Medical Week in Review 5.23.14

Who doesn't love a long weekend? I am a bit bummed, however because I am scheduled to work over the Memorial Day holiday. Not to worry, I am making the most of the time I do have away from the hospital. Friday I plan to grill some juicy burgers with friends and on the books for Saturday is a late evening dinner at one of Nashville's swanky new eateries. What do you have planned for the weekend? If you find yourself with some free time between sunning by the pool and grilling the perfect summertime meal, check out this week's more interesting medical news.

This summer's newest trend may be hard to swallow. One company says it has developed drinkable sunscreen. While taking a shot to prevent sun damage sounds convenient, dermatologists are skeptical that the stuff actually works.

How far will you go for health? How about naming your child after a super food? Last year 262 couples named their newborn kale. Not surprisingly, California had the highest concentration of kale kids.

Trouble sleeping? The color of your bedroom may be to blame. Looking into the homes of 2,000 men and women, researchers found that bedroom color scheme impacts sleep.

Help cure cancer on your lunch break with Genes in Space. Cancer researchers created the Genes in Space app, a revolutionary game that helps gather data to identify DNA abnormalities that may cause cancer. Perhaps a bit more rewarding than playing Candy Crush?

Do you know your hospital's safety score?

Screening for autism- there's an app for that. A new software videotapes infants detecting general predictors of developing autism. Creators say the beneft of the software is that general practitioners who don't have a trained eye can now look for subtle early warning signs of the disease.

9 things your feet reveal about your health. From foot fungus to bunions, you should probably take your socks off for this.

Got hives? Your mobile phone could be to blame. A new study shows that sensitivity to metals in phones can cause allergic contact dermatitis. Despite manufacturers attempts to control allergens, many phones release small amounts of metals like nickel and chromium.

These giant organ inflatables are a must for your next medical theme party. The mega brain, mega lungs, and mega heart turn the human body into a walk through exhibit.

How well does Tamiflu actually work? Unfortunately, after crunching the numbers, it looks like the flu drug doesn't actually do that much.

Happy Memorial Day!