Archive for March, 2013

Eye Infections Prompt Recall Of Avastin Injections

Health Week March 26, 2013 at 3:59 am

Forty lots of Avastin injection syringes, a drug used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, are being recalled by a compounding pharmacy in Georgia after reports that at least five patients developed eye infections from using the drug.

The Augusta, Georgia-based compounding pharmacy Clinical Specialties, Inc. distributed the personalized injection drugs starting December 18 of last year to doctors’ offices in Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Indiana.

Compounding is the science of creating pharmaceutical drugs to fit the certain requirements of a patient. It is basically making personalized medicines for patients.

The reported infections were from off-label use of the drug and appeared to be limited to a single clinic in the Georgia area, said pharmacist Austin Gore, who runs the pharmacy.

“We don’t know the cause,” said Gore.

The kind and the seriousness of the latest eye infections are still unknown. Officials from the United States Food and Drug Administration warned health professionals back in August 2011 regarding the dangers of using repackaged injections of Avastin. The medicine is actually for treating cancer and known by its generic name bevacizumab.

The warning from the FDA came after at least a dozen individuals who used the tainted drug developed eye infections, including some who went blind. Four other patients from Tennessee also developed eye infections at the time.

The Georgia pharmacy has sent notifications regarding the product recall to all doctors’ offices currently using the Avastin injections.

The Avastin solution for IV injections, manufactured by the biotechnology corporation Genentech, is FDA-approved to treat various cancers. Many individuals, though, have frequently used it off-label to treat macular degeneration since Avastin costs about $50 per injection while Lucentis, the Genentech drug approved to treat the eye disease, costs around $2,000 per injection.

Facts About Google You Might Not Know

Back2School March 26, 2013 at 3:44 am

Google is an exceptional company that plays a huge part in people’s lives. It is known as the source of fascination among many individuals. Here are some facts and stats about the world’s most famous search engine:

The First Google Doodle

Google is famous for its homepage “Doodles,” the logo graphics that change. Many people worldwide enjoy it during special events or anniversaries. The very first doodle was designed with an “out of office” message. Back in 1998, Brin and Page went to the Burning Man festival in Nevada during the weekend. The Burning Man doodle was created by Google staff who added this on the webpage to inform the users that they are on a break and will not be fixing any technical issues at the moment.

Google’s First Storage

The staff calls its storage the “BackRub,” back when it was a research project in 1996. It has a 40-gigabyte memory and is made of LEGO, the famous colored building bricks. It even has funny images on top. According to reports, the LEGO was said to be a way to build an expandable and cheap housing for ten 4-gigabyte hard drives.

The First Google Tweet

The very first tweet of Google is a tricky one for those who do not know binary codes. It says, “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010,” which is also known as their famous homepage line, “I’m feeling lucky.”

The Best Devices To Find Your Keys

Service Week March 26, 2013 at 3:39 am

Imagine if you have a device that allows you to find your keys with a push of a button or at least track down your wallet in a few seconds. Well, devices that allow these have finally arrived.

Radio-Wave Home Key Finders

This allows you to attach a tag to your keys or the remote. Then, you will use a base station to trigger a beep on the tag. Your sense of hearing can lead you to the device. However, these work only if the base station is near. They use watch-type batteries that last around 3 to 12 months depending on usage.

Brookstone

This $49 device offers two tags at a range of 60 feet. It works great with any key, but you have to be careful with its metal loop (the one that allows you to hook the key ring) because it is fragile.

Click N’ Dig

This device offers two tags for $27. It also offers three key and flat tags that could fit inside a purse or wallet. It has a 60-foot range with good quality attachment mechanisms.

BlueTooth Key Finders

The tracking technology can also be applied using Bluetooth on smartphones. If you put a tag on your keys and pair it with your phone and app, you will get more than just a trigger beep. It provides a map of the tag’s last or current location. It can also act as an alarm when both the phone and tag are separated. It can also work the other way around if you cannot find your phone.