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

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

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

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

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

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 2) 124

Actually this sort of tech is available now, it uses a compact video projector rather than glasses. It works well, although it does have a tendency to make even tiny veins appear viable for cannulation. I can see the potential of using glasses, the good thing about the projection version is that other people can also see what you're doing, which is helpful for a difficult procedure (e.g. PICC lines) where a couple of people might be involved. I could also imagine it reducing litigation potential compared to a single person looking through glasses.

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