Medical Week in Review 10.19.13

After a fun filled week at ACEP (update on the conference experience coming soon), I'm back at home catching up on laundry, unpacking and headed back to work.  If you find yourself with some free time on this fabulous, fall weekend check out this week's medical news on the lighter side. 

Research reveals different regions of the U.S. exhibit distinct personalities.  According to the American Psychological Association, people in the South tend to be conventional and friendly while people in the Western and Eastern seaboards lean toward being relaxed and creative and New Englanders are temperamental and uninhibited.  Seems like in this case, science backs stereotypes. 

Your liver may be 'eating' your brain.  New studies show that the liver and the hippocampus, the memory center in the brain, crave the same proteins.  In overweight individuals, the liver trumps the brain making them more likely to develop memory loss and dementia later in life. 

How many people in your state have signed up for Obamacare? Check out state-by-state enrollment in the government's new insurance plan. 

Study shows deep voiced men make bad mates.  New research out of Canada shows that guys with lower voices, and therefore more testosterone, are more likely to cheat.

States enacting laws to stock epinephrine at schools.  In 2013, fifteen states have enacted such laws joining 11 others that already had them.  The laws also provide legal protection for school staff administering epinephrine in case of severe allergic reaction. 

Company ActiveProtect Technologies develops new technology to protect elderly from falls.  Complete with mini airbags, protective garments reduce injury in those prone to falls.  One more thing to look forward to with old age...wearing mini airbags in public. 

How healthy is housework?  Sorry folks, new research shows chores, although physically active, don't offer much health benefit.  Dusting and mopping don't seem to be a good substitute for hitting the gym. 

8 athletes with atrial fibrillation.  From superstar basketball player Larry Bird to international cycling pros, some of the world's most elite athletes have overcome health barriers to compete. 

A young man in Tennessee lives with a mysterious medical condition- he sheds tears of blood.  Without warning, Michael Spann begins to bleed from the eyes.  Doctors are baffled by his condition though the phenomenon has been noted for centuries.  The good news?  The condition usually resolves spontaneously. 

Have a wonderful weekend!