Dr. Pimple Popper treated a man with bubbling grape-sized nose growths that prevented him from breathing

Sandra Lee Dr. Pimple Popper

Editor’s note: This post contains graphic images and descriptions of dermatological conditions.

During this week’s episode of the show “Dr. Pimple Popper,” dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee helped a man who had trouble breathing because of his grape-sized nose growths.
55-year-old Tony said the condition had been growing for five years and other doctors said they had no way to help him.
Lee diagnosed Tony with a rhinophyma, a benign tumor that can appear bumpy and red.
To remove the growths, Lee used a heated wire to burn off excess skin and a scalpel to cut them off.
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In this week’s episode of the hit TLC show “Dr. Pimple Popper,” dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee treated a man with potentially life-threatening nose growths that prevented him from breathing.

Tony, a 55-year-old resident of Clinton, Tennessee, had two grape-sized growths dangling from his nose, which had smaller bump-like growths on its tip.

According to Tony, whose last name wasn’t mentioned, the growth are often pus-filled and give off a bad odor that smells “like rancid fish oil.”

The growths started to develop five years ago when Tony began taking heart-health medication. Soon after starting the medication, he said it felt like his nose was bubbling and then the growths started to form and grow quickly.

Eventually, they become so heavy Tony had trouble breathing because the growths blocked his nose. He said if he breathed in too hard through his nose, the growths would trap air from entering. To prevent this, Tony breathed lightly or physically held his growths out of the way to stop himself from suffocating.

At night, Tony wore a breathing mask with a strap that kept his nose growths out of the way. It also pushed air into his nose so he could get oxygen while sleeping. Without the mask, Tony said he …read more

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The Prosecutors Role In Doing And Undoing Mass Incarceration

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The U.S. is the incarceration capital of the world — thanks to its record for the highest incarceration rate, with more than 20% of the world’s prison population.

Several factors are behind America’s incarceration boom over the last 40 years — including the War on Drugs and lengthy mandatory minimum sentences. But one that’s overlooked is the role prosecutors played — and can still play — in turning things around.

Fordham University Law Professor John Pfaff says overzealous prosecutors have had the biggest impact on mass incarceration so far.

PFAFF: “So you get arrested, what’s the chance the D.A. says, ‘I’m going to charge you with this felony.’ It’s almost doubled.”

In the 1990s, even though the crime rate was consistently falling, two trend lines continued to increase right alongside each other — the number of prosecutors being hired and the number of people being incarcerated.

Pfaff’s book, “Locked In” says this hiring trend explains how the United States doubled its prison population at a time when there was consistently less crime and fewer criminals.

PFAFF: “As crime was rising sharply between the 1970s and the 1990s, we hired about 3,000 more prosecutors nationwide. From 17,000 to 20,000. From 1990 to 2008, as crime fell and serious crime fell, we hired 10,000 more prosecutors from 20,000 to 30,000. So crime is going up we hire 3k, crime is going down we hire 10,000, 3x as many. … There’s no evidence that a prosecutor today is any more punitive or aggressive than a prosecutor certainly in 1990 if not in 1970. We just have more of them, and they’ve got to do something.”

Lately, in cities and states across the country, tough-on-crime attorneys are being replaced by prosecutors campaigning on decarceration.

Miriam Krinsky worked …read more

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Experts think the Wuhan coronavirus jumped from bats to snakes to people. Bats have been the source of at least 4 pandemics.

Health Officials in hazmat suits check body temperatures of passengers arriving from the city of Wuhan Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the airport in Beijing, China. Nearly two decades after the disastrously-handled SARS epidemic, China's more-open response to a new virus signals its growing confidence and a greater awareness of the pitfalls of censorship, even while the government is as authoritarian as ever. (AP Photo Emily Wang)

A coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, has killed 25 people and infected more than 830.
The coronavirus is a zoonotic disease, meaning it jumps from animals to humans.
SARS, a coronavirus that killed 774 people in the early 2000s, jumped from bats to civets to people.
The Wuhan coronavirus is also thought to have originated bats, which may have passed the disease to snakes, which then passed it to humans.

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The coronavirus spreading in China and the SARS outbreak of 2003 have two things in common: Both are from the coronavirus family, and both were passed from animals to humans in a wet market.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic diseases, meaning they spread to people from animals. Because wet markets put people and live and dead animals — dogs, chickens, pigs, snakes, civets, and more — in close contact, it can be easy for a virus to make an inter-species jump.

“Poorly regulated, live-animal markets mixed with illegal wildlife trade offer a unique opportunity for viruses to spill over from wildlife hosts into the human population,” the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement on Thursday.

In the case of SARS, and probably this coronavirus outbreak too, bats were the original hosts. They then infected other animals via their poop or saliva, and the unwitting intermediaries transmitted the virus to humans.

“Bats and birds are considered reservoir species for viruses with pandemic potential,” Bart Haagmans, a virologist at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, told Business Insider.

In the last 45 years, at least three other pandemics (besides SARS) have been traced back to bats. The creatures were the original source of Ebola, which has killed 13,500 people in multiple outbreaks since 1976; Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) which can be found in 28 countries; and the Nipah virus, which …read more

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