Bioengineers at the Institute for Medical Devices in Strathclyde have invented a bandage that monitors patients' skin, so the bandage doesn't need to be unwrapped to see if wounds are healing. A sensor is attached to the gauze to check whether the wound is moist (the optimum environment for healing) or too wet or dry. The device should save money, time, and patients' discomfort (www.timesonline.co.uk, 10 Nov 2007, “Breakthroughs, tips and trends”).
If you are addicted to booze and fags and have the urge to kick either habit, research presented at the Society of Neuroscience conference in San Diego indicates that you face a double whammy. When an addicted person tries to give up drink or cigarettes he or she is more likely to lean on the other substance. The comfort gained from this is only short term, then the addict's condition worsens and they tend to give up trying