Medical Week in Review 4.25.14

Happy Friday, folks! Just a few short hours until the weekend is officially here. This morning I'm packing my bags for a quick trip to the Big Apple and prepping for tomorrow's Fox and Friends shoot. Then, I plan to return to Nashville for an afternoon of relaxing in the sunshine. What are you up to this weekend? If you find yourself with a little free time check out this week's more interesting medical news stories.

School stops giving Mountain Dew to students before tests. Parents at one Florida elementary school complained that students were being given the soda prior to taking standardized exams. School staff say the sugary treat was part of an overall effort to get students excited and ready for Florida's FCAT.

Meet the Brain Cube. This modification of the rubik's cube proves even trickier to solve and is made of brain-like squishy material to boot.

Which will make you sicker- four star or fast food? Food safety experts say that higher-priced restaurants use fresher ingredients posing greater opportunity for contamination than at national fast-food chains with streamlined preparation processes.

Horrified hospital staff flee charging ox in hospital hallway. An unlikely ox let itself into a Rio de Janeiro hospital and became agitated when it was unable to find an exit. Fortunately, police were able to contain the animal and no one was injured.

Have you heard of 'Cinderella Surgery'? The new plastics craze helps wealthy women modify their feet. One podiatrist has even coined the term "Toebesity" and promises to deliver "Designer feet for designer shoes".

Man sues doctors for mocking him while unconscious. The colonoscopy patient used his cellphone to record instructions given to him before his procedure accidentally leaving it on and recording the hospital staff's conversation. He is suing for $1.35 million in damages.

Sensory deprivation- the new avant garde drug. "Float houses", pitch black, sound-proof chambers filled with skin temperature water allow users to achieve a deep state of relaxation.

Can robots be sued for malpractice? The use of robotics in medicine is on the rise raising new ethical and legal questions.

The new Withings fitness tracker not only monitors heart rate and calories burned but also blood oxygenation. The handy device is worn on the wrist and is about the size of a watch.

Can low-cal menus actually backfire? A recent study shows that when menus have a separate section for low calorie options, people are less likely to order from that section. Researchers say this is because people expect low calorie picks to taste bad or not to fill them up.

Have a fabulous weekend!