Eyespy: November 2014
Vomiting Larry—How far back should you stand to avoid being hit by projectile vomit? The answer is further than you’d think. Researchers have built a projectile vomiting simulator named Vomiting Larry to mimic the worst-case scenario of vomiting caused by norovirus infection. The study, published in the Journal of Infection Prevention (doi:10.1177/1757177414545390), used water containing fluorescent marker as a “vomitus substitute,” enabling small splashes ordinarily missed by the naked eye to be picked up using ultraviolet lighting. Their research found that projectile vomit can achieve over three metres in forward spread and 2.6 metres in lateral spread. The authors recommended that areas of at least 7.8 m2 be decontaminated after an episode.
Deaf metal—Want to be a rock star? Spare a thought for your hearing. An Occupational and Environmental Medicine historical cohort study (doi:10.1136/oemed-2014-102172) has found that professional musicians have a higher risk of developing hearing disorders compared with the