Medical Week in Review 10.31.14

Happy Halloween! Appropriately, I started off my morning with candy and coffee. The Reese's peanut butter cups I purchsed for trick-or-treaters have continued to tempt me all afternoon. It is possible the 'mom' jeans I will be wearing for my costume tonight won't zip. So, finally, I have left the house and headed to a local coffee shop to finish up this week's medical review. Presenting health news on the lighter side. 

Why do you believe in ghosts even though you know better?  Psychologists say we engage in superstitious behavior and 'magical thinking' in an effort to create our own systems of certainty. If we can blame life's happenings on the phase of the moon, for example, we can give a reason for a particular outcome. 

New technology to aid cancer sufferers who lose their hair is on the way! New scalp cooling technology aims to take the chances of keeping hair from 50 percent to 80 percent or higher. The technology has proven effective under laboratory conditions. 

Splints placed incorrectly in an astonishing 93% of suspected pediatric fractures treated in emergency rooms and urgent care centers. 

Cash for Halloween candy? This dentist's buyback program is booming. Young trick-or-treaters in Chris Kammer's practice can sell back their candy for $1 a pound. The candy is shipped to U.S. troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude care packages. 

New gadget tracks inhaler use. Remembering to take medication at the right time everyday can be difficult. A new device called Amiko attaches to inhalers pairing with a smartphone to keep an eye on when inhalers are used. Users can also set an alarm with the app reminding them to take their meds. 

4 real things to fear on Halloween. Hint: witches aren't one of them.

Liberal or conservative? A new study shows that the way a person's brain responds to a single disgusting image is enough to reliably predict whether he or she identifies politically as a liberal or conservative. 

Hold the decorative contact lenses this Halloween. Novelty lenses have been known to cause corneal abrasions, ulcers, infections, and even permanent damage to eyesight. 

Pennsylvania girl battling cancer collects Play Doh for fellow patients. Nevaeh Griffin says that when her parents provided her with Play Doh during hospital stays, she was able to forget about her illness. So, she started a campaign to do the same for other sick kids. 

 

Happy Halloween!