GRAPEFRUIT – The Killer Fruit!

This is a good warning to heed. Both my doctor and my pharmacist long ago warned me off grapefruit because of the potential drug interactions. If you’re on any of these types of medicines, double-check the list of drugs that interact. Keep yourself safe.

Take care,
Linda Williams Stirlig

Prescription For Murder

Occasionally, I hear news reports regarding the dangers of eating grapefruit whileMB900436914 on certain medications. This is not new information and I have to remind myself that many are still unaware of this very serious drug-food interaction.

The medical community identified this harmful interaction at least ten years ago and now pharmacists routinely attach alert notices to certain prescription medications involved in these interactions.

The new information here is that the number of drugs that can cause such a deadly interaction with grapefruit has doubled in just the last few years.  At present, more than 85 drugs interact with grapefruit to cause injury, 43 of which cause serious or deadly interactions.

The list of drugs that interact with grapefruit now includes many blood pressure medications, most of the cholesterol-lowering drugs, certain cardiac drugs, some anti-seizure medications, specific chemotherapy drugs and a few antibiotic medications.

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With a Waddle and a Quack

Duck feet, trachea splints, airplane parts, jawbones, hip cups, eagle beaks, dental appliances, rocket engine components, windpipes, robo-hands, scaffolds for human organs. What the heck could all these things have in common? Guess what, they’ve all been made using 3D printers.

It’s all the big news lately, but 3D printers have been around since 1988. Perhaps it’s just that years of effort in discovering new applications for the machines have recently been coming to fruition. So, in case you’ve missed any of the fun news, let me try to give a reasonably quick overview of what’s up, Doc.

First, meet Buttercup; a lovely little duck who hatched in 2012 ,with his left foot turned backwards. The employees of the Feathered Angels Sanctuary in Tennessee had the idea to create a prosthetic. The owner of the Sanctuary designed a computer model of the duck’s foot. Using this template, a local 3D printing company printed out a silicon mold. Then, a vulcanized rubber poured into the mold created a chunky red prosthetic that combines the flexibility and strength a duck foot requires. Continue reading