Medical Week in Review 1.18.14

Goooood morning!  It is my favorite day of the week- Saturday!  There's a crisp winter chill in the air making my coffee taste better than ever this morning.  I can't wait for what somehow turned into a jam-packed day of afternoon activities.  What are you up to this weekend?  If you find yourself with a little down time, check out this week's more interesting medical news.

If it's not already bad enough that you have a wart in the first place, the FDA is now warning that wart removers could set you ablaze.  Cryogenic wart removers are extremely flammable and several cases of users bursting into flames have been reported. 

Just one more reason to decode your genome.  Researchers say they may be able to predict which medication side effects certain people will experience by looking at an individual's DNA.  They hope this will be useful in prescribing psychiatric medications that can come with the side effect of suicidal ideation. 

Diabetics say goodbye to pricking your finger.  Google unveils a new contact lens that lets diabetics measure glucose levels.  The smart lens contains tiny chips between two soft layers of contact material.

UK zoo bans monkeys from eating bananas.  Zoo officials say bananas grown for human consumption have been modified making them high in calories and sugar.  It might be time to rethink my banana-heavy morning smoothie.

A new study shows comedians may be making us laugh because they score high on psychotic traits.  Researchers say the creative elements necessary to produce humor are similar to those in people with both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. 

6 gross side effects of chewing gum.  Did you know gum contains lanolin, a waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep?  Yuck.

Having trouble sticking to your diet?  Take this quiz to find the best diet for your personality.  

Have a wonderful weekend!