Medical Week in Review 12.5.14

Yesterday evening my week took a shocking turn for the better. My husband threw me a surprise birthday party. I had no idea a celebration was in the works and was shocked to find all of my closest friends waiting behind the doors of a back room at our favorite restaurant. Nice work, Alex. For the record, I am not 30...yet. I still have 18 glorious days left in my 20's and plan on living them to the fullest. But, enough about me. Without further adieu, here's this week's more interesting medical news.

Could a vitamin supplement prevent hearing loss? A new study shows that vitamin B3 may prevent damage to nerve connections involved in hearing preventing both long and short-term hearing loss. 

The FDA is considering allowing blood donations from gay men. The matter has been a subject of intense debate in recent years. Several countries such as Australia, Japan and Britain have adopted policies making it possible for gay men to donate. 

It turns out that vegetarianism is probably just a phase. Research shows that 84 percent of vegetarians and vegans eventually go back to eating meat, 30 percent of them within three months. 

A baby weighing nearly 14 pounds was born in Colorado on Monday. Baby Mia is being welcomed by four older sisters. 

Have you heard of Kalettes? The brand new veggie is a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts and is the latest hybrid vegetable to hit the market. The genetically modified food took 15 years to perfect. Kalettes are high in vitamins C and K.

Men who smoke can say goodbye to their Y chromosomes. A new study finds that men who smoke lose the Y chromosome in blood cells more frequently than nonsmokers. This could explain why male smokers are at higher risk for cancer than their female counterparts. 

Public restrooms might not be as gross as you think. Research shows that public restrooms are no more healthy or unhealthy than those in your home. Somehow I don't believe it...

$27,000- that's how much the city of Dallas spent to take care of Ebola nurse Nina Pham's dog during a 21-day quarantine. Seems a bit steep for boarding a pet. But, the tab is nothing compared to the $30,000 a day cost of treating a human Ebola patient. 

Have a wonderful weekend!