As I have often noted, medical devices have terrifyingly poor security models, even when compared to the rest of the nascent Internet of Things, where security is, at best, an afterthought (at worst, it's the enemy!). Read the rest
Amazon has a good deal on a TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy electronic pulse massager. It's just $16 when you use code C4MMPX22 at checkout.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is an unproven way to reduce body pain, though many people swear by it. TENS devices are small battery powered units that have two electrodes that you stick onto your skin. According to WebMD,
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When the current is delivered, some people experience less pain. This may be because the electricity from the electrodes stimulates the nerves in an affected area and sends signals to the brain that block or "scramble" normal pain signals. Another theory is that the electrical stimulation of the nerves may help the body to produce natural painkillers called endorphins, which may block the perception of pain.
A Colombian HIV-positive man who'd gone off his meds died when a tapeworm in his body developed cancer and spread tumors to his lungs. It's the first known case of a person dying of a disease that had infected their parasite. Read the rest
When the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 passed, pharmacies moved all cold-medicine with the actually-works ingredient pseudoephedrine, only available on request and with a copy of your ID. In its place, the pharmacy shelves were restocked with phenylephrine, which was alleged to work just as well. It doesn't work at all. Read the rest
When I think of torture devices, my mind flashes back to Mel Brooks singing about The Inquisition in The History of the World, Part I.
Others might focus on Italian horror films from the 1960s, where a spike piercing an eyeball seemed to be a favorite pastime. However, no matter how stout your character, or how un-squeamish you think you are, I dare you to watch this video and not squirm. There's nothing evil at work, though, just the clever use of a small device to help with ingrown toenails (and we all know how painful those little buggers are).
The largely unregulated supplement industry sells a variety of weird and sometimes dangerous stuff that it wink-nudge promises will cure what ails you, but even the most accurately labeled, evidence-based supplements can make sick people much, much sicker. Read the rest
Melbourne, Australia's Lab 22 produced a 3D printed, custom set of ribs and artificial sternum that were implanted into a 54-year-old male Spanish cancer patient's chest-cavity at Salamanca University Hospital. Read the rest
What's worse than courts demanding that poor people pay extortionate fines to the state for minor offense? Asking them to literally pay with their own blood.
The $825,000 Z Backscatter Vans the NYPD drives around the city look like regular police vans, but are equipped with powerful X-rays that can see through walls and vehicles. US Customs uses these things to scan cars and freight-containers, but only after they're sure there are no people around. Read the rest
"All I ask is that there's a way to take off the pounds without exercising, or changing what I eat, or how much of it I eat," says Stephen Colbert. "Other than that I am willing to do anything. Well, anything has finally arrived, and it's called Aspire Assist." Read the rest
Endorphins may have been getting too much credit for “runner's high,” that euphoric lift we get when we exercise intensely. Read the rest