Medical Week in Review 11.15.13

TGIF!  How has your week been?  I'm happy to report that this has been, well, the best week ever!  My week was spent in the great NYC sightseeing with my mom.  Statue of Liberty?  Check.  Shopping in SoHo?  Check.  Catching a Broadway show (or two)?  Check.  And, I'm happy to say my fun-filled week in the city is not yet complete.  This weekend my husband, I, and my new gold sparkly dress will be attending a friend's wedding followed by a Sunday morning segment (gold sparkle dress not included) on Fox and Friends- don't miss it early risers!  Until then, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

Get your glutes in gear.  In Moscow a special vending machine has been installed in train stations offering travelers tickets in exchange for...30 squats.  Slackers beware, the task must be completed in two minutes or less.  The specialized vending machine is part of a campaign by Russia's Winter Olympic committee to promote next year's Winter Games. 

New study shows widows feel less pain.  Researchers studied over 2,000 individuals of varying marital status to see who handled chronic pain the best.  The answer surprised them.  Widows and widowers suffered less depression and anger related to chronic pain compared to other groups.  Researches suspect these individuals may have better coping strategies than other groups. 

In case you missed it, World Pneumonia Day was November 12th.  More than one million children each year die of pneumonia, most in developing countries lacking access to healthcare.  Fortunately, the World Pneumonia Day Organization has some ways you can help. 

Orpyx Foot Pressure System technology promises to prevent injuries related to diabetic neuropathy.  The pressure sensing system monitors pressure levels in the bottom and top of the foot alerting users when the level becomes too high.  The device helps individuals suffering from neuropathy avoid injuries related to poor foot sensation. 

Put those cute baby Nike shoes to use.  Kinesiologists design a tiny treadmill for babies.  The treadmill is meant to help children with Down Syndrome learn to balance themselves earlier.  Children with Down Syndrome typically begin walking at 24 to 28 months compared to 12 months for those without Down Syndrome. 

An Ohio man is suing the hospital where his wife worked as a nurse saying she was "worked to death".  She died tragically while driving home after a 12-hour shift.  The lawsuit is sparking controversy as many feel that nurses are chronically overworked and hospitals understaffed.  Thoughts?

Flintstones, gummies or traditional tablets- are all those vitamins doing anything for your health?  The jury's still out.  A new study says there is no good data for or against taking vitamins.  Researchers say Americans should instead focus on consuming a well-balanced diet. 

Placenta: the video game.  Using the tools of video game designers, David Sarno, former Los Angeles Times technology reporter built an interactive simulation of the placenta.  The program allows users to observe the development of the placenta as well as explain the potentially fatal pregnancy related condition placenta accreta.

13 strange but true health tips.  Did you know people with positive initials like W.O.W. or J.O.Y. live on average 4 1/2 years longer than those with neutral initials.  D.U.D.'s and A.S.S.'s live 3 years less. Just one more thing to consider when naming your children. 

Don't eat the crispy french fries.  The FDA says crunchy fries are more likely to contain a cancer causing chemical called acrylamide.  

Have a wonderful weekend!