Prescription Problem.

first_imgPrescription drug use is on the rise in the United States. Because of this, you might be surprised to learn what’s in your local river or drinking water, says a University of Georgia scientist.A new study has started at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to find out just how much of a certain type of drug is in Georgia’s waterways, said Marsha Black, a CAES environmental health scientist.Popular Drugs Prescription drugs could be getting into Georgia streams. How do the drugs get into the environment?”They’e excreted by the people taking them therapeutically,” she said.The drug goes in human waste through the sewerage system to wastewater treatment plants. Then the treated water is discharged into the environment.Sometimes the drug passes through the body in its original form or in some broken-down form.Sometimes, when an organism metabolizes a drug, a glucose molecule may get attached. With the attached glucose, the drug can pass through the system quicker. When it gets into the environment, the glucose molecule can be lost. That leaves the original drug loose in the environment.But little is known about how these drugs affect the environment in the United States. Black hopes to change that.Much like the way pesticides and other chemicals are tested, she’ll put these drugs through a battery of environmental tests in the lab.Black will work with a Georgia city’s wastewater treatment facility. She’ll test water samples before and after the wastewater treatment to find out if and how much of the drugs are present. Then she’ll compare that to the amount of SRRI drugs used in that area.Cause for ConcernThe study may show that these drugs degrade quickly in the environment and should be of no concern. Or it may prove that there is a public safety issue here that needs to be addressed, she said.Her research has already shown Prozac to be deadly in the parts-per-billion range to water fleas, a small microcrustacean widely used to study water quality. This is reason for concern, she said.The study will be conducted over the next three years with a $500,000 EPA grant. Along with former CAES scientist Kevin Armbrust, Black will look for five popular antidepressants known collectively as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. You may know them as Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, Celexa or Zoloft.SRRIs have been available only for the past few years. They’re effective in treating a number of conditions, such as depression, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder and premenstrual syndrome.The Environmental Protection Agency has become very interested in these drugs, she said. SRRIs share a lot in common with chemicals like pesticides that are known to be present in and toxic to the environment.If you use a sensitive enough instrument and look in the right direction, she said, you can find these chemicals.”Evidence from Europe says it’s getting in the drinking water,” Black said. “Europe is light years ahead of us (on this research).”Environment? How? Photo:Brad Haire Photo:Brad Haire Prozac belongs to a certain type of drug that might be loose in the environment.last_img read more

Karl Chevrolet, Karl Performance extend IMCA support

first_imgANKENY, Iowa – Two companies that have become synonymous with IMCA return to sponsorship roles with the sanctioning body in 2017.Karl Chevrolet and Karl Performance have a combined 31 years of cash and product support for IMCA drivers.Karl Chevrolet, the new and pre-owned automotive dealership located in Ankeny, returns as title sponsor for the Northern SportMod division for the 12th consecutive season and again furnishes a portion of the $9,500 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in final national standings.Nineteen-year sponsor Karl Performance, the Des Moines-based engine builder, Billy Moyer Victory Race Cars manufacturer and high performance parts retailer, continues sponsorship of the IMCA heat winner decal program.All Northern SportMod, Southern SportMod, Hobby Stock and now Sport Compact drivers are required to display two Karl Chevrolet decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund checks, which will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Karl Performance decals go to heat winners in all IMCA divisions at all sanctioned events. Drivers who win at least 10 heat races this season and provide a photo of their car proving heat winner decal placement to IMCA receive a $50 product certificate.Modified, Northern SportMod or Hobby Stock champions who win IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s titles with crate motors receive a new GM 604 or 602 crate from Karl Chevrolet. Drivers in any division winning with claim motors get engines from Karl Performance.More information is available at the www.karlchevrolet.biz or www.karlperformance.com websites.“Each season the renewal of the Karl programs are paramount to not only our regular point season but Super Nationals as well,” observed IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The relationship we have with everyone at both Karl Chevrolet and Karl Performance is something we value highly, and the support they annually show IMCA is really incredible.”last_img read more

Why Path May Be The Ultimate App For Google Glass

first_imgI’m a devoted Pathhole—a hardcore user of mobile social network Path. For all that I make fun of Path’s twee, artisanal, and bespoke nature—on a recent visit to its lovely office in San Francisco, I was tempted to ask CEO Dave Morin if his software engineers were cruelty-free—I have a soft spot for the service that brings me updates from a small circle of friends, which I then festoon with emoticons.If anything might convert me into a Glasshole, the name I’ve adopted for the ostentatious neophiles who have started sporting Glass, Google’s Internet-enabled camera-and-display headset, it might well be Path.Path CTO Nathan Folkman demonstrates Google Glass.Morin and Path CTO Nathan Folkman recently showed me a version of Path for Google Glass. (Google recently signaled that Path would be one of the first Glass apps available.) It turns out that two key features of Path make it perfectly suited for Glass—in a way that larger social networks like Google+ and Facebook may never catch up to.I’ve formed this opinion based on brief experiences with both Glass and the Glass version of Path, so take them with a grain of salt. But even those glimpses suggest an uncanny fit between software and hardware.Small Screen, Meet Tight FriendsThe first advantage Path has is its insistence that you limit your friends to a tight list of 150. I find this kind of in-or-out listmaking agonizing. It reminds me of when my husband and I invited people to our wedding reception, which, now that I think about it, had a headcount of about 150. But now that I’ve put in the work, I find my Path friends really are the ones I like to hear from frequently throughout the day.Contrast that to Google’s built-in Glass sharing options, which require you to go to a website to set up a limited number of contacts in advance. This Android tablet is mirroring what Path CTO Nathan Folkman sees on his Google Glass heads-up display.The second is Path’s stripped-down simplicity. Originally designed for mobile, it’s actually even more effective on Glass. In my experience, people typically share short updates about where they are or what they’re doing—things that are too mundane for Twitter, too intimate for Facebook. In form, tone, and length, they’re just right for Glass’s screen, floating just above your right eye.Google+ updates, which you can of course get on Glass, are often too long for the Glass interface. And the thought of getting my Facebook News Feed—an option now that Facebook has a Glass app—through Glass seems overwhelming.But Where Is The Money?There are perpetual questions about how Path will find enough users and make money. Glass will not answer those. Folkman, Path’s CTO, estimates that some 300 Glass testers have downloaded the Glass version of Path. (Google hasn’t given out numbers, but that’s likely a large portion of the Glass population.)For what it’s worth, Morin tells me the company has been making progress on the business front. It has likely crossed 13 million registered users, and its main source of income—charging users for custom icons they can include in messages—has drawn both derision and dollars. Little-noticed deals with the likes of Sprint and Kyocera suggest that the company may find ways of making money from partnerships with wireless carriers and handset makers, too.An update from a friend’s check-in at Google I/O displays on Path CTO Nathan Folkman’s Glass display.Folkman says the Glass effort, on which he’s spent about 20 percent of his time recently, has helped him think about constructing an application programming interface for partners, and also designing Path notifications for smart watches and other lightweight, small-screen devices.So if we are at the brink of a revolution in mobile computing where we trade smartphones for wearable devices, Path’s experimentation may pay off—if not for the San Francisco-based startup, then for others who take careful note of its innovations.Photo by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite Tags:#Google#Google Glass#Google IO13#io13#Path#Wearable Computing#wearables What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement owen thomas The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more