Medical Week in Review 3-8-13

Happy Friday from sunny Mexico!!  Yes, that's right, I have escaped the winter chill and headed South for a week of surfing, yoga and margaritas.  Not to worry, I am still in touch with the 'real world' and this week's most interesting medical happenings.  Check out these links for some end-of-the-week entertainment.

New iPhone app turns your phone into a mobile urine test.  Invented by a 29-year-old MIT graduate, the uCheck app combines a standard urinalysis dipstick with smartphone technology.  Creators hope this at-home medical testing ability will prove useful in areas with limited medical access such as developing countries and rural areas.  Typically, I try my best to keep my iPhone away from bodily fluids, but should I experience some dysuria, I would be willing to give this app a try.

Mimijumi.  This company sells baby bottles shaped like a woman's breast to facilitate a smooth transition from breast to bottle.  Although I haven't tried them myself, I hear they are all the rage!  The 'Not So Hungry' size promises to feed infants with ease while the 'Very Hungry' bottle nourishes larger tots.  My favorite thing about the product?  It comes stylishly packed in a milk carton.  Genius. 

Not sure of your political affiliation?  Never fear, a new study shows that a brain scan reveals your political affiliation with an astonishing 83% accuracy.  Study participants labeling themselves Democrats showed more activation in the left posterior insula, the part of the brain responsible for empathy and emotion.  Right-leaning participants showed increased activity in the right amygdala when making decisions.  This portion of the brian is linked to fight-or-flight response. 

Nurse refuses to give CPR to dying woman.  Despite desperate pleas from a 911 dispatcher to begin chest compressions, the nurse at a California independent living facility insists it is against company policy for her to preform CPR.  Despite this now public debacle, the woman's family states they are satisfied with her care. 

1 in every 2,000 babies is born with a tooth.  So called natal teeth are usually idiopathic but may be associated with certain medical syndromes.  

New York woman addicted to deodorant eats 15 sticks a month.  Nicole, now 19, first began consuming antiperspirants at the age of 4.  Eating over 360 sticks of the cosmetic in the past 2 years has left her with dry mouth and stomach cramps so sometimes she sprays it in her mouth instead.  At least she probably smells good.

The average American consumes 33 pounds of cheese each year.  I am constipated just thinking about it.  For more disturbing food facts, read Michael Moss' new book Sugar Salt Fat.

Have a fabulous weekend!