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Comment Re:Anti-Sunscreen (Score 1) 210

The article highlights an interesting idea. However, one concern is that most sunscreens (except total blocks like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide-pasty stuff) are composed of biologically active compounds that absorb photons. They degrade quite quickly in a hot environment (typical advice is reapply every 2 hours in the sun-mostly for wearing off). For most cosmetically acceptable sunscreens they would need an environmentally protective device to keep them from degrading quite quickly. You probably shouldn't leave sunblock in a car on a hot day, or use them past expiration as they are in the unusual group of topicals that really do loose potency.

To get to your comments... Well, I'm not so sure Google is the best way to get medical info, but here's what I came up with (I'm not a dermatologist, but I am an MD).

These studies looked to see how much of the TiO2 penetrated the skin and got into blood (none to very little), but only after relatively short exposures (paywalls ahead):

This one looked at "sub-chronic" exposure (2, 4, and 8 weeks):

Lastly, this one looked at the effects from TiO2 in makeup and while TiO2 wasn't toxic to cells, hitting it with UV radiation caused some free radical formation, whatever that means for tumorogenesis:

Bottom line: Sunblock is probably safe and at this point is definitely better for you than constant sunburns.

Comment Re:What is the editor doing? (Score 1) 99

... portion of her skull and it with a 3d printed ...

Slashdot editors not doing their job again?

And what happened to the submission regarding the Chattanooga shooting?

Censorship raising its ugly head in Slashdot??

Take a chill pill, you anonymous cranks! This is a tech-oriented website. Having a 3D printed titanium skull transplanted into a living human is completely appropriate for slashdot. You know what really is off-topic for /.? The Chattanooga shooting. What does that have to do with tech, computers, the internet, etc? Sure, it's news and it's tragic, but not really within the scope of this site. Not that it's stopped other random articles from showing up of course....

Comment Re:I would sell it (Score 4, Interesting) 654

Or if public transpo even goes to places you need to go. I don't want to walk 40 minutes to the grocery store only to walk 40 min back to the stop (and then waiting 20 min at each stop while transfer).

That said, I already take public transportation >5x days a week, exactly because it is convenient for me.

Comment Re: Like the nazi used to say (Score 5, Insightful) 431

I'm gonna go out on a limb here, but I'm going to guess... his parents?

I agree with others, that while he might have technically broken the law, there was no real moral rule/law/whatever to break. He was essentially sifting through garbage. Yes, we can quibble over the legal definition of garbage, but the building was abandoned. This is almost a non-story to me. Kid likes science and wants to go ChemE. He starts experimenting on his own and gets nabbed while scavenging for parts. Police investigate (as they should), and find no threat. The end. BFD.

Comment Re:Messy IEEE article (Score 1) 64

Yeah, the cost of prostate biopsies should go down somewhat. As a specialty, Pathology has gotten whacked in recent years on reimbursement rates. The current rule for reimbursements on prostate biopsies was finalized in Jan for 2015. I posted a link, but you may need to agree to TOS, etc. If so, look up code G0416 which is for prostate biopsies of any amount. Medical billing is a cryptic and mysterious art and I'm (thankfully?) shielded from that, but as near as I can tell it's going to cost somewhere between $200-$500, plus whatever the surgeon charges (code 55700?), etc.

Comment Re:Economic value (Score 1) 191

You clearly have a different idea of what economic value means versus hospital admins and department chairs. Look up the concept of RVU's and you'll see why coming in to work, no matter what, will continue (because it is economically incentivized). Only a TREMENDOUS amount of social change will overcome that.

Check out this thread...

Yes, I'm a physician in real life and yes, this mentality disgusts me.

Comment Re:Vaginosis/Vaginitis Plus (Score 2, Insightful) 532

IAAP (I am a physician, and a pathologist at that!). In TFA, she notes that the pathology was only marginally more informative by including electron microscopy and immunofluorescent study. I'm not sure what more she's expecting. There's a reason why medical school is 4 years, residency is 3-4 years, and fellowship is another 1-2 years (after 4 years of college for most US citizens). This stuff IS hard, and yes it actually does require a graduate degree. In this specific instance, should the bill explain that it's the standard of care to get EM and IF tests on medical kidney biopsies? Should the bill explain what those tests are? Maybe, but I've never seen a mechanic's bill that explained why part A was used and what that part is normally used for, or how often it's used/replaced. I've never seen any bill that really explained what stuff was for. It's going to be hard for most people to fully understand a medical bill, no matter how clear and un-obfuscated it is.

For medical billing, people are obviously more interested and vested in what's happening, but a lot of the times, the situation is going to be complicated. I don't know what the solution to that is, other than paying physicians for their time (instead of unnecessary procedures and tests) to explain things more clearly.

Comment Re:Damn... (Score 1) 494

Well, Indira Gandhi, India's woman PM, was also assassinated. Although she apparently was pretty ruthless (and lacking insight) when she supremely pissed off her own bodyguards (who did the assassinating). Apples and oranges, I know, but Pakistan certainly doesn't have a monopoly on killing women in power.

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