Medical Week in Review 11.15.14

Happy weekend! What do you have on the books for this chilly Saturday afternoon? I'm wrapping up a fun girl's trip to NYC. Needless to say, I'm shopped out and stuffed full of Italian food. Now back home to Nashville for a serious Netflix marathon, some couch time, and an evening visit to my favorite Mexican restaurant. The perfect week if you ask me! If you find yourself with a little free time, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories. 

What is the best way to swallow pills? Science says lean forward. A new study shows the lean forward method is the most effective method for individuals reporting difficulty with pill swallowing. 

Health insurance open enrollment begins today. Here's what you need to know

Blending a rotten egg smell with the smell of cigarettes may help smokers quit...while they sleep.  A new study exposed smokers to pairs of smells while they slept. Exposure to the smell of rotten eggs was accompanied by a significant reduction in smoking the following week. 

Bad news for people who think alcohol is healthy. A new study shows that the protective benefits of alcohol are only present if you have a certain genotype. And, you're odds aren't good. Only 15 percent of the population has this particular genetic makeup. 

The Discovery Channel is airing footage of a guy getting eaten alive by a snake

Ebola now playing in 3-D. A new video game helps guide healthcare workers through the process of treating Ebola patients while protecting themselves appropriately.

Why do so many Chinese children wear glasses? It turns out the problem is social rather than genetic. Lack of sun exposure as a result of too much time spent indoors affects the retina resulting in near-sightedness. 80 to 90 percent of children in some areas are affected by the condition. 

Researchers have discovered a way to deliver HIV drugs to infants through baby formula.

Does stretching increase flexibility? Scientists don't fully understand what happens when we stretch. They do know it doesn't make muscles permanently longer. Instead, the practice may retrain the nervous system to tolerate a greater degree of muscle extension without firing pain signals. Interesting. 

These robots are so small they can literally swim through bodily fluids

One pharmacist's tribute to Veterans Day.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!