Medical Week in Review 5.16.14

I have to brag today. My younger sister is graduating from college this weekend and I can't wait to attend the ceremony. Keeping with our family's medical leanings she will continue on to further her education in healthcare as an occupational therapist. I couldn't be more proud of my little sister! What's on your schedule for the weekend? For starters, enjoy my favorite medical news stories from this week.

Who Gives a Crap. The toilet paper company not only stylishly wraps their rolls but also donates 50 percent of profits to help improve sanitation in the developing world.

Your irresponsible neighbors may have moved out, but their negative effect on your neighborhood might still impact your health. A new study shows that living next to a foreclosed home increases a person's chance of developing high blood pressure.

Don't hit the beach without the "Dem Guts" swimsuit.

The crazy bastard advantage- because one simply does not mess with a daredevil. The so-called Crazy Bastard hypothesis was coined by anthropologists to explain the evolutionary survival benefits of taking big risks.

Teachers may be the ones most looking forward to summer break. Research shows that depression among preschool teachers is linked to behavioral problems in students.

Do you really know if your child is using their inhaler properly? You can with this new smart inhaler. The system works with a smartphone sending alerts when medication is not used correctly and also gives information about how well asthma is controlled.

Don't ride with pregnant drivers. A woman's risk of being in a car accident spikes 42 percent in the second trimester.

'Exploding head syndrome' actually exists. While the condition doesn't literally cause the head to explode, sufferers experience explosive-sounding noises during the transitions between waking and sleeping.

Unfortunately, a new study questions alleged health benefits of red wine. Scientists say resveratrol, the compound originally believed to confer health benefits, does not influence inflammation, cancer, or longevity.

80 percent of meat labels could be meaningless according to a new report. The USDA was unable to find proof that meat and poultry producers are living up to packaging claims that animals are raised in a humane or eco-friendly manner.

Have a lovely weekend!