A-a-a-ah-CHOO!

A-a-a-ah-CHOO!

The flu seems to have hit pretty early this year and while I have escaped thus far, I have had my share of colds. I’m not one to take medicines unless my ABCs are compromised but recently I received a complimentary bottle of Afrin No-Drip nasal spray from BzzAgent to test and review. The cold started to kick in on Christmas Eve and my usual cure of rest, tea, and complaining was not an option because I was stuck at work on a twelve hour shift. When I came home, I reached into my nerd drawer (cameras, GPS, various cords, USB drives, nasal spray) and plucked out the Afrin. For the next eight-ish hours, that burning/tingling feeling of having to sneeze lingered in my nose. Ugh! Naturally, I gave this spray multiple chances over the days of the cold and well, the same funny feeling came back. I know everyone is different and my old boss swore to this brand up and down but I just wouldn’t recommend it. Maybe it is the formula? I wound up relying on cold and flu pills for the rest of the duration.

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Trauma Thursdays: Can your Wonderbra do this?

Trauma Thursdays: Can your Wonderbra do this?

It may not give you car-crashing cleavage, but it can detect breast cancer! The bra–“The First Warning System”, invented right here in the U.S., detects changes in cell temperature. Cell temperature, for those who don’t know, changes when new blood vessels pop up–blood vessels associated with tumors. While the bra is still going through trials, the company says it will be used mostly in commercial settings as a diagnostic tool. According to them and three trials with 650 women, the bra is more accurate (and probably less painful) than mammograms. My only question is if they will be used in ob/gyn offices, how would they be kept sanitary for each patient? The item is much too expensive to be single-use and I imagine all those sensors aren’t exactly machine-wash friendly…

Read more here.

Trauma Thursdays: We’re number one! We’re number one!

Trauma Thursdays: We’re number one! We’re number one!

Yeah, New York! I knew you could do it! JFK airport is now officially the number one contender in spreading epidemics! Yay, we’re good for something! Take that California! Up yours Alaska! Researchers at MIT created an expansive model to determine which airports in the United States would play the most critical role in letting an endemic turn into an epidemic. We’re number one! We’re number one!

Read more here.

Trauma Thursdays: An Aid to An Invention

Trauma Thursdays: An Aid to An Invention

In the world of medical technological advancements, there exists already the needle-free drug delivery system. One of the biggest marks against that system, however is the difficulty of getting said medicine through the skin. The skin is our natural protection against the elements and foreign materials. Because of this, we delve into finding unnatural ways to overcome this layer of protection in order to let these vaccines be the most efficient they can be.

The researchers at MIT have come up with a device that uses ultrasonic waves to make the skin more permeable, which will then allow for easier absorption of the medicine being delivered via patch or other needle-less system. It hasn’t been tested on humans yet but the pig skin absorbed insulin 4 times better than via needle-less system alone. Read more here.

Trauma Thursdays: Would you like to supersize that?

Trauma Thursdays: Would you like to supersize that?

No, thank you! Mayor Bloomberg has now approved the first ban on the so-ginormous-they-could-take-over-Japan soft drinks. There are people up in arms about this decision (made 8 to 1 by the way) but really, these are the same people who are going to cause insurance premiums to go way up because of all the medical care/procedures/tests that the obese will need when their bodies start shutting down. New York City ALONE spends FOUR BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR on medical care for overweight people. I am in favor of this ban because of the money that will be saved later. Also, what is wrong with drinking water? Or smaller amounts of soda? Okay so maybe your pregnant wife is like “Oh My God! I need pickles, ice cream, and a supersized Sprite, right now! I’m craving! Arghhhh!” JUST BUY HER SEVERAL MEDIUMS. If you will die without soda, just go to the store and buy a bottle. Seriously. Now, I don’t live in NYC but I sure hope this takes effect on Long Island. And Mississippi. Mississippi is bad…woo. Like really bad. Like, was found to be the fattest state bad.

Keep in mind, girls and boys, that government regulations are responsible for letting you purchase meat that isn’t covered in hair and maggots. Government regulations can also save your life. Those CPR/AED machines you see in buildings? Government. Children having to go to school? Government. Fire exits? Government. Knowing if a prescription pill will kill you or not? Government. Bridges that don’t fall when you drive over them? Government. Do you get it yet?

Trauma Thursdays: No needle No cry

Trauma Thursdays: No needle No cry

I have a long-running phobia of needles so naturally, I often stalk needle-related technological updates. Many of these updates include the creation and trials of pore-sized microneedles and needle-free vaccines. Scientists even found a non-invasive way to check blood glucose. A laser-powered drug injector, created in South Korea, injects medicine through a stream only a wee bit wider than a human hair. Currently, they are working on ways to make that technology cheaper. Whether or not they will release it into the US, who knows.

Read more about it here.

P.S. 1 in 10 people have a phobia of needles. The more you know…

Trauma Thursdays: Allergic? To bras? What?

Trauma Thursdays: Allergic? To bras? What?

A latex allergy can make life…inconvenient. The doctors’ office or ambulance suddenly become places that must be tiptoed around. Your boudoir wardrobe may seem like a lovely place to escape, but be cautious. Latex is often used in the elastic threads woven into bras. This can provide for wonderful shaping but if you’re allergic, this shaping can quickly turn into a dry, red, itchy mess.

A body can also be allergic to p-tert-butylphenol formaldehyde resin, a common cause of contact dermatitis. This resin is closely associated with sportswear and surf/scuba suiting. Recently, however, a patient at Rady Children’s Hospital was the first to have contact dermatitis from this resin from a padded foam bra. I’m curious to know the brand of this bra, but that wasn’t given in the abstract.

I’m not allergic to latex but I feel terribly for women who are. The offerings out there for spandex and latex-free bras are pretty grim, both in selection and aesthetics. The benefit here is that most of the latex/spandex free bras are made of cotton, which dyes fantastically. Personally, I would buy seven white ones and go to town with machine dyes.

Trauma Thursdays: I can’t even believe they did a study on this.

Trauma Thursdays: I can’t even believe they did a study on this.

Some scientist, somewhere in France, probably drank a little too much wine and decided it would be a grand idea to conduct a study on the correlation between bust size and the ability to hitch-hike. Pardon my French, harharhar, but that must have been the most ridiculous data collection activity ever! They used a twenty-year-old woman, who was put in a bra that allowed for the optical illusion of adding and subtracting cup sizes. Unsurprisingly, she was offered more rides with more cup sizes. Also unsurprisingly, this only applied to male drivers. Sigh. I can only hope this one didn’t come out of their taxes.