Desperate for a solution, Petty and his colleagues put the patients on an older ventilator that blew at high pressure, even as a patient exhaled—a technique he called positive end-expiratory pressure, or PEEP. The patients’ blood oxygen levels improved, and Petty and his colleagues felt confident that they had identified a new clinical syndrome, along with an effective treatment for it. They dispatched a paper to the New England Journal of Medicine—which promptly rejected it, on the grounds that the doctors’ use of ventilators was unorthodox and possibly dangerous, Petty reported. The paper was rejected by two other journals before being published by The Lancet in 1967. It remains the foundational paper on ARDS and has been cited more than 4,000 times. … [Read more...] about Ventilators aren’t the coronavirus cure-alls we originally thought
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Since we are in the United States virtually, let us do what all explorers of that new continent did: let us go West… Robert Redford has a way of looking at history that is unique. Plus he tells the story of the outlaws and the soldiers, the cowboys and the ‘Injuns’, and how the West was won so brilliantly, you will remember growing up with all the Westerns you read as a teen (Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, Oliver Strange). It’s all there for you to binge-watch … [Read more...] about In this lockdown, we’re writing our collective futures by understanding our past
Nicholas Burns is a university professor, columnist, lecturer and a former American diplomat. Currently, Burns is the Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. The 64-year-old from New York is also the founder and director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair of the Project on the Middle East, and India and South Asia. … [Read more...] about Who is Nicholas Burns, the man Rahul Gandhi is interviewing next?
A pretty damn good summer movie but also forever a joke Reviews at the time ended up on the upper register of “mixed,” with even the positive ones expressing shock. (“Moderately successful,” raved the Los Angeles Times. “Waterworld is a pretty damn good summer movie. There, I’ve said it,” Newsweek confessed.) Watching it now, divorced from the contextual circus of expectations, it’s an ambitious, high-octane romp loaded with impressive stunts involving flaming jet-skis. Every meticulously covered spent dollar is visible on the screen. Things get a little pompous and meandering at times, but overall: not so bad. … [Read more...] about 25 years ago, ‘Waterworld’ forever changed how we think about hits and flops