Radiation was another treatment that researchers were refining at the time. Gordon Isaacs was the first patient treated with the linear accelerator (radiation therapy) for retinoblastoma. Gordon's right eye was removed January 11, 1957 because the cancer had spread. His left eye had only a localized tumor and was treated with the electron beam. Gordon's vision in the left eye returned to normal.
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Hillary Creech, of Jonesboro, Ark., built a DIY air purifier for her husband's classroom. "My husband's classroom in particular has a wall full of windows, none of which open," she said
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Jodee Pineau-Chaisson sits in her office in Springfield, Mass., on Jan. 12. Pineau-Chaisson, a social worker, contracted the coronavirus last May and continues to have symptoms even months after testing negative for the virus.
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A sign outside a U.S. Social Security Administration office in Mount Prospect, Ill., in October last year. Closed SSA offices across the country are being blamed for a 30 percent drop in applications for an aid program for the most vulnerable.
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