Medical Week in Review 10.27.13

How was your weekend?  I am still getting back in gear from a Fox and Friends appearance in NYC followed by working night shift at the ER back in Nashville...whew!  Thankfully, today is looking like a lazy day spent on the couch- for the most part at least.  In case you missed this week's latest medical headlines, here is this week's healthcare news review, on the lighter side. 

Study shows that 74% of breast milk purchased from online marketplaces is contaminated.  Additionally, only half of samples purchased arrived to their recipients within two days contributing to increased bacteria counts.  This study begs the question- what's worse?  Contaminated breast milk or formula?

Star of new movie (and it's a good one!) Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks,  reveals he has type 2 diabetes.  Earlier this month, Hanks told reporters he has been battling high blood sugar since he was 36 years old. 

New software enables yoga for the blind.  The program called Eyes-Free Yoga tracks body movements giving users feedback on their body position.  It reads body angles then instructs users on how to adjust their arms and legs to achieve correct yoga positioning. I could use this new software even though my eyesight is just fine. 

Sabrina Dawe, mother of son Dylan who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an infant, used her exposure to the illness to get entrepreneurial.  Trying to keep an expensive insulin pump safe on her toddler gave her the idea for Funky Pumpers, fun and protective insulin pump pouches

How do our faces change as we age?  Unfortunately, the nose and ears never stop growing continuing to increase in size throughout our lives.  Can't wait. 

Researchers discover that breast tissue ages faster than the rest of the body.  Healthy breast tissue is about two to three years older than the rest of a woman's body.  Tumor tissue, however is about 12 years older than average tissue.  Scientists hope this discovery will lead to better understanding of breast cancer. 

Struggling with insomnia?  From music therapy to recording your sleep-talking, these 4 apps promise to improve the quality of your shut-eye

Eye contact makes you less likely to win an argument, probably because it's creepy.  A new study shows that listeners were less likely to shift their views when speakers sharing controversial opinions made eye contact.  Researchers speculate eye contact may send too hostile a message in some situations. 

With the help of Harvard Medical School, company Orca Health has developed an interactive app to help medical providers explain anatomy to their patients.  Anatomical renderings use sight, sound and touch to help understand the human body. 

Could you use some help in your practice?  One company has developed a virtual personal assistant for medical providers stretched too thin.  The app cuts down on time patients and providers need to spend communicating so they can discuss more complex issues during face-to-face visits. 

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