Medical News NPs Can Use 8.14.15

Hey, hey, it's Friday! What are you looking forward to this weekend? The next few days I'll be hanging out here in Nashville, TN with absolutely no plans at all. Aside from working in the emergency department this evening, that is. After work, I plan on taking in the summer-turning-fall weekend weather with some relaxing time outdoors. Perhaps a patio dinner? Or, maybe a walk to the farmer's market? 

If you could use some reading material to get you through to Saturday, check out this week's more interesting medical news NPs can use. 

A potent new street drug is ravaging Florida. The synthetic drug Flakka causes bizarre and uncontrollable behavior and may be injected, snorted or swallowed. Flakka use is making it's way across the South to the Midwest. Something to be aware of in your practice. 

Male doctors are almost two and a half times more likely to face legal action than their female colleagues. A study out of the UK shows that sex differences in malpractice cases have been consistent for the past 15 years.

A new app screens for liver disease in newborns. The PoopMD smartphone app reads infant stool color and can speed recognition of biliary atresia.

Recent study shows that corticosteroids improve outcomes in treatment of community acquired pneumonia. Consider adding a little prednisone to your next pneumonia patient's treatment regimen. But, don't forget to monitor for or consider potential side effects of steroids. 

That Sugar Film, released last week, depicts one man's unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body. 

In other sugar news, Coca-Cola is backing a new 'science-based' solution to the obesity crisis. The soft drink manufacturer is essentially paying scientists to blame America's obesity epidemic on lack of exercise over poor eating habits. 

Titanium wedding bands are all the rage for dudes these days. The new trend poses a problem for nurse practitioners working in EDs. Ring cutters don't work well on the strong metal. Try this trick next time you have trouble removing a titanium ring from a swollen finger. 

Wikipedia is public health's newest tool. Traffic related to symptom searching on the site can be used to predict disease outbreaks in advance of their arrival. 

Check out this handy new nasal clip heart and respiratory rate monitor that tracks vitals on the spot in multiple trauma victims. 

Have a relaxing weekend!