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Comment: Re:Standard practice... (Score 2) 192

by uglyduckling (#46118529) Attached to: Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"
I agree it's based on the same idea, but this is quite a different thing. House dust antigen is relatively harmless and leads to worsening of atopic (asthma, eczema etc.) symptoms in some people. This new trial looks at treating people who have an anaphylactic response to peanuts ("immediate hypersensitivity reaction after peanut ingestion" from the article). People in this category die rapidly if they eat a peanut, which is why they carry epi-pens. Even with immediate epinephrine (adrenaline) some people could end up needing intubation and ventilation when exposed. Treating these sorts of reactions with desensitisation therapy is certainly not "standard practice" and would be groundbreaking if these findings can be confirmed on a wider scale and turned into treatment regimens for non-research settings.

Comment: Re:Cancer cured! (Score 1) 175

by uglyduckling (#45637549) Attached to: Killing Cancer By Retraining the Patient's Immune System
Dude, that's already happened. Look at life expectancy increases in the West over the past 100 years. In the UK NHS, it's referred to as the 'population time bomb' as people think that we'll be unable to afford universal healthcare in 20 years' time. It hasn't stopped all of these life-prolonging treatments to become mainstream, and the UK government still spends millions every year educating people in health improvement that actually extends life and ultimately costs more (stop smoking, reduce saturated fat intake).

Comment: Re:What about FAT32 (Score 1) 192

by uglyduckling (#45627667) Attached to: German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent
I don't think it's a useless file system. When I'm taking media to a conference, I have a small external hard drive with a small partition with exFAT drivers on, and a larger exFAT partition with all the media on it. That way, if there's an XP box being used for projection, I can move long video files around without the insanity of trying to use NTFS on removable media.

Comment: Re:media library (Score 1) 317

by uglyduckling (#45627635) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?
Ah, OK. I'm not sure why anyone would want to do that anyway, but fair enough. I want to have all of our music on all of our computers (synced via Home Sharing over WiFi) and then sync my mobile device to my laptop and my wife's to hers. That's what we did until Apple brought out iTunes Match, now we use that service as it's cheap and convenient.

Comment: Re:This is hardly new (Score 2) 124

by uglyduckling (#45482493) Attached to: New Smart Glasses Allow Nurses To See Veins Through Skin
I disagree. Certainly in paediatrics transilluminators work on all skin colours. To my knowledge, they don't use 'near-infrared' but use visible light, usually from red LEDs. This technology does use infra-red, and again skin pigmentation shouldn't matter. The projection-based devices I've used (e.g. Vein Viewer) worked fine on black african and asian skin pigments.

Comment: Re:Hey, if this means... (Score 1) 124

by uglyduckling (#45482443) Attached to: New Smart Glasses Allow Nurses To See Veins Through Skin
Yep, and this will help with those patients in no way at all. In fact, it's likely to make you try for a tiny mobile vein that looks good through the glasses but isn't any good in practice. This would certainly be a helpful tool in the toolkit, but in now way a complete answer.

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