Medical News NPs Can Use 8.21.15

Where did the week go?! A couple shifts in the emergency department, a few blog posts, social events, workouts and surprisingly full nights of sleep later, Friday has arrived! On the books this weekend? Brunch. Both days. There's nothing I enjoy better than that in-between meal to lure me out of bed on a lazy weekend morning. Recently, I have discovered a love for Bloody Mary's. The drink paired with brunch at my favorite Mexican food joint is an unbeatable combo. Guacamole is made from avocados which are the good kind of fat, right?

If you're looking for some reading material to browse between bites this weekend, check out the week's more interesting medical news NPs can use. 

Here's what being left-handed says about your personality

This vomiting machine proves we aerosolize norovirus to help it spread. NC State researchers used the emesis simulator to determine what happens as the virus exits the mouth with high velocity. The vomit machine has given new insight into communicable disease (no graduate students were harmed by sticking fingers down their throats in the process).

You can't miss this comical musical take on Medicare's readmission rules

'Pink Viagra' for women wins FDA approval-with a warning about potentially dangerous side effects, of course. The Sprout Pharmaceuticals drug will sell under the brand name Addyi and must be taken on a daily basis. 

People with fewer moles may face risk of more aggressive melanoma. Individuals with fewer moles are often found to have thicker, more aggressive cancers. Patients with few moles would be wise to schedule routine skin checks similar to their freckled counterparts. 

Kim Kardashian's Tweet about a morning-sickness medication has the FDA up in arms

Shoot. Science says working long hours is seriously bad for your health. New research shows that people working more than 55 hours per week have a more than 33% greater risk of stroke and a 13% greater risk of coronary artery disease. This begs the question "But, what if you like your job?". 

One Maryland county's solution to opiate addiction could catch on. The program sets opiate-addicted inmates up for monthly Vivitrol injections. The drug blocks the effects of opiates helping curb heroin habits. 

Perhaps I should rethink my Bloody Mary brunch affection. Even light to moderate alcohol ingestion is linked to a greater risk for breast cancer

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Have a fantastic weekend!