Medical Week in Review 3-1-2013

Yeah, yeah, I know- I totally skipped last week's 'Medical Week in Review' column.  I must have been in the mental fog of one too many night shifts.  But, this week I am well rested and ready to recap this week's medical happenings.  So, if you are having one of those it's Friday and I'm trying to do as little work as possible without anyone noticing kind of days, check out these stories. 

Looks like my scrub-wearing habit could be working against me.  A Canadian study found that physicians wearing traditional work attire topped with a lab coat are most likely to be judged by patients as the best doctors.  Perhaps I should  at least let down the pony tail and sport my lab coat next week.

An 11 year-old cancer survivor burst into flames while receiving care at an Oregon hospital.  The cause?  Hand sanitizer.  Investigators believe satic electricity may have caused the cleanser to ignite.  I sense an impending movement towards getting back to good 'ole soap and water.  Until then, avoid shuffling your feet while applying Purell.

Australian rocker Jay Whalley was diagnosed with seizures secondary to a 1 cm brain tumor last month.  When surgeons operated, they discovered he did not have a tumor, but rather a tapeworm egg lodged in his brain.  He suspects he picked up the parasite while traveling in Central America 4 years ago.

Craving Italian food this weekend?  Be careful...officials in the UK have recently discovered horse meat in many products advertised as 100% ground beef including store-bought lasagna.  Although horse meat contamination is not considered a safety hazard, Europeans are pretty grossed out. 

Spontaneous combustion named a possible cause in an Oklahoma man's death.  Upon responding to a 911 call from the victim's brother, fire crews found a badly burned body but no signs of damage to surrounding furniture or other items.  Maybe they should see if he recently applied hand sanitizer. 

Belly Dancer's Syndrome?  Not as sexy as it sounds...this lesser known condition causes involuntary diaphragmatic jerks and rhythmic undulations of the abdomen resulting in chest and abdominal pain as well as dyspnea.  

Have a wonderful weekend!