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A Wearable To Detect Germs & Viruses?

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Rutgers engineers have invented biosensor technology – aka lab on a chip – that could be used in hand-held or wearable devices to monitor your health and exposure to dangerous bacteria, viruses and pollutants.
Electronic detection of microparticles allows for ultra-compact instruments needed for wearable devices. The Rutgers researchers’ technique for barcoding particles is, for the first time, fully electronic. That allows biosensors to be shrunken to the size of a wearable band or a micro-chip, the study says.

The technology is over 95 percent accurate in identifying biomarkers and fine-tuning is underway to make it 100 percent accurate. The team is also working on portable detection of microrganisms, including disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Should be available in about two years.

 

Warning! Gene Editing Technology & It’s Danger

 

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CRISPR gene-editing technology has been the new rave in the medical world. Showing potential for treating diseases ranging from cancerto type 2 diabetes,  the technology has been moving full-steam ahead, with a trial in humans already started, even as the repercussions of gene editing remain largely unknown.

A recent study has highlighted the uncertainties, showing that unintended mutations may result when you dice and splice the human genome, they it’s too ealy to say whether the mutations are a cause for alarm.

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/06/13/crispr-gene-editing-dangers.aspx

For Librarians In Philly, Drug Overdose Drills Is Part Of The Job

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Chera Kowalski, 33, who works with teens and adults at McPherson Square library, holds naloxone. While other libraries practice fire drills, McPherson Branch has overdose drills.

The librarians at the Needle Park location in Kensington have had to learn how to administer Narcan to some people. This location is known for being surrounded by a neighborhood rampant with drugs and addicts. Many patrons to come to the library for refuge and to have a safe haven. This library has been such a thing for many patrons in the neighborhood. In the past, the library has not had to take care of such things, but then the heroin epidemic hit.

The library started doing overdose drills for the last thirty years, and until recently, having to rely on those skills did not happen very often. There have been four overdoses in the library since the epidemic spread, and thankfully, none of them have been fatal. Some people come to this location to do their drugs for the sake of having a safe, quiet place to do what they will. In one case, a man shot up while he was in the adult reading room, and when he slid to the floor, help was there to take care of him. Much of the same can be said about the man who passed out in the bathroom while gasping for air.

There is now a monitor system in the bathroom. Adults are required to leave a library card or some other form of ID at the front desk. People are limited to bathroom time for between three and five minutes. After that time frame, a guard will knock before coming in to check on anyone that might have disappeared into the room.

 

SHAMEFUL!

Phily Librarians Stocking Up On Heroin Antidote Because Of Tourist

Fentanyl Bust

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Hundreds of people aka “Heroin Tourist” are traveling to Philadelphia every month in dorves because of its reputation for having purer heroin than any other city.

As a result, overdoses in public places have surged, including public libraries, where librarians have begun to stock Narcan to counteract overdoses that occur there.

Librarians have been called into duty so often to revive overdose victims, they have learned to tell the difference between a regular heroin overdose and a more deadly fentanyl overdose,  by the sound the victim makes while collapsing, a story in Philly.com reports.

But they are not just using bathrooms, overdoses occur on the lawns and property of public libraries, and other public places, one of which has been dubbed “needle park” for its use by addicts to shoot up.

The Philadelphia Department of Health reported in February about an “alarming increase” in overdose deaths in the city.
During the first five days of December, the city reported 35 deaths from heroin overdoses, most included an amount of fentanyl, a synthetic type of heroin that can be as much as 50 times more dangerous.
 The 12 drug deaths reported on December 1, 2016 were more than had ever been reported on a single day to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Google Hire

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Google Hire allows employers post job listings, then accept and manage applications, according to job listing links spotted by Axios reader Colin Heilbut. So far, several tech companies seem to be using (or testing) Google Hire, including Medisas, Poynt, DramaFever, SingleHop, and CoreOS. Google has assured, that “Only information that a candidate voluntarily provides would be passed to a prospective employer as part of their online application.”

 

 

Ageing Seen As Positive

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Dr Paul Ong, Technical Officer, Innovation for Healthy Ageing at the World Health Organization, says “ageing, on the whole, is “a good thing” for the world, and governments should not see it as a “threat”.  He says,  being old is, in fact, a sign of “successful development,” he says. “It means that a majority of people are now living to a much older age.”

On Being Black in the White-Dominated Weed Business

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Medical marijuana is currently legal in roughly 28 states (and Washington, D.C.), and recreational use is now legal in eight states—there’s been a wave of entrepreneurs sparking up new streams of income in the marijuana business. But it’s mostly whites who are making a profit from this “green rush.”Outside of the celebrity-endorsed bud brands, there are just a handful of everyday black folk who have been successful in opening up a cannabis company of their own or attaining leadership positions for existing weed businesses.

Read More, According to an investigative report by Buzzfeed, only 1 percent (fewer than three dozen) of the 3,200 to 3,600 marijuana dispensaries in America are black-owned.

 

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