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Where There’s Smoke

by on Jan.12, 2015, under Consumer, Drugs, Health, Technology

There's nothing as sophisticated as a cigarette. smoke_cool2 It makes you look cool in front of your peers. copii-fumat Despite reassurance from the cigarette manufacturers, we have doubts about the health benefits of cigarettes. Camels-smoke-a-fresh-cigarette-doctor In fact, smoking cigarettes can lead to problems, like cancer and death. smoking_death1 So what can you do to look cool and gain the admiration of your peers? ME_154_Cigarettes The technological solution is the E-cigarette. Elegant woman smoking e-cigarette with smoke wearing suit You have the elegance of a cigarette with a modern electronic flair. vape_cartNot only do you eliminate the smoke and some of the poisonous chemicals, but you can choose from a large selection of flavors. Ecigarette With the elegance of the e-cigarette and elimination of the respiratory hazards, smokers can be cool once more. But there have been some problems. e-cig02 One of the problems has been that the battery may explode while being charged. e-cig01 Although the hazard has been blamed on third party or improper chargers, it has been reported to have happened with the factory supplied chargers as well. ecigcar In Utah, an exploding e-cigarette set a child's car seat on fire. The three year old received second degree burns. ecigfire This fire displaced 30 people. ecigasp1 David Aspinall's e-cigarette didn't just start a fire when it exploded, it sprayed him with shrapnel. There was lots of blood, a hole in one leg, and gashes in another. ecigasp2 Aspinall spent nine days in the hospital, and will need skin grafts over the next three years. His apartment was destroyed. ecigasp3 Although he switched to e-cigarettes for health reasons, he has started smoking tobacco again. eciginj Having finally conquered the health complications of tobacco, e-cigarettes have made smoking cool again. kid_e-cig
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Justin Is Served

by on Feb.11, 2014, under Crime, Drugs

There has been some controversy over Justin Bieber's arrest for drag racing in Miami. Justin-Bieber-Reportedly-Speeding-In-Lamborghini-Hours-Before-DUI-Arrest Although his father was blocking off the street in an SUV, he was driving a rented Lamborghini, and was driving along with his friend Khalil who was piloting a red Ferrari, he has not been charged with drag racing. Justin-Bieber-Lamborghini Last week, the Miami Beach Police Department addressed allegations of inconsistencies in Bieber's arrest report, as well as the drag racing issue. "What the public has to understand is that the officer described his actions as drag racing, but he was not charged with drag racing," said Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez. "This is a residential street, Pine Tree Drive, where the speed limit is 30 miles an hour, and if you can imagine, at 4 a.m. in the morning, a Lamborghini and a Ferrari going from zero to 40, opening up those engines. That's what drew the officers' attention to their actions." In fact, the GPS record from the Lamborghini indicates that Justin drove it at 136 MPH earlier in the day. Here's an exclusive photo of the "baby singer's" arrest. speedy_mustang
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Drug Pusher

by on Oct.03, 2013, under Crime, Drugs

Drugs can be dangerous. Whether it's alcohol, speed, cocaine or bath salts, they may prevent you from acting at peak efficiency and making the most appropriate decisions.

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For decades many of us have scoffed at the anti-drug efforts aimed primarily at marijuana because it's just not dangerous. But we were mistaken. Marijuana is deadly.

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An unidentified man was on his way from the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul to Sao Paulo when he was asked to stop by police. Since he was carrying 500Kg of marijuana, more than constitutes an appropriate amount for personal use in Brazil, he refused to stop at a road block in Bataguassu, 210 miles from Campo Grande.

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Pursued by Federal Police, the chase ended when the driver hit a tree. He might have survived the accident.

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But he was crushed when the 500Kg of marijuana shifted forward, crushing him against the steering wheel.

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Marijuana may be more deadly than you thought, at least in very large amounts.

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He Huffed and He Puffed

by on Jul.06, 2013, under Consumer, Drugs, Health, Kids, Recreation

Most kids enjoy their huffing without any real danger to their lifestyles of health. huffkids1   But, as Dirty Harry said, "A man's gotta know his limitations." These kids are huffing from a safe unpressurized plastic bag. huffkids2 But a lot of kids huff right from the container. If it's a pressurized container, like propane or computer duster, there are other dangers. duster_towlie2 It probably won't turn you into a towel, but it can distract you from whatever else you're doing at the moment. duster_blowoff When a pressurized gas is released, it expands -- and freezes. sublim2 If you're holding the can with bare hands while huffing, you can get serious freeze burns. Using long blasts or using short blasts for an extended time will result in a cold can because spraying the product uses energy to evaporate the liquid propellant‚ resulting in cooling. If the can becomes cold to the touch‚ set the 3M Dust Remover aside and allow the can to return to room temperature before continuing use. huffing1 This is what happened to Kyle, whose inhalant-of-choice was 3M Dust Remover, which includes the following disclaimer: 3M Dust Remover is NOT air in a can. 3M Dust Remover contains difluoroethane‚ ethanol‚ and a bittering agent in the form of a liquefied gas. When you spray 3M Dust Remover‚ this liquefied gas is turned into gas and released through the nozzle. 3M Dust remover is an aerosol product‚ but unlike other aerosol products which propel a liquid or powder (i.e.‚ hair spray‚ cooking spray‚ insecticide‚ etc.) through the nozzle‚ the propellant in 3M Dust Remover is used to propel itself through the nozzle. huffing2 Kyle, unfortunately, was allergic to the bittering agent. huffing3 Meanwhile we encourage him to keep smiling while he heals. huffing4 He can be thankful that he wasn't holding the can on his lap. huffing5 We're confident that Kyle has learned his lesson and will make better choices in the future. reddi_whip gwhipped_cream  
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It’s Sedate

by on Nov.08, 2012, under Drugs, Health, Kids, Recreation, Technology

There are lots of ways to restrain kids, but most of them have drawbacks. For example, it's expensive to maintain and store an ice cream truck and you can only have so many puppies. Tight restraints chafe and impede access. The challenge is to find a method that's convenient and meets all the criteria of the triangle-of-pedisedation. Nothing is more distracting to a kid than a handheld electronic game. They can relax almost anywhere.

With so many choices for sedation -- Sodium pentathol, ether, fluothane, cyclopropane -- it could be hard to choose. But when it comes to kids, there's just one that stands out.

Of course we're referring to nitrous oxide, frequently used by dentists.

Wouldn't it be great if you could distract, comfort, and sedate kids with just one handy device? This is the Pedisedate, which consists of a headset with speakers, a nitrous oxide administration mask, and a Nintendo Gameboy.

 Once the child is Pedisedated, he's at your disposal.

Available in several appealing colors!

The Pedisedate has applications in medicine, dentistry,and child care.

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Stevens Johnson

by on Nov.05, 2012, under Drugs, Health, Kids, Parenting

Calvin Lock, an eleven year old from Littleport, Cambridgeshire, UK, had the typical symptoms of a virus. His mother gave him the recommended dose of strawberry-flavored Liquid Nurofen For Children. Six days later he came down with a rash. He was diagnosed with chicken pox and given antibiotics. After the swelling and blistering worsened, Calvin was sent to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he was likewise diagnosed with a particularly nasty case of chicken pox. When he was unable to walk, talk, see, and struggling to breathe, he was finally admitted as an inpatient. Calvin was put on an IV drip as staff started treatmeant for more than 200 painful blisters but his condition deteriorated and he was put on a life-support machine. He was then transferred to a burns unit where surgeons removed affected skin from about 65 per cent of his body. He was ultimately diagnosed with Stevens Johnson syndrome, which is triggered by certain medications. In Calvin's case, it was ibuprofin that was in the cough medicine. Calvin lost his hair, which is now growing back, and will be severely scarred. His mother Robyn Moult and stepfather Daryn Chambers are now campaigning to raise awareness of Stevens Johnson Syndrome.

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A spokesman for Nurofen for Children said warnings about the reactions suffered by Calvin are included on the patient information leaflet in "consumer friendly language".

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Shining On The Inside

by on Sep.19, 2012, under Crime, Drugs, Health

The most popular ways to commit suicide are:
  1. Gun shot
  2. Drug/Alcohol overdose
  3. Hanging
  4. Poison
  5. Carbon Monoxide inhalation
  6. Suffocation
  7. Jumping
  8. Bleeding
  9. Electrocution
  10. Drowning
Injecting elemental mercury is so uncommon, it doesn't make the list. In fact, there are only two documented cases in medical literature. X-rays show how it travels through the body as the person who ingests it suffers unimaginable pain.

This is the site of the initial injection.

 The same site two days later after treatment.

 It can travel all the way to the lungs. Surgical removal of all accessible mercury is recommended.
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