Medical Week in Review 5.30.14

Woohoo! The weekend is almost here! I hope you have survived all of the hospital and clinic craziness that tends to follow a holiday. The ER has been hopping the past few days with plenty of early summer trauma cases as well as the usual illnesses and injuries. To recover from the week's long shifts I plan on relaxing poolside this weekend, perhaps with a margarita in hand. If you too find yourself with some free time, check out this week's more interesting medical news.

Fasten your seat belts, nurses in one Chinese city are now wearing flight attendant uniforms. The initiative is designed to glamorize the nursing profession and foster good bedside manners. I think I'll stick to scrubs.

Craving salt? Try oregano. A new study shows that adding oregano to foods reduces preference for salt. Researchers hope the herb could be a way to trim sodium from an unhealthy diet. Somehow, oregano french fries just don't seem the same...

Forget the root canal, researchers have found a way to coax teeth into repairing themselves. Using a low power laser encourages cells, in this case dentin, to regenerate. While the tactic works in the lab, scientists say they have some work to do before introducing the technique into your average dental clinic.

15 gross facts about processed meats.

Cynicism may be hurting your brain. A new study shows that people with high levels of cynical distrust may be more likely to develop dementia. The personality trait has also been linked to other health problems like heart disease.

Putting an end to the age-old debate, cat people really are different than dog people. A new study shows that cat people tend to be more open-minded, sensitive, non-conformist, and yes, more intelligent than dog lovers.

Is the little blue pill's counterpart going over-the-counter? Drug companies Eli Lily and Sanofi are partnering to fight for approval to sell erectile dysfunction medication Cialis without a prescription.

No hunch here. Although Shakespeare referred to King Richard III as a "hunchback", a recent analysis of his remains shows he more likely suffered from scoliosis. Researchers used a 3D printer to build a model of the king's spine to make the diagnosis.

The Amish flock to public health clinics for vaccines after a well-intentioned mission to the Philippines spreads the measles virus to U.S. communities.

Have a wonderful weekend!