Archive for June, 2007

Tournistrip: Simple and cheap tech for reducing hospital infections

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

There will surely be challenges to adapting the “Tournistrip” to low resource settings, however, it is a cheap and simple way to cut hospital infections due to the high volume reuse of traditional tourniquets. I am just shocked that they don’t already do this in hospitals found in the West:

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Paris Hilton Denies Marijuana’s Report

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Paris Hilton Denies Marijuana’s Report

Paris Hilton has hit out at reports she was smoking marijuana at a Hollywood nightclub with close pal Kimberly Stewart’s ex-fiance Cisco Adler on Wednesday morning. The heiress and Mischa Barton’s ex were celebrating a friend’s birthday at Guy’s nightclub on Tuesday night. Us Weekly magazine reported partygoers claimed Hilton and Whitestarr frontman Adler were spotted smoking the illegal weed and kissing at Guy’s Nightclub.
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American View on Marijuana: Banned, but Tolerated

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Americans appear to have struck an odd compromise on marijuana, with most believing the drug should remain illegal but wanting prohibitions against its use lightly enforced, the Denver Post reported Sept. 18.

Producing and distributing marijuana still carries big penalties, but a number of U.S. communities have limited police authority to prosecute minor marijuana offenses, and even more have legalized medical use of marijuana. Denver residents will go to the polls in November to vote on whether to make marijuana possession the city’s lowest law-enforcement priority.

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Surgery more effective for degenerative spondylolisthesis problem

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

When it comes to low back pain, physicians generally advise exhausting nonsurgical options before resorting to surgery. But a new study shows that for degenerative spondylolisthesis with spinal stenosis, surgery provides significantly better results than nonsurgical alternatives.

The study, published in the May 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, is the second in a series reporting findings of the Spine Patients Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT), a five-year, multicenter study supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Sexual Intimacy Life Doesn’t End at 80, Study Finds

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Sexual Intimacy Life Doesn’t End at 80, Study Finds

It is a surprise to most younger people that an appreciable minority of people aged 65 to 85 continue to have an active sex life of one sort or another, and did so even before the days of Viagra. Most Americans remain sexually active into their early 70s in spite of sometimes “bothersome” health or age-related problems that make intimacy difficult, according to a groundbreaking study released.
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Quackery over the US Labor Day weekend

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

This is reposted in full from the Lancet blog post of Aug 24th, “‘Quackometer’ probes websites for pseudoscience“.

Andy Lewis of Oxford, UK wanted to see if it was possible to identify alternative medicine websites simply by analysing their language, and so began his study of “quackometrics”.

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Rep. Ramstad, Recovery Advocate, to Resign

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.), a nine-term member of Congress and longtime supporter of addiction treatment and recovery issues, has announced that he will retire at the end of his current two-year term in office, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Sept. 17.

Ramstad, himself a recovering alcoholic, said he was “burned out” but also expressed his desire to see addiction and mental-health parity legislation passed in Congress before he leaves office next year.

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DUI Courts Cut Recidivism, But More Research Needed on Why

Monday, June 18th, 2007

A new study from PIRE’s Behavioral Health Research Center finds that drunk-driving recidivism declines when offenders are sent to DUI courts and ordered to wear electronic monitoring devices and sell their cars, but experts say that it remains unclear exactly what makes the courts effective.

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Illinois, Other States Launch Meth Prevention Ads

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Funded with grants from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Illinois and seven other states are launching media campaigns aimed at preventing use of methamphetamine, the Tinley Park (Ill.) Daily Southtown reported Sept. 17.

The campaign includes ads in which speakers discuss the real-life consequences of meth use, such as a mother who lost custody of her son because of her addiction to the drug. The ads are funded with $10 million in federal money, and are also intended to let viewers know that addiction treatment is available. They target viewers ages 18 to 34.

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Blood, Sweat Could Power New Paper Battery

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Blood, Sweat Could Power New Paper Battery

This technology is still in development and so I have no idea what the cost is going to be. However, without considering costs, this may have potential for use in low resource settings:

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