" " The New England Compounding Center is shown here on Oct. 5, 2012. Until the Framingham, Mass., pharmacy landed in the news for the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, a lot of folks hadn't heard of these specialized pharmacies. Jared Wickerham/ Getty Images Compounding pharmacies don't usually get a lot of media coverage for good news. It's the mistakes -- the deadly outbreaks of meningitis from contaminated vials or the eye infections caused by unsterile medications -- that tend to make the evening news. Turns out, though, that regulatory practices for compounding pharmacies, at least in the United States, tend to follow the same pattern. Until something goes wrong, safeguards aren't generally in place. First off, let's briefly outline what one of these places is. In the U.S., most drugs and medications are manufactured by large pharmaceutical companies. That means most prescriptions come in bulk: only certain potencies, forms or methods. A compounding pharmacy … [Read more...] about Are compounding pharmacies regulated?
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If you’re browsing the web with Mozilla Firefox and you’d like to quickly open a Private window , there’s no need to reach for a menu. Here’s how to start private browsing in Firefox with just a keyboard shortcut on Windows, Linux, and Mac. First, open “Firefox.” With any Firefox window active, press one of the following shortcuts depending on your computer platform. Windows or Linux: Press Ctrl+Shift+P Mac: Press Command+Shift+P After that, a new Private window will open. While in Private mode, you can always tell because Firefox will include a special “Private” logo in the toolbar that looks like a silhouette of a carnival mask within a circle. While using a Private window, Firefox will not store your browser history, cookies, or saved form data once you close the window. You’ll still need to manually clear downloads and bookmarks if you’ve added any of those during your Private session, however. Once you’re in a Private window, you can open as many tabs … [Read more...] about How to Open Firefox’s Private Browsing Mode with a Keyboard Shortcut
Last week we took a look at some of the basics to installing and upgrading a hard disk in your PC. This week, we’re going to look at the many problems that pop up when install a new drive. Installing a disk is one of the easier upgrades you can perform, but it’s not without its headaches. In this edition of Hardware Upgrade, we’ll try and quickly squash as many common problems that we can. If you’re currently having trouble with a hard drive installation, or have solved problems in the past, tell us about them in the comments, so that other readers can share your experience as well. And if you missed the first part of this two part article, you might want to check it out before reading this one. Check And Prepare The New Drive As we discussed in part one, your drive will likely be one of two basic types: a IDE (also known as PATA) drive, or a SATA drive. If you’re upgrading a particularly old system, your machine might have issues with SATA drives—issues that can’t be … [Read more...] about Hardware Upgrade: How To Install A New Hard Drive, Pt 2, Troubleshooting
You might think of the Side button as a lowly apparatus used to turn off your Apple Watch, but this unassuming button hides many features, including a personalized app launcher. Here’s everything that the Side button on Apple Watch does. Table of Contents The Side Button’s History The Side Button Acts as a Dock You Can Turn It Into a Personalized App Launcher Access Apple Pay How to Turn off the Apple Watch The Side Button Started Out With a Friends Feature When the Apple Watch first came out in 2015, the Side button had an entirely different purpose. It was supposed to be a one-click method for you to send your heartbeats to your friends. It’s not surprising that this didn’t work out. Pressing the Side button on the Apple Watch brought up the Friends screen. This screen contained your contacts who also had the Apple Watch. Here, you could tap the screen to send hearts or doodles or to place a call. The Digital Touch feature still … [Read more...] about What Does the Side Button on Apple Watch Do?
There are a lot of strange terms that come with using a computer. One that you may have seen is “Human Interface Device” or “HID.” It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but what exactly does it mean? “Human Interface Device” may sound strangely alien, but the name is actually very descriptive. Simply put, an HID is a standard for computer devices that are operated by humans. The standard allows these devices to be easily used without any extra software or drivers. A Standard to Simplify Accessories “Human Interface Devices” is a standard that was created to simplify the process of installing input devices. Prior to HID, there were several specific protocols for each type of input device. That meant there was a protocol for mice, a protocol for keyboards, and so on. Devices needed to use the existing protocols or create custom drivers. People had more work to do when installing and configuring devices. In comparison, an HID-compliant device includes “data … [Read more...] about What Is a Human Interface Device (HID)?