Medical Week in Review 3.16.14

Happy Sunday!  Does anyone have plans for St. Paddy's Day tomorrow?  A green bagel from your local breakfast joint or an emerald-dyed brew after work, perhaps?  I plan to celebrate with some sweet sleep after working the night shift, then who knows where the evening will take me.  I'm less of a green-beer-drinking girl these days so I anticipate a quiet evening to celebrate the holiday.  If you find yourself with some time this afternoon, check out the week's more interesting medical news.

The 5-second rule is not an urban myth, say researchers.  Scientists found that time on the floor is a significant factor in how much bacteria is transferred to food, and that carpet surfaces transfer less than laminate or tiled floors.  Looks like it's OK to go for it next time you drop the last little morsel of your tasty treat.

Hunkier than thou- scientists look to understand why women find some guys handsome and others hideous. 

An extreme vegetable makeover is taking place.  Companies are using Mountain Dew-style tactics to market foods like baby carrots.  How will your kids respond to vegetables with an edge?

9 amazing stories of women who gave birth without actually knowing they were pregnant.  Somehow, I just don't buy it.

A biker has his face reconstructed in a historic 3D surgery after a crash.  Surgeons used 3D images of Stephen's face to guide the surgery, more precisely positioning bones as well as printing titanium implants in the eight-hour procedure.

This new blood test diagnoses a concussion on the spot.  Researchers say the test can be used to diagnose sport-related brain injuries on the sidelines preventing football, hockey and rugby players from returning to the field too soon after a hit.

Check out this microscopic view of the calcification of heart tissue.  The striking image won the Wellcome Images Awards 2014 top spot.

Google Glass is coming to a Rhode Island emergency room.  In the pilot project, ER providers will be able to project images to remote dermatologists who can then assist in diagnosing skin conditions. 

Top 10 fittest states.  Does your home make the list?

One medical condition may actually warrant a high carb, high cal diet.  New research suggests that the progression of Lou Gehrig disease is slowed in patients who consume more carbohydrates and a greater number of calories.

Have a wonderful weekend!