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Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work 279

Posted by Soulskill
from the works-at-making-money-for-the-medication-providers dept.
KentuckyFC writes: "Americans spent an estimated $14.2 billion on veterinary care for their pets in 2013 — and that doesn't even include proprietary health diets and food supplements. Put another way, pet owners pay about $850 annually in veterinary expenses per dog, and about $575 per cat. Factor in the emotional energy we invest in keeping our companion animals healthy, and you'd hope for high confidence in the end results. But when one journalist investigated the science behind the meds being used to treat his aging dog's osteoarthritis, he was in for a nasty surprise. Glucosamine and chondroitin food supplements? Next to useless. Tramadol to kill pain? It's probably just getting dogs high. The one treatment that's been proven to help, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug called carprofen, is often left on the shelf because of fears — likely overblown — that it might damage dogs' kidneys. In part, you can blame this sorry state of affairs on a lack of financial incentives for drug companies to run clinical trials on animals. But often, vets aren't paying attention to the studies that have been done. If we want our dogs and cats to receive the best possible medical care, we need to ask our vets some tougher questions about why they think the drugs will work."

+ - Google buys eighth robotics company in six months->

Submitted by spineas
spineas (3440075) writes "Google recently acquired Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that has had a hand in many advanced defense robotics for the U.S. military, making it the eighth such purchase for the search engine giant in the last six months.

Boston Dynamics is well known for having developed the robot named "Cheetah," capable of running at speeds of 28MPH."

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Comment: Re:Yes, but... (Score 3, Informative) 102

by PaulBu (#44996601) Attached to: New Headphones Generate Sound With Carbon Nanotubes

Could be nice way of sidestepping the Chinese and their "rare earth" near-monopoly.

Judging from the author's names and affiliation, I quite doubt that it was their main motivation... :)

Yang Wei *, Xiaoyang Lin , Kaili Jiang *, Peng Liu , Qunqing Li , and Shoushan Fan
Department of Physics and Tsinghua-Foxconn Nanotechnology Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China

But, it's still VERY COOL!

Paul B.

Comment: And, SElinux was given to us by which org? ;-) (Score 2) 59

by PaulBu (#44803567) Attached to: Keeping Data Secret, Even From Apps That Use It

I think it was in the news recently, a lot, but not for their Linux contributions...

Though, maybe those were referenced too, along with some other contribs to MS, standards organisations, etc.

If anything, I am sure that someone is giving close and fresh look into SElinux parts right now...

Paul B.

Comment: Re:That was the most worthless infomercial ever. (Score 1) 244

by PaulBu (#43477405) Attached to: Researchers Report Super-Powered Battery Breakthrough

If my cell phone can transmit 30 times farther, I'm guessing that the power will drain from the battery 30 times faster.

Assuming that your cellphone transmit unidirectionally (as it's natural for a cellphone to do!), is not getting 30 times the 'r' requires 'r^2' more power, i.e., your battery will drain 900 times faster? ;-)

Paul B.

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