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BehindTheMedspeak: James Harrison is the "Man with the Golden Arm"

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From Wikipedia:

James Christopher Harrison (born December 27, 1936), also known as the "Man with the Golden Arm," is a blood plasma donor from Australia whose unusual plasma composition has been used to make a treatment for Rh disease.

He has made over 1,000 donations throughout his lifetime, and these donations are estimated to have saved over 2.4 million unborn babies from the condition.

On May 11, 2018, he made his 1,173rd donation — his last, as Australian policy prohibits blood donations from those past 81.

Early life

James Harrison was born on December 27, 1936.

At the age of 14 he underwent major chest surgery, requiring 13 liters (3.4 U.S. gallons) of blood.

After surgery, he was in the hospital for three months.

Realizing that donated blood had saved his life, he made a pledge to start donating blood as soon as he turned 18.

Blood plasma donations

Harrison started donating in 1954, and after the first few donations it was discovered that his blood contained unusually strong and persistent antibodies against the D Rh group antigen.

The discovery of these antibodies led to the development of immune globulin based products to prevent hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN).

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These products, which contain a high level of anti-D antibodies, are given to Rh(D) negative mothers of unknown or Rh(D) positive babies during and after pregnancy to prevent the creation of antibodies to the blood of a Rh(D) positive child.

This antigen sensitization and subsequent incompatibility phenomenon causes Rhesus disease, the most common form of HDN.

Through the donations of his plasma, Harrison has helped prevent thousands of children from dying of HDN.

His uniqueness was considered so important that his life was insured for one million dollars after this discovery, and research based on his donations created the commercial Anti-D immune globulin commonly known as RhoGAM.

His donations were estimated to have helped save over 2.4 million babies, with pregnant women, including his own daughter Tracey, being treated with his antibodies.

As blood plasma, in contrast to blood, can be donated as often as once every two weeks, he was able to reach his 1,000th donation in May 2011.

This represented an average of one donation every three weeks for 57 years.

Commenting on his record, he said: "I could say it's the only record that I hope is broken, because if they do, they have donated a thousand times."

Harrison was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on June 7, 1999.

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www.Russian Museums.info

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Музеи России, Москвы и Санкт-Петербурга.

"The official Russian museums list. Daily updated, Established August, 1996."

The list currently includes 2,364 museums, 100 museums/page, in order of popularity.

There goes the day.

FunFact: Russia stretches across 11 of the Earth's 24 time zones.

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Manic Monday (cat-style)

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Eugène Atget's Paris, 100 Years Later

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From the New York Times:

For much of the last two months, Paris has been empty — its shops and cafes shuttered, its streets deserted, its millions of tourists suddenly evaporated.

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Freed of people, the urban landscape has evoked an older Paris.

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In particular, it has called up the singular Paris of Eugène Atget, an early 20th-century father of modern photography in his unsentimental focus on detail.

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In thousands of pictures, Atget shot an empty city, getting up early each morning and lugging his primitive equipment throughout the streets.

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His images reduced Paris to its architectural essence.

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Mauricio Lima has followed in Atget's footsteps, shooting images of the same scenes his famous predecessor captured.

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But this time those streets are deserted because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mr. Lima's recreations offer new insight into Atget's work — and into the meaning of a city unique in its beauty but also in its coldness.

June 1, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stars Pool Party Light

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• "Adds pizzazz to pool parties"

• Requires 4 AA batteries

• 7"Ø x 5.5"H

• Plastic

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$39.99.

I say think outside the pool space and inside your bathtub: PAR-TAY!

But I digress.

You say you love the concept but prefer fish to stars?

Your wishfish is my demand.

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$28.50.

Still not convinced?

Watch

the video.

June 1, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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