Medical News NPs Can Use 10.18.15

Yesterday at breakfast I was introduced to a baked creation called a 'cronut'. The delicacy is just as it sounds, a donut made from croissant dough. Place a round croissant in the fryer, poke a hole in the middle, add a thick coat of sugary glaze and you've got yourself a cronut. Not exactly heart healthy, but pretty delicious. This morning, somehow I'm again feeling the big breakfast. There's something about a lazy Sunday morning + pancakes that just makes a fall weekend. What are you up to?

If you could use some reading material to go along with your (not so low carb) breakfast, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

Goats who eat soap are not the only problem on Global Handwashing Day

What if your dreams could be turned on and off with the flick of a switch? Scientists say they may not be too far away from such a reality. Researchers have identified the neurons responsible for inducing REM sleep in mice. Activating and deactivating theses neurons affects REM sleeping patterns. 

Do you think sensory deprivation tanks are all they're cracked up to be?

Teens opt in to learning about incidental genetic findings. 83% of teens say they would want to know the results of genetic testing even if these results were unactionable. Knowledge would help them prepare for the future, they say. 

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey was 'cured' of Ebola earlier this year after contracting the disease in West Africa. Experts are now baffled by her sudden relapse and declining condition. 

Meet the new palm pistol .38. The device is a defensive gun intended for use among individuals with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis along with other degenerative joint and muscle conditions. At one point the FDA even labeled the weapon a 'medical device'. 

The first 50 years of NPs. The American Journal of Nursing marks the 50th anniversary of the nurse practitioner role with an illustrated timeline. 

Hold those Halloween treats! Grocer Kroger pulls caramel apples off shelves over Listeria concerns. For more info on the harmful bacteria, check out my Fox News segment discussing Listeria contamination in ice cream filmed earlier this year. 

Did you celebrate 'No Bra Day' in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this week? 

Happy Sunday!