Medical Week in Review 10.25.14

Ahhh...the weekend has officially arrived. I am currently celebrating this unnaturally warm fall Saturday afternoon by napping on a lounge chair in my back yard. Then, I plan on a festive night out on the town at my favorite swanky sushi joint. A post-dinner visit to the Nashville's honkey tonks...TBD. What are you up to this weekend? If you find yourself with some free time, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

A Lamborghini, a Bentley, and yes, even a Lotus go pink this month for Breast Cancer Awareness. The high-end car dealer in Johannesburg covered the cars with pink wrap. Jury's still out on if the pink clad vehicles will sell. 

One-armed, three-year-old golfer amazes even pros. Tommy Morrissey of Palm Beach, FL was born without a fully developed right arm. Yet, he can still hit a straight 100 yard drive. His parents say his skills make it hard to remember he's just a kid. 

Paralyzed man walks again after nose cells repair his spinal cord

In Minnesota, abandoned wheelchairs are just part of the landscape. Rochester's Mayo Clinic loses about 150 wheelchairs each year in the shuffle. Where do they end up? In random locations about town, left by their no longer wanting owners. The clinic's courier service does a weekly wheelchair round up to recover some of the lost property. 

The 9 deadliest viruses on earth. 

Is therapy going online? A new start-up, Lantern, aims to combine mobile and online tools to help users tackle anxiety, sleep problems, and poor body image. The service links users with therapists who connect with clients via phone and e-messaging. 

Uber's no longer all about transport. Replicating the house call healthcare model, UberHEALTH dispatches a flu-shot bearing nurse to your home. The company is currently testing the service in New York, Washington D.C., and Boston. 

The secret to Roman gladiator's strength? New anthropological findings suggest a vegetarian diet and consuming a post workout beverage containing ashes get the credit. Calcium, magnesium, and other minerals found in ashes helped gladiators develop strong bones. 

5 signs your house is making you fat. 

 

Have a fabulous weekend!