Daily Dose: 10/2/12

Dissolvable Medical Devices: Yes, you heard that right. Scientists created small medical devices secured in silk that did what they were assigned to do and later dissolved in lab mice. This technological achievement is an important step both for medicine and the disposal of electronic waste. The implants doctors currently use dispense drugs, but don’t dissolve. These new devices will do their jobs and dissolve without the need for removal or risk of side effects. The devices looked like small computer chips and worked in the mice for over a week, until the silk coatings disintegrated enough for bodily fluids to break down key parts of the devices. The gadgets disappeared after three weeks. For more on this innovative technology, read this article from

HPV Vaccine is Safe: A vaccine against HPV (human papillomavirus) is now safe, according to a study of 200,000 girls who received the vaccine. The safety of the Gardasil vaccine came under fire when it was released in 2006 even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians approved its use. Dr. Nicola Klein, a lead author of the study, said, “All parents should feel assured this was a very comprehensive study and that the vaccine is safe for use.” About 50% of women and men acquire HPV at some point in their lives. The virus is the most common sexually transmitted infection and is the leading cause of cervical cancer in women.

Beware of the Beef: A Canadian beef recall now affects 30 states in the U.S. Safeway and Walmart are included in the list of stores involved in the recall. On Friday, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced it would be expanding its recall of beef products from Alberta’s XL Foods to include meat produced on August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5. Slaughterhouse conditions on those days were conducive to E. coli bacteria. The recall affects 890,000 pounds of beef shipped to the U.S.

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