Desflurane - a new volatile anesthetic
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved use of desflurane as an anesthetic for adults and children. Desflurane, sold by BOC Group Inc's Anaquest as Suprane, is a volatile inhaled general anesthetic based on an ether compound. It may be used to start or maintain anesthesia in adults and to continue anesthesia in children. It is too sharp and pungent to be used to start anesthesia in children by way of a mask. Desflurane's advantages are that it works very quickly and recovery time is as short as five minutes. It is metabolized quickly, so there is little chance of desflurane poisoning organs. Possible side effects include nausea and vomiting after surgery and some negative effects on blood pressure when used for patients with coronary artery disease.
Publication Name: Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Second-best life: real virtuality
The article examines the concept of virtual reality which promotes the perfect intimacy between man and machine through websites such as Second Life and Born Again. It is suggested that the spread of the escapist virtual reality, which would lead to real virtuality, illustrates the success of science and technology, but which represent the beginning of the end for humanity.
Publication Name: Telos
Subject: Social sciences
My fat, my business
An overweight woman discusses her ire at people who insult her about her weight and criticize her eating habits. She feels these people have no business doing this. She is slowly reducing her weight, but does not want to starve herself.
Publication Name: Glamour
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