Nov 1 2012
Thursday News: The male contraceptive; Hospital power failure leads to research loss; More on the history of prosthetics
The Durham County Library is hosting a romance reader festival. If you live in the Triangle area of North Carolina, check it out.
“According to precedent studies, almost 55% of the patients questioned are willing to try the male contraceptive pill. However, a recent study from the United Kingdom, published in 2010, reveals that women don’t trust that men would take the pill on a daily basis. There are currently other forms of male contraception, which includes a monthly injection. It’s based on testosterone and the result is the regulation of two brain chemicals that temporarily block sperm production. According to a clinical trial conducted in China, which involved 1,000 male patients, over a period of two years, these injections were proven to have an efficiency of preventing pregnancy of almost 95%. However, 30% of the patients stopped participating in the clinical trial due to side effects which included acne, mood swings and a lower sex drive.”
“Many precious reagents — special enzymes, antibodies, DNA strands — generated by scientists and stored at -80 degrees and -20 degrees were likely destroyed, a researcher tells the Daily News.”
“Though amputation was one of the first recorded surgeries, mentioned in the Hippocratic treatise “On Joints” around the 4th century BC, the procedure really became a viable option after major improvements were made in blood-loss prevention during the 15th and 16th centuries. Doctors began working with ligatures to seal off individual blood vessels and eventually used tight tourniquets around entire appendages to slow blood flow.”
Technology such as microprocessors are helping individuals move up and down steps which was, not just two years ago, a difficult chore. Also, wasn’t titular character from The Iron Duke actually an Anglesey?