28 November 2009
27 November 2009
Medical knowledge and technology sure has come a long way from the ancient times where sickness was attributed to the devil and his cohort, and in this day and age where going under the knife often meant saving a life, the PillCam Colon 2 makes its appearance, going one up on its predecessor of the same name (sans the progression in number, of course). This endoscopic capsule was specially designed for imaging of the large intestine, and has picked up European approval recently, having been unveiled at the Gastro 2009 Conference in London, England.
During the presentation of the PillCam Colon 2, independent investigators presented results of a 98-patient feasibility study that involved the ingestion of this particular medical marvel. The conclusion that these investigators came to was the PillCam Colon 2 is a “safe and effective method to visualize the colon and detect colonic polyps.” To add further weight to its effectiveness, an article discussing the study has been accepted for the December 2009 edition of the journal Endoscopy. Compared to colonoscopy, the PillCam Colon 2 pointed towards a sensitivity of 89% and a specificity of 76% in detecting polyps greater than or equal to 6 mm and a sensitivity of 88% and a specificity of 89% in detecting polyps greater than or equal to 10 mm.
Apart from its seemingly higher degree of accuracy when it comes to detecting polyps of various sizes compared to a regular colonoscopy, the PillCam Colon 2 also offers the fringe benefits of not requiring the use of sedation, intubation or air insufflation during the procedure, which ought to give patients a sigh of relief – at least for those who are afraid of going through the regular rigors of a colonoscopy. This convenient method of visualizing the colon relies on bi-directional communication between the PillCam Colon 2 and the DataRecorder, allowing it to track the capsule’s motion in the GI tract in order for the image capture rate to be adjusted to maximize colon tissue coverage.
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If you can’t swing the big iPod boombox, at least you can have this tiny one. It’ll allow for you to play your music through a classic boombox, but you won’t have to break the bank to buy it. Of course you’ll look really silly trying to perch this on your shoulder, so you might just want to leave this one on the tabletop. At least you’ll get to combine your new technology with a true classic.
The dock features double speakers and is supposed to offer a rich sound. It’s compatible with most iPods and even will work great with the iPhone. The device can only be wiped clean, for obvious reasons. They don’t state how the dock receives its power, whether it’s by batteries or if it’s USB powered. I would hope it’s USB powered, but you never know. You can purchase it for $18.
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25 November 2009
Love holding parties for family and friends? If you’re ever the perpetual entertainer for your family and inner circle, chances are you’re always thinking of new ways to keep them entertained whenever they drop by. Well, nothing does it better to enhance banter with a few good drinks and some choice wines, so why not make the Knuckle Duster Corkscrew another conversation starter in your home?
The Knuckle Duster Corkscrew is a tribute to the idea that great things sometimes can only be accomplished with a struggle.The Knuckle Duster Corkscrew looks great in your bar or office – no one should be brave enough to argue with you when they see it. And if they do become violent, just crack open a bottle of wine, and you will be instant friends. Knuckle Duster Corkscrew – peace through libation.
ThinkGeek is carrying this non-violent yet unique device for $12.99.
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