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December 21, 2007

BehindTheMedspeak: Super Glue Surgery


Anahad O'Connor's "Really?" column in the December 4, 2007 New York Times Science section addressed the topic; the piece follows.

    The Claim: Super Glue Can Heal Wounds

    The Facts: Call it the secret life of Super Glue.

    During the Vietnam War, emergency medics began using the all-purpose glue to seal battle wounds in troops headed for surgery. The glue was so good at stemming bleeding that it was credited with saving many lives.

    Nowadays, professional athletes often close small cuts with Super Glue or similar products to get back in the game in a hurry. The glues are also used by veterinarians, and many people keep a tube around the house to help them out of a medical pinch. It is believed that the glues — made from the chemical cyanoacrylate — not only stop bleeding quickly, but also lead to less scarring.

    So should you keep some Super Glue in the medicine cabinet? Probably not, experts say. Studies show that although the glue can be useful in emergencies, it can also irritate the skin, kill cells and cause other side effects, particularly when used on deep wounds.

    There is a safer alternative. In 2001, the Food and Drug Administration approved a similar, antibacterial form of the substance called 2-octyl-cyanoacrylate, which is marketed as Dermabond.

    The Bottom Line: Using ordinary Super Glue on wounds can cause side effects, but a safer alternative exists.


I've touched on this topic previously in an August 1, 2006 post.

Long story short: I still believe what I wrote then, namely that Super Glue is the way to go for superficial cuts — when used correctly.

O'Connor's spot on when he points out it's not a good idea to pour the stuff into a deep wound but otherwise I would — and do — go right ahead and use it.

Make certain to first irrigate the wound copiously under running water — it is impossible to overstate the importance and efficacy of this simple maneuver, far more effective in minimizing the chance of infection than applying anything — hydrogen peroxide, what have you — to the injury.

Make sure the wound is completely dry — or as dry as it's possible to make it — before applying the glue.

I've found that after closing a cut with Super Glue, for the next two or three days the wound area aches below the closed skin, even though there's no evidence of infection.

This may the body's way of saying, "Don't mess with Mother Nature."

Oh, yeah, one last thing: a single-use tube of Dermabond is hard to acquire, expires about six months after you buy it and costs $23.95.

A multi-use tube of Super Glue is available 24/7/365 in every convenience store, pharmacy and grocery, lasts forever and costs $1.99.

Here's a link to an informative article about how to achieve the best results using Dermabond (or Super Glue).

December 21, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Dolphin Blanket — Why settle for swimming with the fishes when you can sleep with them?


From the website:

    Dolphin Fleece Blanket

    This soft, cozy fleece throw features a breathtaking scene from nature.

    Exquisitely detailed in brilliant true-to-life colors, it's woven in machine-washable polyester fleece.

    Generously sized: 50" x 60".


December 21, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

bookofjoe MoneyMaker™ — Gel Mat Barefoot Treadmill


As I walk along every day an average of five to seven hours at 1 mph on my wonderful Smooth 5.15 treadmill (discontinued, but succeeded by the even better 5.25, which I'll be buying when my trusty 5.15 finally gives up the ghost), I sometimes wish I had enough money to buy one of those monster machines they have in gyms, with the tank-like treads running perpendicular to the treadmill bed's long axis and no hard surface underneath.

It would be so much easier on the old dogs which, after a particularly long day sometimes do bark a bit.


The other day, looking at one of the zillions of catalogs that flood my mailbox daily, I happened on the Gel Pro Chef's Mat (top).


Make a treadmill belt using this material.


I'd be the first of many people in line to buy one.





December 21, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Veuve Clicquot Vertical Limit Champagne Cellar


Designed by Porsche, it houses 12 magnums of Veuve Clicquot vintages selected by cellar masters.

The bottles are kept at 12°C, the temperature of Veuve Clicquot's cellars in Rheims.

Sound- and shock-proof.


December 21, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Q. Why is someone in therapy like a magazine?


A. Both have issues.

I just made that up but you can say you did if you like.

No one would believe I did, so someone might as well get the credit.

December 21, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

World's most stylish USB hub


Probably the only one ever featured by the Museum of Modern Art Design Store.

From the MOMA website:

    USB 2.0 Hub

    Perfect for travel, this high-speed USB 2.0 hub makes it easy to connect USB-interfaced peripherals such as cameras, printers, and network adapters to your desktop or notebook computer.

    One upstream and four downstream ports — both end ports can be turned in the direction of the accessory you need to attach.

    Made of aluminum and ABS plastic.

    0.75"H x 1.5"W x 3.25"L.

    PC and MAC compatible.


December 21, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BibliOdyssey: Online book collections — and much more








[via Nell Boeschenstein and C-Ville]

December 21, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Dunk Mug with Biscuit Holder


From websites:

    Dunk Mug with Biscuit Holder

    Tea is without a doubt the greatest hot beverage ever invented by man. How do you make your cuppa even better? Easy, you add biscuits for dunking! What better way to transport your chosen biscuits and ensure they are handy for dunking than with the Dunk Mug with Biscuit Holder!?

    Dominic Skinner designed this mug to hold biscuits neatly inside the bottom. He was even smart enough to make right and left handed versions so there's no worry about losing your treats while taking a sip.

    Equipped with a genius "pocket" which holds up to three standard sized digestive biscuits, although obviously you can transport your particular biscuit of choice be they digestive, chocolate covered Rich tea, Hob-Nob, or whatever other sort of dunker you could want!

    Just think of the potential dropped and crushed biscuits, and spilt tea that could be saved by only having to concentrate on carrying one thing! You could possibly even fill the mug up a little bit more than usual to allow an extra gulp of tea!



White, Yellow or Sky Blue.


[via zamazing.org]

December 21, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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