Medical News NPs Can Use 7.24.15

Happy Friday! This week has been a rollercoaster of nighttime ER shifts and social events making for an exhausting schedule. Fortunately, I have absolutely no weekend plans and can play catch-up. My house in in dire need of a little TLC. Weeding the yard, vacuuming dog hair from the couch and heading to the grocery store don’t exactly scream “Best weekend ever!”, but I love the feeling that comes with getting life back in order. What do you have in store for the next few days?

If you’ve got some downtime, check out this week’s more interesting medical news studies and stories.

I understand the practicality of tinted glasses that darken in sunlight, but these new eye-protecting specs are actually stylish. JINS SCREEN glasses have a special coating that reflects light reducing eye strain. But, the coating is completely clear. Beginning August 8th you can invest in your own pair. 

Leprosy from an armadillo? It’s uncertain if there is a link between the animal and 9 recently reported cases of leprosy in Florida.

Drug testing is coming to e-gaming. While sports figures often come under scrutiny for using performance enhancing drugs, e-gamers are known to take meds to help them focus in a competition. As a result, the Electronic Sports League is considering adding anti-doping policies to its rule book. 

TB may be treatable with a common glaucoma medication. A compound contained in the medication shuts down the bacteria’s ability to grow inside certain white blood cells. 

Judging a pill by its color. People in three countries have similar expectations on how pills work based solely on how they look

Is failure to publish all results of clinical trials skewing medical science? Estimates suggest that the results of up to half of clinical trials are never published. Missing data contributes to misperception and patient harm.

The first ever malaria vaccine just got its big break. Mosquirix is intended for use in Africa. Current reports show that the new vaccine has a 46% efficacy against malaria. 

New research shows that the risk of intracranial hemorrhage is higher for patients taking  antidepressants and NSAIDS in combination. Something for NPs to consider… 

Have a fantastic weekend!