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Archives for September, 2007

Opioids and Sleep Disorders

A new report on sleep disorders in pain patients reveals a not-very-surprising finding: chronic opioid treatment is associated with very high incidences of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.   Higher Risk Of Sleep Apnea When Patients Use Opioid-Based Pain Medications Opioid-based pain medications may cause sleep apnea, according to an article in the September…

Emergency Beer Opener

Some people are amazingly creative…or thirsty. (Source)

RWOS Debunked

The Republican War on Science is not a war on science, after all.  It is a war on reality itself.

Kids Will be Mateys

One of the essential skills a medical student has to learn is the ability to take a list of symptoms, exam findings, and lab results and determine which diagnosis is consistent with that data.  For example, when seeing a patient like the gorgeous and brilliant woman pictured above, you should immediately think that this patient…

Courtesy of NASA, we have this pair of images illustrating the record growth rate of hurricane Humberto (2007): From Earth Observatory Newsroom: Though it was not a powerful storm, Hurricane Humberto did set a record when it formed in the Gulf of Mexico and came ashore at the Texas–Louisiana state line in mid-September 2007. According…

Look at these news briefs: In March, Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands International, pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to making regular protection payments to Colombian right-wing paramilitary groups totaling some $1.7 million between 2001 and 2004. The Defense Department has picked five companies, four of them from the Washington area,…

Reducing the (Nuclear) Threat

CNN has an interesting article on the safeguarding of highly enriched uranium.  A reporter was allowed to accompany a mission in Viet Nam to remove some cold war era highly enriched uranium from a US-built/USSR-fueled nuclear reactor.  It is kind of neat to read about, in part because the whole thing was secret until the…

Another Health Insurance Lie

I support universal coverage in a single-payer system.  I won’t belabor the point.  Today I just want to point out another insurance industry lie, printed in the New York Times today. It’s in an article about Mrs. Clinton’s health care finance reform proposal.  (Which I do not support.)   Mrs. Clinton was quoted: But she…

Matrix Animated Wallpaper

If you are willing to settle for a two-dimensional desktop experience, and you love The Matrix, this might be fun. The image is an animated GIF, so it is big.  (Sorry to the dial-up users.)  The real thing works much better than the animated GIF shows.   The howto is here. If you want the…

Real and Fake Tigers

This is a regular photo of a tiger at the Albuquerque Biological Park. The photo is on Flickr, taken by Glen.   The one below is altered to contain a hidden image.  It is from Mighty Optical Illusions by Vurdlak. The hidden image is one of those that jumps out at you, once you finally…