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Comment Re:That didn't take long (Score 1) 690

I get 30 of the 10mg Percocets a month for chronic migraines and chronic tension headaches (headaches all day every day suck...).

They helped a ton until I got a medication overuse headache (after ~3 or 4 months of daily use, in my case). Then I got into a horrible spiral of taking Percocet for a headache, which gave partial relief for 2-4 hours (usually), and was immediately followed by a worse headache. Lather, rinse, repeat.

So... moral is, more isn't always better, I guess. But yeah, 40 per half year is pathetically small if you get migraines or really bad tension headaches often and nothing else works. I didn't get addicted when I was taking 1-2 every weekday (and saving up on weekends to create a buffer). I got 20 or so sitting here, forlorn, while I try to get my MOH under control.

I trust you've tried all the tryptans, Migranal, muscle relaxants (if you get tension headaches), blood pressure medicine (beta blocker or calcium blocker (Verapamil is a favorite)), anti-convulsants (Topamax), SSRIs, TCAs, and whatever other crazy-ass guesses your neuro throws at you...

Cancer Cells Detected Using $400 Digital Camera 90

fergus07 writes "Researchers have detected oral cancer cells using a fiber-optic cable and an off-the-shelf Olympus E-330 camera worth $400. The work by Rice University biomedical engineers and researchers from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center could improve access to diagnostic imaging tools in many parts of the world where these expensive resources are scarce. In the tests, a common fluorescent dye was used to make cell nuclei glow brightly and images were taken using the tip of the fiber-optic bundle attached to the camera. The distorted nuclei, which indicate cancerous and pre-cancerous cells, could then be distinguished on the camera's LCD monitor."

German Airports Use Bees To Monitor Air Quality 44

The Düsseldorf International Airport and seven other airports in Germany have come up with a unique way of monitoring air quality; they use bees. The airports test the bees' honey twice a year for toxins, and batches that turn up clean are bottled and given away. From the article: "Assessing environmental health using bees as 'terrestrial bioindicators' is a fairly new undertaking, said Jamie Ellis, assistant professor of entomology at the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory, University of Florida in Gainesville. 'We all believe it can be done, but translating the results into real-world solutions or answers may be a little premature.' Still, similar work with insects to gauge water quality has long been successful."

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