How Cancer Shaped Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Work

The name Ruth Bader Ginsburg became almost synonymous with strength and stamina as she rose to prominence in judicial and feminist circles throughout her long career. Famously nicknamed the Notorious RBG and known for her grueling fitness regimen, the late Supreme Court justice also struggled with cancer and other health issues for the better part of her time on the bench — culminating with her death on Sept. 18 at the age of 87 of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.Ginsburg’s health issues became public in 1999, six years after her appointment to the Supreme Court, when she had surgery for early-stage colon cancer. Ten years later, she went through the same process for pancreatic cancer. And nearly a decade after that, the Supreme Court announced that Ginsburg had undergone surgery to have two cancerous growths removed from her left lung. She announced in July 2020 that she’d been treated earlier that year for cancerous lesions on her liver, but made clear her intentions…

If You Have No Choice but to Wear a Disposable Mask Again, Take These Doctors' Advice

With masks now being a part of everyday life, it's almost inevitable that you'll find yourself running short on them at some point. So, if you really need to go somewhere, and all you have is a disposable mask you've already worn, can you wear it again?

"Wearing a disposable mask that you have already previously worn is better than wearing no mask at all, but you should do your best to change your disposable face mask every day," William A. Haseltine, PhD, author of A Family Guide to COVID and A COVID Back to School Guide and chair of the US-China Health Summit, told POPSUGAR. Dr. Haseltine noted that disposable masks can get very dirty from just one use and they can't be properly cleaned like a fabric face mask.

Steven Quay, MD, PhD, a physician and scientist, agreed, explaining that "while the best practice is a new mask every time, a used mask is a 'good' option compared to going without one." While Dr. Quay doesn't recommend wearing a disposable mask for more than one day if possible, he provided a few tips for what to do if you absolutely have to reuse one.

First, pay attention to which side of the mask is the inside and which is the outside. The side that was facing away from you the last time you wore it is more likely to be contaminated, so you don't want that to touch your face. You should also really only handle the mask by the straps. "Never touch the outside surface, and if you do, stop what you are doing, put the mask down on a tissue, and wash your hands," Dr. Quay told POPSUGAR. (In fact, it's a good idea to thoroughly wash your hands after handling the mask regardless.) "The worst thing you can do is touch the outside and then touch the inside. So, don't do that," he added.

To avoid needing to wear a mask again - or being caught without one if you drop it on the ground, for example - it's best to always have a spare on hand. Try keeping a mask in a few key spots, like your car, your workspace, and your purse. It's the safest bet.

via POPSUGAR Fitness


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