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Health Care

  • Breathalyzer

    The breathalyzer -- technically a brand name that, like Jello, Xerox, and Dumpster has gradually become genericized -- was invented in the early 20th century for police purposes. But scientists have recently discovered a new use for the device, one that could eliminate the need for costly medical exams. The first breathalyzer for motorists was called the "drunkometer", and it was patented in 1936. Since that time, it's since become a common piece of equipment in the arsenal of law enforcers. But as researchers have learned, the same chemical reactions that reveal how much you've been drinking...

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