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Submission + - Malaria drug bleaches hair white (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: In the The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report the case of a woman who overdosed on chloroquine, a drug commonly used to fight the malaria parasite. Instead of taking the doctor recommended dose of 500 milligrams per week, she mistakenly took 500 milligrams per day, a dosage that bleached her blond hair white. The researchers say such "hypopigmentation" occurs because chloroquine poisons pigment-producing cells in hair follicles. But there's an upside: The finding could be a boon to the multibillion-dollar hair color industry, which has been searching for a pharmaceutical way to change hair color.

Submission + - Flaming iPods in Japan

klubar writes: "Japan investigates possible iPod defect One of the popular digital music players reportedly shot out sparks

In the exploding laptop category, it looks like we may need to add fire-starting ipods.

The Apple response is probably easy...just buy a new one... ipods are disposable items.

The scoop: is at Japan investigates possible iPod defect"

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