Medical Week in Review 3.30.14

Happy weekend!  I apologize for the sparse postings over the past few days.  I have been hitting the slopes in Colorado with the fam.  There's nothing quite like enjoying the last few weeks of ski season with a crisp, clear, Winter Park day.  What have you been up to this weekend?  If you find yourself with some free time before work begins tomorrow, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

The deadline to sign up for health insurance is looming!  Check out this video of Obama singing Jenny 867-5309 for one last enrollment reminder. 

A new report reveals how long you'll wait to see the doctor on a state-by-state basis.  The state with the shortest wait times?  Wisconsin is the winner with an average wait time of 15 minutes, 42 seconds.

How do your dance moves compare?  A new study shows that men pick up more clues from other men's dancing than women do.  Researchers refer to the phenomenon as "intrasex rivalry".

This 50-cent paper microscope could save millions of lives in the third world. 

What does your body odor say about your health?  Some metabolic conditions can make you smell like rotting trash while certain foods, like peppermint, can also influence your scent. 

Looks like the "love dart", Rocephin, may soon be rendered ineffective.  The CDC released a report warning gonorrhea is becoming increasingly difficult to treat and concern for antibiotic resistance is on the rise. 

We may soon be sniffing out cancer with electronic noses.  New odor-detecting machines are shown to be as effective as mammograms in detecting breast cancer. 

Norwegian boy suffers kidney failure after downing 4 liters of an energy drink during a video game marathon.  After spending 13 days in the hospital, he made a full recovery. 

Laughter really may be the best medicine.  One study shows that cartoons are an effective way to help patients cope with chronic conditions.  Researchers say cartoons are "empowering" and a way to educate patients in an engaging manner. 

Does your cat carry TB?  The first documented cases of people catching tuberculosis from their cats were revealed this week in England.  TB experts in the U.S. assure feline owners they have nothing to fear. 

Have a wonderful weekend!