health officials said on Tuesday, nearly triple what it was a week earlier.
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman urged the province to mandate face masks across the province on Tuesday, though he acknowledged the city could bring in the new rules in Winnipeg on its own.
Earlier this week, the province announced a partnership with Dynacare, a private testing lab, which is expected to more than double how many COVID-19 tests Manitoba can do.
On Tuesday, 1,703 more COVID-19 tests were done in Manitoba, bringing the total completed in the province to 170,045.
'We're in crisis mode': Infectious disease specialist calls on residents to reduce activities during second wave COVID-19 – CTV Edmonton
As the second wave of COVID-19 continues in Ottawa, an infectious disease specialist is calling on residents to take precautions into their own hands.
“Right now, we’re in crisis mode,” said Dr. Abdu Sharkawy, CTV News Infectious Disease Specialist, in an interview with CTV News Ottawa.
“Only do what you have to do. I don’t want to use the term lockdown, but I think you really have to reduce your social circle,” said Dr. Sharkawy.
Speaking with CTV Morning Live Wednesday morning, Dr. Sharkawy said until the second wave of the virus settles down, people should be limiting trips and avoiding any special gatherings that aren’t essential.
“It’s not business as usual, every decision that you make, whether it’s work, school, socially related or otherwise it’s going to have an impact throughout your community,” said Dr. Sharkawy.
“Let’s take it upon ourselves, everybody needs to be accountable.”
Meanwhile, the idea of a second lockdown is a worrying one for some small businesses, like the King Eddy in the Byward Market.
“I’m not really sure who could survive another lockdown to be honest with you,” said Johnny Bonney, assistant general manager of the King Eddy.
Bonney said with the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and the second wave of the virus affecting the city, business has already declined.
He’s hopeful to be able to continue to welcome patrons safely.
“We’re doing everything we can to make it safe, and to continue for it to be safe, not only for our customers, but for our employees, so I think people should be able to dine out with confidence,” Bonney said.
Ottawa Public Health said due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases it would consider new closures and restrictions, but with a targeted approach to address possible sources of COVID-19.
Ottawa Public Health’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches told Council that she does not want to have to shut things down.
Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures and Their Benefits
If you aren’t confident in your smile, then you aren’t living your best life. That might seem dramatic, but it’s true. If you don’t like to show your smile, then your confidence and self-esteem suffer, and your mental health can be affected. Not only that, but studies have shown that smiling can make you feel happier, as opposed to the other way around. If you aren’ smiling, then you aren’t as happy as you can be. Luckily, there are options. Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the past few decades, and there is bound to be a proven treatment that can get you the bright, brilliant smile you’ve always wanted.
Tooth whitening is perhaps the most common cosmetic dental procedure of them all. Teeth can get stained or damaged over time, often from certain food and drinks. Teeth also get stained from smoking. You can get a take home whitening kit, but for the best results, contact a dental professional. Not only is teeth whitening a quick and easy way to brighten your smile, but it is cost-effective too.
If the stains on your teeth are too deeply ingrained, or you have chips in your teeth, then dental bonding might be the right choice for you. Bonding material is malleable and can be molded to the outside of your teeth to hide imperfections. Bonding is a popular choice, but the material is not permanent. It can deteriorate over time, meaning that you may need to have the procedure performed several times throughout your life.
Veneers are a more long-lasting solution than dental bonding. The dentist will take a mold of the teeth to manufacture a porcelain shell that fits directly over the affected spot. This shell is hard, and colored to match the surrounding teeth so that it doesn’t stand out. Veneers are a perfect option for people who have staining that is so ingrained that it cannot be removed through whitening and bleaching. Many people will choose a veneer over dental bonding simply because it will last longer.
One of the most detrimental things to an otherwise wonderful smile is a missing tooth. That’s where dental implants come into play. An implant is a titanium rod that is surgically placed into the gum to act as a root. The dentist can then install a replacement artificial tooth onto the implanted rod. This is a permanent solution instead of using dentures or other temporary fixes. They are relatively easy to maintain and can be treated just like your regular teeth. As long as your gum stays healthy enough to support the implant, it will remain in place.
Crowns function similarly to veneers, in that they cover up decay and damage. Anytime you see a performer with gold teeth, they are most likely crowns, but they are most often much more subtle. They are manufactured with acrylic or porcelain, and custom-made to fit the mouth into which they are being applied. They are then fused to the metal rods implanted into the teeth. They are made so that they match in shape and color with the surrounding teeth, so no one would know that they are not natural.
You might think that braces are only for children, but adults may need them as well. It could be from teeth that were neglected in youth, or from recent trauma, but adults getting braces is more common than you might think. However, since adults don’t want to look like children, invisalign braces are a great solution. They can fix misalignments and protruding teeth just like regular braces, but they are almost impossible to notice unless someone examines the mouth closely. This way, adults can still feel their own age even while wearing them.
Since discoloration is such a huge issue for many people, it stands to reason that there are several options to help get teeth back to their natural shine. Abrasion is a process that involves removing stains by essentially sanding down the surface of the tooth. It will only work on very shallow stains, and will not work on stains that have penetrated inside the tooth. However, once the stains are removed through abrasion, they are gone forever.
These are some of the more common cosmetic dental procedures, however you may need something different to fix your smile. While it’s important to know what options are out there, do not visit your cosmetic dentist from Calgary and assume you will get one of the procedures over the others. Your dentist will assess your situation, including the health of your entire mouth, to determine the best course of action. It may be one of these most common options, or it may be something different. There is always new innovation and data in dentistry to come up with techniques to improve smiles at affordable prices. No matter what, in the end your dentist can give you the brightest smile possible so that you can feel confident and happy again.
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