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(MedPage Today) Sept. 15 is apparently already National Felt Hat Day , International Dot Day, and National Creme de Menthe Day. Perhaps it should also be National Pick a Human Target Day. Every day, 88 people in the U.S. die from gun-related injuries, MedPage Today reported earlier this year. But statistically speaking, more people may die from such injuries [today].
(CNN) Tired of bumping into people glued to their phones? One Chinese city thinks it has the answer: It has divided a sidewalk on one of its busiest streets into two lanes -- one for cellphone users and the other for those without. The sidewalk is in the city of Chongqing in southwestern China. Fifty meters long and three meters wide, it has warning signs painted in white on the ground.
Community: Great idea! On the crowded sidewalks of Chicago’s Loop, I’m constantly having to avoid wandering cellphone users.
(Reuters Health) People being tested for sexually transmitted diseases can now use their computers or iPhones to quickly get the results, and experts hope this easy access will make them more likely to honestly share their STD status with their partners.
Community: Hmmm… If I had an STD, I don’t think I’d want my Facebook contacts to know about it. Of course, I’m not sleeping with any of them.
(The Telegraph) At long last, it looks like male birth control is finally coming. Only, contrary to popular expectations, it’s not a male pill (which is still being developed), but an injection called Vasalgel. Vasalgel, brainchild of the Parsemus Foundation, is a non-hormonal gel that's injected just above the testicles. It works by temporarily blocking sperm from flowing through the tubes, just like a vasectomy. The only difference? This one is reversible.So far, it's only been tested on baboons and rabbits. But the results have been positive and it looks like they might be similar when the injection is tested on humans next year.
Community: Sounds like a good option for men who really, really, really don’t want to father a child. They won’t have to depend on a woman’s say-so that she’s using birth control.
(MedPage Today) The contentious American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology guidelines, which stirred controversy when unveiled last year, more accurately matched statin assignment to plaque burden compared with older guidance, researchers said, leading to a "modest" increase in the number of patients who were prescribed statins.
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As Big Tobacco takes up e-cigarettes, investors look ahead
(Reuters) As electronic cigarettes flew off shelves on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years, investors flocked to a business some hope will be the future for tobacco. Now sales growth is slowing… The entry of Big Tobacco and a push for tighter regulation has led outside investors to question the potential of the e-cigarette market, where sales are at a modest $3.5 billion worldwide but still growing faster than for most consumer goods.
(Medical Xpress) Researchers at the Royal National Orthopaedic hospital and the Royal Orthopaedic hospital, both in the U.K. have just completed the first stage of medical trials for a new type of leg prosthetic—instead of a cup design, the artificial leg attaches to a piece of metal that is connected directly to the leg bone. Developed and built by Stanmore Implants, the prosthetic called ITAP (Intraosseous Transcutaneous Amputation Prosthesis) takes a whole new approach to creating an artificial leg.
(UPI) After five of his toes and much of his foot was amputated, James Neisler is suing the jail and healthcare company he says is responsible.
(National Science Foundation) The age of the Anthropocene -- the scientific name given to our current geologic age -- is dominated by human impacts on our environment. A warming climate. Increased resistance of pathogens and pests. A swelling population. Coping with these modern global challenges requires application of what one might call a more-ancient principle: evolution.


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