Captain Morgan Helps Hips in the Emergency Room

Medicine has advanced not just leaps and bounds but light-years over the last half-century. These days, patients benefit from brain scans, 3D ultrasounds, and robot surgeons. But there are some holdouts. If, for example, you have the misfortune of landing in the emergency room with a dislocated hip, there will be no robots. Your doctor will simply grab your leg and shove your hip back into place.

Hip dislocation happens when the head of the big leg bone called the femur slips—or is pushed—out of the hip socket. This can happen in a car accident, on the football field, or in the living room, for people with loose joints or hip replacements.

The traditional emergency department procedure for reducing (or fixing) a dislocated hip is called the Allis Maneuver. The maneuver requires a doctor to climb onto a gurney and straddle the patient. Not surprisingly, this can be challenging, unsafe, and awkward for both parties.

University of California emergency medicine professor Greg Hendey figured there had to be a better way, although he had no idea what the improvement might look like. That is, until one night several years ago when he was watching a commercial for Captain Morgan rum. The mascot struck his well-known pose: grinning lasciviously, with one foot resting on a barrel of liquor. 

Like a cooperative femur, everything fell into place. Hendey realized that a doctor could just put one foot up on the gurney, then use his or her knee to guide the patient’s joints back into place. He implemented the practice in his hospital, took notes on 13 cases where it was used, then wrote up his findings in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. 

Hendey and his co-author concluded that their Captain Morgan technique [Warning: graphic video] was an “interesting and novel” method, and that it was both easier and safer to perform than the Allis Maneuver. Doctors really liked the new method, Hendey told NPR: "Once they start using the Captain, they never go back."

Though Hendey’s sample size was small, later studies in other hospitals affirmed his conclusions. Researchers in Australia came up with the “rocket launcher” method of hip reduction and compared it to Hendey's. Despite its alarming name, they concluded that the rocket launcher technique was safe and effective—just not as effective as Captain Morgan. 

Alexa Can Now Help You Find a Wine Pairing

Even if you enjoy wine regularly, you may not know exactly how you’re supposed to pair it with food. But you don’t have to be a sommelier to put together a good pairing at home. According to Lifehacker, you can just ask Alexa.

An Alexa skill called Wine Finder is designed to help you figure out which wine varietal would go best with whatever food you’re planning to eat. You just have to ask, “What wine goes well with … ”

Created by an app developer called Bloop Entertainment, the Amazon Echo skill features a database with 500 wine pairings. And not all of them are designed for someone working their way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The skill will also help you find the proper pairing for your more casual snacks. In one demo, the skill recommends pairing nachos with a Sauvignon blanc or Zinfandel. (Note that the latter also goes well with Frito pie.)

You can also ask it to find you the perfect wine to drink with apple pie and pizza, in addition to the meats, cheeses, and other wine-pairing staples you might expect. However, if you ask it what to pair with hot dogs, it says “water,” which is an affront to hot dog connoisseurs everywhere.

There are a few other wine-pairing skills available for Alexa, including Wine Pairings, Wine Pairings (two different skills), and Wine Expert. But according to user reviews, Wine Finder is the standout, offering more and higher-quality suggestions than some of the other sommelier apps.

It’s free to enable here, so drink up.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Richard Brendon
This $56 Glass Is Perfectly Suited to All Styles of Wine
Richard Brendon
Richard Brendon

People who take their wine seriously tend to own different glasses for different types of wine. Decor website Home Stratosphere, for instance, identified 18 wine glasses—each shaped differently to complement the unique flavors and fragrances of a Bordeaux, a Burgundy, and other kinds of red, white, and dessert wines.

If you don’t want to spare the expense or the cupboard space for all those glasses, you may want to check out Richard Brendon’s $56 wine glass, which is said to be suited to all types of wine. As spotted by Fast Company, the “1 Wine Glass” is the result of a collaboration between Brendon, a London-based product designer, and wine critic Jancis Robinson.

Robinson said that when Brendon asked her to help design a range of wine glasses, she was “insistent” that they design one single glass. “I love white wine as much as red and have never understood why white wine glasses are routinely smaller than those designed for red wine,” Robinson said in a statement, adding that white wines can be just as complex as reds. “It just seems so obvious and sensible to have one single wine glass for all three colors of wine—especially when so many of us are short of storage space.”

To get it just right, they toiled with the thinness of the glass, the length of the stem, the curvature, the opening, and the overall practicality (Robinson said it had to be dishwasher safe, and indeed, the finished result is). The result is a 125ml handcrafted glass that can be used for all types of wine, including champagne, port, and sherry. The duo also designed a stemless water glass and two decanters. The items can be purchased on Richard Brendon's website.

[h/t Fast Company]


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