Domestic Abuse Victim Receives Second Full Face Transplant
The procedure took 20 hours and involved a team of 45 clinicians. Public health news is on groceries, video dating, e-bike safety, and mental health, as well.
NH Woman Becomes First Person In US To Receive Second Face Transplant
A New Hampshire woman who suffered severe burns in a domestic attack has received her second full face transplant, becoming the first person in the United States — and the second in the world — to ever undergo the procedure twice. Carmen Blandin Tarleton, 52, underwent her second operation for a new face in July after the transplant she received seven years ago began failing, according to Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where the surgery took place. (Chung, 8/7)
The Wall Street Journal:
Why Are Some Groceries Still So Hard To Find During Covid?
At the beginning of the pandemic, it was nearly impossible to find toilet paper, cleaning supplies or canned soup. Five months later, supplies of those goods are recovering, according to data from market-research firm IRI. But shelves remain generally emptier than they were before the pandemic, and it could get worse before it gets better. As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in certain states, grocers are reporting a new increase in staples purchases that could lead to scarcity. The even-stronger demand for items such as baking ingredients and paper towels has made it tough for manufacturers to produce the items fast enough to keep shelves full. (Gasparro and Stamm, 8/10)
The Wall Street Journal:
Match Group Looks To Capitalize On Video Dating During The Pandemic
Online-dating firm Match Group Inc. is giving users new features to woo each other via video call, providing the company with additional income streams as the coronavirus pandemic changes courtship behavior. Dallas-based Match operates several dating apps, including Tinder, Hinge and OkCupid, as well as its namesake brand. Match released video-chatting features for its apps in the spring as users started avoiding traditional dating spots such as bars and restaurants. The company is now in the beginning stages of developing features such as games and icebreakers to make those one-on-one video calls more engaging—part of a broader strategy to find new ways to generate revenue from its millions of users, according to Chief Financial Officer Gary Swidler. (Broughton, 8/10)
Simon Cowell's Accident: E-Bike Sales Are Soaring, But Are They Safe?
Electric bicycle sales are soaring amid the coronavirus pandemic, but how safe are they? Safety concerns about e-bikes sparked again after Simon Cowell broke his back in multiple places while trying out his new e-bike on Saturday in the courtyard of his Malibu home, Syco Entertainment confirmed to USA TODAY in a statement provided by Ann-Marie Thomson. Cowell, 60, underwent six hours of surgery that included placing a metal rod in his back. (Ryu, 8/10)
San Francisco Chronicle:
SF Planning To Add Mental-Health Crisis Teams To Aid People On The Streets In Psychiatric Distress
In spite of the budget woes brought on by the shattering economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco is moving ahead with substantial investments meant to repair the city’s fragmented mental health care system. One of them will give the city its first street-crisis response teams, which will deal with psychiatric emergencies.Over the next two years, Mayor London Breed’s proposed budget envisions spending nearly $76 million to begin implementing Mental Health SF, a sweeping vision of reform authored by Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney. (Fracassa, 8/11)