Category: WTF

Are diabetics dumb enough to share pen devices and [sometimes] needles

The FDA is adding a warning label on diabetes pen devices, making clear that the pens are intended for single patient use only and shouldn’t be shared, even if the needle is changed.

In an announcement on their website last week, the agency said they are trying to reduce the risk of serious infections from the sharing of multidose pens. They will require that pens and packaging with multiple doses of insulin or other injectable diabetes medicines carry a warning label stating “For single patient use only.”

The FDA will also add warnings in the prescribing information and to the patient Medication Guides, Patient Package Inserts, and Instructions for Use. There are several different brands of the pens on the market, including exenatide (Byetta), liraglutide (Victoza), pramlintide acetate (Symlin), insulin detemir (Levemir), and insulin glargine (Lantus).

Pen cartridges usually contain enough insulin for several doses. After a patient uses the pen, blood might be on the pen even when the needle is changed, said the FDA.

The FDA saw signs as early as 2008, when the Institute of Safe Medication Practices brought up the issue, that bloodborne pathogens could be shared with pens designed for one patient only. In 2009, a U.S. Army facility announced that more than 2,000 patients were infected with a pathogen when pens were shared, leading to the FDA issuing an alert.

And in 2013, the Veterans Health Administration notified 716 patients that they might have been exposed because the devices were shared…

C’mon, folks. A little sensible hygiene goes a long way. Injectable medication has always carried the risk of bloodborne infection when devices are shared. Not rocket science.

Latest gun nut / Darwin Award candidate


What every well-dressed Republican woman [supposedly] needs

St Joseph Police say bodybuilder and Republican town official accidentally fires her own weapon while fitting her bra holster…

“She was having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn’t get it to fit the way she wanted it to. She was looking down at it and accidentally discharged the weapon,” St Joseph public safety director Mark Clapp told the Gazette about the woman, Christina Bond.

Bond reportedly shot herself in the eye on New Year’s Day, and had to be airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital. Her full autopsy hasn’t been released.

Gun accessories such as bra and purse holsters, designed for women, have grown in popularity over the last few years. Many businesses now cater specifically to female gun owners.

Did you think the combination of paranoia and stupidity was exclusive to men?

Bond was a delegate for St Joseph Township, in south-west Michigan. Bond was also a bodybuilder, winning the Miss Michigan Figure Overall Championship in 2013, and volunteered at the ministry at Berrien County jail.

Konfederacy Klavern Kartoon bigotry in Roswell newspaper – once again

Remember this? : “I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures.”

Someone should remind the Roswell Daily Record what it means to be New Mexican.

The newspaper made famous for publishing the story of a purported UFO crash in 1947 is becoming infamous in the 21st century for publishing the most racist editorial cartoon of the week – again.

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Here’s the message from the editorial page of the Daily Record to readers:

“Roswell signage suggestions… to clear up any confusion about where some people should go.”

Those “some people” appear to be Chaves County’s estimated 35,676 Hispanic residents (see the US Census data here for that) that are told to go “811 miles west” to the “Cesar Chavez home and national monument” and the county’s 1,711 African-American residents who are told to go 1,272 miles east to the “Martin Luther King, Jr. birth home and national historic site.”

The scumbags running the newspaper don’t respond to direct pressure on their bigotry. Never have. The ProgressnowNM folks have a link to a petition directed to advertisers instead. Nothing wrong with hitting bigots where their hearts are located – in the wallet.

They also offer a brief history of racist activity in the Daily Record.

Fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia – State of Emergency declared

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A train derailment Monday afternoon in West Virginia caused multiple explosions and a massive fire, and the CSX-owned train is leaking crude oil into the Kanawha River…

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency about 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Nearly three hours after that declaration, the fire was still burning, and 1,000 people had been evacuated, according to Lawrence Messina, the state’s public safety spokesman…

At least one home near the derailment in Fayette County caught fire and was destroyed, Messina said.

The derailment happened about 1:20 p.m. Eastern time as the 109-car train carrying Bakken crude oil was going from North Dakota to Yorktown, Va., Messina said. As many as 15 train cars were involved in the derailment and fire…

Crude oil from at least one of the rail cars is leaking into the Kanawha River, Messina said.

West Virginia American Water shut down its Montgomery treatment plant because the facility draws water from an area near the incident…

The plant will not be reopened until it is confirmed the water is safe, it said.

“Oil creates the illusion of a completely changed life, life without work, life for free. Oil is a resource that anaesthetises thought, blurs vision, corrupts.”

― Ryszard Kapuściński, Shah of Shahs

Bullet-proof fashion store opens in Eindhoven

A company selling “fashionable” bullet-proof clothing has opened its first store in the Netherlands.

Residents of Eindhoven can now stock up on the classic bullet-proof vest, but also suits, leather jackets and even ties, the Omroep Brabant website reports. The shop sells a Colombian brand of armoured clothing that is designed to look just like normal outfits, with vests thin enough to wear underneath a T-shirt. The clothes are mainly aimed at people who might feel at risk in their jobs, such as jewellers and staff at petrol stations, says company spokesman Staas de Wijs. They’re not meant to appeal to criminals, he adds.

The group that owns the shop, Panamera, says there’s been an increased interest in the products since the Paris terror attacks in January. “After Paris, 150 more people have already asked for information,” CEO Yavuz Yilmaz tells the Eindhovens Dagblad website. He won’t give away anything specific about who’s buying the items, but says the past weeks have seen “a lot of enquiries from Belgium and France as a result of current developments”. Anyone interested in making their wardrobe bullet-proof might need to save up, however. According to Omroep Brabant, the cheapest item costs 2,400 euros (= $2,700).

Eeoough! That can do as much damage as a small-calibre bullet. At least to your wallet.

How’s that NRA gun safety program working out for you?

A three-year-old American boy has shot his mother and father with the same bullet after pulling a gun from her handbag…

The incident took place in a motel room on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque in the state of New Mexico…

The bullet passed through his father’s buttock and hit his mother, who is eight months pregnant, in the arm. Both parents are said to be recovering.

The boy’s two-year-old sister, who was also in the room at the America’s Best Value Inn, was unhurt.

Justin Reynolds told NBC News station KOB he and his girlfriend Monique Villescas were about to order a pizza when he heard the shot.

“The next minute I realised my girlfriend was bleeding. Then I sat down and realised I was shot too.”

He called emergency services and tried to staunch Ms Villescas’s bleeding with towels.

He said: “I was more worried about my girlfriend than myself and anything else that was going on. And my son because I didn’t know if he had shot himself or not. He was shocked and crying. It was traumatising.”

Mr Reynolds has been released from hospital and Ms Villescas is in a stable condition.

Albuquerque police said the district attorney’s office would decide whether the parents would face negligence charges. The children have been taken into care.

No doubt the couple will receive defense at no cost from the NRA if they are charged for their negligence. As far as the NRA is concerned even accidentally shooting your family is covered by the 2nd Amendment.

Expensive placebos work better than cheap placebos — Gotcha!

For the most part, there is no difference — chemical or otherwise — between generic drugs and their more expensive, brand-name counterparts. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have varying effects, especially if their users are under the assumption that expensive drugs are more effective.

In a recent study, researchers found a patient’s perception or expectations of a drug (based on how much it costs) significantly affected the drug’s efficacy.

“Patients’ expectations play an important role in the effectiveness of their treatments, and the placebo effect has been well documented, especially in people with Parkinson’s disease,” explained lead study author Alberto J. Espay, a researcher at the University of Cincinnati who is currently serving as a fellow with the American Academy of Neurology.

“We wanted to see if the people’s perceptions of the cost of the drug they received would affect the placebo response,” Espay added.

To find out, Espay and his colleagues gave a group of study volunteers two shots of a placebo drug for Parkinson’s disease. Of course, the participants weren’t told it was a simple saline solution. Doctors told them that they were receiving two drugs, one shot and then the second after the first “wore off.”

Prior to the shots, doctors told the participants each drug had proven equally effective, but that one was significantly more expensive than the other — one costing $100 per dose and the other costing $1,500 per dose.

Despite being the exact same saline solution, the “expensive” placebo minimized hand shaking and improved motor skills among the Parkinson’s disease patients more effectively than did the “cheap” placebo.

After eventually revealing the ruse, researchers found the difference in efficacy was most pronounced among patients who admitted to expecting an improved result from the expensive version of the drug.

The brain is powerful drug — one that researchers hope to use to improve treatments.

If you casually note the number of miraculous cures popular through history – you shouldn’t be surprised at any of this. Both the placebo effect and the belief in “getting what you pay for” are demonstrably strong. Combined in a society rife with ignorance, the sophistry is destined to have some effect.

Dumb crooks of the day!

Unexploded military ordnance detonated Saturday afternoon near Chaparral, NM, critically injuring two El Paso, TX, women who were looking for scrap metal…Apparently this was something they tossed into their pickup truck.

The Otero County Sheriff’s Office said the ordnance went off near Landing Stripin Road just west of U.S. Highway 54 about 1 p.m.

The kind of ordnance that exploded was not identified.

The two El Paso women were airlifted to University Medical Center and are in critical condition, hospital officials said.

Fort Bliss and Department of Defense officials detonated the remaining unexploded ordnance in an area off of the highway around 6:30 p.m. after removing it from a vehicle…

Jethro Armijo, a University Medical Center spokesman, said two women arrived at the hospital at about 2 p.m. Saturday…Armijo did not provide any specifics about the injuries. He said one of the women being treated at the hospital is 50 years old. The age of the other woman is not known, Armijo said…

Officials reopened the highway sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“We did close the highway for the general safety of the public because we did have the unexploded ordnance,” Undersheriff Daron Syling said. “For anybody driving past that area we had to respect that blast radius of the potential danger of it. We had to shut it down.”

Officials did not say what kind of ordnance was detonated.

Fort Bliss has had Tank and Artillery battalions stationed there over the years. They could have anything up to and including 155mm howitzer rounds laying around unexploded from training exercises.

You’d think even the dumbest of crooks might recognize something that looks like a helluva big bullet to be dangerous, eh?

What class of Arrogant describes Mommy?

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A five-year-old was billed for failing to attend a friend’s birthday party – resulting in threats of legal action.

Alex Nash, from Cornwall, was invited to the party just before Christmas.

An invoice for £15.95 was sent by his schoolfriend’s mother Julie Lawrence, who said Alex’s non-attendance left her out of pocket and his parents had her details to tell her he was not going.

Alex’s father Derek said he had been told he would be taken to the small claims court for refusing to pay.

Alex’s parents, from Torpoint, had accepted an invitation to the party at a dry ski slope in Plymouth, Devon, just before Christmas.

However, they realised their son was double-booked and due to spend time with his grandparents, which he did…

His parents said they had no contact information for Ms Lawrence at that time.

They found the invoice in a brown envelope in his schoolbag last week.

Mr Nash said: “It was a proper invoice with full official details and even her bank details on it.

“I can understand that she’s upset about losing money. The money isn’t the issue, it’s the way she went about trying to get the money from me…

In a short statement, Ms Lawrence said: “All details were on the party invite. They had every detail needed to contact me.”

Mr Nash said he had been told he was being taken to the small claims court because he was refusing to pay.

RTFA if you think you’ll find the discussion of relevant law interesting. Suffice it to say the invoice ain’t being paid.

I would be hard-pressed to stick to Mr. Nash’s level of politeness.