August 9, 2011

Results Are Immediate

1 New Handheld Sensor Detects Date Rape Drugs

A handheld sensor that detects the presence of date rape drugs in drinks has been developed at Tel Aviv U and may be ready for commercial use in a few years. According to the Department of Justice, about 200,000 women were raped in the US in 2007 with the aid of psychoactive drugs placed in their drinks that rendered them barely conscious. The number is thought to be up to 80 to 100% higher since many cases go unreported. Date rape drugs are colorless and odorless but change a liquid’s optical properties, which the sensor can detect. The sensor was 100% accurate in preliminary tests but can only detect two date rape drugs for now. Developers are miniaturizing the sensors to make them affordable for personal use and to widen the range of drugs they can correctly identify.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Condom Fights Rape in Africa

Tags: Alcohol, University of Tel Aviv, Date Rape, Date Rape Drugs, Psychoactive Drugs, Department of Justice, Date Rape Drug Sensor

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Coming This Fall

2 Walgreens Will Sell Health Insurance

Walgreens will begin offering health insurance to customers this fall, reports CNN. The largest drugstore chain in the nation, Walgreens plans to sell health insurance products from coast-to-coast via a private health insurance exchange. However, CNN reports that Walgreens will neither confirm nor deny their plans to sell health insurance. A Walgreens spokesman said that Walgreens is "looking at a number of options in light o health care reform," but CNN says that "people familiar with the matter" claim that the drugstore giant will sell insurance products with different price ranges and coverage levels.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: CVS Caremark Drops Walgreens from Coverage

Tags: Walgreens Health Insurance, Private Health Insurance Exchange, New Health Insurance Options, Uninsured Patients, Buying Health Insurance at Walgreens

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Many Benefits to Exercise

3 Lifting Weights May Help You Quit Smoking

Trying to quit smoking? Adding weight lifting and resistance exercises to your workout may be the key to helping you kick the habit. A new study from The Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventative Medicine finds that smokers who regularly lift weights are more likely to quit. Joseph Ciccolo PhD, an exercise physiologist and psychologist, followed 25 male and 25 female smokers who smoked at least five cigarettes a day for one year or more. They all received smoking cessation counseling and a supply of nicotine patches. However, those who participated in two 60-minute resistance training sessions per week for 12 weeks were more likely to give up their smoking habit and remain quit for at least three months. In addition, they also lowered body weight and body fat.

More at Medical Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Smokers with Depression Smoke More and Quit Less, One in Five Americans Still Smoke

Tags: Exercise, Fitness, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Weight Lifting

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Should You Know?

4 Early Gender Tests Raises Ethical Questions

A retrospective study looking at simple blood tests sold directly to consumers that detect the gender of a fetus as early as seven weeks have been shown to be 95 percent accurate but raises questions as to how it will be used. They work by using a technique called PCR in which small amounts of DNA in the mother’s blood are copied so they can be detected and if DNA from the Y chromosome is present, it is a boy and if not it is a girl. Doctors in Great Britain do gender testing to determine the risk of sex-linked diseases such as hemophilia but using the test to abort female fetuses is a major concern. A company in California sells an “early gender test” called Pink or Blue and laboratory testing services online, but do not sell it in China or India where gender selection is common.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Walgreens Delays Sale of DNA Tests

Tags: PCR, Pregnancy Tests, Early Gender Test, Pink or Blue, Gender Selection, Sex-Linked Diseases, Sex Selection, Blood Tests for Pregnancy

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