Verbeck bears a resemblance to Bryan Cranston's Walter White character from the TV series Breaking Bad, in which a high school chemistry teacher — chasing fast money — begins making meth with a former student.Verbeck embraces the look and once dressed up as White for a lecture. But Verbeck says he and Kiselak's aims are more noble than just making money. He said he primarily wanted to help solve the opioid crisis that has hit communities across the country. He said if someone on opioids or other drugs was unresponsive and needed medical treatment, they could breathe into the device so doctors could diagnose them quickly and give them appropriate treatment. Public safety uses could be in the offing as well. In Texas, it's illegal to drive under the influence of drugs. While an officer can perform a field sobriety test, they have no means to confirm the person is impaired because of drugs other than alcohol. They would have to order a blood or urine sample to … [Read more...] about Breaking Breath: University of North Texas professor makes meth in his lab for drug test device
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A study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) raises important questions about the implications of widespread screening for atrial fibrillation — our most common abnormal heart rhythm (or, “arrhythmia”). Atrial fibrillation (“AF” or “AFib” for short) is an irregular beating of the heart’s two upper chambers, and is considered a risk factor for stroke. The study looked at diagnosing AF — not by the traditional electrocardiogram (ECG) performed during an office visit — but by using a wearable, self-applied ECG patch; specifically, in people over age 55 at high risk for developing the arrhythmia. The study found that at 4 months Afib was diagnosed in 53 out of 1,366 patients wearing the patch (3.9%) compared with 12 out of 1,293 patients (0.9%) in the control group; an absolute difference of 3%. After a full year the rate of AF diagnosis more than doubled in the monitored group (from 2.6 to … [Read more...] about Screening for atrial fibrillation with a wearable patch: Seek and ye shall find … and then what?
An investigation has been launched after the drugs trial being carried out in the western city of Rennes went tragically wrong. Some media reports in France claimed the drug was a cannabis-based painkiller and AFP quoted a source "close to the case" who said the drug contained cannabinoids - an ingredient found in cannabis plants. However a spokesperson for France's health ministry has told The Local this information is false. "This medication did not contain cannabis and was not a cannabis-based drug," said Health Minister Marisol Touraine. According to France's Minister of Health Marisol Touraine the trial has been called off after one person was left brain-dead and five others hospitalised after taking the drugs. However some reports suggest the victim has been left in a coma, which would mean the brain damage may not be permanent. It is believed eight people were taking part in the trial, but of two of them had been given a placebo. "A serious accident took place," the … [Read more...] about Volunteer left brain-dead as French drug trial goes wrong
Arachnoiditis is a neurological condition that causes pain in the back, perineum (the space between the genitals and the rectum), legs, arms, and feet. Arachnoiditis can also affect a person's vision, sight, and mobility. Arachnoiditis develops when the tissues that protect the brain, the nerves, and the spinal cord are damaged, usually by a traumatic injury. In this article, we look at the causes and types of arachnoiditis, as well as how to manage the pain and other symptoms. Arachnoiditis occurs when the arachnoid is damaged. The arachnoid is part of a group of membranes that cushion the brain and spinal cord nerves. When this cushioning is damaged, nerves may not function correctly. The nerves in the spinal cord are surrounded by several thin tissues, called meninges, which provide cushioning and protection. The arachnoid mater is the middle tissue of the meninges. Damage to the arachnoid mater can cause swelling and inflammation. This swelling can cause nerves in the spine to … [Read more...] about Arachnoiditis: Symptoms, diagnosis, and outlook
(Natural News) 3D printing has come quite a long way since experts first started experimenting with it back in the 1980s. These days, it plays a huge role in the intersection of design, manufacturing, and prototyping for consumer products that would otherwise be stuck in industrial limbo, thanks to all of the necessary prerequisites.Even in business settings, it can come in handy many times, mainly for producing specific items that need to be used for specific tasks or scenarios. One industry, in particular, which has benefited a lot more than others in this regard is none other than the medical industry. Often, there are customized solutions needed that only 3D printing can provide.The same might as well be said for the pharmaceutical industry — consider the fact that it’s also a huge, highly complicated industry with often convoluted and painstakingly lengthy processes needed to manufacture pretty much anything. Something like a prescription drug that’s needed in … [Read more...] about Manufacturing your own drugs in your own home could soon be possible thanks to 3D printing