What's the buzz

What's the buzz

Hand sanitizers can get you ‘drunk’!

Excessive use of hand sanitizers may cause users to test positive for booze.
Researchers analysed 11 participants who used a hand sanitizer once every five minutes during three 10-hour days.

After taking twice-a-day urine tests and abstaining from drinking alcohol, all except one of the participants failed. Though, the average person may not use that much hand sanitizer, the work environments of many medical professionals rely on the product for sanitation between treating patients.

It’s also true that employers of these professions may subject employees to alcohol tests on a regular basis. The research was triggered by some previous reports of pharmacists and nurses losing their licenses because of failing these tests. In an incident, a nurse from Pennsylvania placed responsibility on hand sanitizers for her failed test.

Tinted lenses ‘can cut pain for migraine sufferers’
A new research has revealed that tinted lenses, which are widely used to reduce visual perceptual distortions in poor readers, can reduce pain for migraine sufferers.
Researchers had used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) for the first time to suggest a neurological basis for these visual remedies.

Jie Huang homed in on specific visual stimuli known to trigger migraines.
These patterns, high contrast stripes or ‘gratings’, could give the illusion of shape, colour and movement. These not only trigger migraines but also may cause seizures in those with photosensitive epilepsy.

In the research, before the brain imaging took place, participants were tested and prescribed precision ophthalmic tints (POTs) with an intuitive Colorimeter. The researchers used the colorimeter to illuminate text with coloured light, manipulating hue and saturation at constant luminance.

For each test participant this gave an optimal hue and saturation (chromaticity) of light that led to the greatest comfort, reducing perceptual distortion.

Music therapy helps fibromyalgia patients
Music therapy enhances quality of life among patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
University of Granada researchers proved that music therapy combined with other relax techniques based on guided imagery reduces significantly pain, depression and anxiety, and improves sleep among patients.

This study has shown that these two techniques enhance the well-being and personal power of patients with fibromyalgia, who are allowed to take part in their treatment.
Fibromyalgy is a chronic condition that affects and conditions patients’ social, personal and working life and requires a multidisciplinary approach developed by a team of physicians, pysiotherapists, experts in physical activity and sport, psychologists and nurses.