Medical Week in Review 4.4.14

Happy Friday!  We've officially made it to the weekend.  Once again, I find myself at the airport headed to New York City for a Fox and Friends shoot.  This week's topic?  The benefits of eating meat, of course.  Just in time for grilling season...  Before you head out to enjoy these first nice days of spring, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

Perhaps I should reference this article on my Fox and Friends segment tomorrow, "Study proves cat bacon just as tasty as pig bacon".

Apparently we are taking so many antidepressant medications, they are seeping into our water supply affecting even shrimp.  The medication residue subdues the shrimp's natural behavior increasing the risk of being eaten by predators.  Now that's depressing.

Heart, meet LEGO.  Nathan Sawaya constructed this anatomically correct cardiac creation for the Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. 

Crack open a cold one next time you fire up the grill.  Researchers are reporting that beer, when used as a marinade, can help reduce the number of potentially harmful substances in meat. 

Not only do sunny mornings boost your mood, they trim your waistline as well.  A new study shows that a.m. light exposure lowers body fat and helps control appetite. 

Happily disgusted?  New study reveals 15 previously unlabeled "compound emotions".  

Deafalarm keeps the hearing impaired on notice.  Carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors don't do any good if you can't hear them.  The Deafalarm app triggers a flashing light and written message on your iPhone when it senses an alarm in the area. 

Sprayable nanofibers could soon replace sutures in trauma care.  I can't wait!

Can shingles really increase your risk of stroke?  A new study says "Yes".  Looking at the records of more than 6,500 individuals, researchers found the rate of stroke was significantly higher in the first six months following a shingles episode.

A growing body of evidence shows spices and herbs could help improve health

Posting a Facebook photo save this 3-year-old's sight.  Mother Tara Taylor posted a photo of her daughter, Rylee, on Facebook and got something more useful than likes.  Friends commented that one of Rylee's eyes was glowing in the pic prompting her mother to schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist.  It turns out Rylee has Coat's disease.  The early catch could save her eyesight. 

Have a wonderful weekend!



Erin Tolbert

I saw you on Fox & Friends TV, and I was looking on your page for an article about the new Austrian study regarding vegetarians compared to meat-eaters. I can't find any info.

Bruce Benson