Your Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Is a Bad Place to Keep Medicine

Oxygen, light, and water are among the substances that humans need to survive. However, those same life-affirming elements can be destructive if they’re present where many people keep their medications, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Take a look in your medicine chest. What’s there may trigger a nostalgic swing down memory lane: the cough syrup you used to give your toddler — now a teenager; the birth control pills you used to take before you hit menopause five years ago; and a trove of spotted or discolored pills, circa sometime in the 20th century.

Unlike Social Security numbers, which we use our entire lives, we’re not meant to hold on to medication for an eternity. But if you’re like many people, you probably do. Cleaning out the medicine chest — and making sure your medications are kept in places where they won’t deteriorate — will help protect you. Here are some pointers to help keep you vigilant.

Source: Storing Your Medicine

A two piece bathroom is probably fine, whereas a bathroom with a shower would be a different case.

I’ve covered the shelf life of warfarin/coumadin in the past.  The prescription my doctor gives me is only good for ~3 months.

Scientists Discover That Proteins in Your Body Can Make Plutonium Glow

There’s bad news and there’s good news in this post. The bad news is proteins from your own body accidentally smuggle radioactive metals into you. The good news is that those proteins can make those materials glow.

Source: Scientists Discover That Proteins in Your Body Can Make Plutonium Glow

Kids, don’t try this at home…

The World’s Most Carcinogenic Toxin Was Discovered Via Turkey Plague

It was May of 1960 when turkeys in England started dying of a mysterious disease. By August, over 100,000 were dead — in some places, the mortality rate was 100%. Although pheasants and ducklings were also susceptible, turkey populations seemed most vulnerable, and so the plague got the name Turkey X Disease.

Source: The World’s Most Carcinogenic Toxin Was Discovered Via Turkey Plague

Fun fact! Aflatoxin isn’t inherently dangerous, in and of it itself. The compound has to first be activated by enzymes in your liver before it has carcinogenic action, resulting in inter-individual differences in susceptibility. Also, because the active compound is made in the liver, that’s where it does the most damage, aka liver damage and liver cancer. Aflatoxin B1 in particular is the most dangerous to humans, and if I recall correctly may be because it is more easily activated by human enzymes.

De-Stink Your Shoes with a Homemade UV Light Sanitizing Box

Someone posted a five step Instructables project to use germicidal UV lamps to remove odor from your shoes.  You mount the lamps on something to support them, then stick the lamps in your shoes and crank up the heat. The foil around the box will retain the heat and take care of most of the little nasties crawling around in your shoes.

If the women don’t find you handsome, at least they’ll find you handy… 😉

My cycling shoes have a bigger issue being wet than my running shoes, but that’s because I generally spend more time in the rain while cycling than running.  A trick I learnt was to have newspaper onhand for days like that.  Newspaper, not the glossy stuff like you get on some flyers.  Remove the insole if you can, and stuff the shoe with newspaper.  Check on the shoes every 3-4 hours, applying new/dry newspaper if necessary.  The cost to effectiveness ratio is staggering.  Newspaper is incredibly absorbent, and recyclable.  The local free paper is suddenly being delivered to me, but prior to that I’d grab a stack of free newspaper at the local grocery store on my way out.