Medical News NPs Can Use 8.1.15

Yay for Saturday! Today marks the first day of our official family summer vacation at the lake. So, naturally, I kicked off my morning by having last night's dessert leftovers for breakfast along with my coffee. The air is crisp, just cool enough to require a cozy sweatshirt, and Lake Michigan's waves glittering in the sun. Ahhhh... What do you have planned for the week? If you've got a little downtime, check out this week's news NPs can use. 

Here's what happens to your body when you drink a Coke

A new study shows that when surgeons listen to their preferred music, their surgical technique and efficiency are improved. On average, playing music of choice led to a 7 percent increase in the rate of surgical repair. 

Doctors devise a better way to diagnose shaken baby syndrome. A new algorithm published in Pediatrics help helps providers distinguish cases of potential abuse from injury. 

New Ebola vaccine proves successful in clinical trials in Guinea. While further trials are still underway, so far the new vaccine has proven to be 100% effective in preventing the deadly disease.

Facial motion capture technology is now being used to identify childhood speech disorders. The technology monitors movements of the jaw, upper lip and lower lip of children with speech impairments and can help monitor response to therapy. 

Op-ed suggest that healthcare providers should wear professional attire rather that scrubs. Do you agree?

If you want to improve your memory, try climbing a tree. Research shows that activities such as climbing a tree or balancing on a beam improve cognitive skills and memory. 'Proprioceptively dynamic activities' increased working memory capacity by 50 percent among study participants. 

2015 is the summer of southern naloxone laws. For the first time in history, every southern state has some form of overdose prevention law. What are your state's legal guidelines when it comes to helping out in an overdose situation?

Fashion photographer in New York aims to transform the perceptions of people living with genetic, physical and behavioral differences through his 'On Beauty' campaign. The idea for the movement was sparked by a striking 12-year-old girl with albinism he noticed sitting at a bus stop. 

Have a happy weekend!