Medical Week in Review 12.19.14

I'm completely, 100% ready for Christmas. What I'm not ready for is for it to be over. I haven't had a chance to fully enjoy the lights and smell of evergreen to their fullest quite yet. So, I'm going to have to put some serious time into creating some holiday moments this weekend. First on my list? Playing the Mariah Carey Christmas album incessantly over the next 48 hours. If you could use a breather from last minute holiday preparation, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

"Real" Christmas trees are better for your health than artificial ones. Researchers say this fits with scientific evidence suggesting that exposure to nature results in a higher sense of wellbeing and satisfaction with life. 

When you lose weight, where does the fat go? A new study shows that most of the mass is actually breathed out as carbon dioxide. Who knew you it was possible to breathe away love handles. 

Should you quit alcohol after Christmas? Experts are urging drinkers to sober up with a "dry January". This is based on the theory that a temporary break from alcohol can help cut back in the long run. 

"Unbroken" author Laura Hillenbrand has overcome her own health hurdles in life. Stricken with chronic fatigue syndrome hasn't stopped her from selling more than 10 million copies of her most famous novels.

A teen with sickle cell anemia got his wish- to coach the Lakers basketball team for a day. The opportunity was set up through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and star Kobe Bryant was on hand to deliver the message. 

You really can blame your parents for everything. A new study shows that early interactions with parents set the stage for social and emotional well being later in life. 

12 health lessons Santa shoud learn.

Experts at Johns Hopkins University have engineered a new and improved Ebola suit. The suit simplifies the procedures required to put on and take off protective gear lessening the chance of exposure to the deadly virus. 

Family meltdowns flare up during the holidays. Experts give tips for dealing with unresolved conflicts. 

Did you know that the hatred of Brussels sprouts is genetic? Around 50 percent of the world's population has a genetic mutation making them more likely to enjoy eating sprouts. The mutation causes sprout lovers not to taste the bitterness of the veggie. 

Have a lovely holiday weekend!