Medical Week in Review 10.6.13

How's your weekend going?  Ours got off to an excellent start with an unexpectedly warm fall day spent lounging poolside with a good book.  It doesn't get any better than that.  If you find yourself with some down time, check out this week's medical news on the lighter side.

Ever wonder what happens if you consume one of those little gel packets marked "Do Not Eat"?  Well, not much.  In order to suffer any serious side effects, a 210 pound man would have to consume 58,000 packets. 

Man loses 198 pounds in 10 months to win New Year's resolution bet with his wife.  How'd he do it?  The man went from eating about 7,000 to 8,000 calories per day to the recommended 2,000.  

Is sharing a bed harmful to your relationship and health?  Sleep experts say sharing a bed results 50 percent more sleep disturbances.  Experts recommend "having a cuddle" then parting ways for the remainder of the night. 

8 strange but real allergies. Aquagenic urticaria, allergy to water, causes painful skin reactions when water is present. 

New drug krokodril introduced to U.S.  The drug originated in Russia and is named "crocodile" because it causes flesh to decay.  Krokodril is made from codeine-based pills mixed with paint thinner, gasoline or alcohol.  

Man found dead in car had just googled his symptoms.  Police say the man had been inside a building at the university where he was found and had googled "pain and tightness of the chest and sweating".

Antibiotics drastically overprescribed for sore throats and bronchitis.  Researchers say providers give antibiotics at a rate of 60 percent for pharyngitis and 73 percent for acute bronchitis.  The rate of antibiotics we should really prescribe?  10 percent for sore throats and nearly zero for bronchitis say researchers. 

Hip Hop health- a new tactic takes public health messages to kids.  Using cleaver rap lyrics and catchy beats, neurologist Dr. Olajide Williams spreads health messages, like how to recognize a stroke, to children in Harlem. 

Cilantro may purify drinking water.  It turns out the herb removes lead, heavy metals and other contaminants from drinking water.  Scientists say natural remedies for purifying water, like cilantro, may be useful in developing countries. 

Lunch anyone?  New study shows chicken nuggets contain bone and organ parts. Two nuggets examined by researchers contained 50 percent or less chicken muscle tissue.

Social media chatter may prove more useful than we think.  By applying mathematical algorithms to posts on Facebook and Twitter, scientists are able to analyze how diseases spread.

Nurses rejoice!  Japanese company Toro has just released a flushable bedside commode.  The hallways of our hospitals are about to smell much sweeter. 

Have a wonderful weekend!