DailyTech – Nanoparticle Combination Painkiller to Save Lives at Home and on the Battlefield.
Morphine + special new drug + polymer nanoparticles = a lifesaver.
With injury, chronic or sudden, comes pain. The severity of pain can cause a variety of detrimental effects and dangers. One of the most common pain-relievers, used both on battlefields and in hospitals at home, is Morphine.
Morphine is a powerful pain reliever, but it has the unfortunate side effect of lowering blood pressure and depressing normal breathing. Both effects can cause a shortage of oxygen in the blood stream, a potentially deadly stress on an already injured patient. Typically in a hospital setting the effects are controlled with an antimorphine agent such as Naloxone, but on the battlefield, without the extensive monitoring equipment of a hospital, this becomes a dangerous art.
Now researchers at the University of Michigan have devised both a new drug and a new delivery system that promises to help control these side effects and bring safer, more effective pain relief to hospitals and to our soldiers serving overseas.
The new drug, a Naloxone derivative, transforms into Naloxone, only when blood oxygen levels dip to low, indicating the Morphine is interfering with breathing. Describes Baohua Huang, Ph.D., the study’s first author and a research investigator at the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute and in Internal Medicine (MNIMBS), “When respiratory distress is too severe, that will trigger release of Naloxone, the antagonist (morphine-suppressing) drug. When the oxygen blood levels go up, that will stop the action of the antagonist drug and more morphine will be available.”
DailyTech – Honda Reveals ‘Personal Mobility’ Device.
Honda recently showed off a new personal mobility technology that closely mimics a robotic unicycle designed to help disabled people move around.
The new device, the U3-X, has a seat height a bit higher than an average person’s waistline, and riders must jump up a bit before they can put their feet on a foot rest. Honda designed the U3-X so it can move forward and backwards, sideways and diagonally.
Riders simply need to lean the direction they wish to go in, and it has a top speed of 3.7 MPH.
DailyTech – Mission Success: NASA Announces “Significant” Amount of Moon Water Discovered.
The Shepherding Rocket then flew through the over 350 tons of excavated material, relaying readings back to Earth, before making its own crash-landing on the Lunar surface. After a month of analysis, NASA announced the results at a triumphant press conference at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field near San Francisco, California.
Describes NASA scientist Anthony Colaprete, “I’m here today to tell you that indeed, yes, we found water. And we didn’t find just a little bit; we found a significant amount.”
He says an estimated dozen two-gallon buckets of water (in other words, approximately 24 gallons of water) was detected in the excavated debris — a significant amount of water. This provides the most compelling evidence to date in thelong running debate over whether the Moon has water frozen in its rocky soil. The composition was analyzed using spectrometers onboard the tailing rocket.