Widely used in the production of rubber goods, natural latex can cause allergic reactions with symptoms ranging from minor skin irritation to asthma and life-threatening anaphylaxis. Generally, this allergy affects people sensitized by repeated exposure to latex. Healthcare workers who frequently use latex gloves and other latex-containing medical supplies are especially at risk. What prestigious hospital recently decided to replace all of its latex surgical gloves with synthetic alternatives?
Back in the day
Adopted by France's National Assembly in 1789, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen contains the principles that inspired the French Revolution. Influenced by the American Declaration of Independence, it serves as the preamble to France's Constitution of 1791. It guarantees rights to liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression, as well as freedom of speech and of the press. Even today, many of the principles in the declaration have broad implications, such as what?
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Apollinaire was a French poet who developed a casual, lyrical poetic style characterized by a blend of modern and traditional images and verse techniques. His poetry was marked by daring technical experiments, and his use of unusual verbal associations and word patterns to create surprise is often considered the start of Surrealism. A friend of many avant-garde artists, including Pablo Picasso, Apollinaire was once arrested as a suspect in the theft of what famous painting?